USU women’s win streak snapped with 69-58 loss to Nevada Wednesday

LOGAN, Utah – In a match-up of two conference unbeatens, Nevada pulled away for a 69-58 win over Utah State, 69-58, Wednesday night in women’s basketball action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, snapping the Aggies’ six-game win streak.USU is now 2-1 in Western Athletic Conference action and 10-6 overall, dropping just its second home loss against seven home wins. Nevada improves to 3-0 in WAC play and 9-8 overall. It was the third-straight win by the visiting team in the series, as the Wolf Pack have now won two in a row in Logan and take a 7-3 lead in WAC meetings and a 7-5 all-time series advantage.Senior center Lydia Whitehead led USU with 13 points, while junior guard Amber White tossed in 12 and junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan came off the bench to net 11, hitting a pair of three-pointers. Wednesday was White’s sixth-straight game in double-digits and ninth time in 10 games and a team-leading 13th time this season. Pringle-Buchanan registered double-figures for the fifth game in a row and seventh this year.Nevada was led by Johnna Ward with 18 points, all in the first half, hitting four three-pointers. Tahnee Robinson posted 11, while reserve Nicole Williams also added 11, hitting seven free throws as Nevada was 20-of-24 (83.3 percent) at the charity stripe, a season-high for makes and attempts by a USU opponent this season. It was just the third time this season that an Aggie opponent has made more free throws than USU attempted. The Aggies were whistled for 21 fouls Wednesday night, tying a season-high from the San Francisco game on Nov. 22.Shavon Moore added 10 points for the Wolf Pack to go with tying for the team-lead with seven rebounds, matching Robinson’s seven boards, as Nevada had a 39-32 advantage on the glass, as USU is now an even 4-4 when getting out-rebounded. Whitehead led the Aggies with a game-high nine boards.Utah State had a 9-4 lead just over three minutes into the game after a Whitehead layup. That would be USU’s largest lead of the night, as the Wolf Pack charged back to take an 18-14 lead on a three-pointer by Robinson at the 12:52 mark. After a White layup knotted the score at 21-all with 10:16 on the clock, Nevada reeled off seven unanswered to go up a touchdown at 28-21 with exactly seven minutes to go in the half. USU trimmed the gap to 28-26 with 5:37 to play, but the Aggies were down 36-32 at intermission, falling to 2-3 when trailing at the break.The Wolf Pack opened a 44-36 lead three minutes into the second stanza on a three-pointer by Amanda Johnson but the Aggies charged back to pull to 47-46 with 14:12 to go after a free throw by Pringle-Buchanan. That would be the closest USU would get as the Aggies didn’t score for the next six minutes while the Wolf Pack scored seven points to take a 54-46 lead. Nevada’s lead stretched to 60-50 at the 5:27 mark and the Aggies couldn’t get any closer with the Wolf Pack leading by as much as 13 twice.Utah State shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field, making 5-of-19 (26.3 percent) of its shots from three-point range. USU was also 11-of-17 (64.7 percent) at the free throw line.Nevada was 21-of-51 (41.2 percent) field goal shooting, netting half of its three-pointers (7-of-14) while going 20-of-24 (83. 3 percent) at the free pitch stripe.The Aggie defense forced 21 Wolf Pack turnovers, while only committing 17 miscues, just the second time that USU has lost when having fewer turnovers than the opposition compared to winning six times when doing so.Utah State hits the road for a pair of WAC games, facing Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Fresno, Calif. at 3 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then head to Honolulu to take on Hawai’i on Monday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. (MT).USU returns home to host New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 21 in a 1 p.m. (MT) tip-off.For Utah State women’s basketball ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu.Utah State continues its Aggie Incentive Plan which allow fans to earn points for attending women’s basketball games. Aggie fans can accumulate points throughout the season and earn prizes like USU water bottles, clothing and a USU women’s team autographed basketball. Attend as many USU women’s basketball games as possible and accumulate points, for a chance to win great prizes!!Upcoming EventsPoint Breakdown for Each Game1/23/10 vs. New Mexico State 7:00 p.m. – 2 points2/6/10 vs. Louisiana Tech 3:00 p.m. – 2 pointsNon-Conference Weekday Games – 10 pointsNon-Conference Weekend Games – 4 pointsConference Weekday Games – 5 pointsConference Weekend Games – 2 pointsPrizes for Points Accumulated20 points – USU Water bottle40 points – USU T-Shirt60 points – USU Sweatshirt80 points – USU Women’s Team Autographed Basketball-USU-

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