Dec. 8, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Taylor Richards scored a career-high 22 points in Utah State's 60-56 loss to Air Force in women's basketball action here on Thursday. The Aggies fell to 0-5 on the season with the loss, while Air Force improved to 5-1.
Richards, a sophomore from West Valley City, Utah, also added six assists, which was just one shy of her career best. She hit eight field goals, including two three-pointers, while playing all 40 minutes.
Air Force, which outscored USU 36-28 in the second half, was led by Pamela Findlay, who scored 15 points, while Letricia Castillo added 10 for the visitors.
Utah State led by as many as 11 points in the second half, holding a 46-35 advantage with 11:44 remaining after a three-pointer by Lindsey Freeze. However, the Falcons went on an 11-2 run in the next five minutes to pull within 48-46 with 6:43 left in the game.
Two free throws by Ashley Mickens of Air Force tied the game at 52 with 3:41 left and the visitors went ahead for the first time in the second half when Dawn Higginbotham made a layup to put the score at 54-52.
The Aggies failed to score for nearly five minutes until Danyelle Snelgro hit one of two free throws to pull USU with 56-53 with :45 remaining. However, Air Force scored the next four points en route to the road victory.
USU shot 55 percent in the second half, but Air Force, which hit just 37 percent of its second-half attempts, took advantage at the free throw line, making 12 of 18 charity attempts in the final 20 minutes, while USU was five of nine from the line.
For the game, USU shot 47.5 percent, its third best mark of the year, but committed 24 turnovers to just 15 by Air Force.
Jenny Gross pulled down a season and game-high eight rebounds for the Aggies, who were out-rebounded 36-30. Air Force was able to get 16 offensive rebounds in the game as well.
Utah State will host Utah Valley State on Saturday with tipoff slated for 3 p.m.
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