Jan. 14, 2006
MOSCOW, Idaho - For the second time in three games, Utah State's women's basketball team came up one basket short as the Aggies fell to Idaho 54-51 here late Saturday night. With the loss, Utah State fell to 1-13 overall and 0-4 in the Western Athletic Conference. Idaho improved to 7-8 and 3-1.
Two games ago, USU fell to Fresno State 60-58. The Aggies have now lost eight straight games.
Ali Marchant led the Aggies with 10 points while adding eight rebounds. Lindsay Freeze chipped in nine points, while Taylor Richards scored eight points and added six assists. Brittany Tressler led the Aggies with a career-high tying nine rebounds.
Idaho was led by the league's two leading scorers in Leilani Mitchell, who scored 19 points and Emily Faurholt, who added 18.
Utah State led early at 7-4, but Idaho went on a 27-10 run to push its lead to 31-17. Right after that USU went on its own run, outscoring the Vandals 14-3 to cut the margin to 34-31 with 16 minutes left in the game.
The Aggies cut the margin to five points several times in the final five minutes, but could not get closer than the final margin of three points.
USU out-shot and out rebounded the home team, shooting 38 percent to Idaho's 31 percent and grabbing 42 rebounds to Idaho's 30. However, the Aggies had 20 turnovers, while the Vandals committed just eight.
Utah State will have a full week off until traveling to Nevada on Saturday for a 2 p.m. MST tipoff against the Wolfpack. USU will then play at Hawai'I on Jan. 26 before returning home to host New Mexico State on Jan. 26.
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