Dec. 17, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Dani Peterson led four Brigham Young players in double-figures with 14 points as the Cougars rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat Utah State, 73-65, here inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Saturday.
Brigham Young improves to 10-2 on the season with the win and Utah State falls to 5-5 with the loss.
Junior guard Devyn Christensen scored a season-high 18 points and added a season-best six rebounds for Utah State. Freshman guard Elise Nelson also had a season-high in points with 10, while senior forward Ashlee Brown finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior guard Brooke Jackson was the fourth Aggie in double-figures as she had 10 points.
Leading 34-24 at the half, Utah State took its largest lead of the game with 17:23 to play following a layup by Christenen and later led by 11 at 46-35 with 15:31 remaining before Brigham Young scored 18 of the next 22 points to take its first lead since early in the game at 53-50 with 8:46 to play. USU tied the game on its next possession courtesy of a Jackson trey, but BYU answered with a 6-0 run. The Aggies got within three with 3:53 remaining on a pair of Brown free throws, but the Cougars scored the next seven points and never looked back in recording the eight-point win.
Brigham Young shot 51.6 percent in the second-half (16-31) and was 8-of-17 (.471) from three-point range as it out-scored Utah State, 49-31, in the final 20 minutes. BYU was also 9-of-12 (.750) from the free throw line after half-time as it made 5-of-7 free throws in the final 43 seconds.
Utah State finished the game shooting 43.6 percent (42-55), including 40.0 percent from three-point range (6-15) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (11-16). Brigham Young shot 39.7 percent overall (25-63), while making 11-of-30 (.367) three-pointers and 12-of-16 (.750) free throws. BYU also out-rebounded USU by 15 (45-30), while recording five more assists (21-16). The Cougars ended the game with three more turnovers (16-13), but also recorded five more steals (12-7).
With the game tied at 19, Utah State scored eight straight points on a layup from senior forward Maddy Plunkett and back-to-back three-pointers from Jackson and Christensen. USU then scored the final five points of the half on a layup by Nelson and another trey from Christensen to give the Aggies a 34-24 advantage at intermission.
Christensen led Utah State with 10 first-half points as USU shot 40.6 percent (13-32), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (4-8) and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Brigham Young shot just 28.1percent in the first 20 minutes, while making just 3-of-13 (.231) three-pointers. BYU was also 3-for-4 (.750) at the free throw line in the first half.
Utah State returns to action on Monday, Dec. 19 when it hosts Northern Arizona at 12 p.m.
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