Pares Leads Aggies to First Win at Hawai`i Since 1980, 52-43, on Sunday
Jan. 25, 2009
HONOLULU - It may have not been pretty, but the Utah State women's basketball made history with a, 52-43, win over the University of Hawai`i in Honolulu on Sunday. This was the first time since joining the Western Athletic Conference that the Aggies won both ends of a conference road trip. It was also the Aggies' season-high third-straight win.
With the win USU evens out its record at 10-10 and improves to 4-3 in the WAC. Hawai`i falls to 3-16 overall and 0-6 in the WAC.
This is the first time since the 2003-04 season that USU has had a .500 or better record seven games into the conference season. That season the Aggies were 4-3 in the Big West in their first seven games. The 10th win also surpasses last season's win total as USU was 9-20 last year.
Senior guard Ana Pares was the offensive spark plug for the Aggies scoring 23 points in 40 minutes. She came within two points of tying her career high of 25 points scored in the loss to Utah Valley. Fellow senior guard Danyelle Snelgro ended the game with 11 points, including going 4-for-4 from the free throw line down the stretch. She was also crucial with five defensive rebounds and three assists.Junior Lydia Whitehead led USU with nine rebounds, including four offensive boards.
Volleyball player turned basketball player, Tara Hittle, led all players with 12 rebounds. Offensively, the Rainbow Wahine were led by 14 points from Megan Tinnin.
In the first half, an 8-0 run by the Rainbow Wahine gave UH a 8-2 lead before a three-pointer by Danyelle Snelgro stopped the bleeding. Due in part to several turnovers and cold shooting, the Aggies had only five points more than eight minutes into the game. Hawai`i would take as big a lead as six points before USU would finally tie it a 17-17 on an Ana Pares three pointer.
The Rainbow Wahine entered the locker room with a 23-21 lead due in part to out-rebounding the Aggies 20-12 in the first half. Hawai`i scored a staggering 15 of its 23 points off of Utah State turnovers. Both teams were rather sloppy in the first half with USU committing 11 turnovers to UH's 12.
Both Ana Pares and Danyelle Snelgro scored five points in the first half, while Lydia Whitehead was right behind scoring four. Rebecca Dew and Tara Hittle both scored six points in the first half for Hawai`i.
Pares took control in the second half scoring 14 of USU's first 16 points. For much of the game, USU shot better from the three-point line than they did from the field. Pares was the major cause of that tying a career high with five three pointers.
In the second half, no team had more than a five-point lead until there were less than three minutes left and the Aggies started to pull away. The game as tied five times, including 29-29 with 14 minutes left in the second. A three by Pares with 10:20 left pushed the USU lead to five points. An even though Hawai`i would cut the lead down to one point, USU never trailed the rest of the game.
For the game, USU shot 33.3 percent from the field (15-of-45), but were a stellar 50 percent from the three-point line (7-of-14). From the charity stripe, the Aggies shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21). UH shot 25.0 percent from the field (14-of-56) and only 16.7 percent from three (3-of-18). The Rainbow Wahine were exceptional from the free throw line, shooting 85.7 percent (12-of 14).
The Aggies earned their second WAC road win of the season after home wins against New Mexico State and Boise State.
The Aggies look to extend their winning streak to four games when the two teams meet again in Logan. The Rainbow Wahine will face the Aggies on Friday, Jan. 30 in Logan at 7 p.m. MT.
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