Aggie Women’s Basketball Wins Fifth-Straight Game, Defeating San Francisco Wednesday, 77-71

LOGAN, Utah — For the second-straight game, the Utah State women’s basketball team used a spark off the bench by freshman guard Jennifer Schlott as the Aggies upped its winning streak to five games with a 77-71 win over San Francisco at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Wednesday.The Mesa, Ariz., native scored 11 points off the bench for the Aggies. Utah State was led 21 points by junior forward Ashlee Brown who had her third double-double in the past four games. Brown had added a career-high 14 boards in the win. Sophomore guard Devyn Christensen had a career-high 14 points off the bench, while sophomore center Banna Diop added 10.The Aggies five-game winning streak is Utah State’s longest since winning six-straight from Dec. 19-Jan. 9 of last season. With the win, Utah State improves to 5-4 this season after dropping its first four of the season. San Francisco falls to 2-6 with the loss. The win was also the Aggies first ever against the Dons after losing 57-48 last season in San Francisco and 81-61 on the road in 1985.The Dons kept the Aggies at bay holding onto a three to five point advantage for the majority of the first half. The Aggies were able to tie the score three times and finally took the lead with 3:30 left in the first half. Going into the locker room, USU was up 38-35. Christensen shot perfect from behind the arc (2-of-2) in the first half and was also perfect (4-of-4) from the charity stripe in the first 20 minutes.In the first half, Utah State shot 46.9 percent from the field (15-of-32) and was perfect 4-of-4 from behind the three-point line. The Aggies shot a 66.7 percent from the free-throw line (4-of-6). USF shot 50.0 percent from the field (14-of-28) and 40.0 percent from the three-point line (4-of-10). The Dons shot 75.0 percent from the free throw line (3-of-4).Early in the second half, USF fought back with a string of made layups, bringing the score back with in two, 50-48 with 13:44 left in the game. The Aggies responded, taking a its biggest lead of the game, 12-points, 62-50 with 8:29 left in the half. During the run, USU was led by a three-pointer by Schlott and a jumper by senior guard Amber White. Despite the 12-point lead, Utah State was reminded of USF’s ability to shoot well when a momentary lapse in defense allowed the Dons to close within two, 71-69 with less than two minutes remaining. The Aggies responded with eight unanswered points to seal the win, 77-71.For the game, Utah State shot 43.1 percent from the field (28-of-65) and 62.5 percent the three-point line (5-of-8). USU shot well from the free-throw line, shooting 64.0 percent (16-of-25). USF shot 46.6 percent for the game (27-of-58) and 40.9 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-22). The Dons shot 80.0 percent from the free throw line (8-of-10).Utah State remains at home looking to snap a four-game losing streak to Idaho State. The Aggies and the Bengals will clash on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. in the first half of a doubleheader with the USU men’s team.Fans can follow USU women’s basketball and Coach Pebley on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UTAHSTATEofmind and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.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.

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