Women's Basketball Rallies To Beat Air Force 73-55 For Its First Conference Win
Feb. 1, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The San Diego State women's basketball team overcame an early 12-point deficit to claim its first conference victory of the season, downing Air Force, 73-55, Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. With the win, SDSU won its sixth straight versus Air Force (7-11, 1-4 MWC), improving to 7-10 overall and 1-4 in conference play, as both teams are now tied for seventh place in the Mountain West Conference.
Aztec senior Jamey Cox (Waterloo, Iowa) finished the game with 25 points, breaking the 20-point barrier for the fifth time this season and coming out of a scoring slump that saw her fail to reach double-figures in each of the previous three Mountain West Conference contests.
Cox, who extended her streak of consecutive free throws to 25 straight, was helped by freshman Ashlee Dunlap (Los Angeles, Calif.), who tallied her seventh double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Veronica Shaw (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the third Aztec player in double-figure scoring, finishing with 12 points.
The Aztecs started the game off cold on the offensive side, as the Falcons raced out to a 11-0 advantage, before SDSU could muster its first points of the game at the 15:51 mark on a pair of free throws from senior Ashonda Williams (Crockett, Calif.).
San Diego State did not sink its first field goal until Dunlap put away a jumper in the key with 13:28 left in the first half and the score 14-4 Air Force. Sparked by Dunlap's bucket, the Aztecs went on a 8-2 run, while limiting the Falcons to just two points over the next four and a half minutes, getting to within six points at 16-10.
SDSU would come all the way back to tie the score at 24 points and take the lead at 26-24 following a rebound basket from Shaw at the buzzer.
The Aztecs maintained the momentum into the second half, pushing out to a 10-point advantage at 44-34, after a bucket by Nicolette McCartny (Chicago, Ill.) capped a 6-0 scoring run. Cox then led the team's offensive charge as SDSU outscored Air Force 16-6 to take a 20-point lead at 60-40.
San Diego State would go on to lead by as many as 23 points at 70-47, before finally earning the 73-55 victory, just its second in an opponents' arena this season.
Air Force, which was without its top player Latoya Howell, was led by guard Gwen Grove's 15 points. The Falcons, however, committed 38 turnovers, including 21 in the second half.
SDSU heads back to San Diego and Cox Arena for two more Mountain West Conference games next week versus Colorado State (Thursday) and Wyoming (Saturday) to complete the first round of MWC play this season.