Williams career-night, defense fuels Aggies to season opening win

LOGAN – It took a few minutes for them to get settled in, but the Utah State women’s basketball team started its season off with a bang in a 103-46 win over Black Hills State on Saturday in the Aggies’ first game of the regular season.

Sophomore Makenlee Williams recorded a career-high 35 points in the win.

“I have to give credit to all my teammates,” Williams said. “They’re the ones that gave me the ball. I did the easy part. I just ran the floor and finished. They got me the ball and that was part of the game plan.”

In a contest that saw more fouls called (49) than the Yellow Jackets scored points (46), the Aggies ran all over Black Hills behind stifling defense.

USU finished with 20 steals, eight blocks and held BHSU without a 3-pointer. Senior Jennifer Schlott said the defense fueled the offense.

“It started with defense, we picked it up,” Schlott said. “We got some really good rebounds and we had some really good outlets. Everyone was running, everyone was spaced. They ran the floor. Our transition game was really well tonight.”

Schlott finished with 24 points and six assists.

Utah State improved to 1-0 overall, and faces an early season test when the Aggies host Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

“In a perfect world this is what we see every game,” head coach Jerry Finkbeiner said. “But we don’t live in a perfect world. We’re going to step up in competition in the weeks to come.”

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