Pebley Earns 100th Career Victory as USU Women Stop Louisiana Tech, 79-62, Saturday
Jan. 14, 2012
RUSTON, La. - Utah State head women's basketball coach Raegan Pebley captured her 100th career win as an Aggie with a dominating 79-62 road victory over Louisiana Tech in Ruston on Saturday. The win was Utah State's sixth-straight and its longest streak since winning six-straight games during the 2009-10 season.
With the win, the Aggies improve to 11-5 overall and 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference action. It is the third time in seven seasons in the league that USU has begun conference play 2-0. With the loss, Louisiana Tech falls to 8-9 overall and 1-1 in WAC action. The win against the Lady Techsters was just the second ever by USU with the last coming in Ruston, 69-66, on Jan. 6, 2010.
During the winning streak, the Aggies have only allowed over 56 points once.
Utah State was led by junior guard Devyn Christensen's season-high 20 points, scoring 17 in the first half alone. Senior forward Ashlee Brown added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Aggies, tying her season high with four assists. Senior guard Brooke Jackson also scored 17 points with 12 coming in the second half.
Louisiana Tech was led by 14 points from Whitney Frazier who also added a game-high eight boards, including five offensive rebounds. Whitney Jones added 13 points for the Lady Techsters.
Despite Louisiana Tech having 20 offensive rebounds, the battle of the boards was a draw with both teams bringing down 36 rebounds.
Christensen scored the first five points for the Aggies as USU took an early 5-2 lead. Another lay up by Christensen would help extend the USU lead to 10-4 before the Lady Techsters would call a time out. The junior scored 12 of the Aggies first 15 points.
Despite the Lady Techsters strong rebounding, Utah State was able to maintain a 19-13 advantage with 11:35 remaining in the first half.
Both senior center Banna Diop and freshman forward Franny Vaaulu brought a strong prescence on the boards as the Lady Techsters rebounding advantage began to shrink in the first half. USU continued its strong first-half shooting, taking a a 30-17 lead after a Diop lay up.
Back-to-back baskets by Brown helped the Aggies open up a 35-21 advantage with less than five minutes left in the half.
After being down in the rebound count 10-4 at one point in the first 20 minutes, USU ended the half being out-rebounded 19-18.
In the first half, Utah State was led by 17 points from Christensen, just one point shy of her season high. Brown added eight points, three boards and three assists in the first half. The Aggies were strong defensively in the half, forcing seven turnovers. USU also had six steals and two blocks both from senior forward Maddy Plunkett.
Louisiana Tech was led in the first half by Whitney Frazier's 11 points, who also added five boards.
Three-straight three pointers by Kiara Jones helped the Lady Techsters remain in the game, 54-38 with 14:15 remaining in the game. Five-straight points by Jackson gave USU a 61-46 lead with less than 10 minutes left on the clock.
The Aggies took its biggest lead of the game 22 points, 75-53 after a lay up Jackson with 4:29 left in the game. USU led the whole game and never trailed by less than 12 points in the second half.
Utah State concluded the impressive shooting night, going 29-of-51 (56.9 percent) from the floor. The Aggies were 8-of-13 from three-point range (61.5 percent), while shooting 13-of-17 (76.5 percent) from the charity stripe. Louisiana Tech was 23-of-67 (34.3 percent) from the field, going 3-of-17 three (17.6 percent). The Lady Techsters were 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from the free throw line.
The Aggies return to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for a brief two-game home stand. USU will take on WAC favorite Fresno State on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Utah State will conclude the home stand against Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
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