Dec. 10, 2006
San Diego, CA- The Saint Mary's women's basketball team fell to the San Diego State Aztecs 62-57 Sunday afternoon from Cox Arena. Serena Benavente and junior transfer Mattiana Thalley led the Gaels with nine points a piece. After the day, SMC falls to 2-6 on the year while SDSU improves to 5-3.
Quenese Davis recorded a double-double and nearly missed a triple-double. Davis scored 17 points and pulled down a game-high 11 boards and added eight assists. Shanna Demus tallied a game-high 19 points and grabbed seven boards for the Aztecs.
The Gaels were down 22-12 in the first with 5:12 left but then SMC went on a 9-2 run to end the period with a three point (24-21) deficit.
Saint Mary's then took its first lead of the contest (25-24) with 18:06 on the clock when senior forward Eghosa Obaiza converted a free throw. Obaiza finished with eight points and seven rebounds before fouling out.
San Diego State though quickly regained the advantage and took a 49-39 lead with 8:34 left on the clock.
The Gaels made another run and pulled to within three when Thalley drilled a three to make the score 60-57 with seven seconds left. The nine points for the junior transfer was a career-high at SMC.
Saint Mary's shot 34-percent (15-for-44) from the floor and 39-percent (5-for-13) from beyond the arc. The Gaels went to the line 40 times but only converted 22 attempts for a 55-percentage.
San Diego State shot 37-percent (22-for-60) from the floor and 42-percent (5-for-12) from three. The Aztecs drilled 52-percent (13-for-25) of their shots from the charity stripe.
The Gaels poured in 26 points off the bench which included the career-high from Thalley.
Obaiza had five steals for SMC while senior center Sheridan Arredondo made four. The Gaels turned the ball over 24 times compared to the 22 by the Aztecs.
Saint Mary's will return to action on Saturday, December 16 when it heads to Texas for the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Tournament. The Gaels will face the host Islanders at 6:30 p.m. from the American Bank Center.