Jan. 7, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Taylor Richards' shot rimmed out at the buzzer as Fresno State escaped with a 60-58 win against Utah State in a Western Athletic Conference women's basketball game here Saturday night.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Aggies as they fell to 1-11 overall and 0-2 in the WAC. The Bulldogs improved to 9-4 and 1-0 in their WAC opener.
Down by one, 59-58, following two free throws by Fresno's Jasmine Plummer with 2:19 left in the game, Utah State missed its last five field goal attempts, including Richards' baseline jumper at the buzzer.
Utah State struggled in the first half, allowing Fresno State to grab an early 17-8 lead with 10:08 on the clock. The Aggies were able to cut the lead to five (19-14) at one point, but the `Dogs stretched it back out to 11 (29-18) at the intermission behind 10 points from Amy Parrish.
Jessica Freeman scored a game-high 12 points for the Aggies on 6-for-9 shooting from the floor. She also batted down a game-high five shots. In her first start of the year, senior Ashley Rutledge hit three key shots from beyond the arc to finish with 10 points in a game-long 39 minutes.
The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 38-24 just over two minutes into the second half, but USU used a 19-4 run over the next seven-plus minutes to take a 43-42 lead with 10:26 left in the game. The Aggies upped their lead to five before the game see-sawed back and forth and went down to the final shot.
Parrish finished with a game-high 16 points for Fresno, while Mirenda Swearengin added 12 and Tierre Wilson chipped-in 11. The `Dogs out-rebounded the Aggies 43-36, which included a 21-13 edge on the offensive glass.
As a team, USU shot 38.2 percent from the floor and dished-out 15 assists to 17 turnovers, while Fresno State shot 36.5 percent and had 16 assists and 15 turnovers.
Utah State is on the road next week as it faces Boise State on Thursday and Idaho on Saturday.
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