FRESNO, Calif. — Utah State women’s basketball had two players in double-digits including sophomore Devyn Christensen with 18 points and Ashlee Brown with 22 points and battled in a tough second-half but lost, 81-63, loss at Fresno State Saturday.The Aggies are 13-11 on the season and 7-4 in Western Athletics Conference action, while Fresno State improves to 17-7 and 8-2 in WAC play.Brown’s 22 points led all scores. Fresno State had four players in double digits led by Taja Edwards and Rosei Moult both adding 19 points. Sopmore Jenna Johnson added eight points and three assists. Senior Alice Coddington added seven points along side four rebounds and two seals. Coddington’s two steals tie her for the school record for total career steals with assistant coach Danyelle Snellgro at 214.The game got off to an exciting start with Utah State sinking the first basket, returned by a Fresno State three-point bucket. From that point on the score changed hands with almost every possession as there were eight lead changed in the first 8 minutes of action. The Aggies and the Bulldogs battled back and fourth until USU went on a 14-2 run to go up 31-19. Fresno State rallied, making back-to-back layups and a three point shot. Utah State stuck to its tough defense and left the score at 38-31 heading into the locker room.In the first half USU shot 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the field, making 50 percent (2-of-4) from three-point range, both from Christensen. The Aggies did not attempt and free-throws in the first 20 minutes of action. The Bulldogs were 41.9 percent (13-of-31) in field goal shooting and 5-of-13 (38.5 percent) from behind the arc and were 0-of-2 at the free-throw line.The Aggies returned from the locker room to sink the first bucket. The Bulldogs fought back in the second half showing their WAC-leading three point offense, nabbing two three-point baskets in the first four minutes of the second half. USU battled but Fresno States defense forced turnovers.With four minutes left in the game, sophomore Jenna Johnson nabbed an offensive rebound and put it back for two, giving the Aggies momentum. Utah State rallied with two more layups and made attempts at the charity stripe. However, the Bulldogs second-half perimeter shooting proved to be a tough force for USU to return from as the final score was 81-63.For the game, Utah State shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field including 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from three-point range and added 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from the charity stripe. Fresno State shot 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the field, making 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the arc, in addition to 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the free-throw line.The Aggies continue a two-game road swing and will head to Idaho Saturday, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. (MT).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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