Feb. 15, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A jumper as time expired by junior forward Franny Vaaulu just missed as the Utah State women's basketball team dropped its fourth-straight with an 82-80 loss to UNLV at Cox Pavilion on Saturday.
Despite senior guard Jennifer Schlott's seventh 30-point game of the season, the Aggies fell just short against the Lady Rebels.
With the loss, the Aggies fall to 10-14 overall and 4-9 in Mountain West action. UNLV snaps a three-game losing streak with the win and improves to 10-14 overall and 7-5 in league play.
Besides Schlott's 30 points, two other Aggies scored in double figures. Vaaulu scored 13 off the bench to go along with a team-leading seven boards, three steals and two blocks. Sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow added 12 points and tied a career-high with five assists. Schlott also had a team-high seven assists and four steals.
UNLV was led by 18 points from Alana Cesarz who also added four assists. Aley Rohde added 14 points, while Rejane Vernin and Danielle Miller added 12 and 10 points respectively. The Lady Rebels dominated on the boards with 41 compared to the Aggies' 29.
Five-straight early points gave the Lady Rebels the early 11-4 advantage, while the foul count was mounting early with sophomore forward Tijana Djukic and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams being called for two fouls apiece before the first media timeout. The UNLV lead reached double digits after a pair of Briana Charles free throws, 15-4.
The Aggies were also in a offensive drought going almost six minutes between baskets after Vaaulu stopped the USU scoreless spell. The Lady Rebels used a 13-2 run during that span to stretch their lead to 19-6 with 11:13 left in the first 20 minutes
After a Schlott layup, the Aggies cut the Lady Rebel lead to 22-15 with 8:14 left in the half, which led to a UNLV timeout. Utah State used a 13-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 23-22, after a Jasmine Porter three at the 6:41 mark.
The Lady Rebels bounced back, re-taking an eight-point lead after an Annie Callaway layup, 36-28 with 3:35 remaining in the half. After getting a defensive stop, USU cut the lead to 59-57 after a Bairstow jumper.
Another Cesarz three put the lead back at 10, 69-59, but the Aggies responded with a trey of their own by Bairstow.
Despite the foul trouble, the Aggies trailed by only seven points at the half, 39-32. USU was led by 10 points from Schlott, while Vaaulu added six. Schlott also helped the Aggie cause by taking two charges in the first half. USU trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half before heating up from the field.
UNLV was also led by 10 points from Cesarz, while Charles added six points off the bench. The Lady Rebels held the rebound advantage in the first half, 24-14. UNLV also led with 20 points in the paint compared to 12 by the Aggies.
In the second half, a Schlott old-fashioned three cut the lead to two, while a Schlott jumper tied it at 69-69 at the lucky 7:11 mark. The Aggies briefly took the lead with a Vaaulu three pointer that put USU ahead 72-71 with 6:28 remaining.
The score went back-and-forth with four ties for the remainder of the half.
The Lady Rebels took the lead on a pair of Haynes free throws put UNLV up 82-79 with 51 seconds remaining. Junior forward Ingrida Strikas made one of two free throws to cut the Lady Rebel lead to 82-80. Utah State had a couple opportunities in the waning seconds but were not able to convert.
For the game, Utah State shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field. The Aggies shot 44.4 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-18), while ending the game shooting 81.8 percent from the charity stripe (18-of-22). UNLV shot 50.0 percent from the field (27-of-54), while making 7-of-15 from three which was good for 46.7 percent. The Lady Rebels shot 84.0 percent from the free throw line (21-of-25).
The Aggies return home for a brief one-game homestand against San Diego State on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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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