Feb. 13, 2005
Christina Zdenek came off the bench to score a season-high 24 points and Jessica Freeman had four blocks to become USU's all-time shot block leader as Utah State nipped Pacific on the road Saturday night, 77-75.
With the win the Aggies swept the two-game season series with the Tigers and improved to 12-10 overall and 7-6 in the Big West. The loss dropped Pacific to 5-16 and 2-11.
The first half was a tale of two runs as Utah State opened the game with a 21-14 lead at the 9:25 mark of the opening half. Pacific then responded with a 21-6 run of its own as it held an eight point lead with just under four minutes to play. The Aggies then got five points from Brittany Tressler and four from Zdenek to go into the locker room down just one, 39-38.
In the second half, the lead changed hands seven times as the Aggies managed to come back from an eight point deficit midway through the half. With 1:46 left in the game USU was down by four points, but a Zdenek three-pointer pulled the Aggies within one while Camille Brox hit a jumper with 57 seconds left to give the Aggies the lead at 76-75.
Utah State then went up by two points as Brox hit the back-end of her two free throws with just 10 ticks on the clock. Pacific then had one last chance to tie the game, but Freeman became USU's all-time leading shot blocker as she stuffed a last ditch effort by the Tigers.
Zdenek's season-high came as she hit eight-of-15 shots from the floor, including a perfect four-of-four from beyond the arc. In just her second start of the season, Tressler broke out of a scoring slump with 17 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. Ali Aird was USU's third player in double-figures with 12 points in just 16 minutes of play.
Pacific ended with three-players in double-digits as Carolina Ruiz finished with a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. Dana Zimmerman had 14, while Tina Sanerivi notched 13.
The Aggies had three players foul out: Tressler, Aird and Richards, as they were tagged with 25 fouls to Pacific's 16. Both Utah State's 46.8 percent from the field and its 60 percent from beyond the arc were season-highs. Meanwhile, Pacific held a 36-33 advantage on the glass and shot 45.1 percent on the night.
Utah State stayed in sixth place with the win and now returns to Logan for match-ups next week against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.
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