Jan. 12, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Despite five Aggies scoring in double figures, the Utah State women's basketball team suffered a 103-80 loss to San Jose at the Events Center in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday.
With the loss, Utah State falls to 6-10 overall and 3-2 in Western Athletic Conference play. San Jose State breaks a three-game losing streak and improves to 5-11 overall and 2-3 in league action. The Spartans broke a 10-game losing streak against USU and are now 11-4 against the Aggies. The 103 points scored by San Jose State tied a school record.
Senior guard Jenna Johnson was one of the five Aggies to score in double figures. She also had her fourth-straight double-double of the season and fifth of the year with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Makenlee Williams led Utah State with 19 points. Sophomore guard Elise Nelson had a season-high 10 points, while junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 16. Senior guard Devyn Christensen rounded out the group with 13 points.
Emily Schill had a career day against the Aggies with 36 points and 17 rebounds to go along with six assists and four steals. Riana Byrd added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Ta'Rea Cunnigan had 26 points to help the Spartans in the win.
Utah State missed its first three shots and had two early turnovers as the Aggies got down early 8-0 to the Spartans. Christensen made USU's first basket with under 17 minutes left in the first half. Despite tightening their defense, the Aggies still trailed SJSU 15-4 with 14 minutes left in the half. USU was plagued by six turnovers in the first eight minutes.
The Aggies made their first their first three of the game when Williams made a trey with 9:19 left. The freshman scored five-straight points to cut the lead to 24-15. Schill continued her strong half with a layup in the paint to give SJSU a 26-15 advantage.
Williams almost single-handedly kept the Aggies in the game, scoring 11-straight points to make the score 35-22. Utah State had a difficult time finding any rhythm, due to the tough Spartan defense and frequent Aggie turnovers.
Johnson scored her first points of the game under four minutes left in the half as the Aggies continued to struggle from the field. Schlott added her first points of the game with under two left to cut the SJSU lead to 44-31.The half ended with San Jose State leading Utah State, 50-38.
The Spartans attempted 24 free throws in the first 20 minutes alone, making 20. Utah State had several players in foul trouble with both Williams and sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu getting called for three first-half fouls. USU attempted only nine fouls, making six.
In the first half, the Aggies were led by 16 points from Williams with Christensen adding nine points. USU ended the half with 14 turnovers, compared to 12 by the Spartans.
SJSU's Schill dominated the first half with 22 points, making 10-of-12 free throws. Byrd added a game-leading 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Freshman guard Haylee Thompson and senior guard Pualei Furtado earned their first second-half starts of the season with Williams and Vaaulu in foul trouble.
A three by Jayzyl Tauala increased the San Jose State lead to 61-44 with under 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Spartans continued to have a answer to any Aggie run, taking a 76-58 lead with under eight minutes to go in the game. San Jose State took its first 20-point lead after two Schill free throws, 78-58 with 7:37 remaining.
During the final six minutes of the game, the Aggies were never able to get the lead under 19 points.
For the game, Utah State shot a 29.9 percent (26-of-87) from the field which was its second lowest of the season after shooting 29.1 against Utah Valley to open the season. The Aggies were 25.8 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-31). USU also had a sub-par from the free throw line, shooting 69.0 percent (20-of-20). Christensen's three missed free throws matches how many she had missed all season.
The Spartans shot a 44.4 percent from the field (32-of-72) and 31.6 percent from three (6-of-19). San Jose State shot 82.5 percent from the free throw line (33-of-40).
Utah State will return home for two games next week against New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU concludes the brief road trip on Saturday, Jan. 19 against Denver at 7 p.m.
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