LOGAN, Utah – Senior guard Jennifer Schlott made her final game in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum a memorable one with her fourth double-double of the season as the Utah State women’s basketball team routed San José State, 96-67, Saturday.
Schlott was just four rebounds shy of a triple-double ending the game with 34 points and tying her career highs with 11 assists and six rebounds. Schlott now has a Mountain-West leading 11 30-point games and has scored in double figures in all 28 games this season. The senior also became the first USU women’s basketball player to pass the 700-point mark in a season as she as scored 731 points so far this season.
With the win, the Aggies have won two-straight games, improving to 13-15 overall and 7-10 in league play. The Spartans fall to 10-17 overall and 4-12 in conference action.
Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams aided the Aggie cause with 20 points for her fifth 20-point game of the season. Junior forward Ingrida Strikas came just shy of a double-double with 11 rebounds and eight points. Senior guard Cristal Turner added a steal, an assist and a rebound in her final game at home. Sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow scored 11 points and added five boards for the Aggies.
San José State was led by 22 points from Britta Hall, 20 of which were scored in the first half. Ta’Rea Cunnigan added 13 points, while Jasmine Smith and Rebecca Woodberry scored 11 points each.
Both teams started strong from the field with the Aggies hitting their first four from beyond the arc to take a 14-3 lead. The Spartans also used the long ball to get right back in the game. Before the first media timeout, the two teams had combined for eight three pointers.
San José State took its first lead of the game after a three by Hall 15-14 with 16:12 left in the first half.
The high pace continued the bulk of the first half. The Aggies took a six-point lead, 24-18 after an old-fashioned three by junior guard Elise Nelson.
On Hall’s 20th point of the half, the Spartans tied the score at 36-36 before the Aggies re-took the lead after a pair of Schlott free throws, 38-36 with under five minutes remaining in the half. Despite Utah State shooting over 50 percent through much of the half, SJSU stayed close by making eight threes in the first half alone.
USU used an 11-0 run to close the half to take a 51-41 lead into the locker room. The Aggies were sparked by five-straight points from Williams.
At half time, USU was led by 18 points from Schlott, while Williams added 13 in the first 20 minutes. Schlott also added a game-high seven assists in the half. Five different Aggies scored at least five points in the first 20 minutes.
San José State was led by 20 points from Hall who made five treys in the first half.
Early in the second half, back-to-back threes by Schlott and Williams, respectively put USU up 59-44. Williams followed with another three to put USU up by 18, 62-44 with 16:24 remaining.
The Aggies began to take control early in the second half, playing well in all aspects of the game. A Schlott fastbreak layup with 11:20 left gave Utah State its first 20-point lead of the game, 68-47. From that point, the Aggie lead never got under 20 points for the remainder of the game.
USU’s biggest lead of the game was 31 points, 90-59 after a jumper by junior guard Jasmine Porter.
For the game, Utah State shot 48.7 percent from the field (37-of-76), while shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-26). The Aggies shot 68.4 percent from the charity stripe (13-of-19). San José State shot 27.8 percent from the field (20-of-72), which was the lowest since Loyola Marymount shot 26.2 percent on Nov 13. SJSU shot 26.8 percent (11-of-41) from beyond the arc. The Spartans shot 55.2 percent from the free throw line (16-of-29).
USU concludes the regular season on Tuesday, March 4 with a road trip to Laramie to take on Wyoming at 7 p.m.
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