Aztec Women's Basketball Unable To Get By No. 19 Utah, 63-51
Feb. 16, 2008
SAN DIEGO - Despite owning a halftime lead for the seventh consecutive game, the San Diego State women's basketball team was unable to pull the upset Saturday, as the Aztecs fell to the visiting No. 19/20 ranked Utah Utes, 63-51, at Cox Arena. With the loss, SDSU dropped to 13-10 on the year and 4-7 in conference action, while the Utes, who have the nation's longest active win streak at 16 games, improved to 21-3 and 1-0 in MWC play.
"Utah is a very good team and have three perimeter players who are as good as any you will face," said SDSU head coach Beth Burns. "Their mental toughness and experience versus (our) lack of mental toughness and youthfulness was front and center (today), which was the story of the game. We just couldn't get a rhythm offensively. Everything was a struggle and part of that affected even putbacks."
SDSU freshman center Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) logged her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Her front court teammate redshirt freshman Allison Duffy (Lakeside, Calif.) also had 11 rebounds, while sophomore Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) recorded a team-best 13 points for her seventh consecutive game in double-figure scoring. Duffy and sophomore Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) each had four assists, while sophomore LaSandra Dixon (Azusa, Calif.) had a team-high three steals.
San Diego State started off with the first basket of the game by Johnson, but Utah tied the score and would lead by as many as eight points on two occasions, including at 23-15 with 6:44 remaining. The Aztecs defense then turned it up a notch, employing a stifling zone press that limited Utah to just one free throw the remainder of the half, as SDSU owned a 26-24 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Utes, which had trailed only once prior at the half in MWC play, regrouped coming out of the break, going on a 15-2 run to go up by 11 at 39-28 with 10:55 left. The Aztecs cut their deficit to six twice, including with 50 seconds remaining on a Davis three-pointer at 55-49, but Utah made all eight of its free throws to earn the 63-51 win.
Utah had three players score 15 points, including forward Kalee Whipple, who also hauled in 11 rebounds for a double-double.
San Diego State faces its second-consecutive ranked opponent next Wednesday against No. 21/22 Wyoming at 7 p.m. at Cox Arena.