Utah State women’s basketball: Hot-shooting Aggies top Nevada

With a season-high shooting percentage and four double-digit scorers, Utah State women’s basketball closed the week of competition Saturday in a 79-57 home win over Nevada.

USU shot a season-high 54.7 percent from the field Saturday, matching the team’s season best with 35 field goals made. As a team, Utah State put together a season-high 21 assists, led by sophomore guard Eliza West who matched her career high with nine. Additionally, the 22-point victory was the largest point spread for the Aggies in a win this season.

Utah State had four players score in double figures Saturday, with sophomore guard Olivia West leading the team with 16 points. Redshirt sophomore guard Victoria Price finished the game with 15, while sophomore guard/forwards Hailey Bassett and Shannon Dufficy followed with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Dufficy was the leading rebounder for the Aggies, finishing the game with nine boards.

Utah State returns to the win column, improving to 4-13 on the season and 2-4 in Mountain West play. Nevada falls to 9-7 overall and 2-3 in conference action.

The Aggies got started early Saturday, scoring on their first two possessions. Nevada quickly answered, but a jumper from Bassett quickly put the lead back in the Aggies’ favor. A pair of free throws gave the Wolf Pack the lead one last time, but Eliza West answered with a 3-point shot before the media timeout. Price quickly gained traction for the Aggies out of the stop, scoring nine-straight points for Utah State, interrupted only by one field goal for Nevada. With Price’s run, the Aggies ended the quarter with an 18-9 lead.

Nevada opened the second quarter on a bit of a run to cut into the Aggies’ lead. Bassett and Dufficy did all the scoring for Utah State in that period, quickly combining for 15 points. A trey from Dufficy at the 4:04 mark gave USU its first double-digit lead of the day, where it would stay for the remainder of the game. The teams traded baskets through the remainder of the quarter, with Dufficy having the final layup to give Utah State a 33-21 lead at halftime.

The Wolf Pack spent a lot of time at the free-throw line throughout the third quarter but was never able to get back in control of the game. Several Aggies got a chance to participate in the offense with seven different players scoring. Utah State also saw continued success in the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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