Dec. 19, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Ali Marchant scored 19 points and Taylor Richards added 15 for the Utah State women's basketball team, but Wyoming outscored the Aggies 18-2 to end the game and come out with a 73-59 road victory here Monday night. With the win, Wyoming improved to 8-1 while Utah State fell to 1-7
Utah State led 57-55 with 5:37 remaining after a basket by Richards. However, the Aggies would not score from the field again, missing nine straight shots and hitting just two free throws in the final five minutes.
Wyoming was led by Hanna Zavecz, who was just three of 13 from the field, but hit 13 of 15 free throws en route to a game-high 20 points. Jodi Bolerjack and Megan McGuffey added 16 and 11 points respectively for the Cowgirls.
Wyoming hit just 36.4 percent of its shots from the field (20 of 55), but made 11 three-pointers and converted 22 of 31 free throw attempts, including 19 of 26 in the second half.
USU shot 42.2 percent and made 16 of 20 free throws, but was just five of 17 from behind the three-point line and committed 17 turnovers to Wyoming's five miscues.
Other than Marchant's 19 points and Richards' 15 points, no other Aggie had more than six points in the game. Brittany Tressler scored six points and Lindsay Freeze and Jessica Freeman had five points apiece.
Marchant and Brittany Hagen each had seven rebounds for USU, while Wyoming was led by McGuffyey and Zavecz, who had eight and seven rebounds respectively.
The Aggies jumped out to an early 9-2 lead before Wyoming went on an 11-4 run to tie it at 13. The teams battled back and forth before Wyoming took a 33-28 halftime lead.
Wyoming jumped out early to start the second half building up a 10-point lead at 38-28. USU took the advantage at 48-47 on a Hagen three-pointer at the 9:43 mark and USU would hold a lead until the final five minutes.
Utah State will be out of action until Dec. 28, when the Aggies will play at Texas A&M. USU will then play at St. Louis on Dec. 31 before returning home to open WAC play against San Jose State on Thursday, Jan. 5 and Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 7.
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