Women's Basketball Falls To Southern Utah In First Game In 17 Years
Nov. 21, 2003
LOGAN, Utah - Freshman Christina Zdenek notched a career-high 16 points, but it wasn't enough as Southern Utah (1-0) spoiled the Aggies' (0-1) first game in 17 years, winning 79-60.
Despite USU shooting 32 percent from the field and 8 percent from beyond the arc, Southern Utah only led 22-18 midway through the first half. The Thunderbirds would then go on a 21-11 run to close the hal as USU went into the lockerroom down 43-29.
"We came out the way we prepared for," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "We can shoot the ball, but, we're not a live and die by the three team. We took too many three-pointers, we didn't attack them offensively especially in the first half."
Southern Utah came out strong again in the second half as it used a 27-8 run to build its lead to 33 at the 11:42 mark of the second half. Anne-Marie Torp's three-point basket with 8:17 to go in the game would then spark Utah State's biggest run of the night. The Aggies used the final 9:22 to go on a 23-9 run. Torp scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half. Brittany Hagen also had a strong night on the glass as she pulled down 10 rebounds.
Casey Cooke's 27 points led three SUU players in double figures. Janis Beal added 16, while Lacey Yates poured in 13. The Thunderbirds shot 41 percent from three-point range and 46 percent from the field for the game.
USU would shot 32 percent from the field and 23 percent from beyond the arc. The seven freshman who played in tonight's game combined for 45 of USU's 60 points. Freshman Brittany Tressler will go down in history as she knocked down USU's first shot of the season 1:39 into the game.
Utah State travels to Montana State on Nov. 24, while Southern Utah returns home to face Sacramento State on the same date.