Jan. 5, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - A 12-0 run late in the first half fueled Utah State's 68-58 win over San Jose State Saturday night in women's basketball action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. It was USU's Western Athletic Conference opener and was the first time in the Aggies' three seasons in the league that they have opened conference action with a win.
Junior forward Lindsey Shipley netted a career-high 20 points, topping her previous career high of 19 set just three games ago against Saint Mary's on Dec. 22. Sophomore guard Danyelle Snelgro tallied 10 points and five assists, which were matched by senior forward Jenny Gross' career-high five helpers to tie for team-leading honors. Senior guard Taylor Richards snared a team-high five rebounds.
USU improved to 7-8 in conference openers overall and 6-4 in conference home openers.
The Aggies won their second in a row and three of last four to improve to 5-8 overall, while SJSU lost its seventh-straight in falling to 1-13 overall and 0-1 in WAC play.
Utah State has now won two of the last three against San Jose State, with both wins coming on the Aggies' home court and USU now trails the all-time series, 4-2.
The Spartans were led by Natalie White's 18 points and seven rebounds, while Sayja Sumler added nine points and seven boards, as SJSU out-rebounded USU, 38-29.
Shipley hit 8-of-10 (80.0 percent) from the field, to lead USU to 26-of-47 (55.3 percent) in the field goal shooting department. The Aggies were 3-of-12 (25.0 percent) behind the three-point arc and were 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) at the free throw line.
SJSU hit just 36.8 percent (21-of-57) field goal shooting, draining 60.0 percent (6-of-10) from three-point land with White netting a game-high three treys. The Spartans were also just 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from the charity stripe.
USU scored 27 points off of SJSU's 24 turnovers, but the Aggies also committed 24 miscues.
Gross and Snelgro's 10 combined assists were half of USU's 20 helpers as a team.
Utah State also had a season-high eight blocks as a team, doubling the previous high of four done twice this season. Sophomore forward Nicole Johnson had a game-high two swats.
After SJSU led 11-9, USU went on a 9-3 run to take an 18-14 lead at the 12:08 mark after a Shipley layup and the Aggies never trailed again. Utah State later led 28-20 before Shipley started a 12-0 run with a jumper and junior guard Ana Pares capped the streak with a steal and layup with 1:21 left in the half for a 40-20 Aggie advantage. The Spartans scored the final four points of the first stanza to make the scoreboard read 40-24 at the break.
White scored SJSU's last two points of the first half and the first 11 of the second half to pull the Spartans within 46-33 less than four minutes into action.
Shipley regained control for USU with a jumper with 14:09 remaining and the Aggies kept the Spartans at bay from there on out, stretching the lead to 21 on a Gross layup with 6:01 left in the game.
SJSU mounted a late charge on the USU reserves, trimming the deficit to 66-56 with 56 seconds on the clock, but couldn't get any closer.
Utah State hosts Hawai'i on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum before going on a three-game road swing beginning Saturday, Jan. 12 at New Mexico State. The Aggies then take on defending WAC champion Boise State on Jan. 17 and play at Idaho on Jan. 19 before returning home to host New Mexico State on Jan. 24.
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All the Utah State women's basketball games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and former Aggie women's basketball player Ashley Rutledge providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web through Yahoo! Sports, by going to the Utah State Athletic home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the Yahoo! Sports link in the right hand column.
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