Women's basketball roundup: BYU forced to settle for No. 2 in West Coast Conference

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Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 11:00 p.m. MST

Utah (13-14, 6-10) made one run and pulled within 50-34 when Wicijowski scored on a three-point play midway through the second half but wilted down the stretch and remained winless in 14 games against Stanford.

"Sometimes we get a little frazzled because people aren't in the right positions," said Wicijowski, who went 6 of 14 from the floor. "Sometimes we seem to get into a good flow but it's not continuous."

Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, older sister Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 15 points and five blocks for No. 2 Stanford to give coach Tara VanDerveer her 700th career victory with the Cardinal.

UTAH STATE 85, IDAHO 63: At Logan, senior forward Ashlee Brown's team-leading eighth double-double of the season sparked the Aggies to a 22-point win, the largest margin of victory against Idaho in 22 meetings. This is also the second-straight season that USU has swept the season series as the Aggies improve to 10-5 against Idaho since joining the Western Athletic Conference. With the win, the Aggies (18-8, 9-3 WAC) tie the school record for wins in a season with 18 set last season when Utah State finished the season 18-15.

USU was led by Brown's eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also added three assists, three steals and two blocks. Junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 26 points to lead all scorers. This was her ninth 20-point game of the season. Sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott and senior guard Brooke Jackson both scored 11 points, while junior guard Jenna Johnson added 10.

Idaho got 17 points from leading scorer Alyssa Charlston who also added eight rebounds. Charlston scored 29 points when the two teams met in Moscow earlier this season. Keri Arendse added 14 points for the Vandals.

The Aggies also dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Vandals 36-26.

Idaho scored the first five points of the game to jump to an early 5-0 lead. Jackson responded with a deep two to cut the lead to 5-2 with 17 minutes remaining in the first half.

The Aggies struggled from the field early on with Idaho taking a 13-8 lead with 12:56 left in the half. Through the first 12 minutes of the game USU was 5-of-14 from the field. Schlott made the Aggies' first three of the game to cut the lead to 13-11 at the 12:01 mark. Another Schlott three gave USU its first lead of the game 14-13. Utah State never gave back the lead after that point.

USU used an 12-0 run to increase its lead to 20-13. As the Aggie offense continued to heat up, Utah State stretched its lead to 28-18 before the Vandals fought back to cut the lead to 28-23 with less than six minutes left in the half.

After the Aggies jumped out to a 35-26 lead, Idaho scored five-straight to cut the lead to 35-31 before Schlott's 11th point of the half stopped the Vandal run. The Aggies closed out the half, leading 39-33.

In the first half, Utah State was led by 11 points from Schlott, who also added three rebounds and one assist. Brown scored nine points and brought down six rebounds. Utah State took care of the ball well in the first half with only five turnovers.

Idaho was led by nine points from Arendse, who was 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Leading scorer, Charlston was held to six points and two rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

The Aggies scored six of the first eight points of the second half to take a 46-35 advantage. USU continued its strong play to extend its lead to 51-35. The Aggies kept the Vandals off the scoreboard for over five minutes.

USU took a 20-point lead for the first time 61-40 after a Brown layup. The Aggies were able to maintain a double-digit lead for much of the second half. USU's biggest lead of the game was 22 points.

Christensen's second-half scoring frenzy was too much for Idaho to overcome. After scoring only four points in the first half, the junior scored 22 in the second half to help the Aggies secure the win.

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