LAS VEGAS – Despite a record-setting performance from senior Jennifer Schlott, the Utah State women’s basketball team saw its season end at the hands of top-seeded Colorado State, 72-67, in the second round of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Tuesday.
“I thought we were in charge of the game, in control of the game, probably the better team for 36-37 minutes of the game,” said USU head coach Jerry Finkbeiner. “I thought their poise really showed up the last minute and 15 (seconds).”
USU led by three with 1:15 left, but the Rams would close the game on an 8-0 run. Stephanie Bairstow hit a jump shot for two of her career-high 19 points for a 67-64 lead, but CSU capitalized on two 3-point play opportunities in the final minute.
“I unfortunately had an error on my part,” Bairstow said. “She got an and one. I was a second behind. Unfortunately, it came down to that in the end.”
The Aggies dominated the glass in the first half, out-rebounding Colorado State 23-15 and went 6-of-17 from beyond the arc to take a 2-point lead into the intermission. Schlott had a game-high 17 points in the first half and finished with 20 points and 11 assists in her final game as an Aggie.
Schlott departs as the school’s all-time leading scorer as well as the record holder for most points in a season in the Mountain West Conference.
“She’s gone from two and a half points per game her freshman year, four her sophomore year, to about 13 last year and all of a sudden 27,” Finkbeiner said. “It’s just a testament of keeping the nose to the road and grinding things out.”
The Aggies finished their first season in the Mountain West Conference with a 8-10 conference record, 15-16 overall and 1-1 in the MW tournament.