Williams's Double-Double Not Enough As Aggie Women Fall to South Dakota, 81-71, Thursday
Dec. 5, 2013
VERMILLION, S.D. - - Despite three Aggies scoring in double figures, the Utah State women's basketball team fell to South Dakota, 81-71, Thursday at the DakotaDome.
The Aggies fall to 5-2 with the loss and 1-2 on its current six-game road trip. With the win, the Coyotes improve to 4-5, including 3-0 against the Mountain West with wins against Wyoming and Boise State. All three wins came in Vermillion.
For the second-straight game, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 27 points. The senior has scored at least 20 points in five of the Aggies seven games this season. She also added six rebounds and four assists in the loss. Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams had her first double-double of the season and third of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Junior forward Franny Vaaulu added 16 points and eight boards.
Nicole Seekamp led the way for the Coyotes with 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the win. Margaret McCloud had a double with 18 points and 10 boards, while Polly Harrington added 16 points.
USU had by far its worst shooting night of the season, shooting only 32.1 percent in the game, including 25.0 percent in the second half. The Aggies did lose their first game of the season when they out-rebound an opponent with 48 compared to 43 by the Yotes.
South Dakota jumped out to a 14-9 lead after a three by Raeshel Contreras. USU also found itself in early foul trouble with six fouls in the first seven minutes of the game. The Coyotes used an 8-0 run to push the lead to 16-9 with 12 minutes remaining in the half. A lay up Vaaulu cut the lead to 16-11.
Utah State re-took the lead with just under seven left 23-22 after a layup from freshman guard Lynette Johnson who would score back-to-back baskets to help the Aggies retain their lead. Despite three more ties in the half, Utah State did not trail the remainder of the half.
The half ended with a steal by senior guard Cristal Turner and a long pass to Williams for the layup. The final score gave Utah State the lead at half time 39-35.
In the first half, USU was led by 18 points from Schlott who also added three assists and a steal. Vaaulu was the other Aggie in double figures with 10 first-half points. Williams also added seven points and five rebounds in the first half.
McCloud led the Yotes with 10 points and four rebounds. Both Harrington and Seekamp added six points apiece in the first half for South Dakota.
Utah State started slow in the second half and the Coyotes took advantage, erasing the five-point deficit and taking a 50-44 lead. South Dakota started the second half on a 15-9 run to take a 50-48 lead with 11:45 left in the game.
South Dakota opened up an eight-point lead with less than six minutes remaining with the fouls mounting up for the Aggies after junior forward/guard Ingrida Stikas fouled out. A technical on the Utah State bench gave the Coyotes an 11-point lead after Seekamp hit both free throws.
The Aggies never got the lead under 10 for the remainder of the game as the Coyotes spent much of the remainder of the game at the charity stripe.
For the game, Utah State shot a season-low 32.1percent (26-of-81). The Aggies shot 21.1 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-19), while ending the game at 88.2 percent from the charity stripe (15-of-17). South Dakota shot 43.1 percent from the field (25-of-58), while making 4-of-18 from three which was good for 22.2 percent. The Coyotes shot 61.4 percent from the free throw line (27-of-44).
Utah State remains on the road taking on South Dakota on No. 13 Nebraska on Dec. 8.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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