Feb 182004
 
Authors: Katrice Thomas

The Rams’ 4-5 conference record and 13-9 overall record has them

in the middle of Mountain West conference standings. Tonight they

will take on the San Diego Aztecs (7-14, 2-6) who find themselves

in seventh place in the conference. The No. 4 seed taking on the

No. 7 seed should mean an easy win for the Rams right?

But the Aztecs have something the Rams don’t have right now:

desperation. San Diego State has dropped its last three games and

desperately needs to find a way to pull out of its 2-6 hole.

“They’re a real scrappy unit and they play really hard,” said

CSU head coach Chris Denker.

When asked to rate how hard the Aztecs would be to beat

sophomore forward Melissa Dennett said, “I don’t know about

ratings, but this game is pretty important. Every game is

important.”

“It’s going to be a tough game, but we can beat San Diego

State,” said sophomore center Lindsay Thomas. “We definitely want

to.”

Freshman Michelle Elliot has been an important factor for the

Aztecs and she hopes to factor in a win against the Rams. She leads

the team with 13 points per game. Behind her is sophomore Ashlee

Dunlap with 11.9 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game. Last

week Dunlap posted 18 points against Nevada-Las Vegas, but her

performance wasn’t enough to beat the Rebels who won 65-56.

The Rams are trying to get their second win in a row after

beating Brigham Young 72-64 in Provo, Utah. The Aztecs will have to

deal with senior guard Jasai Ferrucho, who had a career-high 14

assists against BYU and Thomas, who had her fourth double-double of

the season leading the team with 18 points and 10 boards. Vanessa

Espinoza chipped in 17 points, while Dennett had 13, and freshman

Annika Walseth tied her career-high with 11 points in that win.

“We’re coming off a really good game at BYU,” Denker said. “And

it’s nice to be home, too.”

The Aztecs hold a 17-8 lead in the all-time series. The Rams

have a 5-6 record when they are at home, but San Diego’s Cox Arena

has been brutal, allowing the Rams two wins out of 10. Last time

the teams met it was in San Diego. The Rams lost 55-58 in a game

the Rams would like to forget.

“We didn’t play well at all against San Diego State,” Denker

said. “We really want to redeem ourselves, and if we improve upon

that game, I think we have a chance.”

How the Rams come out tonight should determine how well they

play, Dennett added.

“We just need to come out stronger than we did last time,”

Dennett said.

Tonight the Rams will get a chance for redemption at Moby Arena.

Tip-off is 7 p.m.

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