Dec. 31, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Both senior guard Jenna Johnson and freshman guard Makenlee Williams registered double-doubles as Utah State captured its third-straight win, 82-69, over Texas State Monday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to conclude the 2012 portion of the schedule.
With the win, the Aggies are the only team to start Western Athletic Conference action with a 2-0 record. USU improves to 5-8 overall. Texas State falls to 6-6 overall and 0-2 in WAC play.
For the seventh-straight game junior guard Jennifer Schlott scored in double figures with 11 points to go along with a career high nine assists. Johnson recorded her third double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, which was also a career high. Williams had her first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Devyn Christensen was the Aggies' leading scorer with 19 points.
The WAC's leading scorer Diamond Ford was held to 18 points after scoring 40 in a loss to San Jose State on Dec. 29. Ayriel Anderson scored 16 points, scoring five threes. Ashley Ezeh added 12 points and nine rebounds.
For only the second time this season, the Aggies won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Bobcats, 48-41. Utah State also added a season-high 19 assists.
The Aggies had the hot hand early in the game scoring the first 15 points of the game and making their first six shots. USU used solid defense early in the game forcing four Bobcat turnovers in the first seven minutes.
Utah State remained hot extending its lead to 22-5 with under 14 left in the half. The Aggies had already made four treys in the first seven minutes.
Texas State fought back with a 6-0 run of its own before a Williams three stopped that streak. With under nine to play, a Schlott three gave USU a 30-13 advantage.
Utah State maintained a double-digit lead much of the first half, taking as big a lead as 20.
The 42 first half points were the second-most points scored in the first half this season for the Aggies. USU scored 49 at Notre Dame on Dec. 8. All 42 points in the first half were scored by the five USU starters.
In the first half, Johnson was the only player in double figures with 10 points. Williams ended the first half with seven points and seven rebounds. Both Christensen and Schlott had nine first-half points. The Aggies out-rebounded the Bobcats 24-17 in the first half.
Texas State was led by nine points from Ford, while Ezeh added eight points. The Bobcats were plagued by seven first-half turnovers. Texas State also shot only 33.3 percent from the field in the first half (10-of-30).
With 13:34 left in the second half, the Aggies' got their first points off the bench with a Cristal Turner layup to put Utah State up 56-34. Utah State was able to play all 11 active players, getting several starters some rest.
After a Johnson layup the Aggies took their biggest lead of the night 58-34 with 13:00 left on the clock. USU continued to dominate the second half. The Bobcats did keep fighting cutting the lead to 75-62 with under two minutes left.
The Aggies ended the game with 21 second-chance points, compared to 10 by the Bobcats.
Utah State was 28-of-67 (41.8 percent) field goal shooting, hitting 10-of-25 (40.0 percent) of its three-pointers. The Aggies were also 16-of-19 (82.2 percent) from the free throw line.
Texas State shot 24-of-67 (35.8 percent) from the field, making 9-of-26 (34.6 percent) from behind the arc. The Bobcats were 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Aggies now hit the road for three-straight conference games. USU begins the road trip on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Seattle at 8 p.m. MT. USU will then travel to Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. (MT). Utah State will conclude the road trip next week on Saturday, Jan. 12 at San Jose State at 8 p.m. (MT).
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