Photo Essay: SDSU defeats USD 68-45

Asia Avinger attempts a shot against USD. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)

Following a victory over Sacramento State Wednesday and led by Sophia Ramos‘ 18 points, the Aztecs dominated on Saturday afternoon. They only trailed for 1:55 seconds in a game that was never tied. After falling behind 3-2, SDSU led the rest of the game. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
SDSU had 18 assists on 24 made field goals including Abby Prohaska’s four dimes. Contrasting USD, which had six assists total, the Aztecs’ team-centered approach comes into focus. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
The Aztecs shot 64.7% from three making 11 of their 17 attempts from behind the arc. Alex Crain (21) came off the bench and scored 11 points. She was the team’s second-leading scorer and one of only three players from both teams to score in double digits. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
If not for a strange first quarter that saw only ten combined points, the contest would likely have been even more lopsided. SDSU shot 3-12 (25%) from the field in the first and 21-36 (58.3%) the rest of the way. Kim Villalobos (23) had a great game. She tied for the team lead in rebounds (5), assists (5), and steals (2) while only committing one turnover in 28:24 minutes of action. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
SDSU led 7-3 after one. As quirky as that score was, how the Aztecs got their points was even stranger. All seven came off fast break points. They only had six of that variety the rest of the game. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
SDSU’s bench doubled the scoring production of its USD counterparts. The reserves scored 22 points on the evening. Sophomore guard Khylee Pepe’s (0) magic number on Saturday was four. She had four points, four assists, and four fouls in 17:54 minutes of playing time. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
In a game filled with bright spots, the coaching staff will point to turnovers as a negative. SDSU turned the ball over 17 times. On the season, SDSU has had double-digit turnovers in all but two contests. They rank 137th in the country averaging 15.7 a game. Most concerning was eight came from the Aztecs’ best players Asia Avinger (1) and Sophia Ramos. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
At first glance, SDSU appeared to also struggle with rebounding on Saturday. They gave up ten more offensive rebounds than they gathered, but considering they also forced 30 missed shots, the number is a little misleading. Still, with only a pair of players 6′ or taller on the roster, team rebounding will continue to be crucial for the Aztecs. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
With the win, SDSU swept both D1 schools in San Diego this year. They moved to 9-2 on the season with only a pair of games in the upcoming West Palm Beach Invitational left in non-conference play. (Josh Jimenez/EVT)
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Paul Garrison
My earliest sport's memory involve tailgating at the Murph, running down the circular exit ramps, and seeing the Padres, Chargers and Aztecs play. As a second generation Aztec, I am passionate about all things SDSU. Other interests include raising my four children, being a great husband and teaching high school.
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