Dec. 10, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Jessica Freeman scored a career-high 21 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked four shots as Utah State women's basketball slugged Utah Valley State, 74-51, for its first win of the season on Saturday. The win stopped a nine-game losing streak by the Aggies dating back to last season as they improved to 1-5 overall. UVSC dropped its fourth straight in falling to 2-6.
Freeman shot a perfect seven-for-seven from the floor and hit seven of her 10 free throws en route to the career night. She is now shooting a team-best 63.9 from the floor. Ashley Rutledge was two points shy of a career night as she came off the bench to score 14 points on four-of-five shooting from the floor, including a two-for-two effort from beyond the arc.
The Aggies and Wolverines fought to seven ties in the first half as Freeman tied the game for the final time (27-27) with a free-throw with 4:53 left in the half. The Aggies then went on a 10-0 run over the next two minutes, led by seven points from Rutledge.
UVSC stopped the run and cut the lead to six with 2:05 on the clock. But USU closed the half on a 8-3 run to lead 45-34 at the intermission.
Ali Marchant led the Aggies in the second half as she scored nine of her 11 points and grabbed eight of her game-high ten rebounds after the intermission. The double-double is the 13th of her career.
USU's defense held UVSC to just 17 second half points on 14.8 percent shooting from the floor as it increased its lead to as many as 26 points (72-46). The Aggies finished the game shooting 43.4 percent from the floor to get the victory. They also dished-out 16 assists, led by five from Taylor Richards.
Brittany Hagen was USU's fourth player in double figures as she finished with 10. Miriam Palkki was the only Wolverine in double-figures, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Aggies now take a week off for finals before travelling to Ogden, Utah to face Weber State on Sat., Dec. 17. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
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