RUSTON, La. — Utah State women’s basketball was led by junior Ashlee Brown’s seventh double-double of the season including 24 points and 13 rebounds in a, 74-91, loss at Louisiana Tech Thursday. The Aggies are 8-9 on the season and 2-2 in WAC action while Louisiana Tech improved to 12-5 and 4-0 in WAC. Brown’s seventh double-double tied the USU record with Ali (Aird) Marchant for most double-doubles in one season which she set during the 2003-04 campaign. The Lady Techsters’ senior Adrienne Johnson led all scorers with a career-high 36 points along with 13 rebounds on a night, including hitting 16-of-16 from the charity stripe. Utah State made the first bucket of the game and held the Lady Techsters scoreless on their first four possessions. Louisiana Tech responded with a 15-4 run in the first ten minutes of action. The Lady Techsters’ defence was tough and forced USU to turn the ball over resulting in 22 points off of turnovers for Louisiana Tech in the first half alone. The Aggies climbed back with a 7-0 run at the during the 9-7 minute mark. Louisiana Tech’s experience and aggressive defense proved difficult to penetrate. The score heading into the locker room was 43-32 in favor of the Lady Techsters. In the first 20 minutes of action Utah State was 10-of-32 (31.3 percent) from the field and 2-of-8 (25.0 percent) from three-point range, adding 10-of-12 (83.3 percent) from the free-throw line. The Lady Techsters shot 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the field, making only 1-of-7 (14.3 percent) behind the arc. Louisiana Tech was 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) at the free-throw line. Aggies came back from the locker room on fire, scoring on each of their first three possessions and holding the Lady Techsters scoreless for the first two minutes of the second half. USU steadily came back against LTU, coming with in seven points with 1:11 left on the clock. However, a series of 10 made free-throw by the Lady Techsters, who only shot 53.3 perfect from the line in the first half, left the final score at 91-74 for Louisiana Tech. For the game, Utah State shot 35.7 percent (25-of-70) from the field and 3-of-16 (18.8 percent) from the behind the arc. The Aggies added 21-of-25 (84.0 percent) from the charity stripe. Louisiana Tech shot 45.3 percent (28-of-62) from the field, including 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from behind the arc and 31-of-44 (70.5 percent) from the free-throw line. The Aggies continue on the road heading to Las Cruces, N.M. to face the other WAC Aggies of New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu. 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. -USU-
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