SDSU Basketball's Rally Comes Up Short Against Indiana St., 75-68
Nov. 23, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The San Diego State women's basketball team cut a 19-point second-half deficit all the way down to just four, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Aztecs dropped their first game of season to Indiana State, 75-68, Friday afternoon at Gersten Pavilion. SDSU fell to 3-1 on the year, while the Sycamores improved to 3-0 following the first game of the LMU Ayres Hotel Thanksgiving Tournament.
Aztec freshman Paris Johnson (San Diego, Calif.) had a career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. Johnson's 27 points are the most by an SDSU player since Michelle Strawberry had 29 in the 2005-06 season-opener. Sophomore Jené Morris (San Francisco, Calif.) was the only other Aztec in double-figures with 11 points, including a pair of three-pointers, to go with her three steals.
SDSU had four of its five starters foul out by the end of the game, including point guard Quenese Davis (Sacramento, Calif.), who was limited to just four points in 20 minutes, but still managed to contribute four steals and four assists.
The Sycamores got off to an early lead, making six of their first seven shots from the field including a 3-for-3 effort from beyond the arc to jump ahead by eight at 15-7 heading into the first timeout. The Aztecs rallied to get back to within three at 15-12 on a triple by Demus at the 14:51 mark and trailed by four with 12:38 remaining in the first half. Indiana State, however, went on a 10-0 run, hitting two more three pointers to go up 28-18.
ISU boasted its largest lead at the break, heading into the locker room up by 18 at 45-27, after shooting 55.2 percent from the field and making 7-of-8 three-point attempts.
The Aztecs got off to a quick start in the second half, scoring four straight points on a pair of lay ups by Johnson and limiting the Sycamores to just six points in the first six minutes of play. SDSU was able to make a further dent into its deficit with the help of a 9-0 run to get to within 10 at 54-44.
After the two sides traded trips to the free-throw line, San Diego State continued to stalemate the Indiana State offense, going on another 3-0 run to get to within seven at 56-49.
ISU countered with a 5-0 outburst of its own and was leading by 14 points as late as 66-52. A three-pointer by Morris sparked the Aztec rally again, as SDSU closed to within just four with 26 seconds left in the game. The Sycamores closed out the win by making three of their four free-throw shots to claim the 75-68 victory.
San Diego State owned the advantage on the boards (40-35), in the steals department (13-6) and in the turnover column (23-19), but the Sycamores made eight three-pointers and converted 23 of their 35 trips to the charity line.
Indiana State had two players with over 20 points, including leading scorer Kelsey Luna, who had 24 points with 18 of those from beyond the arc.
San Diego State will play for the second consecutive day Saturday at 2 p.m. when it takes on the loser of the Jackson State-Loyola Marymount game, which will be played later this afternoon, at Gerston Pavilion.