Feb. 10, 2005
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Taylor Richards and Christina Zdenek led the way for the Aggies with 12 points each, but Thursday road games continued to haunt Utah State as it fell to Cal State Northridge 63-52 Thursday night in women's basketball action. The Aggies are now 0-4 when playing Thursday road games this year.
The loss was Utah State's second straight as it fell to 11-10 overall and 6-6 in the Big West. The two game skid is USU's first since dropping two in a row to start the month of December. Northridge, meanwhile, won its sixth straight and improved to 13-7 and 8-4.
Utah State looked like it might break the Thursday road game curse as it stayed right with the Matadors, leading 9-8 at the 13:43 mark of the first half. CSN then distanced itself from the Aggies with a 10-0 run as the Aggies never got closer than seven and went into the locker room down 30-22.
Richards had seven at the intermission to lead the Aggies, but two Matadors, Ofa Tulikihihifo and LaJoyce King, had 11 and 10 respectively to give CSN the advantage.
USU's season-high 26 turnovers continued to plague the Aggies in the second half as Northridge led by as many as 17 points. The Aggies made a late run as Kalhie Quinones hit back-to-back three-pointers to pull the Aggies within 11 with two minutes to go. They would then get as close as seven, but the charge came a little late as the Matadors grabbed the 11-point win.
Richards also led the Aggies with five assists but was ravaged by 12 turnovers. Jessica Freeman pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to go along with five points, one block, and four steals. Tulikihihifo paced the Matadors with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists. King finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
Thursday's loss marked just the second time this season the Aggies have lost when shooting better from the field than their opponent. USU shot 41.3 percent from the field compared to Northridge's 36.4 percent. The Aggies also shot 50 percent from the line for the third time in their last four games, while the Matadors managed to outrebound the Aggies, 38-32.
The Aggies now travel to Pacific on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MST)
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