USU women’s basketball loses 56-54 to North Texas in second round of WBI

FILE - Utah State Aggies guard/forward Shannon Dufficy (5) steps to pass the ball during the first quarter against the Wyoming Cowgirls in the quarter finals of the Mountain West championships in Las Vegas, NV on Monday, March 11. The Aggies lost to the Cowgirls, 64-41.
DENTON, Texas – Utah State women’s basketball’s (17-16, 10-8 Mountain West) season came to an end Tuesday night after a 56-54 loss to North Texas (17-15, 7-9 Conference USA) in the second round of the Women’s Basketball Invitational in the Super Pit in Denton, Texas.
Junior guard/forward Shannon Dufficy led the Aggies with 19 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Eliza West had nine points and seven assists.
After North Texas took an 8-4 lead in the first quarter, free throws from West and junior forward Marlene Aniambossou, along with a Dufficy jumper tied it up at 8-8. The Mean Green extended its lead to five, but a Dufficy bucket made it a three-point game at 17-14. A UNT three at the buzzer gave North Texas the 20-14 advantage at the end of the period.
The Aggies tied it up at 23-23 with a 7-0 run after a Dufficy triple and back-to-back layups from West. A jumper from junior guard/forward Hailey Bassett and a three from freshman guard Steph Gorman gave USU the 28-25 lead. After four UNT free throws, six straight points from senior guard Rachel Brewster put the Aggies on top at 34-29 with 2:56 remaining. A Mean Green jumper and a pair of free throws trimmed Utah State’s lead to one at 34-33 at the half.
Utah State extended the lead to four at 41-37 after a Bassett layup and Dufficy 3-pointer in the third quarter. After UNT took a one-point lead, a West layup and another Dufficy three gave USU the 46-42 edge. Five-straight Mean Green points gave North Texas the one-point advantage, but a bucket from sophomore guard Emmie Harris at the buzzer gave the Aggies’ the 48-47 lead at the end of the period.
USU took the 52-49 lead with 7:20 left in the fourth after jumpers from Dufficy and senior center Deja Mason, but North Texas went on to outscore Utah State, 7-2, for the 56-54 win.
North Texas had three players score in double figures, led by redshirt senior guard Terriell Bradley with 16 points.
USU shot 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from the field, 20.0 percent (4-of-20) from behind the arc and 44.4 percent (4-of-9) at the free throw line. UNT shot 45.5 percent (20-of-44) from the floor, 30.9 percent (4-of-13) from behind the 3-point line and 54.5 percent (12-of-22) at the free throw line.

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