Feb. 24, 2005
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Taylor Richards led Utah State with 13 points, but Long Beach State outscored the Aggies 48-24 in the second half to extinguish USU's eight point half time lead as the 49ers ran away with a 75-59 win here Thursday night.
Long Beach really attacked the basket in the second half and that was the difference tonight," said head coach Raegan Pebley.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Aggies as they fell to 14-11 overall and 9-7 in the Big West. Long Beach, meanwhile, won its sixth straight and improved to 18-6 and 12-3.
Utah State grabbed the eight point half time lead behind 11 points from Richards and eight from Ali Aird. As a team, the Aggies shot a blistering 52 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, while holding Long Beach to just 31.6 percent.
Things quickly turned south for the Aggies in the second half. Long Beach opened the second half with a quick 12-3 run that decimated USU's lead to one, 39-38, with 16:21 on the clock.
A Brittany Hagen three-pointer would give the Aggies a four point lead, but the 49ers didn't let up as they took the lead for good at the 10:53 mark. From that point on, Long Beach would outscore the Aggies 24-5 over the next nine minutes to take its biggest lead of the game, 72-51, with 1:40 on the clock.
A quartet of 49ers scored in double-figures, led by 20 from Aisha Hollans. Hollans finished just three assists shy of a triple-double as she pulled down 10 rebounds and dished-out seven assists. Petra Glaser tallied 15 points, while Jayme Connors and Crystal McCutcheon finished with 11 apiece.
As a team, Utah State finished shooting 40.4 percent, but was outrebounded 45-34. After shooting just 31.6 percent in the first half, Long Beach shot 60 percent in the second half to finish at 44.1 percent on the night.
Utah State now travels to UC Irvine on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. (MST)
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