Aztecs Shoot Down Lady Rebels

Feb. 11, 2012

SAN DIEGO ( - A 13-5 run midway through the second half broke open a tied contest, while Courtney Clements scored 14 of her game-high 23 points in the second half to give San Diego State a 77-64 win over UNLV on Saturday afternoon in Mountain West women's basketball action at Viejas Arena. The loss dropped the Lady Rebels to 17-8, 5-4 in the MW, while the Aztecs improved to 18-5, and 8-1 in conference play.

Down two at halftime, SDSU scored the first basket of the second half for a 33-29 edge. UNLV then went on an 8-2 spurt, going up 37-36 on a pair of Jamie Smith free throws at the 16:35 mark. The lead would change hands five times over the next three minutes of the game. UNLV's final lead of the afternoon came off a long jumper by Mia Bell at 14:33 for a 41-40 Lady Rebel edge.

A 9-2 run, started by five straight points from Sajoyia Griffin, put the Aztecs ahead for good, with a Clements jumper making the score 50-43. UNLV stayed close, and cut the edge down to four points, 58-54 on a three-point from Smith with 5:58 to play. The Aztecs would slowly pull away though, scoring on six of their next seven possessions. A Griffin trey at 1:58 gave SDSU a 67-56 lead, and the Aztecs finished the game scoring 19 of the final 29 points.

The first half was just as close, with two ties and nine lead changes. UNLV jumped out to a early 9-2 edge, with five points coming from Kelli Thompson. The Lady Rebels still held a 15-9 advantage at the 14:23 mark, before SDSU countered with a 10-0 run over the next 2:53 of the game. A jumper from Clements put SDSU ahead 19-15 with 11:36 on the clock. UNLV answered with an 8-2 run of its own, with a Thompson trey putting the Lady Rebs ahead 22-21. The score was 29-27 in favor of the UNLV after a trey from Danielle Miller, but the Aztecs scored the half's final four points to take a two-point edge into halftime.

Thompson paced UNLV with 20 points, while Smith added 16 and seven rebounds. The Lady Rebels shot 41% (16-of-39) from the floor, were 5-of-12 from three-point land for 41.7%, and 27-of-37 at the line for 73%. UNLV was forced into 18 turnovers, and those were turned into 21 Aztec points.

Clements was joined in double figures from the Aztecs by Griffin with a career-high 14 and Chelsea Hopkins with 12 points and 12 assists. SDSU shot 50% (25-of-50) for the game, including 61.9% (13-of-21) in the second half. The Aztecs were 4-of-12 for 33.3% from three-point range, and 23-of-30 at the free throw line for 76.7%.