USU Women's Basketball Corrals Cowgirls, 80-75, Saturday
Feb. 1, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - - Paced by sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow's first career double-double, the Utah State women's basketball team captured its second-straight win with an 80-75 victory Saturday over Wyoming at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
With the wire-to-wire win, the Aggies improved to 10-10 overall and 4-5 in Mountain West action. Wyoming falls to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in league contests.
Senior guard Jennifer Schlott added 38 points which was the most scored in a league game this season. It was also her fifth 30-point game this season. The senior had a balanced night with seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. With seven assists, Schlott inches closer to the Aggie all-time assist record. She is two away from tying Taylor Richards record of 371 helpers. Schlott also moves into third on the all-time scoring last, passing Brenda House with 1,253 points.Junior forward Franny Vaaulu also added 14 points and five boards off the bench.
Kayla Woodward led the Cowgirls in scoring with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the team's only double-double. Of the bench Kaylie Rader added 18 points and seven boards. Fallon Lewis was close to a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Aggies started strong on the offensive end, scoring the first nine points of the game. Three different Aggies scoring during that span. The Cowgirls started cold missing their first nine shots. USU took its first double-digit lead of the game after a pair of Vaaulu free throws, 11-0.
USU's defense helped out the offense with three early steals, causing four Cowgirl turnovers. With USu up 18-2, Wyoming scored five-straight to trim the lead to 18-7 with 12:43 left in the half.
Schlott's 11th point of the half, gave the Aggies the 22-8 lead. Rader had the bulk of the offense early on for the Cowgirls with seven of Wyoming's first 10 points. Schlott also had a fast start, making her first five shots of the game.
A Woodward three cut the Utah State lead to 36-25 with three minutes left in the half, but Schlott responded with a three of her own to put USU back on top 39-25. USU ended the half with a 43-25 lead.
In the first half, Utah State was led by 21 points from Schlott who also added three assists and three boards. Bairstow also added seven points and five rebounds. Rader led the Cowgirls with 15 points in the first half, while Woodward added nine points.
After USU opened up a 19-point lead early in the second half, but the Cowgirls fought back with seven-straight to cut the lead to 47-35. Wyoming got the lead to single digits, 51-42, after a pair of Fallon Lewis free throws.
A three by junior guard/forward Jasmine Porter briefly gave USU a double digit lead again at 56-46. Woodward's hot second-half shooting helped the Cowgirls cut the lead to 63-59 with eight minutes left in the game.
A three by Kaitlyn Mileto cut the lead to 67-66 with under three to play. USU responded with a pair of free throws by Vaaulu to take a three-point lead. Down the stretch, the Aggies were clutch at the charity stripe, making 13-of-14 free throws in the final two minutes.
For the game, Utah State shot 45.0 percent from the field (27-of-60) and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-12). The Aggies were solid from the charity stripe shooting 88.0 percent (22-of-25).
Wyoming shot 42.4 percent from the field (28-of-66), while shooting 30.0 percent from beyond the arc (6-of-20). The Cowgirls were only 61.9 percent from the free throw line (13-of-21).
Utah State is back in action next week with a pair of road games. USU takes on Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. (MT) and will then take on Boise State on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. The game will be played at Bronco Gym instead of Taco Bell Arena.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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