Williams hits last-second jumper to lead USU women over Idaho Wednesday

MOSCOW, Idaho – A TaHara Williams jumper with one second remaining in the game led the Utah State women’s basketball to a thrilling, 57-55, win over Idaho at the Cowan Spectrum on Wednesday. The win snaps a season-high four-game losing streak for the Aggies.For the fifth-straight game, Utah State scored less than 60 points, but for the first time the Aggies captured the win. With the victory, Utah State improves to 11-9 overall and 3-4 in Western Athletic Conference action. Idaho falls to 4-15 overall and 2-3 in league play.Williams was the Aggies’ leading scorer with 12 points. The senior also added two rebounds and four assists in the win. Junior guard Amber White and red-shirt freshman Banna Diop both scored 10 points, while senior center Lydia Whitehead dished in nine points.Senior forward Nicole Johnson moved closer to history with two blocks. Johnson is now three blocks away from tying Jessica Freeman for the career block record of 127. The senior now has 124 blocks overall and 39 this season.Idaho was led by Shaena Kuehu and Rachele Kloke who both scored 14 points. Yinka Olorunnife led all players with nine rebounds.Utah State scored on its first four possessions to take a 10-4 lead early in the first half. USU made its first four three pointers of the game. After back-to-back treys by red-shirt freshman Diop, the Aggies jumped out to an 18-7 lead with 12:11 left in the first half.Idaho used a 5-0 run to cut the down to 18-14 midway through the first half. A three-pointer from Yinka Olorrunife trimmed the USU lead down to 19-17. Idaho’s run extended to 12-1 before Williams hit a three pointer with 5:26 left in the half to give USU a 22-19 lead.Utah State would enter the locker room with a 30-28 lead. It was the Aggies first half time lead since holding a 40-25 half time lead against San Jose State in Logan on Jan. 9 which was USU’s last win. USU was led at the break by eight points from Diop and seven points from Williams. Idaho was led by seven points from both Otero and Kloke.Senior center Lydia Whitehead scored the first six points of the second half as the teams traded basket the first six minutes. Half way through the second half, USU had expanded its lead to 49-42. With 4:15 remaining in the game, a White layup gave USU a nine-point lead 55-46.Utah State then went over four minutes without scoring. Idaho used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 55-55. During that stretch, Kloke scored four of the nine points for Idaho.For the game, the Aggies shot 50.0 percent from the field (23-of-46) from the field. It was their best shooting night since shooting 51 percent against Weber State on Dec. 21.The Aggies also shot 57.1 percent from three (8-of-14) which is the best all season. USU shot 50.0 percent from the charity stripe (3-of-6). The Vandals shot 45.1 percent from the field (23-of-51) from the field, while shooting 41.7 percent from three (5-of-12). Idaho also shot 50.0 percent from the free throw line (4-of-8). There were only 14 free throw attempted in the entire game.Utah State remains on the road to face the other team from the Gem State. The Aggies head to Boise to take on the Broncos of Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 6:00 p.m.Live stats will be available for most Utah State women’s basketball games through the women’s basketball page on www.utahstateaggies.com, by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box. All home games can be viewed by clicking on “Watch Live”, while they can be heard by clicking on “Listen Live.” Both can be accessed on www.utahstateaggies.com on the front page or the women’s basketball page. For tickets contact 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 athletic web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.-USU-

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