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GAME NOTES: Women's basketball travles to San Diego State

Jan. 29, 2008

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Game 19 
Colorado State (2-16, 0-5 MWC) at San Diego State (11-7, 2-4 MWC)
Jan. 30, 2008 | San Diego, Calif. | Cox Arena (12,414) | 7 p.m. PT

The Series  
Overall Record:  San Diego State leads, 18-15
In Fort Collins:  CSU leads, 9-6
In San Diego:  San Diego State leads, 11-4
At Neutral Sites:  CSU leads, 2-1
Warden vs. San Diego State:  4-1

Colorado State Sports Network 90.5 FM - KCSU
Cole Weinman:  Play-by-Play
Lance Moorman:  Color Analyst


Opening Tip 
Colorado State (2-16, 0-5 MWC) heads out on the road for a pair of matchups against Mountain West Conference foes.  The road swing begins with a tilt agains the San Diego State Aztecs (11-7, 2-4 MWC) on Wednesday evening.  Tipoff is 7 p.m. PT from Cox Arena. 

The game will be broadcast in Fort Collins on 90.5 FM KCSU, with Cole Weinman and Lance Moorman calling the action.  Live Gametracker statistics will also be available on CSURams.com.  Gametracker can be accessed by clicking the link from the women's basketball schedule page, or on the calendar at the bottom of the home page.   

The Matchup 
Colorado State comes into the matchup looking to pick up an elusive first conference win and snap a nine-game losing skid.  The Rams are coming off of a 68-55 loss to conference-leading Wyoming in which the Rams led for most of the contest. 

San Diego State enters the contest with an 11-7 record, including a 2-4 mark in conference action.  The Aztecs come into Wednesday's matchup on the heels of back-to-back conference victories, having defeated BYU, 62-39, at home last Wednesday before defeating UNLV in Las Vegas, 75-55, on Saturday. 

About San Diego State 
Head coach Beth Burns is in the third year of her second stint at San Diego State.  Since returning to SDSU, Burns has compiled a record of 26-47, but is 177-130 overall in 11 seasons at the helm of the Aztecs program.  Overall, including five seasons at the Ohio State University, Burns holds a 258-175 mark.  

The Aztecs entered the 2007-08 season selected to finish seventh, just ahead of Colorado State, in the Mounain West Conference preseason coaches poll, and the team jumped out to an impressive 8-1 start.  However, a loss at home against then No. 2-ranked Connecticut, 85-53, sparked a stretch in which the Aztecs dropped six of seven contests, including the team's first four MWC matchups. 

The Aztecs bounced back and enter Wednesday's contest against Colorado State riding a two-game winning streak that includes a home victory over BYU, 62-39, and a road win over the UNLV Lady Rebels, 75-55. 

This season's sqaud returned eight letterwinners, including four starters from the team that finished 12-16 (5-11 MWC) a season ago. 

In addition, the team added the Mountain West Conference's preseason Freshman of the Year in center Paris Johnson. 

Johnson and sophomore guard Jene Morris lead the Aztecs' scoring attack.  Morris, ranks first on the team, scoring an average of 13.1 points per game, while pulling down 2.7 rebounds and adding 47 assists, second on the team.  Morris also ranks as the team's top 3-point threat, knocking down 23 of 58 attempts on the season, nearly 40 percent from long range.   

Johnson ranks second in scoring for the Aztecs, averaging 12.2 points per game.  The 6-4 product from San Diego also leads the team in rebounding, pulling down an average of 6.8 boards per contest. 

Another freshman, forward Allison Duffy, poses another double-digit scoring threat for this young San Diego State team.  Duffy ranks third on the team, averaging 10.5 points per contest, and is second to Johnson in rebounding, averaging 5.1 boards per game.

Morris, Johnson and Duffey all shoot better than 44 percent from the field on the season. 

Sophomore point guard Quenese Davis chips in with 9.1 ponts per game for the Aztecs, while dishing out a team-best 87 assists, second in the Mountain West Conferece.  

Overall, the Aztecs rank third in the Mountain West Conference in scoring offense, tallying 67.7 points per game, while allowing just 61.5 points per contest, fifth in the conference.  As a team, the Aztecs shoot 42.3 percent from the field, which ranks third in the conference.  SDSU's 15.94 assists per game ranks first in the MWC, while its 13.4 steals per contest is also the top mark in the Mountain West. 

