Dec. 17, 2005
OGDEN, Utah - Senior Ali Marchant led Utah State women's basketball with 18 points and freshman Lindsey Freeze came off the bench to add a career-best 15, as the Aggies fell to Weber State, 77-69, Saturday night.
The loss dropped the Aggies to 1-6 overall, while Weber State improved to 5-3.
Marchant scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half as she hit 6-of-9 shots from the field and went 6-for-7 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, falling just shy of her third double-double this year.
"We struggled getting over the hump," said USU head coach Raegan Pebley. "That is what happens when you start slow at the beginning of both halves. When you have to constantly fight back it is mentally draining. If we can be more consistent we will see more success."
Despite a slow start, which included four turnovers in the first 3:14 of the game, the Aggies held a 6-4 lead four-and-a-half minutes into the half. Weber State then used a 15-3 run over the next ten minutes to take a 10 point lead (19-9), its biggest of the opening half, just over the midway point of the half.
Six points from Jessica Freeman sparked a small Aggie run, which pulled USU within five at the intermission, 27-22.
Freeze scored 10 of her 15 points after the intermission as she and Marchant combined for 25 of USU's 47 second half points.
A lay-up by Freeman to start the second half pulled the Aggies within three, and they would get as close as four points with 2:55 on the clock, but every time USU nudged closer, Weber State would respond with a run of its own, pushing the lead to double-digits.
Utah State finished the game shooting 43.3 percent from the floor, while the Wildcats shot an impressive 50 percent. Weber also held a 36-32 advantage on the boards.
Taylor Richards was the third Aggie in double-figures with 10 points. She also dished-out a team-high six assists, but was hampered by 10 turnovers.
Weber State had four players in double-figures led by 19 points from Sara Tuomi. Chelsey Warburton tallied a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists.
Up next for the Aggies is a Monday night showdown with the Wyoming Cowgirls. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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