LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s basketball opened a two-game homestand Wednesday night, falling to Wyoming, 71-48.
Freshman forward Shannon Dufficy led the Aggies in all categories Wednesday, tallying 12 points and 16 rebounds, also adding a team-high three blocks. She was the only Utah State player to score in double figures against the Cowgirls, while sophomore guard Rachel Brewster and freshman guard Olivia West each had nine points. Marta Gomez and Natalie Baker led Wyoming with 17 points apiece, while two other players added double-digit points.
Dufficy’s 16 rebounds are the most by a Utah State player in a single game since 2012, when Ashlee Brown had 16 against Louisiana Tech. The 16 boards give her a new career-best, topping the 14 she had in three games earlier this season. With her third double-double of the year, she is the first Aggie to record three or more double-doubles in a season since the 2013-14 campaign, when Jennifer Schlott had five.
Utah State falls to 8-8 on the year, including a 1-4 Mountain West ledger. Wyoming improves to 12-3 overall, while remaining perfect in conference play at 4-0.
Dufficy led the Aggies early on, scoring the first seven points for Utah State while adding five rebounds in just the first quarter. Each time the Cowgirls would jump out ahead, the Aggies were quick to answer and keep within reach. Both teams were hot from the 3-point line early in the game, as the Cowgirls went 4-for-7 and the Aggies 3-of-4 in the first quarter. Freshman guard Olivia West hit the third one for USU to end the quarter, down one, 19-17.
The Cowgirls opened the second quarter with full control, scoring seven-straight points and forcing a USU timeout. Out of the break, Wyoming added one last layup before Dufficy ended the run with a 3-point shot to reach double figures. Tides turned then, as the Aggies held the Cowgirls scoreless for just over four minutes. Wyoming added another trey, but Utah State returned to its holding pattern, staving off the Cowgirls for another three minutes. Through that, the Aggies added five points to cut into Wyoming’s lead, but went into the break with a 33-27 deficit.
Much like the second quarter, Wyoming made the most of its possessions in the early minutes of the third. The Cowgirls led by as many as 13, holding the Aggies scoreless for nearly three minutes. With a defensive rebound at the 3:11 mark of the quarter, Dufficy reached her double-double status, doing so for the third time this season. She immediately drew a foul, going 2-for-2 at the line to add to her points total. Freshman forward Hailey Bassett added two key layups, cutting Wyoming’s lead back to single digits at the end of the third, 48-39.
The Aggies were slow to score again to start the fourth quarter, as the Cowgirls jumped out on a 9-0 run. Sophomore guard Katie Toole ended USU’s scoring skid with a 3-pointer at the 6:05 mark. The Cowgirls ended the game on a 10-2 run over the last two-and-a-half minutes of the night, interrupted only by a pair of free throws from sophomore guard Lizzy Klinker.
Overall, Utah State shot 30.6 percent (19-of-62) from the field, including 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from the 3-point line, and was 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the free throw line. Wyoming shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field, 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from behind the arc and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the free throw line.
Utah State remains at home for its weekend game, as the Aggies host San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m.
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