Four Aztecs Honored by College Sports Madness

Oct. 15, 2012

SAN DIEGO - Courtney Clements, Chelsea Hopkins, Malia Nahinu and Beth Burns of the San Diego State women's basketball program earned preseason recognition from College Sports Madness, the website announced Sunday.

Clements and Hopkins, both seniors were named to the all-Mountain West first team, while classmate Nahinu was a second-team selection. Burns, who is entering her eighth season of her second stint at SDSU, was tabbed the preseason coach of the year.

Clements enters the 2012-13 campaign as the reigning conference player of the year and All-American (Associated Press, WBCA). The Long Beach, Calif., native is the top returning scorer in the MW after averaging 17.4 points per game, while adding 5.3 rebounds an outing.

Hopkins begins her second and final season at San Diego State as the league's top returner in assists per game (6.5). The 2012 Mountain West Championship MVP and first-team selection also averaged 10.7 points and a team-best 5.6 rebounds in 2011-12.

Nahinu, like Clements and Hopkins, is a returning starter who averaged 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and an Aztec-best 1.9 blocks, while shooting 49.2 percent from the field. At the end of the 2012 MW regular season, Nahinu picked up third-team all-league accolades before earning a spot on the Mountain West all-tournament squad.

Burns, who was named the 2012 MW Coach of the Year, enters the new year with a team looking to defend its Mountain West regular-season and tournament titles. Burns coached the Aztecs to a 25-7 overall record and guided them through the league with a 12-2 mark. After an unblemished 3-0 effort at the conference tournament, SDSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.

The Aztecs enter the 2012-13 season ranked No. 25 by Lindy's Sports and will start their season with a 7 p.m. PT exhibition contest vs. Cal Lutheran on Nov. 6, inside Viejas Arena. SDSU's season opener is scheduled for Nov. 10, at UCLA (7 p.m. PT).

Women's basketball season tickets are currently on sale and start at $60. They can be purchased online at GoAztecs.com or by calling the Aztec Ticket Office at 619-283-7378.