San Diego, California - San Diego State women’s basketball makes its first appearance of the 2017-18 campaign with an exhibition game in Viejas Arena on Fri., Nov. 3 against Cal State L.A.
Tip is set for 6:30 p.m. and live stats will be available on GoAztecs.com.
Fifth-year head coach Stacie Terry returns 78.9 percent of her team’s scoring, nine letterwinners and four starters from the 2016-17 season, including 2016-17 All-Mountain West First-Team and 2017-18 Mountain West Preseason All-Conference Team selections McKynzie Fort.
During the 2016-17 campaign, Fort became just the fourth Aztec to garner a spot on an All-Mountain West team each of her first three seasons at San Diego State after collecting an All-Mountain West first team nod this year. The only Aztec to start all 30 games, Fort finished the year in the league rankings: second in points per game (15.9), ninth in free throw percentage (.784), 11th in field goal percentage (.436), 12th in minutes played per game (31.9) and 13th in assists per game (2.5).
Additionally, the Fontana, Calif., native was 116-for-148 from the free throw line, tied for the eighth-most made in SDSU single-season history. She reached the career 1,000-point mark at San José State (1-11-17), the 21st Aztec and eighth SDSU third-year to accomplish the feat, after notching season highs in points (29) and rebounds (11) for her second-career double-double.
SDSU also welcomes back returning starters and seniors Lexy Thorderson, Geena Gomez and Khalia Lark.
Thorderson and Gomez helped the Aztecs engineer the program’s best 3-point season for the 2016-17 campaign. Thorderson spent most of the season among the league's top three in 3-point field goals made. In the SDSU single-season list, her 66 made threes on 192 attempts each rank fourth. Thorderson finished her junior campaign with the Mountain West's second-most made long balls, averaging 2.4 per game.
Gomez, meanwhile, shot at a .360 clip (36-for-100) from 3-point range, the league's sixth-best percentage. Her 36 made threes were the Aztecs’ third most.
After becoming eligible following the fall semester after a transfer from Washington, Lark led the team with 6.1 rebounds per game and averaged 25.9 minutes per game, the second most on the Aztecs.
Seven additional returners will also make appearances for the Scarlet and Black in seniors Allison Brown and Cheyenne Greenhouse, junior Arantxa Gomez Ferrer, and sophomores Naomi Ekwedike, Abby Lowe, Monique Terry and Baylee Vanderdoes.
Making their debuts for SDSU are five freshmen who comprise the 23rd-ranked recruiting class in the country, and the best in the Mountain West, according to Prospects Nation: Te’a Adams, Jenay Bojorquez, Kiara Edwards, Najé Murray and Kennedi Villa. The five incoming freshmen join Loli Gomez, a junior who competed at CSU San Bernardino her freshman season and a sister of senior guard Geena Gomez.
Earlier today, San Diego State was picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West and Fort was named to the Mountain West Preseason All-Conference team in the preseason coaches poll. After winning the Mountain West Tournament last season, Boise State was the favorite to repeat as the league champion with seven first-place votes and 221 points.
Season tickets are available for the Aztecs' 2017-18 home schedule and start at just $60. Tickets can be purchased through GoAztecs.com, over the phone by calling (619) 283-7378, or by visiting SDCCU Stadium's Window E between 9 a.m. PT and 5 p.m. PT.