FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
Despite a late comeback and a higher shooting percentage than the opponent, Utah State women's basketball fell to Colorado State on the road Wednesday, 56-45.
Junior guard Rachel Brewster led the Aggies in scoring Wednesday, putting up 14 points. She also had a team-high seven rebounds on the night. Colorado State had two players in double figures, led by 18 points from Stine Austgulen.
With the loss, Utah State falls to 3-13 on the year and 1-4 in Mountain West play. Colorado State improves to 11-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play with the win.
It took both teams time to find their offensive spark Wednesday, as neither scored until the 5:52 mark of the first quarter, while the Aggies turned the ball over four times. Colorado State was first to strike, but it went back-and-forth from there. Junior center Deja Mason put the Aggies on the board first, one of four USU players to score in the first quarter. Utah State held the Rams off for nearly three minutes, while sophomore guard Olivia West gave the Aggies their first lead of the night with a 3-point shot. Each team added one more basket before the buzzer, but Utah State took the 10-8 lead at the end of the quarter.
Utah State was held to just six points in the second quarter, while the Rams got hot from the 3-point line. Colorado State retook the lead on the first possession of the quarter, scoring from behind the arc. After another trey from the Rams, redshirt sophomore guard Victoria Price hit one for the Aggies. Colorado State then went on a 10-0 run, holding the Aggies scoreless for 7:12. Sophomore guard Eliza West was able to snap the skid from the 3-point line, but CSU added one last 3 to take the 27-16 lead into the halftime break.
The Aggies were first to score in the opening minutes of the second half, as Price added a layup. Both teams struggled to shoot then though, missing a combined five field goal attempts until the Rams ended that skid at the 6:40 mark. Utah State was held scoreless for nearly five minutes, while Rams added just four points. With a make from the 3-point line, Olivia West then ended the scoring drought for the Aggies. After missing several shots, Colorado State again found success from behind the arc, hitting three shots in the final four minutes of the quarter. Interspersed with those, Brewster scored six-straight points for the Aggies, but the Rams continued to lead, 43-27.
The early minutes of the fourth quarter were all about Utah State, as the Aggies opened the period on a 13-0 run. A 3-pointer from sophomore guard Jessie Geer cut the Rams' lead to single digits and forcing a CSU timeout. Utah State continued its run until the 4:22 mark, getting within three points of the Rams. With its first basket of the quarter, Colorado State embarked on a 8-0 run to answer the Aggies, rebuilding its lead to double digits. Eliza West fouled out with 1:41 on the clock, as USU tried to limit Colorado State's shots to the free throw line. Brewster the last mark on the night with the steal and aa breakaway layup, but the game ended there, in the Rams' favor.
Overall, Utah State shot 36.2 percent (17-of-47) from the floor, 25.0 percent (5-of-20) from the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the free throw line. Colorado State shot 35.3 percent (18-of-51) from the field, including 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from behind the arc, and was 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from the free throw line.
Utah State returns to Logan now to close out the week in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The Aggies will host Nevada (9-6, 2-2 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m.
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