April 19, 2024
Jada Lewis had 9 factors within the shedding effort in opposition to UNLV. Photograph credit score: goaztecs.com

San Diego State’s ladies’s basketball crew trailed UNLV by simply 5 factors after three quarters within the finals of the Mountain West Ladies’s Basketball Championship.

The No. 7 seed gave the top-seeded Girl Rebels (30-2, 17-1 MW) a run for his or her cash, but it surely was not the identical within the fourth interval as UNLV pulled away for a 66-49 win and their third straight event crown.
 
The Aztecs (22-13, 10-8 MW) have been led by senior Abby Prohaska, with 13 factors; she additionally paced the squad with 5 rebounds. Kim Villalobos had eight assists, to tie a profession excessive, six factors, two steals and a block. Jada Lewis and Adryana Quezada added 9 and eight factors, respectively.
 
San Diego State shot 40% within the first quarter in comparison with UNLV’s 29% to ascertain a 10-8 lead after 10 minutes

The Aztecs constructed a six-point benefit, 20-14 with 6:57 to play earlier than intermission, however failed to attain once more earlier than the half. Nonetheless, SDSU’s protection held No. 21 UNLV to simply six factors and the groups went into the break tied 20-20.
 
Neither crew excelled from lengthy distance earlier than the half. SDSU, which averages 5.5 threes per sport and UNLV, which makes 7.9 per sport, mixed to go 0-of-10 within the first half, however the second half was a unique story, a they each warmed up, going 10-of-17.
 
The Aztecs, up 24-22 within the third, noticed the Girl Rebels go on a 12-0 run over the following 3:30 and located themselves down 34-24 with 4:42 to play within the interval. 

Lewis stopped the run with the crew’s first three-pointer of the sport and SDSU drew to inside 5 factors. However UNLV opened the ultimate quarter on an 11-0 run and took its greatest lead of the sport, 53-37, with 7:38 to play and cruised to the end.

This was the primary time since 2013 that the Aztecs made the it to the championship sport. They made it there with a straightforward first-round win over San Jose State, adopted by a quarterfinal win over No. 2 seed New Mexico, 67-56 and a hard-fought 72-69 win over Boise State within the semis.

Villalobos and Quezada have been named to the All-Match Workforce. As well as, Villalobos surpassed 1,000 factors for her profession.