LOGAN, Utah — Utah State women’s basketball suffered a 100-75 loss to Mountain West-leading Colorado State Tuesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in USU’s annual Play4Kay game, wearing pink socks, shoelaces and headbands.
Utah State is now 5-2 in Play4Kay games at home. With the loss, the Aggies slid to 10-13 overall and 4-8 in MW play. Colorado State won its eighth in a row in improving to 19-4 overall and 11-1 in league play.
Senior guard Jennifer Schlott led the Aggies with 21 points, adding six assists to her school record career assists mark, now with 382 career helpers. Schlott now has 138 assists this season, needing just six more assists to tie her career-high for single-season assists of 144.
Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams netted 18 points, in her second game back in action after injury, making her first start back. Both Schlott and Williams have posted double-figures in all the games they’ve started this season. Sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow added nine points to go with a team-high seven rebounds. A total of 11 different Aggie players scored.
Colorado State had four starters as part of five players post double-digits, led by Gritt Ryder’s 19 points, adding six assists. Sam Martin logged a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Caitlin Duffy and Ellen Nystrom notched 15 points each, as Nystrom added a game-high seven assists and AJ Newton added 13 points, logging five helpers. Elin Gustavsson added eight rebounds, as the Rams had a slim, 42-40, rebounding advantage.
USU shot 40.0 percent (28-of-70) from the field, netting 36.0 percent (9-of-25) of its three-pointers as well as 71.4 percent (10-of-14) at the free throw line.
CSU scorched the nets to the tune of 58.3 percent (21-of-36) in the first half, finishing the night at 50.7 percent (35-of-69), including making half of their three pointers (14-of-28). The Rams also made 80.0 percent (16-of-20) at the charity stripe.
The Aggies had a similar start to the game in Fort Collins as Colorado State started hot, scoring the first 14 points of the game, as the Rams hit their first five shots. Schlott broke the cold streak for the Aggies with a three to cut the lead to 14-3 five minutes into the contest.
Another three-pointer by the Rams increased the CSU lead to 29-13 with slightly under 10 minutes to go. The Rams were shooting over 60 percent half way through the first 20 minutes, while the Aggies were only shooting 25 percent. After a Duffy trey, Colorado State took its first 20-point lead at 35-15 at the 7:07 mark left in the frame.
The Rams’ shooting remained hot the rest of the half, ending with a 58.3 shooting percentage (21-of-36), including 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from beyond the arc. Utah State shot only 34.3 percent (12-of-35) from the field in the first half, including 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from three-point range.
Utah State was led at the half by 10 points from Schlott, while Williams scored nine. Colorado State was led by 17 points from Ryder, while Duffy added 12 off the bench.
The Rams continued their sharp-shooting throughout the second half, taking as big a lead as 34 points at 73-39 after a Newton trey. Despite the large deficit, USU was able to get some reserves some playing time, as freshman guard Liz Landreth, junior guard/forward Jasmine Porter and sophomore guard Mariah Miles netted baskets.
Utah State hits the road to take on UNLV in Las Vegas on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. (MT).
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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