Aggie women spear Spartans Saturday, 65-54, to win sixth-straight

LOGAN, Utah – For the sixth game in a row, Utah State had the higher number on the scoreboard, as the Aggie women won their sixth-straight with a 65-54 defeat of San Jose State on Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The six-game winning streak is USU’s longest since 1977-78.Utah State improved to 10-5 overall, and opened Western Athletic Conference action with a 2-0 mark, the Aggies’ second time in three seasons winning their first two league games, doing so in 2007-08. Saturday was USU’s seventh win at home in eight contests on its home court, improving to 7-1.San Jose State fell to 4-11 overall and 0-2 in WAC play. It was the Spartans’ second loss in a row, and fourth in the last five games. Saturday was SJSU’s 16th-straight WAC loss.The Aggies won their fifth in a row over the Spartans, improving to 6-3 in the series, including 4-1 in Logan.Junior guard Amber White netted 18 points for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season in tallying double figures. Fellow junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan added 13 points off the bench, her fourth-straight game in double-digits, while another Aggie junior guard Alice Coddington posted 10 points to go with a game and career-high seven assists. Junior forward Nicole Johnson added a season-high nine points.Senior center Lydia Whitehead snared a season-high 14 rebounds, helping USU to a 39-35 rebounding edge. Saturday was Whitehead’s fifth double-digit rebounding outing, including the fourth in the last seven games.SJSU was led by a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds from Chasity Shavers, while Sayja Sumler added 10 points.After torching the nets to the tune of 59.3 percent (16-of-27) in the first half, Utah State shot a paltry 8-of-30 (26.7 percent) in the second stanza. USU went six and a half minutes without a field goal as SJSU went on a 16-0 run to cut a 49-26 Aggie advantage down to 49-42 before White hit a three-pointer from the left wing to right the ship and rebuild USU’s double-digit lead at 52-42 with 7:11 on the clock. The Aggies maintained a double-figure lead from there on out to keep the Spartans at bay.USU finished the night at 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the field, making half of its three-pointers (7-of-14), marking the second game in a row at 50 percent and the fourth time this season when shooting 50 percent or better, winning three of the four times. The Aggies were also 62.5 percent (10-of-16) at the free throw line Saturday night, but were just 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) in the final two minutes, missing the opportunity to blow out the Spartans.SJSU was 35.7 percent (20-of-56) field goal shooting, also making 50 percent of its three-pointers (4-of-8), as well as hitting 83.3 percent (10-of-12) at the free throw line.Leading 6-4, USU went on a 12-2 run to open an 18-6 lead with 12:09 on the clock, capped by a Pringle-Buchanan steal that led to a fast-break layup from Coddington. The Aggie advantage swelled to 20 twice, the first at 38-18 on a three-pointer from the left corner by senior guard TaHara Williams with 2:22 to go and USU took a 40-25 lead into halftime. Saturday was the eighth time this season that USU had held its opponent to 25 or fewer first half points, improving to 6-2 when doing so.Pringle-Buchanan hit a three-pointer from the right wing at 13:25 for a 49-26 USU lead, its largest of the night. The Spartans stormed back with their 16-0 run, while holding the Aggies without a field goal for the next six and a half minutes, closing to 49-42, the closest they had been since 13-6 with 12:42 to play in the first half, before White hit her drought-snapping three-pointer and USU pulled away for the victory.The Aggies host Nevada in a match-up of two teams atop the conference standings at 2-0 on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.For Utah State women’s basketball ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at and clicking on the “buy/renew tickets” under the “tickets” drop down menu.Utah State continues its Aggie Incentive Plan which allow fans to earn points for attending women’s basketball games. Aggie fans can accumulate points throughout the season and earn prizes like USU water bottles, clothing and a USU women’s team autographed basketball. Attend as many USU women’s basketball games as possible and accumulate points, for a chance to win great prizes!!Upcoming EventsPoint Breakdown for Each Game1/13/10 vs. Nevada 7:00 p.m. – 5 points1/23/10 vs. New Mexico State 7:00 p.m. – 2 pointsNon-Conference Weekday Games – 10 pointsNon-Conference Weekend Games – 4 pointsConference Weekday Games – 5 pointsConference Weekend Games – 2 pointsPrizes for Points Accumulated20 points – USU Water bottle40 points – USU T-Shirt60 points – USU Sweatshirt80 points – USU Women’s Team Autographed Basketball-USU-

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