Jan. 17, 2008
BOISE, Idaho -
Senior forward Jamelah Brown scored a career-high 24 points and senior center Jenny Gross recorded her second career double-double with a season-high 17 points and 10 rebounds as Utah State women's basketball fell to Boise State, 85-77, Thursday at BSU's Taco Bell Arena.
Gross posted the first double-double of the season by any Utah State player. Brown's 24 points is a season game-high as well. Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro scored 13 points for Utah State. Senior guard Taylor Richards added 10 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Ana Pares also tallied a career-high four steals.
Utah State falls to 6-10 on the season and evens out its WAC record at 2-2, while Boise State won its second-straight game and improved to 10-6 overall with a 2-2 league record.
Tasha Harris and Jessica Thompson scored 19 points each for BSU, while Harris added a game-high eight rebounds. Jenna Galassi scored 15 points and pulled down five rebounds. Boise State and Utah State recorded 35 rebounds each.
Boise State scored the first points of the game as Harris shot four free throws in the first minute of action. USU responded with a 14-6 run to lead 14-10 with 13:15 left to play. The Aggies led until the 5:45 mark when the Broncos tied it up at 26 and then went on an 11-5 run to finish out the half and take a 37-31 lead going into the locker rooms.
BSU went on a 14-6 run to open up the second half at 51-37 with 13:21 left to play. Boise State took its largest lead of 16 points at 65-49 with 7:39 remaining in the half. USU came within six points at 79-73 with 45 seconds left to play but Boise State finished by shooting six free throws to clinch the victory.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 43.1 percent from the field (28-of-65) including 6-of-23 (26.1 percent) from three-point range and shot 75.0 percent (15-of-20) at the free throw line. Boise State shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) including 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) from behind the three-point arc and 76.5 percent (26-of-34) at the charity stripe.
USU wraps up its three-game road stretch in Moscow, battling Idaho (1-15, 0-4 WAC) on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. (MT) in UI's Cowan Spectrum.
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