Aggie Women Out Run The Wolf Pack, 79-73, In Reno Thursday

RENO, Nev. — Utah State women’s basketball used a second half spark, aggressive rebounding and a double-double from sophomore guard Devyn Christensen, including 19 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, to down Nevada Thursday at the Lawlor Events Center. The Aggies improve to 11-10 on the season and 5-4 in Western Athletics Conference action with their third-straight win, while Nevada drops to 14-7 and 3-5 in conference. Christensen nabbed her first career double-double while adding six helpers in her second-career start stepping up for the Aggies while junior Ashlee Brown recovers from an injury for the second-game in a row. USU had two other players in double digits including 12 points from senior Alice Coddington along side four helpers and four boards while freshman Jennifer Schlott notched 11 points. Nevada’s Tahnee Robinson lead all scorers with 22 points. The Wolf Pack leads the WAC in rebounding with a 7.2 rebounding margin but the Aggies worked hard and won the battle of the boards on the road, outrebounding Nevada, 40-36. USU started the game winning the tip off and putting up the first points on the scoreboard. The Aggies and the Wolfpack battled back and fourth offensively in the first half, the score was never more than a two-possession difference until late in the half. Utah State was up by three points, 41-38 with 23 seconds left in the first half. Nevada’s Shavon Moore attempted a 12-foot jumper but was denied by sophomore Banna Diop. Christensen took the rebound and dribbled up the court. Against Moore, Christensen pulled up and made a three-point bucket as time expired. Moore fouled Christensen on the shot. With no time left on the clock, Christensen stepped to up to the charity stripe line alone, and sunk the free-throw to make it a four-point play and end the the first half, 45-38, in favor of the Aggies. USU’s 45 points in the is the most points in one half by USU this season. In the first 20 minutes USU shot 52.9 percent (18-of-34) from the field, hitting 4-of-10 (40.0 percent) from three-point range. The Aggies sunk 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) at the charity stripe. The Wolf Pack was 38.9 percent (13-of-36) in field goal shooting, Tahnee Robinson making Nevada’s only three-point buckets as they went 3-of-11 (27.3 percent) while making a perfect 7-of-7 at the free-throw line. The Aggies returned to the hardwood with the momentum they had at the end of the first half and did not look back. In the first half the score was never more than a seven point difference, but in the second half USU put the Wolf Pack back by 14 points at the six minute mark. Nevada made a late-comeback attempt but Utah State held them off with a strong defense and series of made free throws. The final score was 79-73. For the game, Utah State shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field and 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from the behind the arc. The Aggies added 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from the charity stripe. Nevada shot 41.5 percent (27-of-65) from the field, including 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from three-point range and 12-of-16 (75.0 percent) from the free-throw line. The Aggies continue on a two-game road trip, heading to Boise, Idaho to face Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. (MT). USU then returns home to host Idaho on Thursday, Feb. 10 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.

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