Feb. 5, 2014
RENO, Nev. - In a game similar to the match-up in Logan, Utah State women's basketball's late comeback came up just short as Nevada edged the Aggies 70-66 Wednesday at the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack also captured the first meeting, 76-72, in Logan.
In the loss, senior guard Jennifer Schlott tied Taylor Richards (2005-08) for the all-time Utah State assist record with 371. The record-tying assist came off of a three by senior guard Cristal Turner with 8:19 left in the game.
The loss halts Utah State's two-game winning streak as the Aggies fall to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in Mountain West play. Nevada improves to 11-10 overall and 6-4 in league contests. The loss also evens out the overall series 10-10.
For the ninth-straight game, Schlott was the Aggies' leading scorer with 32 points. She has had three-straight 30-point games and six this season. She also added four steals, three rebounds and two assists. Despite foul trouble, sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow was the only other Aggie to reach double figures with 13 points and seven boards.
Terilyn Moe led the Wolf Pack with 15 points, while Aja Johnson had a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Danika Sharp added 13 points and six rebounds in the win. Nevada dominated the battle of the boards 53-38, including 28 offensive rebounds.
Schlott got off to a hot start, scoring six of the Aggies first eight points. After a Bairstow three, USU opened up a 13-8 lead with under 14 to play.
Another Schlott layup put the Aggies on top 22-14 with 8:36 left in the half. This would be the Aggies' biggest lead of the game. The Wolf Pack clawed their way back into the game as the USU shooting went cold. A Lynette Johnson jumper cut the lead to 26-24.
The Aggies also once again found themselves in foul trouble as Bairstow picked up her fourth with 3:54 left in the half. The Wolf Pack took their first lead of the game after a Johnson jumper with under three to play.
Despite leading much of the first half, a Julia Shelbourn layup with under 10 seconds left in the half gave Nevada the 34-32 half time lead.
Schlott led all scorers with 17 first-half points. She also added three steals and two rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Despite foul trouble, Bairstow added seven points and five boards in the first half. Nevada was led by eight points from Moe in the first half. Johnson added seven points off the bench in the first half.
In the second half, Nevada opened up a five-point lead after a Moe three, 39-34 with 18:51 left.
Nelson was still able to help the Aggies even with four fouls. Her jumper helped Utah State trim the lead to 49-47 with under 11 to play.
The Wolf Pack was dominating on the boards which helped Nevada take a 54-47 lead with under 10 to play. The Wolf Pack was able to maintain the lead the bulk of the second half with solid rebounding.
A crucial three by Johnson with 1:33 left cut the Nevada lead to 66-64. A pair of Schlott free throws tied the game for the seventh time, 66-66, with 54.0 seconds remaining. Arielle Wideman came up big for Nevada draining a three with 37 seconds left to seal the Wolf Pack win.
For the game, Utah State shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field. The Aggies shot 25.0 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-21), while ending the game shooting 64.7 percent from the charity stripe (11-of-17). Nevada shot 35.7 percent from the field (25-of-70), while making 7-of-21 from three which was good for 33.3 percent. The Wolf Pack shot 48.1 percent from the free throw line (13-of-27).
The Aggies remain on the road to take on Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. The game will be played at Bronco Gym instead of Taco Bell Arena.
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.
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