Utah State Shoots Its Way Past Techsters



Jan. 14, 2012

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RUSTON - Utah State guard Devyn Christensen scored 20 points and Ashlee Brown and Brooke Jackson added 17 each to lead the Aggies to a 79-62 win over Louisiana Tech in Western Athletic Conference action Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Aggies (11-5, 2-0 WAC) shot 57 percent (29-51) from the field for the game and won for only the second time in 14 meetings against the Lady Techsters (8-9, 1-1 WAC).

Christensen's hot start propelled Utah State off to an early lead as the junior scored 14 points in the first seven-plus minutes of the game. Her three-pointer on the Aggies opening possession started the run and her layup with 12:32 to play in the first half gave Utah State a 19-12 advantage.

Tech, which never led in the contest, found itself trailing by double figures at 28-17 on a Franny Vaaula layup with 8:37 to play. The lead remained double figures for the rest of the half as Utah State pushed it out to as many as 18 at 41-23 before Tech freshman Whitney Frazier hit a pair of free throws to close the gap to 41-25 at the break.

Utah State connected on 16-of-27 field goals in the opening half while LA Tech made only 10-of-36.

After the Aggies pushed the advantage out to 20 at 52-32 on a pair of Jenna Johnson free throws with 16:17 to play, Tech guard Whitney Jones hit back-to-back three-pointers to trigger a 10-2 run as the Lady Techsters closed the gap to 54-42 with just over 12 minutes to play.

However, every time Tech began to make a run, Utah State answered. The Aggies hit 13-of-24 from the field in the second half while the Lady Techsters upped their shooting percentage by connecting on 13-of-31.

The two teams entered the game ranked first and second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage. Utah State hit 8-of-13 while Tech connected on only 3-of-17.

The Lady Techsters committed only 11 turnovers in the game while forcing 16 but it wasn't enough to offset the shooting difference.

Frazier led Tech with 14 points and eight rebounds while Jones added 13 points and Brittany Hardy scored 10.

Tech returns to action Thursday when it travels to Hawaii.