Feb. 18, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Amy Sanders and Janevia Taylor each scored a game-high 17 points to lead Hawai'i to a 63-50 Western Athletic Conference win against Utah State in women's basketball here Saturday afternoon.
Hawai'i improves to 15-8 overall and 6-6 in the WAC with the win, while Utah State falls to 3-19 overall and 2-10 in league play with the loss.
Utah State led 28-23 at the half and increased its margin to seven as Danyelle Snelgro scored the first points of the second-half to give the home team its biggest lead of the game at 30-23. Hawai'i then scored nine of then next 11 points to tie the game at 32 with 14:56 remaining.
Hawai'i took its first lead of the second-half on a three-pointer by Taylor to make the score 40-39 for the visitors with 12:09, and the Rainbow Wahine extended its lead to three on its next possession courtesy of a lay-up by Tanya Smith. Utah State fought back and tied the score at 43 on a lay-up by Freeman, and then regained the lead on a lay-up by Marchant with 6:00 remaining. Hawai'i then took control of the game courtesy of a 20-5 run over the final 5:41 to record the 13-point win.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 34.5 percent from the field and held Hawai'i to just 26.9 percent. However, USU was just 6-12 (.500) from the free throw line as compared to 25-29 (.862) from the charity stripe for Hawai'i.
Utah State will return to action on Thur., Feb. 23 when it hosts Boise State at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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