Aggies Rally Past Lady Rebs
Jan. 2, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Holding a one-point lead with under three minutes to play, Utah State scored eight of the next 10 points of the game to take control on the way to handing UNLV a 78-70 setback in women's collegiate basketball action on Saturday afternoon in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In a back and forth ball game that saw nine ties and six lead changes, UNLV lost despite shooting 50%, dropping to 7-7 in its last non-conference game of the regular season. The Aggies improved their record to 8-5.
The second half saw the momentum switch every few minutes, beginning with Utah State's 5-0 run after halftime to grab back the lead at 39-36. The Aggies extended their advantage to 45-40 on a pair of LaCale Pringle-Buchanan free throws at the 14:55 mark. UNLV would respond with a 13-4 spurt, with Jamie Smith capping the run with a layup and a three-point, putting the Lady Rebs up 53-49 with 10:03 to play.
Utah State again took the lead back before four straight free throws, two each from Kalie Scanlon and Erica Helms, gave UNLV its last lead of the game at 59-58 with 6:05 on the clock. Following five straight Aggie points, Helms knocked down a trey to bring UNLV within one, 63-62 at the 3:36 mark. That would be the last basket for the Lady Rebs for the next three minutes, and USU took advantage of the scoring drought. Pringle-Buchanan converted a three-point play and Alice Coddington drained a pair of free throws for a 68-62 USU lead. Helms answered with two makes at the charity stripe with a minute to go, and UNLV was then forced to foul. Utah State made five-of-six free throws over the next 30 seconds, and UNLV came no closer then six in the last minute. The Aggies would finish the final two minutes hitting 12-of-16 at the free throw line, and would make 23-of-30 of their free throw attempts for the afternoon for 76.2%.
Utah State held the lead for the entire first half until the final second, though its advantage was no more then five for the opening 12 minutes. With the score at 20-17, Trisha Jo Goddard sank a layup and TaHara Williams added a trey to start a 10-3 run for the home team. A three-pointer from Pringle-Buchana, the Aggies' fifth of the first half, gave them their largest lead of the game at 30-20 at the 5:34 mark.
UNLV then took over with a 16-4 run to end the first half. Smith started with a layup and was fouled but missed the ensuring free throw. Kelli Thompson followed with a three-point play, and UNLV would tie the score on Markiell Styles' layup at 2:52 on the clock. The Lady Rebels took their first lead of the game when they rebounded a Aggie miss with eight seconds left, and Allison Holiday banked in a 12-foot jumper at the halftime buzzer for a 36-34 UNLV lead.
Smith and Sandrine Nzeukou both just missed posting double-doubles in the game, as Smith finished with 14 points and nine rebounds while Nzeukou posted nine points and 10 rebounds. Helms led the Lady Rebs with 16 points, all in the second half, and Thompson added 14. UNLV shot 24-of-48 for 50% from the floor, made 6-of-10 from three-point range for 60%, and was 16-of-21 from the line for 76.2%. Hurting the team was its 22 turnovers, which led to a 31-11 edge on points off turnovers for the Aggies. UNLV was also outrebounded by a 41-35 margin.
Williams and Pringle-Buchanan both scored 18 points each to led the Aggies. Lydia Whitehead poured in 14 and Amber White 13. Utah State was held to 35.3% for the game, but took 20 more shots then UNLV (24-of-68). The Aggies made 7-of-18 (38.9%) from three-point range as well, and turned the ball over just 11 times.
UNLV will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 6, with its Mountain West Conference opener against BYU at 7 pm in the Cox Pavilion.