Cougars tame women's basketball team in Provo
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:12
Despite having four players score in double digits, the Utah State women’s basketball team’s comeback effort fell just short Tuesday night. The Aggies traveled to Provo to take on in-state rival BYU in a closely contested game. The Cougars came away victorious 81-77.
“Our goal this pre-conference season is to get better every game out and we have been in gradual slopes in the positive direction,” said USU head coach Jerry Finkbeiner. “I challenged our girls this last week we have to change that positive slope into a sharper incline where we get better and better quicker and quicker.”
USU is now four games below .500 with a 2-6 record while BYU is sitting even at 4-4 on the season.
The Aggies had a balanced offensive attack with four players scoring 15 or more points. Senior’s Devyn Christensen and Jenna Johnson combined for 36 points, junior Jennifer Schlott had 16 points and freshman Mackenlee Williams chipped in with 15 points.
The Cougars got strong contributions from guards Haley Steed and Kim Parker Beeston. Steed finished the game with 22 points and 12 assists while Beeston had 14 points, five assists and four rebounds.
“Williams blew that freshman tag off of her tonight,” Finkbeiner said. “If she replicates this in the games to come, we have a pretty good player right there. Mack became a Division I player tonight.”
It was a much better shooting game for the Aggies as they converted on 48 percent of their shots and were 43 percent from beyond the arc. USU continued its strong defensive play, forcing 18 turnovers.
“We have a goal in two weeks to stop learning and to start performing at a consistent level in which we are happy with,” Finkbeiner said. “We are getting real close to that. Our game plan is coming together and our team is coming together.”
The Aggies haven’t beaten the Cougars since Dec. 7, 1978 and BYU holds a 31-3 record against USU.