Phillips Leads USU Women To Win In Battle Of Aggies With 68-51 Win Over New Mexico State Monday
Feb. 5, 2007
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Behind senior forward Brittany Phillips' career highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds, Utah State won the battle of the Aggies with a 68-51 win over New Mexico State Monday night at NMSU's Pan American Center at Las Cruces, N.M. A nationally-televised audience witnessed USU snap its eight-game road losing skid.
Utah State was without head coach Raegan Pebley, who gave birth to a baby girl Tuesday. Assistant coach George Brosky was the acting head coach, with assistance from Kristy Flores and Erin Scholz. Monday was the third game that Pebley has missed, but was the navy Aggies' first win under Brosky.
Utah State improves to 8-13 overall and 4-5 in Western Athletic Conference play, and beat New Mexico State for the second time in a row on the maroon-clad Aggies' home court. The win snapped USU's eight-game losing streak, and are now 2-10 overall on the road. Last season's only road win came on the same floor and was USU's historic first WAC victory.
New Mexico State suffered its fourth loss in the last five games, falling to 9-12 overall and 4-5 in WAC action.
Phillips, who hit a season-high three three-pointers, was one of three navy-clad Aggies in double-digits. Junior forward Jamelah Brown tallied 13 points off the bench, hitting a career-high three three-pointers, as USU was 8-22 (36.4 percent) behind the arc. Junior guard Taylor Richards added 12 points.
USU shot 40.7 percent (24-59) from the field, including 13-29 (40.7 percent) in the second half, pulling away from a 35-31 halftime lead. The northern Aggies also were 12-13 (92.3 percent) at the free throw line, paced by 4-4 from Phillips and 3-4 from Richards.
NMSU was 21-62 (33.9 percent) field goal shooting, including 3-11 (27.3 percent) from three-point range and were just 6-12 (50 percent) at the charity stripe.
The southern Aggies were led by Anikia Jawara's 21 points to go with nine rebounds, while Sherell Neal tallied 11 rebounds along with nine points.
USU's reserves out-scored their counterparts, 20-6, and had a 27-14 advantage in points off turnovers, forcing 20 NMSU miscues, compared to only committing 16.
NMSU led 22-15 with 5:30 left in the half, but then USU went on a 13-0 burst, started by Phillips with a layup and ended by Phillips with a jumper with 2:25 to go and put USU ahead, 28-22, and went into halftime leading 35-31.
The maroon Aggies came out of intermission and knotted the score at 38-all, but an 18-3 navy Aggie barrage put the game out of reach.
USU wraps up its three-game road swing at Idaho on Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. (MT), before returning home to host Nevada on Feb. 15 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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