Nov. 13, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - For the first time since the 1978-79 season, Utah State women's basketball has scored 100 points in back-to-back games, as the Aggies got career nights from several different players for a 100-58 win over Loyola Marymount, Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The win improved USU to 2-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season and just the fourth time in school history since 1974-75. Wednesday's win also avenged a 98-81 loss to LMU last season in Los Angeles, Calif. The Lions are now 0-2 on the year.
Senior guard Cristal Turner came off the bench to net four three-pointers on the way to a career-high 14 points, while junior guard/forward Jasmine Porter also posted a career-high with 12 points, her first time in double-digits. Stephanie Bairstow, a sophomore guard/forward, pulled down a career-best 13 rebounds, while junior guard Elise Nelson swiped a career-high eight steals, tying for seventh in school history for single-game steals.
Taylor Anderson had the game's only double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions. Emily Ben-Jumbo added 12 points and nine boards.
Utah State started strong, scoring the first seven points of the game, including three from the charity stripe. The Lions responded with four-straight points to cut the lead to 7-4. Both teams found themselves in foul trouble early on with 17 total fouls in the first 10 minutes of action.
A pair of threes from Turner helped the Aggies take a 19-11 lead half way through the first period. Another Turner trey gave USU its first double-digit, 22-11, lead of the game with 10:40 remaining. Turner went on a roll scoring 11-straight points for the Aggies.
Despite Schlott getting into foul trouble early on with four first-half fouls, the Aggies were able to maintain a double-digit lead for much of the first half. A layup by Nelson gave USU its biggest lead of the half, 48-22, with 30 second remaining.
In the first half, USU was led by Turner's 11 points. A trio of Aggies had seven points, including Bairstow, Schlott and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams. Bairstow also led the Aggies with eight rebounds, while Vaaulu had seven.
LMU was led at half time 10 points and eight rebounds from Anderson. Ben-Jumbo also added eight points and six boards in the first 20 minutes.
The USU lead quickly rose to 30 points early in the second half after a Strikas jumper with under 15 left in the game. The Aggies biggest lead of the game was 42 points. Once USU hit that point, the lead never got under 37 points.
For the seccond-straight game, the Aggies were able to go deep into their bench. USU scored 42 bench points and scored 40 points off of turnovers.
Utah State is back in action next week against in-state rival on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game against the Utes is the third of a four-game homestand.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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