March 4, 2005
MOSCOW, Idaho - Brittany Tressler led Utah State with 13 points, but USU's women's basketball team will go into next week's Big West Tournament on a three-game losing streak as it lost at Idaho, 75-65, here Friday night in the regular season finale for both clubs.
The loss dropped the Aggies to 14-13 overall and 9-9 in the Big West. It also puts the Aggies' tournament seeding in limbo as a win would have clinched the fifth spot. USU is now at the mercy of UC Riverside which plays Pacific Saturday night. A Riverside win would bump the Aggies to the sixth spot, while a loss would guarantee USU the fifth seed as it would win the tie breaker with the Highlanders. Meanwhile, Idaho improved to 17-10 and 12-6 with the win.
The Aggies jumped on the Vandals early as a Brittany Tressler three-pointer put them up 5-0 to start the game. Idaho then got things going behind 12 first half points from Emily Faurholt as it opened up an 11-point lead (28-17 with just under four minutes left in the half. Back-to-back three-pointers by Kalhie Quinones and Christina Zdenek then jump started the Aggies as they scored the half's final seven points to pull within four (28-24) at the intermission.
For the third consecutive game, Utah State's defense lagged in the second half as it gave up 47 points to the Vandals. USU had given up 48 in its two previous games.
Camille Brox hit a lay-up to pull Utah State within three (33-30) with 15:45 on the clock, but Idaho would score 15 of the game's next 17 points to open things up. USU wouldn't get any closer than eight as they were swept by Idaho in the regular season series.
Zdenek and Ali Aird also reached double-digits with 12 and 10 respectively for the Aggies. Brox and Jessica Freeman pulled down a team-high seven rebounds each, while Taylor Richards dished-out a team-high four assists.
Emily Faurholt, the Big West's leading scorer, led Idaho with 29 points on 10-of-20 from the field. She was helped by Leilani Mitchell who added 23, eight assists and five steals. Jessica Summers snared a game-high 11 rebounds to lead the Vandals in that category.
As a team, Utah State shot 46.2 percent from the floor, but was plagued by 26 turnovers. The Aggies also out-rebounded the Vandals 39-34, but Idaho went to the line 27 times compared to USU's 17.
Utah State now awaits to see where it will be seeded in next week's conference tournament. The Aggies know they will be playing on Wednesday, but now await to see if they will play at 1 p.m. (MST) in the five vs. eight game, or if they will play at 3:30 (MST) in the six vs. seven game.
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