MOSCOW, Idaho — Senior guard Alice Coddington needed only one steal to become Utah State women’s basketball’s all-time career steal leader with 217, and she got just that. At the 2:58 mark of the second half, Coddington etched her name in the USU record books as the Aggies sealed their 67-51 win over Idaho Saturday in Moscow.Coddington passed Aggie great and current USU assistant coach, Danyelle Snelgro (2006-09), who had 216 steals in her Utah State career.Utah State improved to 14-11 this season and 8-4 in Western Athletic Conference action. Idaho falls to 13-12 overall and 6-7 in WAC play. The Aggies are one win away from tying their all-time high in WAC wins. The 2008-09 team ended the season 9-7 in league games. This is the first time since the 2006-07 season that Utah State has swept the season series with Idaho.Utah State had four players in double digits in scoring and were led by 15 points from sophomore guard Devyn Christensen. Junior forward Ashlee Brown added 14 points and four rebounds, while sophomore center Banna Diop had 12 points and eight boards. Sophomore guard Jenna Johnson was just shy of her career high with 11 points.On their senior night, Idaho was led by 15 points from senior Derisa Taleni. The Vandals also got a game-high 14 points from fellow senior Yinka Olorunnife.In the first half, Coddington had to come out of the game with 17:31 left in the half after picking up two early fouls. Despite losing Coddington early, Utah State jumped out to an early 4-0 lead before Idaho scored its first basket four minutes into the game.Utah State extended its lead to 15-8 with less than nine minutes left in the half with a Brown lay up. Rachele Kloke, who didn’t play the first time the team’s met in Logan, scored four of the Vandals’ first 10 points. Early on, the Vandals were hurt with eight early turnovers, but Utah State was hurt on the boards getting out re-bounded 18-9 through the first 13 minutes.A Jenna Johnson layup with 6:15 gave USU its first double-digit lead of the game 21-11. Idaho used a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 22-19 with three minutes left in the half. The Aggies struggled to end the half. After taking a 10-point lead, USU would only scored three more points to head into the locker room with a 24-21 lead.In the first 20 minutes, USU was led by eight points by Brown. On the boards, the Aggies were led by five rebounds by Diop. Idaho got six points from Keri Arendse both off of three pointers. She was the only Vandal to hit a three in the first half as UI was 2-of-10 from three in the first half. Despite taking the lead into the locker room, Utah State was out-rebounded 25-16 by the Vandals in the first stanza. Where the Aggies did excel was points in the paint. USU out-scored Idaho 16-10 in points in the paint in the first half.In the second half, Diop scored the first three field goals of the half as USU extended its lead to 31-23. Quick points by senior forward Amber White and Christensen gave USU its biggest lead of the game 36-23, using an 8-0 run. A 5-0 run by the Vandals, cut the lead to 36-28 with 14:03 left in the game.Strong second-half play by both Christensen and Brown, allowed to USU to keep a double-digit lead through much of the second half. A Maddy Plunkett lay up with seven minutes left in the game gave USU a 52-38 lead. USU got its first three of the game off the finger tips of Plunkett to give USU the 58-40 lead.For the game, Utah State shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the field and 25.0 percent (2-of-8) from the behind the arc. The Aggies shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the charity stripe. Idaho shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) from the field, including 18.8 percent (3-of16) from three-point range and 62.5 percent (10-of-16) from the free throw line.The Aggies will head home to conclude the home portion of their schedule. USU will take on New Mexico State on Think Pink night on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. USU will then take on first-place Louisiana Tech on senior night at 3 p.m. The game is the first half of a doubleheader with the Aggie men’s team.To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu.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.
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