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USU women's basketball: Aggies end the season second in the nation in free throw percentage

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 13 2013 5:15 p.m. MDT

Utah State women’s basketball ended the 2013 season ranked second in free throw percentage in the final NCAA Division I statistics, released this week by the NCAA after the completion of the season with Tuesday’s National Championship game.

The Aggies made 495-of-618 free throws this season and their 80.1 percent was also tops in the Western Athletic Conference. USU also had three of the top four free throw shooters in the conference led by senior guard Devyn Christensen who shot a league-leading 92.4 percent, which was also a WAC record. She finished the season third in the nation from the charity stripe. Christensen missed only nine of the 119 free throws she attempted this season. Junior guard Jennifer Schlott was third in the WAC, shooting 83.8 percent (134-of-169), while senior guard Jenna Johnson was fourth, shooting 82.6 percent (142-of-172).

Utah State also ended the year fifth in the nation in scoring offense (76.5 ppg) and ninth in steals (12.0 ppg). Individually, Christensen was also second in 3-point field goals per game, making 3.34 threes a game. Christensen was also among the nation’s leaders in scorers, standing 17th with 20.1 points per game. Johnson was also 19th in the nation and third in the conference in steals per game (3.00 spg).

USU’s sharp shooting from beyond the arc also placed it 17th in the country in 3-point field goals made (7.7).

Freshman guard Makenlee Williams was first in the WAC in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc, while sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu was second in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 55.3 percent.

Utah State ended the season 18-14 overall and 14-4 in league play. In addition to a school-record 10-game home winning streak, USU also finished with a 10-3 home ledger, posting double-digit home wins for the third-straight season.

The Aggies said goodbye to dedicated careers of their seniors, Johnson, Christensen and guard Pualei Furtado. They finished as the winningest senior class in school history, ending with a 70-56 ledger.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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