WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SDSU secures first winning season in nearly 12 years

by Staff

On the surface, Saturday seemed to be a pretty ordinary day for the San Diego State women’s basketball team.SDSU traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., to take on a Colorado State team who was winless in Mountain West Conference play, and decisively beat the struggling Rams 76-56.But for the Aztecs, Saturday’s win was much more than just another notch in the win column.The victory marked the first time since 1997 that SDSU has achieved a winning season.”It really is a big deal for the program,” head coach Beth Burns said. “Going out every day and fighting hard to win the majority of your games really speaks to the progress we have made as a team over the past few years.”The Aztecs (15-12, 6-9 in MWC play) jumped out to a quick lead against CSU (2-25, 0-14) and didn’t look back as SDSU rarely trailed in the match. Burns’ squad was able to control the pace of the game thanks to the quickness of sophomore guards Quenese Davis and Jené Morris, who each had 19 points and seven steals while chipping in two and five rebounds, respectively.”Jené and (Quenese) both came up huge today,” Burns said. “It seemed like (Quenese) would get a steal and get it to Jené for the score, and then it would be the other way around on the next play.”Freshman center Paris Johnson also scored in double-digits with 10 points, two rebounds, a block and a steal. Meanwhile, Quenese’s sister, Coco, contributed a career high nine points and a steal of her own.The win gave the Aztecs the season sweep of the Rams and marked the second consecutive win for SDSU.”Gaining the confidence we got from playing so well against UNLV (last Wednesday) really helped out against (Colorado State) today,” Burns said. “And with a team who’s struggling as much as CSU, it’s important to get a great start and establish your team’s game early.”