Aztec Women's Basketball's Home Win Streak Comes To An End Against New Mexico, 65-58
Feb. 6, 2010
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team saw its conference home win streak come to an end at 14 games, as the visiting New Mexico Lobos earned a 65-58 victory Saturday in front of 2,069 fans at Viejas Arena. The loss was the Aztecs' first at home in league play since the 2008 campaign and also ended a seven-game home win streak overall. SDSU, which split the regular-season series with UNM, fell to 14-7 and dropped into a three-way tie in the Mountain West Conference standings at 6-3 with BYU and the Lobos, who improved to 14-7 in 2009-10.
"Credit to New Mexico," said SDSU head coach Beth Burns. "They have beaten us, TCU and BYU all in a row, including two on the road. Their confidence was excellent and the way they mixed things (up today) made us unable to get into a rhythm offensively all game long."
Aztec senior Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) posted a game-high 21 points with four of the team's six 3-pointers. It was Morris' second 20-point scoring game against the Lobos this year, fifth of the season and 19th overall in the Red & Black. Fellow co-captain Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) was the only other SDSU player in double-figure points, scoring 10, while posting a team game-high five assists and five steals.
Junior Allison Duffy (Lakeside, Calif.) contributed nine points, but the Aztec front court duo of juniors Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) and Jessika Bradley (Sacramento, Calif.) were limited to only a combined 13 points and four rebounds.
The lead changed hands six times in the opening seven minutes of the game. A Davis lay-up put SDSU in front by one at 12-11 and kicked started a 6-0 run that gave the host its largest lead of the afternoon at 16-11. UNM closed the gap back to a single point on back-to-back lay-ups off in-bound passes by Georonika Jackson, but the Aztecs managed to stay ahead the remainder of the half, entering the locker room with a four-point advantage at 30-26.
A quick 3-pointer out of the break by Lobo Jessica Kielpinski brought their deficit down to only one and the score was tied at 36 and 43, before New Mexico took the lead on the second of two free throws with 12:07 remaining.
SDSU would later draw even on three more occasions, but were never able to move ahead, as the Lobos used a 6-0 run to go up 59-53 with 2:07 left and hit four of their six free-throw attempts down the stretch to secure the 65-58 victory.
The Aztecs outshot the Lobos from the field and forced them into a season-high 23 turnovers, after they had entered the afternoon as the nation's best in fewest giveaways (12.3/g). SDSU, however, finished with a season-low 20 rebounds and committed 25 turnovers. UNM also attempted 18 more free throws, converting just over 79 percent (19-for-24).
The Lobos had four players score in double-figures, including Eileen Weissmann and Jackson, who each contributed 14 points.
San Diego State returns to the road for two games next week, as the Aztecs travel to Wyoming for a Wednesday evening game followed by a Saturday road trip to UNLV.