Dec. 21, 2013
PROVO, Utah - Despite having two starters foul out, the Aggie women's basketball fought hard against Brigham Young, falling 84-74 at the Marriott Center Saturday afternoon.
With the loss, Utah State falls to 6-4 this season with one more non-conference game remaining. The Cougars improve to 10-1 with the win. BYU improves to 32-3 overall against Utah State.
Senior guard Jennifer Schlott followed her record-breaking 44-point game with 22 against the Cougars. She also added four boards, four assists and three steals. Junior forward Ingrida Strikas had a solid game with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams and senior guard Cristal Turner both added 12 points. Junior forward Franny Vaaulu led the Aggies with nine boards before fouling out in the second half.
BYU was led by a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds from Jennifer Hamson. Kim Beeston added 22 points, while Ashley Garfield had a game-high 15 boards.
The 6-7 Hamson was dominate early on scoring five of the Cougars first seven points and adding three rebounds. USU was also hampered by early foul trouble as junior guard Elise Nelson was whistled three times in the first five minutes of the game.
After BYU took an early 12-6 advantage, the Aggies bounced back scoring five-straight to cut the lead to 12-11 before a Beeston three gave the Cougars a 15-11 advantage. BYU rebounded taking a 21-14 lead before a Strikas three cut the lead to 21-17 with seven left. Strikas kept USU in the game with seven-straight points.
The Aggies tied the score for the first time, 35-35 with under two minutes left in the first half after an old-fashioned three-point play by Schlott, who began to heat up at the end of the half.
BYU pulled away slightly in the first half, taking a 46-41 lead into the locker room.
Schlott led Utah State with 12 first-half points. Off the bench Turner added three treys for nine points, while Strikas and Williams both scored six as USU showed a balanced attack in the first half.
BYU had 26 of its 46 points scored by two players as Beeston scored 15 and Hamson added 11. Garfield added eight rebounds and four assists to help the Cougar cause.
USU scored the first four points of the half and a Strikas jumper tied the score at 47-47 with 17:35 remaining in the game. BYU responded by going on a 8-0 run to take a 55-47 lead.
The Cougars began to take control mid-way through the second half, opening up a 65-56 lead at the 10:44 mark. The Aggies responded nicely to the challenge cutting the BYU lead to 67-65 after a Turrner trey. Much of the last five minutes was played out on the free throw line. Hamson eight of her total 22 points at the charity stripe, despite missing nine free throws.
BYU attempted 10 free throws in the final two minutes of the games to pull away from the Aggies, 84-74.
For the game, Utah State shot 38.4 percent (28-of-73). The Aggies shot 29.4 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-17), while ending the game shooting 76.5 percent from the charity stripe (13-of-17). BYU shot 46.3 percent from the field (25-of-54), while making 9-of-19 from three which was good for 47.4 percent. The Cougars shot 65.8 percent from the free throw line (25-of-38).
After six-straight road games, Utah State returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Dec. 28 against the College of Idaho at 2 p.m. It is the Aggies only day home game and is the first half of a doubleheader with the Aggie men's team.
Live stats will be available by going to www.utahstateaggies.com. Live audio for both games is available by going to the "Listen Live" link on the front page of the Utah State web site at www.utahstateaggies.com.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888- -STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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