OREM, Utah – Behind a career-tying 20 points by junior forward Ashlee Brown, the Utah State women’s basketball team won its third-straight game, 80-66 against Utah Valley on Wednesday in Orem. The Aggies set a school record shooting 60.8 percent from the field. The previous record was 58.3 percent against New Mexico State in 1982. The 80 points this season were the most by the Aggies this season. The previous high this season was 67 in a loss to Dixie State to start the year. Utah State improves to 3-4, while Utah Valley falls to 1-5. The Aggies have now won three-straight games against in-state rivals with wins against Weber State, Southern Utah and now UVU. USU’s only loss came against BYU. This is the first time this season that the Aggies have won the battle of the boards with a 27-24 advantage against the Wolverines. The Aggies were led by 20 points from Brown who was one of three Aggies in double figures. Sophomore center Banna Diop added 11 points, while Christensen scored 10. Senior guard Alice Coddington topped her career high in assists for the second-straight game when dished out 10. Utah State started with some sharp shooting, including two-straight baskets by sophomore guard Jenna Johnson to take an early 10-6 lead. In the first seven minutes of game, the first 14 points of the game were made by Johnson, Brown and Diop. Senior guard/forward Amber White then scored the next five points as the Aggies opened up a 19-13 lead. After a White three pointer, USU used a 10-0 run to take a 24-13 lead. Back-to-back wide-open three pointers by sophomore Devin Christensen gave the Aggies their biggest lead of the game at the time at 35-18. Utah State would end the half with a commanding 43-28 lead. At half, the Aggies were led by Brown and Christensen who both scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes. White added eight, while Diop scored seven. Utah Valley was led by Whitney Jenkins eight points off the bench. The 43 first-half points were the most in a half this season for Utah State. The Aggies were able to take a lead scoring 20 points in the paint compared to eight by the Wolverines. USU also lead in points off of turnovers in the first half, 13-2. For the game, USU led in points in the paint 40-28. Utah State continued its hot shooting in the second half, scoring the first four points of the half. The Aggies were able to maintain a double-digit lead throughout the second half despite a strong second-half push by the Wolverines. UVU used the three-point basket to cut the lead down to 74-41 with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Down the stretch, USU was able to sink its free throws to maintain its double-digit lead. The Aggies made six free throws in the final 44 seconds of the game, including four by Johnson. In the battle of Jenna Johnsons, USU’s Jenna Johnson doubled up UVU’s Jenna Johnson eight points to four. For the game, Utah State shot a season-high 60.8 percent (31-of-51) from the field and 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from the three-point line. From the free throw line, USU finished shooting a season-high 86.7 percent (13-of-15). Utah Valley shot 48.1 percent (26-of-54) from the field and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from beyond the arc. UVU shot 72.7 percent (8-of-11)from the free throw line. The Aggies remain on the road to take on Northern Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. MT. The Aggies’ game against the Lumberjacks will be televised by Fox College Sports Pacific. With a DISH Network sports package some may be able to view the game on DISH channel 9411. Comcast will also carry the game on channel 264. Fans can follow USU women’s basketball and Coach Pebley on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UTAHSTATEofmind and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. For tickets contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletic web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com. -USU-
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