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Aztecs Host Colorado State Thursday Night For Their Annual Play4Kay Pink Game

SDSU is in a three-way tie for second place with Wyoming and Colorado State. After playing CSU Thursday, the Aztecs host Wyoming Saturday.
By GoAztecs

SAN DIEGO – The Aztec women's basketball team hosts Colorado State Thursday at 6 p.m. for their annual Play4Kay Pink Game.


Aztec Tidbits

• SDSU is in a three-way tie for second place with Wyoming and Colorado State. After playing CSU Thursday, the Aztecs host Wyoming Saturday.

• The Aztecs are coming off an 80-55 win at San Jose State, which concluded a stretch of four straight road games, their longest in Mountain West history.

• Kim Villalobos (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Sophia Ramos (16 points and 13 assists) both had double-doubles.

• Ramos' 13 assists was a career-high and the most by an Aztec in 10 years (Chelsea Hopkins).

• SDSU's 20 wins are their most since the 2012-13 season. San Diego State is one of four schools to have both their men's and women's teams have 20 or more wins (Gonzaga, Texas, UCLA).

• Defensively, SDSU is first in the Mountain West in points allowed (56.3) and 3-point % defense (.281) and 2nd in steals per game (10.3).

• On offense, the Aztecs lead the conference in assists per game (15.4).

• SDSU is in the top 30 in the nation in scoring defense (56.3), steals per game (10.3) and turnover margin (+4.7).

• The Aztecs have a 1.28 assist-to-turnover ratio in Mountain West play. Their 1.08 ratio on the season is their best since the 1983-84 season.

• SDSU has six players averaging between 8.0 and 13.0 points/game.

• Six different Aztecs have scored in double-digits in at least nine games and four players have been the team's high scorer in at least five games.

• SDSU has six players in their fifth year of college and all six have played in at least 100 games and are currently pursuing a master's degree.

• The Aztecs also have six players who were top 100 recruits coming out of high school.

• Sophia Ramos is the only player in the nation with at least 1,800 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in her career.

• Ramos is second in school history in points and assists and is in the top three in program history in five other statistical categories including games (1st), made free throws (3rd), and made threes (3rd).

• Mercedes Staples is shooting 44.6% from three on the year and 40.1 percent in her SDSU career, both of which are the best in program history.

• Asia Avinger is the only player in the nation to average at least 12 points, four assists and two steals per game while shooting at least 50 percent from the floor.

• SDSU is 16-2 when scoring 60 or more points and 16-0 when their opponent is held under 60.

• In their 26 games, SDSU has had fewer turnovers than their opponent 21 times.

• SDSU has had more steals than their opponent in all but five games and their 10.3 swipes per game is 30th in the country.

• 15 of SDSU's 20 wins have been by double-digits and eight have been by at least 20 points.

• The Aztecs have held their opponent under 50 points eight times and under 40 percent shooting 16 times.

• SDSU is 13-1 at home this season with an average margin of victory of 19.8 points. Since the beginning of last year, the Aztecs are 23-6 inside Viejas Arena. SDSU's men's and women's teams have the most combined home wins in the nation.

• The Aztecs' 10-3 non-conference winning percentage was their best since the 1995-96 season (10-2, .833). According to the NET, SDSU played the second-hardest non-conference schedule in the Mountain West.

• Including SDSU, five Mountain West teams are in the top 115 of the NET. The Aztecs are ranked No. 90, third in the conference.

• Six Aztecs had at least a 3.50 GPA in the 2022 fall semester, including Sarah Barcello and Sophia Ramos who each had perfect 4.0s in their Master of Education program.


Player Notes

• Asia Avinger (Cerritos, Calif.) leads the Mountain West in steals per game (2.4) in conference play.

• Sarah Barcello's (Phoenix, Ariz.) is shooting 43 percent from three in conference play.

• Alex Crain (McKinney, Texas) is shooting a career-best 33.3% from three.

• Yummy Morris (North Little Rock, Ark.) has scored in double-digits in seven straight games, the longest streak on the team.

• 46.3% of Khylee Pepe's (Long Beach, Calif.) rebounds are on the offensive end, by far the most on the team.

• Abby Prohaska (Liberty Township, Ohio) has led the Aztecs in scoring six times, the second most on the team.

• Sophia Ramos' (San Antonio, Texas) career-high 13 assists was the most by a player in the Mountain West this year.

• Mercedes Staples (Centerville, Utah) hit five threes at San Jose Saturday, her third game making five or more threes.

• Kim Villalobos (Los Angeles) had a season-high 19 points and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds at San Jose State Saturday.


Opponent Notebook (Colorado State)

• The Rams are 17-8 on the year and 10-4 in conference.

• They are 4-5 on the road.

• They have won four games in a row.

• They lead the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) and turnovers per game (8.6).

• They lead the conference in field goal percentage defense (.372), three-point percentage (.386) and free throw percentage (.798) and are second in points per game (75.2) and field goal percentage (.457)

• McKenna Hofschild leads the conference in scoring (21.1 ppg) and assists (7.3 apg). She is top 10 in the nation in both categories.

• Destiny Thurman averages 13.9 points per game.

• Head coach Ryun Williams (11th season) has won over 200 games at Colorado State, the most in program history.


 All-time Series (Colorado State)

• The all-time series is tied at 32-32.

• SDSU is 19-10 at home vs. the Rams.

• The Aztecs lost 71-58 at Fort Collins on Jan. 16. Abby Prohaska scored 21 in that game.

• SDSU has won the last three meetings in San Diego.