Nov. 18, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. -
Senior guard Taylor Richards scored a game-high 16 points but was the only Utah State player to finish in double-figures, as Portland cruised to a 68-55 win at the Chiles Center in women's basketball action Sunday afternoon in Portland.
The loss was the third in a row to open the season for Utah State as the Aggies fell to 0-3 on the year, while Portland improved to 3-1 overall. Sunday was USU's first trip to Portland, as the series is now tied at 1-1 with both teams taking the win at their respective home courts. The Aggies beat the Pilots last season, 68-58, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Kendra Morris scored 14 points and added seven rebounds to lead Portland, while Laura Thomas tallied nine points and added eight rebounds.
Freshman center Ndoumbe Diop scored a career-high nine points while junior forward Lindsey Shipley and junior guard Danyelle Snelgro each tallied seven points. Shipley added a team-high seven rebounds, as USU out-rebounded UP, 39-38.
Portland scored the first bucket of the game, as the Pilots controlled most of the first half. Utah State freshman guard Amber White scored USU's first four points before Portland took a 10-5 run to go up 14-9 with 8:57 left to play. USU pulled to within one point as junior forward Lindsey Shipley hit a jumper to bring the score to 20-19 with 1:38 left in the half. UP then hit two free throws and two layups in the last 30 seconds to take their largest lead of the half and take a 29-21 at the half.
The Pilots scored the first nine points of the second half to extend their lead to 17 before Utah State scored at the 16:24 mark on a jumper by senior center Jenny Gross. UP responded with a 10-4 run to extend its margin to 21 at 48-27 with 10:20 left to play. Portland kept the lead up through the rest of the game.
In all, Portland had a 31-15 run during a 14 minute stretch of the game that went from the 3:44 mark of the first half to the 9:45 mark of the second half.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 35.0 percent from the field (21-of-60) including 2-of-6 (33.3 percent) from three-point range. Portland shot 42.2 percent from the field (27-of-64) and 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
The Aggies head home to host Utah Valley on Saturday, Nov. 24 with a 7 p.m. tip at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State's Athletic Department is offering a two-for-one night for fans to watch Saturday's action.
Fans can buy one ticket and get the second ticket free. Admission to all home Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. Contact 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 athletic web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com and click on "tickets."
All the Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and Clair Anderson providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web, through Yahoo! Sports, by going to the Utah State Athletic home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the Yahoo! Sports link in the right hand column.
Fans can also follow Aggie home games through the USU web site via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
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