Utah State Women Fall to Sharp-Shooting Boise State 83-62 Saturday
Feb. 8, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Sharp-shooting Boise State took command early and stopped Utah State women's basketball 83-62 Saturday at Bronco Gym in Boise, Idaho. Despite the loss, senior guard Jennifer Schlott became the all-time Utah State assist leader with 376 assists.
With the loss, Utah State falls to 10-12 overall and 4-7 in Mountain West action. The Aggies have now lost two-straight games. Boise State improves to 13-9 overall and 8-3 in league play.
USU had three players in double figures led by Schlott who ended the game with 15 points and five assists. She has now scored in double figures in all 22 games this season. Junior guard Elise Nelson had her second career double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Utah State welcomed back sophomore guard Makenlee Williams who missed 11 games with an injury. She made her first basket of the game after a steal with 14:08 left in the first half. Williams ended the game with 15 points off the bench.
Boise State had three players in double figures in scoring led by a career-high 34 points from Miquelle Askew. Keiahhna Engel added 13 points, while Yaiza Rodriguez scored 10.
Turnovers were a problem all day for the Aggies, ending the game with 23, compared to 17 by the Boise State.
The Broncos, who are one of the top three-point shooting squads in the Mountain West, were hot early, jumping out to a 16-6 lead, making its first four threes in the game.
USU struggled offensively early on going only 4-of-13 in the first 10 minutes of the game. Boise State continued to drain the threes, making back-to-back to take a 26-10 lead and force an Aggie timeout with 8:54 left in the half.
Schlott broke the Utah State career assist record with a great pass to junior forward Franny Vaaulu with 4:05 left in the half, cutting the Boise State lead down to 35-16.
The Aggies used a 13-4 run at the end of the half to cut the Boise State lead to 39-27.
Schlott was held to only six points in the first half but she also added three rebounds. Nelson also added six points and three boards in the first half. Boise State was led by 12 points from Askew, who also added seven rebounds. Engel had nine first-half points, while both Deanna Weaver and Rodriguez added five points for the Broncos who shot 54 percent from beyond the arc in the first half.
The Broncos scored the first eight points of the second half to open up a 20-point lead 47-27 with 16:54 left in the game. The streak grew to 12-0 before a Schlott jumper with 14:58 remaining got the Aggies on the board in the second half.
Askew and the Broncos continued to take control in the second half, taking as big a lead as 27 points.
For the game, Utah State shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field. The Aggies shot 57.1 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-14), while ending the game shooting 75.0 percent from the charity stripe (6-of-8). The eight free throws were the fewest attempted in a game all season. Boise State shot 42.2 percent from the field (27-of-64), while making 9-of-24 from three which was good for 37.5 percent. The Broncos shot 90.9 percent from the free throw line (20-of-22).
Utah State returns home to face first-place Colorado State on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The game is the Aggies' Play4Kay game where all fans wearing pink will get in for free,
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.