LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State women's basketball continued a busy week in Aggie athletics Friday in a 65-49 home loss to Arizona.
Sophomore guard Olivia West was the leading scorer for the Aggies with 13 points, as she scored in double figures for the third-straight game. Junior guard Rachel Brewster joined her in double digits with 11 points. Brewster and sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy led the team with eight rebounds each. Arizona had three players in double figures, with Lucia Alonso leading the group with 15 points.
With the loss, Utah State falls to 1-2 on the year, while Arizona improves to 2-0.
The Wildcats were first on the board, but Utah State responded on its first possession. Arizona scored on seven of its first 10 possessions, quickly building up a lead. The Aggies shot just 26.3 percent to Arizona's 56.3 percent. Utah State did find an advantage in both second-chance points and points off of UA turnovers, scoring nine of its 11 first-quarter points in one of those ways. After one quarter, Arizona led the Aggies, 22-11.
The Aggie offense came alive in the early minutes of the second quarter, as the team opened the period scoring 10 unanswered points. Utah State was able to pull back within a single point before Arizona scored its first points of the quarter with two shots behind the arc. After the shooting struggle in the first quarter, the Aggies bounced back to shoot 61.5 percent from the floor in the second. Both teams saw high success from 3-point range through the second quarter, combining for eight made shots. Unfortunately for the Aggies, the majority of Arizona's made field goals came from deep, keeping the Wildcats ahead, 38-31, at the halftime break.
Arizona came out strong again to start the third quarter, opening with a 7-0 run. Brewster snapped that streak, draining a 3-point shot for the first USU points of the half. Brewster was the only Aggie to score until the 3:03 mark of the quarter, when Eliza West added a layup. The Aggie defense held Arizona without a field goal for nearly four minutes, but the Wildcats ended that drought with another shot from 3. Brewster had the final made shot of the quarter, reaching double figures, but Arizona held a 52-42 lead after three.
The Wildcats opened the fourth quarter with their 10th 3-pointer of the night, but were held without another basket for four minutes, a streak ended with a pair of free throws. Those two points started a 9-0 run for Arizona, while the Aggies turned the ball over three times. The USU drought was ended by redshirt sophomore guard Lindsey Jensen, who went 1-for-2 at the free throw line after being fouled. Though Jensen added another free throw 90 seconds later, Utah State went the final 7:15 of the game without a field goal. The Wildcats were also struggling to score through that time, being held scoreless for 3:14 until a single free throw put them back on the board. That would be the final point of the night on either end of the floor. Eliza West picked off one last steal and Olivia West shot one more 3-point shot, but Arizona made the rebound to end the game.
Overall, Utah State shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from the 3-point line and 33.3 percent (2-of-6) from the free throw line. Arizona shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the floor, 36.7 percent (11-of-30) from behind the arc and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the free throw line.
The Aggies now embark on a month-long, six-game road swing. Utah State will play at Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the team will head to Idaho State for a game on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.
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