Jan. 3, 2013
SEATTLE - Despite junior guard Jennifer Schlott's new career-high 32 points, Utah State women's basketball dropped it Western Athletic Conference road opener, 71-68, to Seattle in overtime at the Connolly Center on Thursday.
Schlott and senior guard Jenna Johnson accounted for 47 of the Aggies 68 points. This was the fourth double-double for Johnson this season, which leads the team.
The Aggies had their three-game winning snapped by Seattle, falling to 2-1 in WAC play and 5-9 overall. Seattle improves to 2-0 in league play and 5-6 overall. The Redhawks are the only undefeated team remaining in the WAC.
Kacie Sowell and Brenda Adhiambo both had double-doubles for the Redhawks. Sowell had 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Adhiambo had 14 points and 15 boards, as SU out-rebounded USU 48-33. The nations leaders in steals had 15 steals, while Utah State had16. Seattle scored 40 points in the paint, compared to 26 by the Aggies.
The Aggies started cold from the field, but despite the early troubles only trailed 5-4 after three minutes. Syliva Shephard's second three of the game put the Redhawks up 12-7 with under 15 minutes left in the half.
Sowell hurt the Aggies early with eight points in the first seven minutes as Seattle took a 20-15 advantage. The Seattle lead inflated to 24-15 with 9:46 left in the half. Early on the Aggies were shooting under 30 percent, while Seattle was over 75 percent from the field.
Turnovers also plagued the Aggies early one with nine in the first 16 minutes of action. USU stayed in the game with six-straight points from Johnson, trailing 34-25 with 3:28 left.
Schlott scored five points in under a minute to cut the lead to 36-30 with 2:05 left in the half. The guard went on to score the final eight points of the half for Utah State as the Aggies pulled within four, 38-34 at half time.
In the first half, Schlott led all scorers with 14 points, while senior guard Devyn Christensen added seven points and two steals. Johnson added six points in the first 20 minutes. The Aggies had 10 steals in the first half, but also had 12 turnovers.
Seattle's Sowell had 10 points in the first period to go alone with four rebounds. Adhiambo had eight points and seven boards to help the Redhawks.
USU took its first lead of the game 39-38 with 18:43 left in the second half. Shephard scored four-straight to put the Redhawks back up 42-39 with 17:41 remaining. After the Aggies' brief lead, Seattle opened up a 51-43 lead with under 13 left, as the Redhawk shooting remained hot.
Schlott continued to keep the Aggies within striking distance, sinking two free throws with under nine to play to trim the Redhawk lead to 55-50. Slowly, Utah State clawed its way back into the game. After one last attempt by Christensen with five seconds left; regulation would end tied 64-64. This was USU's second overtime game in its last three games. The Aggies are now 1-2 in overtime games this season.
SU scored the first four points of overtime to take a 68-64 lead before Johnson sunk a pair of free throws to cut the Redhawk lead to 68-77. Utah State had several opportunities to tie the game, but were not able to capitalize.
For the game Utah State was 23-of-67 from the field good for 34.3 percent and 3-of-24 from three for 12.5 percent which was a season low. The Aggies were once again solid from the free throw line, going 19-of-22 for (86.4 percent). The Redhawks were 27-of-56 from the field, which was good for a stellar 48.2 percent. Seattle was 2-of-8 from three (25.3 percent) and 15-of-29 from the charity stripe (51.7 percent).
The Aggies are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 5, traveling to Moscow to take on Idaho at 3 p.m. (MT).
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