Dec. 31, 2005
ST. LOUIS - Ali Marchant scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Utah State women's basketball dropped an afternoon match-up with St. Louis, 75-61, here Saturday.
The loss was the fourth straight for USU as it fell to 1-9 overall. St. Louis improved to 3-8 with the win.
"We have had a problem applying what we do in practice into game situations," said head coach Raegan Pebley. "This is a team we should not have lost to, but we have to stay focused and get ready for the WAC. As far as anyone is concerned we are 0-0. We need to learn from these preseason games and make sure we start WAC play off on the right note next week at home."
Marchant, who scored just five points and snared one rebound against Texas A&M on Wednesday, hit 7-of-9 shots from the floor in 35 minutes of play. Brittany Tressler was the only other Aggie to reach double-figures, pouring in 13 points off the bench.
Utah State played catch-up most of the first half as it battled back from deficits as large as nine to go into intermission down just one, 36-35.
The Aggies took their first lead, since 3-2 to open the game, when a Marchant lay-up gave USU a 39-38 edge with 18:38 on the clock. The Aggies and Bilikens would battle back and forth over the next four minutes before USU once again experienced a drought from the floor.
USU went 9:09 without a field goal, allowing St. Louis to grab a double-digit lead that it would never relinquish.
SLU had four players in double-figures led by 30 points from Tyler McIlwraith. McIlwraith went 12-for-21 from the floor, including 5-of-9 from three-point range.
The Aggies out rebounded the Bilikens 41-38, but were hampered by 22 turnovers. Taylor Richards dished-out a career-high nine assists as USU recorded 16 assists to St. Louis' 11.
The Aggies return home next week and start Western Athletic Conference play on Thur., Jan. 5 against San Jose State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (MST)
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