Dec. 28, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Despite three players earning double-doubles, the Utah State women's basketball team lost its first home game of the season, 86-81, against the College of Idaho Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
With the loss, Utah State ends non-conference action with a 6-5 record, losing its last two games. The game for College of Idaho was an exhibition as it remains 6-6 this season.
For the third-straight game, senior guard Jennifer Schlott led the Aggies with 26 points; she added 10 assists for her second double-double of the season. Junior guard Elise Nelson had her first career double-double off the bench with 10 points and 13 rebounds. She was one assist and two steals away from a quadruple-double. Junior forward Franny Vaaulu had her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 assists. Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams kept her streak of scoring in double figures in every game this season alive with 14 points.
College of Idaho's Erica Martinez led all scorers with 34 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Martinez was a stellar 8-for-14 from beyond the arc. Elisha Hensey also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards.
Early on, the Aggies were fighting off the flu and a hot-shooting College of Idaho squad.
The NAIA's College of Idaho came out aggressive against the Aggies keeping the game close early on. A three by Martinez gave the Lady Yotes the early 16-15 advantage with 13:09 left in the first half. Another three by Lowber stretched College of Idaho lead to 19-15 with under 12 minutes remaining. C of I used an 8-0 run to take a 21-15 lead before an Ingrida Strikas layup stopped the run.
A Williams three with under five to play tied the score at 34-34. A three by Schlott gave USU its first lead since it was 15-13. She went on to score five-straight points to put USU ahead 43-39 with less than two minutes left in the first half. The half ended with USU leading 45-41.
At half time, the Aggies were led by 12 points from Schlott who also added six assists. Williams added nine points and two boards in the first half, as USU played nine different players in the first 20 minutes.
The Yotes were led by 16 points off from Erica Martinez who made four threes in the first half. Lowber also hit four threes in the first half as College of Idaho made nine treys in the opening 20 minutes.
The Yotes remained hot in the second half. College of Idaho's lead jumped to nine points 62-53 after a Dayna Drager jumper.
The Aggies bounced back after C of I took a 10-point lead 74-64. Utah State used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 74-72 with 6:25 left on the clock. The closest the Aggies would get was when they tied the score 79-79 after a Schlott free throw with 1:34 left. USU was not able to get any closer as the Lady Yotes hung on for the win.
For the game, USU attempted a season-high 94 shots going 32-of-94 from the field for 34.0 percent. The Aggies were 6-of-29 from beyond the arc (20.7 percent) and 11-of-16 from the charity stripe (68.8 percent). The three-point field goal percentage and the free throw percentage were both season lows.
College of Idaho was 32-of-70 from the field which was good for 45.7 percent, while going 14-of-35 from three-point range for 40.0 percent. The Lady Yotes were 8-of-14 from the free throw line (57.1 percent).
Utah State concludes the non-conference schedule and moves on to its first-ever game in the Mountain West. USU opens up conference play, hosting Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. The Aggies will then travel to San Jose State to take on the Spartans on Jan. 4.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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-U-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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