Feb. 19, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - With 33 points Wednesday night, Utah State women's basketball's senior guard Jennifer Schlott broke the Mountain West single-season scoring record for conference games as Utah State stopped its four-game losing streak with a 79-69 win over San Diego State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
With a pair of free throws with 10:11 left in the first half, Schlott became the Mountain West's single-season scoring leader in league games. She passed Utah's Kim Smith who had 327 points during the 2005-06 season. Schlott is now 14 points away from tying Devyn Christensen's Utah State single-season school record of 643 points set last season. She is also just 26 points from tying Kim Smith's MW single-season scoring record of 655 points during the 2005-06 season.
Schlott also added seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in the win. Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams added 19 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Franny Vaaulu scored 12 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow was the Aggies' top rebounder with nine boards.
San Diego State had two players with double-doubles, led by 11 points and 10 boards from Danesha Long. Khristina Hunter also had 10 points and a game-leading 13 boards. Cierra Warren led the Aztecs in scoring with 17 points, while Chloe Johnson added 13 points.
After a tough game against UNLV last week, Williams came out strong Wednesday night, scoring the Aggies' first eight points of the game. Behind Williams' hot start, USU opened up an early 8-4 lead.
The Utah State defense was active in the first half with eight steals in the first 15 minutes of the half. Another three by Williams pushed the Aggie lead to 20-12 with 11:20 left in the half. The trey already gave Willilams 11 points in the game.
The Aztecs kept fighting, cutting the Aggie lead to 33-29 after a Long free throw with 3:14 to play in the half. The Aggies responded with a three by Williams to re-take the six-point advantage.
Utah State's first double-digit lead of the game came at 44-33 with six seconds left in the half following a Nelson layup after an offensive rebound.
In the first half, USU was led by 19 points from Williams, who also added four rebounds and three steals. Schlott added 15 points and five first-half assists. The Aggies had nine steals in the first 20 minutes.
San Diego State was led by nine points from Warren. Ariell Bostick and Long both added six points. USU did force 16 first-half turnovers.
In the second half, the Aggies opened up a 14-point lead after a Schlott three at 54-40. SDSU cut the lead to six, 56-50, before another three by Schlott put USU back up by nine.
The Aggie offense hit a cold spell allowing the Aztecs back into the game, cutting the lead to 67-61 after a Deidra Smith layup. Schlott got USU back on the scoreboard with her 28th point, putting the Aggies back on top 69-61 with 5:03 remaining.
Back-to-back baskets by Vaaulu put USU ahead by 10, 73-63. From that point the Aggies only relinquished the double-digit lead once, completing the wire-to-wire win.
Utah State shot 41.9 percent from the field (26-of-62), while shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-23). The Aggies shot 73.1 percent from the charity stripe (19-of-26). San Diego State shot 40.0 percent from the field (26-of-65), while shooting 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from beyond the arc. The Aztecs were only 56.5 percent from the free throw line (13-of-23).
Utah State is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. (MT), playing at Fresno State, as the Aggies will take on former USU head coach Reagan Pebley and current head coach for the Bulldogs.
USU returns home to host New Mexico and San José State on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, March 1, respectively, both at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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-U-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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