Aggie Women's Basketball Beats Northern Arizona, 65-51, Saturday Afternoon
Dec. 8, 2007
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -
Utah State women's basketball picked up its second straight win after defeating Northern Arizona, 65-51, Saturday afternoon at NAU's J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Aggies improved to 2-5 overall. After winning at Eastern Washington last Sunday, 74-55, USU picked up its second straight double-digit win Saturday, which hasn't been done since 2005 when the Aggies won at Cal Poly, 71-60, and then defeated Pacific, 67-48. The victory moves USU to a 5-1 record at Northern Arizona. Utah State is now 12-4 all-time versus NAU.
Northern Arizona lost its second straight game as the Lumberjacks are now 4-6 on the season.
Three players scored in double-figures for Utah State, as junior guard Danyelle Snelgro led with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Jamelah Brown tallied 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore center Nicole Johnson scored a career-high 11 points and tied her career-high with three blocks. Senior center Jenny Gross pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points and senior guard Taylor Richards recorded a season-high seven assists.
The first half moved along slowly as both teams were tied at 7-all with 11 minutes to go. Utah State took its largest first-half lead of four points, 20-16, with five minutes to play and the Aggies finished the half up by three at 24-21. The first half saw six ties and nine lead changes overall.
Brown netted three three-pointers within the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Aggies scored eight unanswered points as part of a 17-6 run and Utah State went up by 14 at 41-27 with 12:31 left to play. Northern Arizona came within 10 points, 43-33, at the 9:27 mark but USU continued to dominate the game and took its largest lead of the game with a 20-point margin at 65-45 with 1:15 left to go.
The Aggies shot 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) from the field, including 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from three-point range and finished 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from behind the free throw line. Northern Arizona was 19-of-50 (38.0 percent) field goal shooting, hitting 3-of-10 (30.0 percent) behind the three-point arc and the Lumberjacks went 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe.
Ashley Ingle led NAU with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with six blocks, while Laura Dinkins scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
USU won despite being out-rebounded, 44-29.
Utah State wraps up its current four-game road streak and heads closer to home as it faces the second of five in-state foes this season, facing Utah on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip is set for 3 p.m. (MT) in the Utes' Jon M. Hunstman Center (15,000).
All USU women's basketball 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.
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