SDSU women’s basketball’s nightmare 2016 continues with 70-54 loss at Colorado State

by Brandon Truffa, Senior Staff Writer

With the turning of a new month in the calendar, San Diego State women’s basketball was hoping to turn a new leaf on a season which has been plagued by a series of unfortunate events.

In January, the Aztecs went without winning, going 0-8 to start the new year.

And they didn’t fare any better in their first game in February as they were defeated by Colorado State 70-54 Wednesday night.

“(The year) 2016 has not been kind to the Aztecs, that’s for sure,” SDSU head coach Stacie Terry said.

Entering Wednesday, CSU was riding a 16-game win streak and boasted an 18-1 record, which included a perfect 8-0 record in the Mountain West.

The Aztecs (6-15, 1-9 MW) competed well against the Rams a few weeks ago at Viejas Arena. On Jan. 13, SDSU came close to knocking off the MW leader, losing only 60-57.

However, Wednesday’s game was a different story, and the conference leader dominated the Aztecs.

CSU senior guard Jamie Patrick carried the Rams (19-1, 9-0 MW) early in the game, scoring the team’s first eight points.

Patrick finished the night as CSU’s leading scorer, ending with 14 points, six rebounds and three assists.

SDSU junior guard Ariell Bostick led the Aztecs with a season-high 12 points.

The Rams were able to limit and shut down sophomore guard McKynzie Fort, whose average of 14 points a game leads SDSU.

Fort was held to just nine points. This was the third time in the last four games the sophomore had been held to single digits.

The Rams’ red-hot shooting ultimately became too much for the Aztecs to handle.

CSU shot 25 of 45 from the field and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, going  for 14.

Additionally, the Rams out-rebounded SDSU with a 32-24 differential.

Although there were times during the game when the Aztecs moved the ball efficiently and created quality shots, SDSU only had eight assists as a team.

Despite all of the negative, the Aztecs were able to garner some positive from this defeat.

SDSU went 8 for 10 from the free-throw line, positing its best free-throw percentage of the season.

Terry admires her team’s ability to remain positive through these difficult times.

“We’ve been working hard to correct the mistakes that we make game after game and these young women have done a great job of coming back and having the right attitude after that, so I admire them for that,” Terry said.

The Aztecs will continue the road trip Saturday to take on University of New Mexico.