Dec. 29, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
Three Aggies scored in double-figures with Jamelah Brown, Taylor Richards and Jade Hatchett all scoring 11 points to lead Utah State, as USU fell to Brigham Young, 70-64, Saturday evening here at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State fell to 3-8 on the year, while BYU improved to 6-6 overall.
Sophomore center Nicole Johnson and junior guard Ana Pares scored nine points each, while senior guards Brown and Richards pulled down six and four rebounds a piece to go with their 11 points, as USU was outrebounded by BYU, 41-27. Richards tallied a team-high four assists and freshman guard Hatchett scored a career-high 11 points.
Mallary Carling scored 19 points and added seven rebounds to lead BYU, while Keilani Moeaki tallied 14 points and Lauren Varley scored 10 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.
BYU scored the first points on a layup by Moeaki but the lead changed eight times in the first 10 minutes of the game before USU went on an 8-0 run sparked by Pares who scored five points in her first minute of action, to lead 20-12 with 8:39 left to play. The Cougars responded with an 18-6 run to lead 30-26 at the 2:07 mark and took a 34-29 lead at halftime.
In the opening period, Utah State shot 31.3 percent from the field (10-of-32) and 22.2 percent from behind the arc (2-of-9), while BYU made 50.0 percent of its field goals (13-of-26), including 8-of-9 (88.9) from behind the free throw line. Johnson and Pares led the Aggies with seven points at the break, while junior forward Lindsey Shipley had five.
USU opened the second-half with a three pointer by Brown before BYU took control and took its largest lead of 13 at 53-40 with 10:31 left to play, before the Aggies fought back to within five, 55-50, at the 6:53 mark. The Cougars took an 11-7 run to keep a nine-point lead at 66-57 with 2:41, while USU fought to within four, 68-64, with 27 seconds left in the game. BYU's Carling hit two free throws to seal the win as junior guard Danyelle Snelgro missed two three-pointers in the last 12 seconds.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 34.8 percent from the field (23-of-66), 38.1 percent from three-point range (8-of-21) and 83.3 percent from the free throw line (11-of-12), while BYU shot 54.2 percent (28-of-48), including 60.0 percent from behind the three-point arc (3-of-5) and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe (15-of-20).
USU wraps up non-conference action at Cedar City, Utah against Southern Utah on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m., at SUU's Centrum Arena (7,509).
The Utah State - Southern Utah game can be heard on KOOL 103.9 FM with Evan Nyuman calling the play-by-play. They can also be heard on the web, through Yahoo! Sports, by going to the Utah State Athletic home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the Yahoo! Sports link in the right hand column.
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