Aggie Women's Basketball Stopped by San Diego State, 88-72, Saturday
Jan. 25, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Despite a strong second-half effort, the Utah State women's basketball team was not able to snap its losing streak, falling to San Diego State, 88-72, Saturday at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
With the loss, Utah State falls to 8-10 overall and 2-5 in Mountain West action. San Diego State improves to 7-10 overall and 4-3 in MW games. The loss was the Aggies' season-high fifth in a row. The five-straight conference losses are the most since USU lost five-straight during the 2009-10 season.
Senior guard Jennifer Schlott led all scorers with 25 points to go along with five assists. This was her 13th 20-point game of the season. Freshman guard Lynette Johnson, who started her first game, had a career-high nine points to go along with three boards. Junior guard Elise Nelson also added nine points and eight rebounds for the Aggies.
San Diego State had three players score in double figures led by 22 points from Deajanae Scurry. Cierra Warren added 20 points, while Ariell Bostick scored 18 points.
Behind balanced scoring USU took an early 8-7 lead with four different Aggies finding the basket. Back-to-back baskets by the Aztecs led to an Aggie timeout with 11:51 left in the first half, as San Diego State jumped out to a 19-14 lead. A three by Danesha Long gave San Diego State its first double-digit lead of the game, 24-14, as the Aggies went ice cold from the field.
Utah State broke through the cold spell with a layup by sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow with under eight left in the first half. The Aztecs used a 14-2 run to jump out to a 29-16 lead.
USU was also plagued by turnovers with 16 in the first half and 26 for the game. The Aztecs closed the first half out strong, taking a 20-point lead, 47-27, into the lockerroom. In the first half, USU was led by 11 points from Schlott who also added three assists. Nelson added six points and four rebounds in the first half.
SDSU was led by 11 points from Scurry who also added three boards, while Bostick added nine first-half points.
With under 16 left in the second half, Utah State found itself facing a 20-point deficit with two starters with four fouls. Bairstow was called for her fourth early in the second half, while Nelson earned her fourth minutes later.
After a foul on Strikas with 12:07 left, Utah State had three players with four fouls. Bairstow and Nelson would eventually foul out of the game.
After a put back by Johnson, the Aggies cut the lead to 57-48. The Johnson basket was in the midst of Utah State's 8-0 run that cut the lead down to seven, 57-50, with 10:56 remaining. The Aggies would get no closer as the Aztecs began to push the lead back toward double digits.
San Diego State put the lead back in double digits after an old-fashioned three-point play by Bostick, 64-53.
Hot shooting by Scurry helped the Aztecs re-take their 20-point lead, 77-57. Utah State was not able to chip away at the San Diego State lead as the Aztecs secured the 17-point win.
For the game, Utah State shot 43.9 percent (29-of-66) from the field. The Aggies shot 27.8 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-18), while ending the game shooting 75.0 percent from the charity stripe (9-of-12). San Diego State shot 50.0 percent from the field (31-of-62), while making 6-of-13 from three which was good for 46.2 percent. The Aztecs shot 69.0 percent from the free throw line (20-of-29).
The Aggies remain on the road to take on New Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Utah State will then return to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
Live stats will be available this week by going to www.utahstateaggies.com. Live audio for both games is available by going to the "Listen Live" link on the front page of the Utah State web site at www.utahstateaggies.com.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888- -STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.