Nov. 16, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. -
Utah State led 59-56 with 1:40 left to play but Portland State hit a three-pointer to tie it up and then scored two free throws with three seconds remaining, as Utah State fell, 61-59, Friday night in Portland.
With the Aggies up 59-56, PSU's Claire Faucher made a three-pointer to tie it up. USU senior guard Taylor Richards had her second foul called against her and PSU's Delaney Conway hit both free throws with 3.0 ticks left on the clock to give the Vikings the lead. The Aggies had a final attempt for the win but Richards running three-point attempt from half court was off the mark at the buzzer.
Richards led the Aggies in scoring, netting 12 points and added two rebounds. Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro tallied 11 points and two rebounds, while senior guard Jamelah Brown, senior center Jenny Gross and junior forward Lindsey Shipley all tallied seven points for USU with Gross adding a team-high 11 rebounds.
Freshmen Ndoumbe Diop and Amber White made their first appearances in an Aggie uniform and scored their first career points in the first half. Diop scored two points, while White tallied three points and added three rebounds.
USU falls to 0-2 on the young season while PSU improves to 2-0.
The Aggies shot just 33.3 percent from the field (11-of-33) including 3-of-14 (21.4 percent) from three-point range. The Vikings shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) from the field and 5-of-10 (50.0 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
The Vikings were led by Faucher with 17 points and four rebounds, while Kelsey Kahle added 14 points and five rebounds and Conway tallied a team-high seven rebounds to go along with 11 points.
Utah State took an early 2-0 lead as Richards scored on a layup in the opening eight seconds. Portland State went on a 15-6 run to lead 23-13 with 7:43 left to play. USU went on a 13-7 run in the next six minutes to tie the score at 27-all with 1:07 left in the half but allowed PSU to score twice before the end of the half as the Vikings took a 31-27 halftime lead.
USU opened the second-half with a 19-8 run to lead 52-39 at the 10:59 mark, before the Vikings went on a 20-9 run to tie up the game at 59-all with 1:29 to go.
The Aggies continue action in Oregon as they face Portland on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. (MT).
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