Aztec Women's Hoops Ends Regular Season With 64-34 Rout Of Air Force
March 8, 2008
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team limited Air Force to just nine first-half points, going on to cruise to a 64-34 victory over the Falcons in both teams' regular season finales Saturday at Cox Arena. With the victory, the Aztecs improved to 16-12 overall and 7-9 in conference action, and with a BYU loss to TCU later today, can end up in a tie for fifth place, its best ever MWC finish. The Falcons, meanwhile, dropped to 10-18 and 4-12 in league action after being swept by the Aztecs for the first time since 2004.
"I'm very proud of our discipline (today)," SDSU head coach Beth Burns said. "We studied what they did both offensively and defensively heading into the game and it was a matter of us understanding what they try to do and what their strengths were. Defense is about thinking and effort and that's what I appreciated (most about our team today)."
SDSU freshman center Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) logged her fourth 20-point scoring game of the year, finishing 11-for-16 from the field for a team-high 23 points. Johnson also added seven rebounds, while her front court teammate Allison Duffy (Lakeside, Calif.), chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists in 31 minutes. Duffy's five steals were a part of the team's 23 on the afternoon, which also included six in the first half by sophomore Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.).
Seniors Shannon Clay (Inglewood, Calif.) and Kate Eveland (Southlake, Texas) finished out their final regular season game at Cox Arena with four and three points, respectively. Sophomore Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) tallied a team-best six assists, while her sister Coco Davis (Sacramento, Calif.) pulled down a career-best six rebounds to go with five assists.
San Diego State never trailed on the afternoon, racing out to a 7-0 advantage until Air Force got on the scoreboard at the 15:49 mark on a free-throw by Pamela Findlay. The Falcons' first field goal of the game didn't come until 7:40 into the game with the Aztecs already up by 10 at 13-3. SDSU then went on a 6-0 run and led by many as 23 points before heading into the locker room with a 20-point advantage at 29-9. The nine points were the fewest by an Aztec opponent in the first half of a game this season, beating the previous low of 11 points by BYU back on Jan. 23.
Air Force cut its deficit to as few as 18 points on two occasions coming out of the break, but San Diego State broke the game open with an 8-0 run and went on to claim a 30-point victory, 64-34.
The Falcons, who played without leading scorer and rebounder Alecia Steele, were led by Findlay's 11 points and eight rebounds.
San Diego State has earned the No. 6 seed for next week's 2008 Phillips 66 Mountain West Conference Championships in Las Vegas, Nev. The Aztecs will take on either Wyoming or TCU at 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will be televised live on The Mtn. and locally on Channel 4 San Diego, while XTRA Sports 1360AM will also carry the game live on the radio.