Aztec’s Play at Fresno State Wednesday Evening

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SAN DIEGO – The Aztec women’s basketball team plays at Fresno State (8-9, 1-3) Wednesday evening at 6 pm.

Aztec Tidbits

• SDSU’s 12-4 start is the Aztecs’ best since the 2008-09 season.
• 10 of SDSU’s 12 wins have been by double-digits and six have been by at least 20 points.
• Defensively, the Aztecs are first in the Mountain West in points allowed (55.6) and second in field goal percentage defense (36.5%), turnovers forced per game (20.6) and steals per game (10.9).
• On offense, the Aztecs are second in the conference in field goal percentage (.445), three-point percentage (.348) and turnover margin (+5.44).
• Last Saturday, SDSU suffered their first home and first conference loss when they fell to UNLV, the reigning conference champion, 76-70.
• The Aztecs committed a season-low eight turnovers but were 3-for-24 (12.5%) from three and were outscored 19-1 on second chance points.
• SDSU was led by Asia Avinger’s 25 points (12-for-18 shooting) and six assists. She became just the fourth Aztec in the Mountain West era (1999-2023) to have at least 25 points and six assists in a game, joining Jené Morris, Chelsea Hopkins and McKynzie Fort.
• SDSU had fewer turnovers than their opponent in 13 of their 16 games.
• The Aztecs have had more steals than their opponent in all but two games and their 10.9 swipes per game is 25th in the country.
• SDSU is 9-1 at home this season with an average margin of victory of 22.0 points.
• Since the beginning of last year, the Aztecs are 19-6 inside Viejas Arena.
• The Aztecs’ 10-3 non-conference winning percentage was their best since the 1995-96 season (10-2, .833). According to the NET, SDSU played the second-hardest non-conference schedule in the Mountain West.
• SDSU is ranked no. 86 in the NET, the third highest in the Mountain West. The Aztecs have played five opponents in the top 100, going 2-3 in those contests.
• Sophia Ramos (San Antonio, Texas) is the only player in the nation with at least 1,700 points, 600 rebounds and 450 assists in her career.
• Ramos is in the top three in program history in six statistical categories including points (2nd), assists (2nd), made free throws (3rd), and made threes (3rd).
• On Saturday, Ramos moved past Falisha Wright (1992-95) into second place on SDSU’s all-time scoring list.
• Asia Avinger (Cerritos, Calif.) leads SDSU in scoring (12.7), assists (4.5) and is shooting 53.5% from the floor.
• Mercedes Staples (Centerville, Utah) is shooting 47.2 percent from three on the year and 39.8 percent in her SDSU career, the best in program history. She leads the Mountain West in three-point percentage (.472).
• Six Aztecs had at least a 3.50 GPA in the 2022 fall semester, including Sarah Barcello and Sophia Ramos who each had perfect 4.0s in their Master’s of education program.

Opponent Notebook (Fresno State)

• The Bulldogs are 8-9 and 1-3 in the Mountain West.
• They are 7-3 at home.
• They lost their first three conference games before beating San Jose State 65-51 on Saturday.
• They are no. 211 in the NET, which is eighth in the Mountain West.
• They allow just 56.2 points per game, second only to the Aztecs in the Mountain West.
• Their 57.6 points per game is 10th in the conference.
• Their 9.5 assists per game and 0.63 assist-to-turnover ratio is also 10th in the Mountain West.
• They commit 13.2 fouls per game, the 12th most in the country.
• Amaya West (12.1) and Yanina Todorova (11.7) are their leading scorers.
• Head coach Jaime White (9th season) has led the Bulldogs to five postseason appearances.

All-time Series (Fresno State)

• The Aztecs lead the all-time series is tied 29-25
• SDSU is 10-13 against the Bulldogs in Fresno.
• The Aztecs won just one of their last seven games in Fresno.
• The two teams have split their season series in each of the last two seasons.
• Their first meeting was January 13, 1977, a 61-42 Aztec win.

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