Jan. 5, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's basketball team was looking for a fresh start to the season when it hosted San Jose State in its Western Athletic Conference opener. Instead the Aggies dropped a 63-51 decision in losing their fifth straight game.
USU fell to 1-10 overall and 0-1 in the league, while visiting San Jose State improved to 4-6 and 1-0.
Jenny Gross was one of the few bright spots for USU as she connected on six of seven shots en route to a team-high 12 points in just 18 minutes of play. The 6-2 forward also pulled down six rebounds.
San Jose State was led by Natalie White, who scored 21 points off the bench, while teammates Lamisha Augustine and Brittany Imaku added 14 and 13 respectively.
The teams were tied at 41 with eight minutes left in the contest before SJSU closed the game on a 22-10 run. Down 46-43 with five minutes left, USU turned the ball over four times in its next five possessions, while the Spartans scored on eight straight possessions to close the game.
The Aggis outshot SJSU 37.7 percent to 33.8 percent and out-rebounded the Spartans 48-33, but were undone by 28 turnovers. SJSU turned it over just 13 times in the game.
Brittany Tressler and Ashley Rutledge each added eight points off the bench for USU. Lindsay Freeze and Jessica Freeman contributed seven and six points off the bench as USU's non-starters provided 31 of USU's 51 points. Gross scored 12 Aggie points, but the other four starters combined for just eight points.
San Jose State started the game on a 19-7 run before USU cut the margin to one at 23-22 with a 15-4 run of its own. The visitors took a 25-22 lead into halftime.
The teams stayed close for the majority of the second half with neither team leading by more than five points. USU gained its last lead at 37-36 after an Ashley Rutledge three-pointer at the 11:27 mark.
The Aggies will continue home WAC play, hosting Fresno State on Saturday with tipoff at 7 p.m.
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