San Diego, CA—When San Diego State comes out of the gate hitting buckets, then that is tell told sign of luck for them. The Aztecs shot the lights out early and maintained the rest of the game.
The Aztec women’s basketball team (14-4, 4-1) beat Boise State (7-10, 2-2) 55-42 inside Viejas Arena Saturday afternoon.
SDSU jumped out to a 22-9 first quarter lead shooting 57.1 % (8-14) from the court and 100% (3-3) from beyond the arc. The Aztecs led by double-digits for the most of the contest from the point on.
“We have to make the first punch every time to get into our groove,” SDSU guard Asia Avinger said after the game. “It really plays a role in the way that we play.”
Avinger led all players with 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting along with five assists. Kim Villalobos chipped in 14 points and seven boards while Sophia Ramos had 13 points.
Boise State clamped down defensively in the second quarter, holding the Aztecs to just two points. The Broncos scored a parsley six points in the quarter, trimming the deficit to 25-15 going into the locker room.
SDSU had assists on 15 of their 21 made field goals and shot 46% from beyond the arc. The Aztecs draining threes was the difference in the game.
The Broncos outrebounded the Aztecs 39-34, marking five straight games Boise State has outrebounded its opponent.
Anna Ostlie got going in the fourth quarter, scoring seven points to jump start a 12-6 Bronco spurt, trimming the deficit to 10 points. SDSU responded with a 14-5 of its own to take a 46-30 lead into the final frame.
Ostlie scored a team-high seven points and dished out three assists. Tatum Thompson recorded season-highs in rebounds (5) and blocks (3).
The Broncos couldn’t get any close, the Aztecs held them scoreless over the final four minutes of contest.
“We worked so hard and talked a lot about coming out strong, and they put us on our heels early. You can’t win basketball games against good teams with a bunch of mistakes. It’s frustrating. We’re capable of being better. The first five minutes of the third quarter we played with a lot of fire and desire. We’re going to continue to get better.” SDSU head coach Gordy Presnell said.
The Broncos will travel to Las Vegas for a nationally televised matchup against UNLV, Monday. The game will tip off at 9 p.m. MT and be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
The Aztecs will be on the road Monday, Jan 16th to play Colorado State. The game will tip off at 6:30 P.M. MT.