Dec. 9, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - - A grueling three-game road swing will conclude for the Utah State women's basketball team on Saturday, Dec. 10 in Pocatello against Idaho State at 2 p.m.
The Aggies are 5-3 this season after losing at Montana and Montana State last week. The Bengals are the fourth Big Sky Conference team that USU has faced so far this season. Utah State is currently 1-2 against the conference. The Aggies still have one more team from the league on the schedule, hosting Northern Arizona on Dec. 19 for School Day at 12 p.m.
Idaho State (5-4) holds a 15-13 series lead over Utah State. The Bengals have won five-straight against the Aggies, including a 64-52 win in Logan last year. In that game, Chelsea Pickering scored a game-high 29 points. USU was led by a double-double by Ashlee Brown who had 17 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. The last time that the Aggies defeated the Bengals was during the 2006-07 season when USU won at home, 85-83.
This season, Pickering has played in only three of ISU's games. The Bengals are led by Lindsey Reed who averages 11.8 points per game. Ashleigh Vella averages 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Last time out, Idaho State fell to Utah in Salt Lake City, 56-31. Kaela Oakes led the team with nine points, while Jessa Jeppesen added seven rebounds.
Seniors Ashlee Brown and Brooke Jackson have both broken the 100 point mark this season. Brown has scored 140 points, while Jackson has scored 102. The two lead the team in scoring with Brown averaging 17.5 ppg, while Jackson nets 12.8 ppg.
Brown is now the only player in the WAC who is averaging a double-double. Brown brings down 10.3 rebounds and 17.5 points per game. She is the leader in the league in rebounds and is third in scoring. New Mexico State's Tabytha Wampler was averaging a double-double but has dropped to 9.4 rpg.
The Aggies will have two more games before the Christmas holiday. Next week, Utah State takes on in-state rival BYU on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m., which is the first half of a doubleheader with the USU men who take on Seattle at 7 p.m. Both games will be shown live on KCSG. The Aggies' final game before Santa arrives will be on Thursday, Dec. 22 at Boise State at 3:30 p.m.
Aggie 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.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at http://twitter.com/Aggiehoops and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.
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