Feb. 25, 2012
LOGAN,Utah - Senior forward Ashlee Brown's team-leading eighth double-double of the season sparked the Utah State women's basketball team to a dominating 85-63 win over Idaho at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday afternoon.
The 22-point win is the largest margin of victory against Idaho in 22 meetings. This is also the second-straight season that USU has swept the season series as the Aggies improve to 10-5 against Idaho since joining the Western Athletic Conference. Overall, Utah State improves to 18-8 overall and 9-3 in the WAC. With the win, the Aggies tie the school record for wins in a season with 18 set last season when the blue and white finished the season 18-15.
USU was led by Brown's eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also added three assists, three steals and two blocks. Junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 26 points to lead all scorers. This was her ninth 20-point game of the season. Sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott and senior guard Brooke Jackson both scored 11 points, while junior guard Jenna Johnson added 10.
Idaho got 17 points from leading scorer Alyssa Charlston who also added eight rebounds. Charlston scored 29 points when the two teams met in Moscow earlier this season. Keri Arendse added 14 points for the Vandals.
The Aggies also dominated on the glass, out-rebound the Vandals 36-26.
Idaho scored the first five points of the game to jump to an early 5-0 lead. Jackson responded with a deep two to cut the lead to 5-2 with 17 minutes remaining in the first half.
The Aggies struggled from the field early on with Idaho taking a 13-8 lead with 12:56 left in the half. Through the first 12 minutes of the game USU was 5-of-14 from the field. Schlott made the Aggies' first three of the game to cut the lead to 13-11 at the 12:01 mark. Another Schlott three gave USU its first lead of the game 14-13. Utah State never gave back the lead after that point.
USU used an 12-0 run to increase its lead to 20-13. As the Aggie offense continued to heat up, Utah State stretched its lead to 28-18 before the Vandals fought back to cut the lead to 28-23 with less than six minutes left in the half.
After the Aggies jumped out to a 35-26 lead, Idaho scored five-straight to cut the lead to 35-31 before Schlott's 11th point of the half stopped the Vandal run. The Aggies closed out the half, leading 39-33.
In the first half, Utah State was led by 11 points from Schlott, who also added three rebounds and one assist. Brown scored nine points and brought down six rebounds. Utah State took care of the ball well in the first half with only five turnovers.
Idaho was led by nine points for Arendse who was 3-of-4 from three. Leading scorer, Charlston was held to six points and two rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
The Aggies scored six of the first eight points of the second half to take a 46-35 advantage. USU continued its strong play to extend its lead to 51-35. The Aggies kept the Vandals off the scoreboard for over five minutes.
USU took a 20-point lead for the first time 61-40 after a Brown lay up. The Aggies were able to maintain a double-digit lead for much of the second half. USU's biggest lead of the game was 22 points.
Christensen's second-half scoring frenzy was too much for Idaho to overcome. After scoring only four points in the first half, the junior scored 22 in the second half to help the Aggies' secure the win.
USU ended the game 26-of-53 (49.1 percent) from the floor. The Aggies were 7-of-15 from three-point range (46.7 percent), while shooting 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) from the charity stripe. Idaho was 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the field, making 8-of-25 threes (32.0 percent). The Vandals were 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) from the free throw line.
Utah State now prepares for the final two games of the regular season. The Aggies host Hawai`i on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m., before closing out the regular season against San Jose State on Senior Day on Saturday, March 3 at 7 p.m. USU will say thank you to six seniors, Chelsea Burns, Ashlee Brown, Banna Diop, Brooke Jackson, Maddy Plunkett and Reyneisha Mays.
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