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
“It’s going to be a tough game, but we can beat San Diego
State,” said sophomore center Lindsay Thomas. “We definitely want
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,”
Tonight the Rams will get a chance for redemption at Moby Arena.
Tip-off is 7 p.m.