Utah State Women Unable To Hang With No. 24 Louisiana Tech

Feb. 4, 2006

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LOGAN, Utah - Jessica Freeman led three Utah State players in double-figures with 18 points, but Aarica Ray-Boyd scored 29 points for No. 24 Louisiana Tech as the Lady Techsters walked away with a 73-56 win here Saturday night.

The Aggies have now lost 12 straight and sit at 1-17 overall and 0-8 in the WAC. La Tech improved to 16-4 and 8-1 in conference games.

Freeman's 18 points came on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. She also led the Aggies with seven rebounds and two blocks.

Utah State was able to play with La Tech for the first 10 minutes of the game as it trailed by just three points (12-9) at the 9:50 mark of the half. The Lady Techsters then used a 17-4 run over the next eight minutes to take a 29-13 lead with just under two minutes left in the half.

The Aggies then scored 14 straight points, which was more than they had scored in the first 18 minutes of the game, as they went into the locker room down just two, 29-27. The run was capped off by a half court shot by Danyelle Snelgro that banked in at the buzzer.

Ashley Rutledge and Snelgro joined Freeman in double-figure scoring with 11 and 10 respectively. Lindsey Freeze was USU's next highest scorer with six.

USU stayed within six of La Tech for the opening five minutes of the half, but then allowed the visitors to push their lead to double digits and were never able to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Ray-Boyd's 29 points came on 7-of-17 from the field, including a 7-for-14 mark from beyond the arc. She also made 8-of-10 from the free throw line. No other Lady Wechsler scored in double-figures, but five other players had six or more points.



La Tech out-rebounded the Aggie by just one, 37-36, but grabbed 16 offensive boards to USU's 10. The Aggies also had 29 turnovers to just 17 for the Techsters.

Up next for the Aggies is a road trip to face the same two teams it lost to this week as it travels to New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech. The Aggies play New Mexico State on Thursday and La Tech on Saturday.

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