#AztecWBB to Face NC State for Surf 'N Slam Crown
Dec. 29, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team closes out its non-conference slate on Monday when it squares off against North Carolina State in the championship final of the San Diego Surf 'N Slam at Viejas Arena. Game time is set for 6 p.m. PT, and a live video feed via the Mountain West Network will be available on www.goaztecs.com.
The Aztecs (3-6) advanced to the Surf `N Slam title game for the sixth consecutive season after posting a narrow 58-57 come-from-behind victory over UC Riverside in their tournament opener on Saturday.
Freshman Ariell Bostick came off the bench and scored 12 points, including the team's final six of the game, as SDSU rallied from a pair of 14-point deficits in the first half to grind out the win.
The Aztecs also received double-digit scoring efforts from Chairese Culberson, who chipped in a season-high 11 points and seven rebounds, while Deajane Scurry and Cierra Warren finished with 10 points apiece, helping the Scarlet and Black win back-to-back for the first time this year.
Warren leads the Mountain West with a .585 field-goal percentage (48-82) and ranks eighth with 13.8 points per game. The SDSU center has eclipsed the 20 point-barrier on three occasions this season.
As a team, SDSU tops the MW with a .425 field-goal percentage and ranks first in rebounding defense as well, allowing just 36.0 boards per game.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack (12-1) reached the title game after defeating Kansas State, 77-60, in the other semifinal contest on Saturday to extend their winning streak to six in a row.
Monday's clash will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Aztecs are 3-9 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. SDSU last played an ACC opponent in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2010 NCAA tournament, when it dropped a tough 66-58 decision to Duke at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. The Aztecs' last win over an ACC squad occurred in the first round of the 2009 Surf `N Slam when they thwarted a late Wake Forest rally to escape by a narrow 63-62 margin.
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