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Women's Basketball Faces USC For Tourney Title Sunday

Melissa Sweat and the Aztecs will take on USC for the first time in 11 years on Sunday.
Melissa Sweat and the Aztecs will take on USC for the first time in 11 years on Sunday.

Dec. 19, 2010

San Diego State Game Notes at USC in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

The San Diego State women's basketball team plays its second game in as many days, as the Aztecs take on host Southern California for the first time in 11 years on Sunday for the championship of the Women of Troy Basketball Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. Tip time is 5:30 p.m. PT at the Galen Center.

SDSU advanced to its second non-conference tourney championship game in as many tries by defeating the University of Dayton on Saturday, 74-62. The Aztecs held Dayton to a 31.0 field-goal percentage and 18 points below its season scoring average entering the afternoon for the win in the first-ever meeting between the two sides. San Diego State got a double-double from senior Paris Johnson with 19 points and 10 rebounds and a career-high 19 points out of senior Coco Davis, as the team made over 50 percent of its shots from the field for the second outing in a row. The victory improved the Aztecs to 4-4, including 2-0 on a neutral court, following an 0-3 start to the 2010-11 campaign.

USC, meanwhile, improved to 6-3 overall with a 68-54 victory against Colorado in the first game of the tournament Saturday afternoon. Southern Cal held just a three-point advantage at the break, but then outscored the Buffs 31-20 coming out of the locker room to secure the win. The Trojans are a perfect 4-0 at home this season and their only losses have come at No. 4 Duke by 25 points, at No. 5 Xavier by three points and vs. Princeton by one point.

Southern Cal owns a huge lead in the all-time series between the two foes at 25-5 overall, including a 15-game win streak between 1977 and 1984. The Aztecs have won three of the last eight with the most recent meeting coming in San Diego on Dec. 4, 1999, when the Trojans claimed a 12-point victory. The two schools have not played at USC since 1997, and SDSU is facing both USC and UCLA in the same campaign for the first time in 11 years.

The SDSU-USC game features a live audio broadcast on goaztecs.com with Chris Ello, as well as live stats.

Other SDSU Notes Following The Dayton Game
-SDSU recorded team season highs in both 3-pointers made (7) and 3-point percentage (50.9), hitting each of its first five attempts in the first half. The Aztecs had entered the evening averaging just 3.1 triples per outing and was making only 25 percent of their shots from beyond the arc.

-The Aztecs came away with a team season-best in blocked shots with seven rejections, getting three from both seniors Jessika Bradley and Paris Johnson and two from center Malia Nahinu.

-SDSU senior Coco Davis has matched or recorded a career high in scoring in each of the last two outings. She equaled her previous career best with 14 points at Pepperdine and posted a career-high 19 points vs. Dayton.

-Paris Johnson posted her fifth game in eight tries with 19 or more points and tallied her third double-double of the campaign and 18th of her career ... The Aztecs have three double-doubles in the last two outings and five for the season, all by members of the senior class.

-SDSU is 21-4 during the month of December over the last five seasons, including a 2-0 mark this year.

-SDSU opponents have failed to shoot above 38 percent in any of the eight games this season.