Aztec Basketball Opens The 2006 Mountain West Conference Tourney Tuesday With Colorado State
March 5, 2006
No. 9 San Diego State Aztecs (3-23, 0-16 MWC)
-When & Where: Tues., March 7, 2006, Pepsi Center (19,515), Denver, Colo., 5 p.m. (MST).
-Webcast/Live Stats/Video: Bill Earley (play-by-play) and Tammy Blackburn will be courtside at the Pepsi Center with the live audio broadcast for all Aztec games at the Mountain West Conference tournament. Both live audio, video and stats are available on the Aztecs' official website, www.goaztecs.com.
-The Records: The Aztec women's basketball team opens the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championship Tuesday against Colorado State. SDSU will look for redemption after finishing the regular season with a 3-23 overall record, including a 0-16 mark in league action to earn the No. 9 seed at the tournament. The Aztecs play the No. 8 seed Colorado State Rams for the right to play top-seeded BYU in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The Rams, who are 8-19 and 2-14 in MWC play, have won both of the earlier games between the two schools. The first match-up saw SDSU fall by just three points (68-65) in Fort Collins on Jan. 5, before a 13-point defeat (68-55) in San Diego on Feb. 4. This is the first all-time meeting between SDSU and CSU in the seven-year history of the MWC championships and is the third overall in conference tournaments.
-San Diego State Head Coach Beth Burns: Burns (Ohio Wesleyan, 1979) is in the first year of her second stint as head coach at San Diego State. She coached the Aztecs from 1989 to 1997 and has a school record of 154-106 in nine seasons. Her 14-year head coaching record stands at 235-171.
-Colorado State Head Coach Jen Warden: Warden is in her first season at Colorado State. She boasts a school record of 8-19 overall and a four-year career head coaching record of 37-78.
-Colorado State Series History: SDSU leads 17-13 all-time, but the series is tied at 1-1 in conference tournament games. This is the first meeting between the Aztecs and Rams at the MWC championships. (Last: CSU def. SDSU in San Diego, 68-55, on Feb. 4, 2006).