Feb. 25, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Ashley Rutledge and Danyelle Snelgro each scored 10 points and Utah State recorded its fourth best shooting night of the season, but a modern day record 31 turnovers doomed the Aggies as they fell 67-51 to Nevada in the final home game for the women's basketball team this year.
With the loss USU dropped to 3-21 overall and 2-12 in the WAC, while Nevada improved to 12-14 and 8-6 in league play with its road victory.
Utah State jumped out to a 24-14 lead with 5:28 left in the first half and appeared to be in control of the game early. However, Nevada closed the half on a 16-1 run to go ahead 30-25 at the break.
The Wolf Pack's run continued in the second half as they scored the first eight points of the half and were in the middle of a 26-2 run before USU made its first field goal in 12:21. At that point, Nevada led 40-28.
The Aggies closed the margin to eight points at 49-41 with 8:26 remaining as Snelgro scored six points in a 10-4 USU run, but Nevada scored the game's next seven points to go ahead 56-41 and the Wolf Pack never looked back.
USU out-rebounded the visitors 40-31 but took just 45 shots to Nevada's 63 attempts. Nevada turned the ball over just 10 times en route to the win.
Nevada had a trio of double-figure scorers in Dellena Criner (18 points), Traci Graham (11) and Cherlanda Franklin (10). The Wolf Pack's season leading scorer, Brandi Fitzgerald, was held to six points on just three of 14 shooting.
For the Aggies Rutledge, who was playing her final home game as a senior, matched her career rebounding high for the second straight game with six. Jessica Freeman, another USU senior, had eight points and seven rebounds, while the last USU senior, Ali Marchant, came off the bench to score seven points on three of three shooting and add six rebounds.
Snelgro not only had 10 points, but added a season/career high five assists in the game for the Aggies.
Utah State will close the regular season with road games at Fresno State on Thursday and at San Jose State on Saturday. The Aggies will then head to the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Reno, Nev. On March 7.
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