The Dixie State women’s basketball team fell in its final game of a three-game road swing on Tuesday, dropping a 92-72 decision to Utah State in an exhibition matchup inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum arena.
Dixie State opened the scoring when Mariah Martin hit a jumper to give the Trailblazers an early 2-0 lead. Kristin Baldwin gave DSU another lead at 4-2 with a layup less than a minute later, and the visitors stayed within striking distance for most of the opening period. Keslee Stevenson nailed two 3-pointers in the first frame to help DSU stay close, but the Aggies closed the period on a 12-4 run to push the lead to double digits at 34-22.
The Trailblazers trimmed the lead back to single digits in the second quarter at 36-28 when Martin and Maile Richardson each buried a triple. USU answered with a quick 5-0 spurt, and the teams went back and forth through the rest of the frame. Morgan Myers converted a layup, followed by a Baldwin free throw just before halftime to trim the USU lead to 49-35 at the break.
The game continued to seesaw in the third quarter as the Aggies attempted to extend the lead, while the Trailblazers answered each attempt. Martin and Stevenson each hit a trey during the stretch, but Utah State responded with a 10-0 run that extended into the fourth quarter to build a game-high lead of 23 points at 78-55 early in the final frame. Dixie State countered with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 78-63 at the 6:36 mark but didn't get any closer as the Aggies eventually clinched the 92-72 victory.
Dixie State shot 42 percent (26-of-62) from the field, 31 percent (7-of-22) from beyond the arc and 81 percent (13-of-16) from the free-throw line. Martin finished with a team-high 16 points and five rebounds, while Baldwin added 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Trailblazers now host Colorado Mesa in their 2017-18 home opener on Friday at 5 p.m., inside the Burns Arena. DSU will also host Montana State-Northern on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at [email protected].