Nov. 9, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball tied up the game at 66-all with 22 seconds remaining but a Pacific free throw with five seconds remaining dealt Utah State a 67-66 season-opening loss, Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Down 66-64, USU junior guard Danyelle Snelgro made two free throws to tie it up. Senior guard Jamelah Brown had her second foul called against her and Pacific's Jake Kelly hit one of two free throws with 5.0 ticks left on the clock to give the Tigers the lead. The Aggies had a final attempt for the win but sophomore forward Nicole Johnson's three-point attempt from the corner was off the mark at the buzzer.
Senior guard Taylor Richards led the Aggies in scoring, netting 18 points and added six rebounds. Junior forward Lindsey Shipley and Snelgro both tallied 14 points in the game, while senior center Jenny Gross posted 10 points along with a game-high eight rebounds, as Utah State tied Pacific with 36 rebounds each.
The Aggies shot just 31.6 percent from the field (18-of-57) including 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from three-point range. The Tigers shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the field and nine-of-20 (45.0 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
Pacific was led by Janae Young with 13 points and six rebounds, while Jake Kelly and Andrea Swanson both added 13 points for the game.
Utah State took a 31-30 lead into halftime, as Richards hit two free throws with five seconds left. The first half was back and forth with seven lead changes and three ties, with the Aggies taking the largest lead of the half at 12-6 with 15:25 to play.
USU opened the second half with a 10-6 run to take a 43-36 lead at the 15:14 mark, before the Tigers went on a 13-2 run to lead 49-45 with 9:12 left to play. Pacific led from then on but Utah State tied the game at 55 and 66 to keep the score close.
The loss was Utah State's ninth season-opening loss in a row.
The Aggies head out to Oregon next weekend to face Portland State on Friday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. (MT), and then battle Portland on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. (MT).
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