#AztecWBB, UCSB Set to Clash in WNIT Opener
March 19, 2013
SAN DIEGO - n The San Diego State women's basketball team will be making its fourth postseason appearance in the last five years and the 12th in program history, as the Aztecs square off against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). Opening tip is slated for 7 p.m. PT at Viejas Arena.
A win over the Gauchos would give the Aztecs a program-record 27 victories in a single season. SDSU's 26 wins thus far matches the school record set by the 1993-94 squad.
The winner of Wednesday's clash will meet the victor of the Idaho State-Brigham Young contest in the second round, with the date, location and time to be determined.
The Aztecs are making their second appearance in the WNIT, having reached the championship game back in 1989. SDSU defeated Radford (99-92) and Murray State (97-81) in its opening-round matchups before falling to Oregon (67-64) in the finals.
Chelsea Hopkins and Courtney Clements were named to the WBCA All-Region VII Team on Tuesday. With the recognition, the two SDSU guards are among an exclusive list of 52 candidates who will be considered for the WBCA All-America Team to be revealed on April 6, in New Orleans, La.
UC Santa Barbara (16-16, 11-7 Big West) at San Diego State (26-6, 15-1 MW) Game Information
-When & Where: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Viejas Arena (12,414), San Diego, Calif., 7 p.m. PT.
-Live Media: A live audio webcast featuring Chris Ello, as well as live stats will be available on goaztecs.com.
-SDSU Head Coach Beth Burns: Burns (Ohio Wesleyan, 1979) is in the eighth year of her second stint as head coach at San Diego State. She led the Aztecs for eight seasons from 1989 to 1997, before returning in 2005. She has an overall head coaching record of 375-250 in 21 seasons, and she is 294-185 in her 16 campaigns at SDSU.
-UCSB Head Coach Carlene Mitchell: Mitchell (Kansas State, 1996) is in her second season at the helm of the Gauchos and sports a record of 33-32. Prior to her appointment at UCSB, Mitchell served a 10-year stint as an assistant at Rutgers, with the final three years spent as associate head coach.
-Series History: The Aztecs own a 14-6 lead in the all-time series, including an 8-2 mark in San Diego. However, the two teams have not met since 1999.