W. Hoops Looks to Continue Undefeated Start vs. Cal State Fullerton
Nov. 16, 2017
SAN DIEGO -
San Diego State will look to continue its undefeated start to the season against Cal State Fullerton, closing its three-game homestand on Sat., Nov. 18 in Viejas Arena at noon. Chris Ello will call the play-by-play action for a stream on the Mountain West Network.
With its senior class leading the way, the Scarlet and Black held off a late fourth-quarter comeback attempt by CSUN and beat the Matadors, 58-55, Nov. 14 in Viejas Arena to start the season 2-0.
For the first time since the 2011-12 season, and the 11th time in the program's history, SDSU won its first two games to open a season. After kicking off the year 2-0, San Diego State has advanced to a postseason tournament or the MW Championship game all but one season (1981-82). In eight of the 10 seasons in which the Aztecs won their first two games of the year, San Diego State won 20-or-more games.
A year removed from a historical season of shooting beyond the arc, San Diego State has kept up the trend, leading the conference and ranking ninth nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (11.5). Individually, Lexy Thorderson is the league's leader in threes per game (4.5) and total threes made (9), sitting 19th and 21st in the nation, respectively. SDSU has also managed to limit its opponents from range, ranking 18th in the nation and second in the MW in 3-point field goal defense (17.5).
Cal State Fullerton (1-1, 0-0 Big West) kicked off the new campaign in Northern California and returned to Southern California with a split, beating Santa Clara, 73-69, to open the year and falling at Pacific, 81-65. The Titans' win at Santa Clara was its first win on the road since Feb. 20, 2016, and will look to spark a Cal State Fullerton team that finished the 2016-17 season 4-25 with just one win in Big West play. The Titans return just five players, including three starters (Jade Vega, Daeja Smith, China Henderson) and one senior (Henderson), to its team, and welcomes eight newcomers, four of whom are transfers, to the squad. First-year head coach Jeff Harada leads Cal State Fullerton's program.