Jan. 23, 2009
SAN JOSE, CA - One day after the Utah State men's basketball team edged out San Jose State, it was the women's turn as the Aggies defeated the Spartan women, 64-54, on Friday at the Events Center. Sophomore guard Alice Coddington scored a career-high 12 points as USU out scored SJSU 36-23 in the second half.
The Aggies earned their first WAC road win of the season after home wins against New Mexico State and Boise State. With the win, USU improves to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in Western Athletic Conference. San Jose State fell to 2-16, 1-4 in conference action.
This is the first time since the 2003-04 season that USU has had a .500 or better record six games into the conference season. That season the Aggies were 4-2 in the Big West in their first six games. The ninth win also ties last season's win total as USU was 9-20 last season.
For the second game this season, Utah State had four different players score in double figures. Senior guards Danyelle Snelgro and Ana Pares both scored a game-high 15 points, while junior forward Lydia Whitehead scored 12 to round out the quartet of double-figure scorers. Junior forward Nicole Johnson was the leader on the boards with nine.
The USU offense came alive in the second half behind a solid second period by both Whitehead and Coddington. Whitehead took control for the Aggies at the start of the second half, scoring eight of the first 13 points for Utah State.
After being down three points at halftime, Utah State finally took the lead, 40-39, with 13:07 left off a Lydia Whitehead free throw. Once taking the lead, the Aggies would not look back, leading the remainder of the game. USU would embark on an 8-0 run that would push the lead to eight points with 10:50 remaining in the second half. The Aggies would take as big a lead as 12 points to help lead to their third double-figure win of the season.
Snelgro made five free throws in the last 54 seconds to help secure the win.
In the first half, the Aggie defense was stingy in the early goings with four steals and causing six Spartan turnovers in the first 12 minutes.
Danyelle Snelgro had the hot hand for the Aggies early in the game scoring six of USU's first 17 points. USU would take as big a lead as eight points in the first half. But sloppy Aggie play would prompt an 8-0 run by the Spartans that would eventually tie the score at 20-20. San Jose State would take a 23-22 lead with less than five minutes left in the first stanza. A 6-0 run would follow for the Spartans behind the strength of the three pointer, and SJSU's lead would extend to 29-24 with 3:05 remaining in the first half.
In the first half, junior Shaunna Ridge would be a force to be reckoned going 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Ridge would end the half with 11 points, helping the Spartans to shoot 75 percent from three. SJSU shot 52.4 percent from the field in the first half, edging the Aggies who would shoot 42.9 percent from the field.
For the game, USU shot 43.6 percent from the field (24-for-55), while making 2-of-10 three pointers for a clip of 20 percent. The Aggies shot 70 pecent from the free throw line (14-of-20), including making several down the stretch to secure the lead. The Spartans shot 41.2 percent (21-for-51) for the game, while shooting a stellar 50 percent for the three point line (8-for-16). SJSU shot only 50 percent from the charity stripe (4-of-8).
The Aggies look to extend their winning streak to three games against Hawai`i on Sunday, Jan. 25 in Honolulu at 5 p.m. HT.
All Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and Ashley Rutledge providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web by going to the Utah State Athletics home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Live stats will be available for all home Utah State women's basketball games through the women's basketball page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box. All home games can be viewed by clicking on "Watch Live", while they can be heard by clicking on "Listen Live." Both can be accessed on www.utahstateaggies.com on the front page or the women's basketball page.
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