That was the most 3-pointers in a season opener in 15 years and the biggest season-debut win for coach Stacie Terry in her five-year tenure at SDSU.
Thirteen seconds into the game senior guard McKynzie Fort sank a 3-pointer to open a scoring drive for the Aztecs. Lexy Thorderson followed suit with another long one of her own less than a minute later, followed by Geena Gomez with a three from the right side for a 9-2 SDSU lead with just 1:58 into the game.G
Fort led the Aztecs offensively with 16 points and two 3-pointers and seven rebounds. Gomez matched her career high with six assists. Thorderson was 4-of-7 from the 3-point line.
The major key to SDSU’s success was its bench. The Aztec’s bench scored 39 of the team’s 77 points, compared to the Blue Hose’s five points.
“I think our starters are doing a good job getting us off to a good start and when we sub, we don’t lose much,” Terry said. “That’s always what you want, is to be able to bring people off the bench to get you going.”
San Diego State continued to press into the second quarter and finished with a commanding 42-27 lead by the half.
The Aztecs were 30-fo-60 from the floor and 12-for 26 from the 3-point line compared to the Blue Hose’s 33.9 shot percentage and 12.9 percent from the 3-point range. SDSU out-rebounded Presbyterian 45-36 with 22 assists compared to Presbyterian’s 12 assists.
The women’s basketball team will continue its three-game homestand next against CSUN at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Viejas Arena.
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