Dec. 2, 2007
CHENEY, Wash. -
A 19-4 run in the first half sparked by senior guard Jamelah Brown helped the Aggie women's basketball team defeat Eastern Washington, 74-55, Sunday afternoon at EWU's Reese Court in Cheney, Wash, for USU's first win of the season. Brown netted a season-high 16 points in the game.
The win snapped USU's five game losing skid, improving to 1-5 overall. The victory is the first at Eastern Washington and was USU's first trip to Cheney in the first match up between the two schools since 1982. The Aggies also picked up their largest winning margin since Dec. 10, 2005 when USU defeated Utah Valley, 74-51.
EWU lost for the fifth game in a row and the Eagles are now 1-6. The loss was Eastern Washington's first to Utah State and the Eagles are now 2-1 against the Aggies.
Brown netted seven points in the first half and hit all of her three throws (5-of-5), as the Aggies were 16-of-17 for the game and marked a season-high 94.1 percent from behind the charity stripe. Brown also added a game-high six rebounds to go along with two assists.
Senior guard Taylor Richards tallied 14 points and had a season-high four assists, while junior guard Danyelle Snelgro netted 11 points to go along with four assists, one block and one steal. Sophomore center Nicole Johnson hit her first career three-pointer and had a career-high seven points as sophomore guard LeeAnn Palo tied her career-high with five points and two assists.
Katy Baker led EWU with 16 points, while Julie Piper added nine points to go along with seven rebounds and Nicole Scott tossed in nine points and six boards.
Utah State took an early 13-4 lead as Richards hit her second layup of the game at the 15:22 mark. Eastern Washington went on a 15-6 run to tie it up at 19-all with 10:14 left in the half. The Aggies countered with a 19-4 scoring run to lead 38-25 at the end of the half.
USU continued to lead through all of the second half as the Aggies took their largest lead with a margin of 21 points at 68-47 with 7:05 left to play and Utah State had nothing less than a 19 point lead from then on.
The Aggies shot an outstanding 25-of-44 (56.8 percent) from the field, including a season-high 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from three-point range. Eastern Washington was 20-of-60 (33.3 percent) field goal shooting, hitting 3-of-15 (20.0 percent) behind the three-point arc and the Eagles went 12-of-16 (75.0 percent) at the charity stripe, led by Piper's 5-5 effort.
Utah State continues action on the road facing one more Big Sky Conference school in Northern Arizona as part of its current four-game road stretch when the Aggies head South to battle Northern Arizona on Sunday, Dec. 8. Game time is set for 3:05 p.m. (MT) in NAU's J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome (7,000).
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