Aggie Win Streak Halted at Four Games With a 53-46 Loss At Louisiana Tech
Feb. 28, 2009
RUSTON, La. - Offensive woes led to the Utah State women's basketball team's longest winning streak of the season to come to an end when it lost to second-place Louisiana Tech, 53-46, at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night. USU had won a season-high four-straight games prior to the loss.
With the loss, Utah State stands 14-13 overall and 8-6 in the Western Athletic Conference. With two games to play in WAC action, the Aggies will finish no worse than 8-8.
Senior forward Shawnta Pope led the Aggies with her first double-double of the season. Pope, who has been red hot of late, ended the game with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech defense was tough on Aggie leading scorer Danyelle Snelgro, who scored only nine points to go along with four rebounds. Sophomore guard Alice Coddington added eight rebounds for the Aggies.
The Lady Techsters were led by three players who scored in double figures. Adrienne Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, while Shanavia Dowdell added 18 and Whitney Jones scored 10. In the first half Johnson, Dowdell and Jones accounted for all 26 Louisiana Tech points.
The Aggies' offensive problems started at the tip off as the Lady Techsters scored the first seven points of the game. Snelgro scored the first basket of the game for Utah State at the 16:23 point of the first half. Once USU got going, it would eventually score six-straight points to cut the lead to 7-6. Despite keeping the game close, Utah State would not lead again. The Aggies went cold at the end of the first half, scoring only four points in the last seven minutes, heading into the locker room down 26-22.
Utah State would briefly take the lead at 16-15 and 18-17 due in part to the tough play of Pope who was a fighter on the boards for the Aggies. An Adrienne Johnson lay up put the Lady Techsters back on top 19-18 with 6:52 remaining in the first half.
In the first half, the Aggies were led by Shawnta Pope who scored eight points and added eight rebounds. Junior forward Lydia Whitehead added four first-half points and three boards. USU's leading scorer Danyelle Snelgro was held to two points in the first half, while Ana Pares did not score in the first stanza.
To start the second half, red-hot Shawnta Pope started for the first time this season. Louisiana Tech would continue to dominate in the paint out-scoring the Aggies 16-10.
Midway through the second half, Louisiana Tech went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-point lead with 6:35 left in the game. Back-to-back jumpers from sophomore Amber White and a layup from Pope, cut the Lady Techster lead five points with less than a minute remaining, but the Aggie could get no closer.
Louisiana Tech leads the series with Utah State 8-0. The two losses this season were the closest Utah State has ever gotten. In January, the Lady Techsters topped the Aggies by eight points in overtime, before La Tech took the seven-point win on Saturday.
For the game, Utah State shot 28.6 percent from the field (18-of-63), while shooting only 12.5 percent from the three point line (2-of-16). The Aggies shot 61.5 percent from the free throw line (8-of-13).
Louisiana Tech shot 36.4 percent from the field (20-of-22) from the field and like the Aggies shot poorly from the three point line, shooting 8.3 percent (1-of-12). The Lady Techsters shot 54.5 percent from the free throw line (12-of-22).
USU returns home for its final two regular season games of the year. On March 5, Utah State takes on San Jose State. The game with the Spartans will be National Women In Sports Day. Fans can come to interact with several Utah State coaches and athletes. The Aggies will end the regular season against first-place Fresno State. Four Aggie seniors will be honored as part of a doubleheader with USU men's team.
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