Cougars overpower Aztecs at Viejas

by Edward Lewis

File Photo
File Photo

San Diego State women’s basketball senior center Paris Johnson scored 15 points and senior forward Jessika Bradley added 14, but it wasn’t enough last night as BYU beat SDSU 65-55 in front of 702 fans at Viejas Arena. The Aztecs jumped out to a 10-point lead early in the first half and actually finished the first 20 minutes of action shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. But BYU, led by junior forward Kristen Riley, went on a 30-12 run to finish out the first half and went into the locker room up by five.

In the second half, Riley continued to hurt SDSU and helped her Cougar squad pull away in the final 20 minutes. The junior posted a career-high 23 points and added seven rebounds, improving her team’s record to 13-7 (5-1 in Mountain West Conference play) this season.

“We hung together while playing with maturity and experience tonight,” BYU head coach Jeff Judkins told after the game. “We didn’t doubt ourselves. Kristen (Riley) came in and gave us a big lift, both offensively and defensively. She really had a great game tonight.”
With the loss, the Aztecs fall to 8-10 (2-4 in MWC play).