The Series Rundown 
San Diego State holds an 18-15 advantage in the all-time series.  However, Colorado State has won 12 of the last 15 matchups between the teams.  Last season, the Aztecs defeated the Rams in San Diego, but Colorado State responded with a 67-56 victory at Moby Arena.    

15-18 Overall | 9-6 Home | 4-11 Away | 2-1 Neutral
01/31/91 L, 50-73 San Diego
02/28/91 W, 73-69 (ot) Fort Collins
01/25/92 L, 62-101 San Diego
02/20/92 L, 74-82 Fort Collins
01/28/93 L, 59-82 San Diego
02/27/93 L, 60-64 Fort Collins
01/27/94 L, 47-53 Fort Collins
02/06/94 L, 50-84 San Diego
03/12/94 L, 47-51 Salt Lake City
01/28/95 L, 46-56 Fort Collins
02/02/95 L, 51-73 San Diego
02/01/96 W, 66-58 Fort Collins
02/08/96 L, 64-66 San Diego
03/08/96 W, 64-58 Albuquerque
01/18/97 L, 53-70 Fort Collins
02/13/97 L, 53-61 San Diego
02/05/00 L, 58-68 San Diego
03/04/00 L, 51-58 Fort Collins
02/03/01 W, 55-54 San Diego
03/01/01 W, 81-67 Fort Collins
01/17/02 W, 58-49 Fort Collins
02/16/02 W, 69-60 San Diego
02/06/03 L, 47-60 San Diego
03/07/03 W, 81-49 Fort Collins
01/24/04 L ,55-58 San Diego
02/19/04 W, 65-56 Fort Collins
01/20/05 W, 63-50 Fort Collins
02/19/05 W ,56-49 San Diego
01/05/06 W, 68-65 Fort Collins
02/04/06 W, 68-55 San Diego
04/07/06 W, 69-58 Denver
01/20/07 L, 66-78(ot) San Diego
02/22/07 W, 67-56 Fort Collins

Rams vs. The Mountain West 
Colorado State women's basketball is 58-63 (.479) all-time in Mountain West Conference action.

Rams on the road vs. MWC 
Colorado State women's basketball is 21-40 (.344) all-time away from Moby Arena in Mountain West Conference action.

Wyoming  Notables 
The Colorado State women's basketball team fell to 2-16 (0-5 MWC) on Saturday with a 68-55 loss to the No. 18/19 Wyoming Cowgirls at Moby Arena.  Despite outrebounding the Cowgirls, 46-36, and holding an advantage for most of the game, the Cowgirls proved to be too much down the stretch, pushing their record to 18-1 (6-0 MWC). 

Four Rams finished in double figures in the contest, led by junior forward Britney Minor who dropped in 13 points in just 17 minutes off the bench for the Rams. 

Minor's Blinn (Texas) College teammate Amaka Uzomah shined in her first start of the season, recording her first career double-double at Colorado State with 12 points and 18 rebounds in the contest.  For the second consecutive game, Uzomah recorded seven offensive boards in a game, and her 18 total rebounds ranked as the most in a single game since former standout Katie Cronin's 18-rebound effort vs. Rice in 1999.  Uzomah also recorded two blocks in the contest, while playing a career-most 32 minutes. 

Forwards Juanise Cornell (12 points) and Elle Queen (10 points) also recorded double figures in scoring for the Rams.  Cornell, who leads the team in scoring against MWC opponents, also added seven rebounds, while Queen pulled down five boards. 

For the Record 
Senior guard Sara Hunter continues to move up the career charts at CSU.  Against TCU, Hunter moved into 14th place on the all-time scoring list and is now just 36 points shy of surpassing Vanessa Espionza for 13th.  Hunter also became just the second player in CSU history to eclipse 200 career 3-pointers, adding two treys at TCU.  See Page 5 of this release to track Hunter's rise up the Rams' career record book. 

Looking Ahead 
The Rams remain on the road, heading to Salt Lake City for a date wth the Utah Utes.  Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. MT from the Jon M. Huntsman Center.



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