Two weeks earlier, San Jose State got off to a solid start and then ran out of steam against Utah State.
Given a second chance against the Aggies on Wednesday night, the Spartan women showed enough staying power to end a 14-game losing streak with a 68-59 win at the Event Center in San Jose.
Danae Marquez scored 21 points and Raziya Potter added 16 for San Jose State (2-17, 1-7 Mountain West), which trailed by one at halftime and by three midway through the fourth quarter before a 14-2 run that included six points by Potter put the Spartans on top for good.
“We have played really well for the last couple of games, but things just haven’t gone our way,” San Jose State coach Jamie Craighead said. “Tonight our defense led the way and created opportunities for us on offense.
“Danae hit clutch shots when we needed them and Raziya Potter was really unstoppable. … I’m just very happy for the team to be rewarded for the work they have put in.”
Utah State (10-9, 5-3), which won the first meeting 82-49 after trailing by one after the first quarter, was paced by Shannon Dufficy’s 13 points Wednesday.
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#1 Baylor 66, Oklahoma State 58: Lauren Cox had 16 points and 13 rebounds and the Bears (18-1, 8-0 Big 12) rallied to defeat the host Cowgirls (12-7, 3-5). Juicy Landrum scored 15 points and Kalani Brown added 11 points and 12 rebounds for Baylor, which outscored Oklahoma State 20-10 in the fourth quarter. “I think they understood the target,” Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said of her team, which took over the No. 1 spot in the rankings this week. “But guys, whether we were No. 1 or No. 2, you’re going to get that kind of performance out of well-coached teams.”
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Utah State’s Sam Merrill poured in 29 points and Neemias Queta added 11 points and 11 rebounds as the host Aggies overwhelmed San Jose State 103-73.
Utah State (15-5, 5-2 Mountain West) has won 23 of the past 24 games between the teams and has defeated the Spartans 27 straight times in Logan, Utah. San Jose State (3-16, 0-7) has lost 11 straight, including a double overtime loss at Air Force on a last-second shot Saturday.
Michael Steadman had 20 points and Noah Baumann added 15 for the Spartans.
Washington 75, USC 62: Noah Dickerson scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Matisse Thybulle added 17 points and six steals and the host Huskies (17-4, 8-0 Pac-12) beat the Trojans (12-9, 5-3) to run their winning streak to 10. Washington’s start in league play is its best since the 1952-53 Huskies opened Pacific Coast Conference play with a 14-0 record. Bennie Boatwright scored 24 points to pace USC.
UCLA 87, Washington State 67: Prince Ali, Moses Brown and Kris Wilkes each scored 16 points as the Bruins (12-9, 5-3 Pac-12) downed the host Cougars (8-13, 1-7). Robert Franks scored 21 points and CJ Elleby added 15 points and eight assists for Washington State, which has lost four in a row since a victory over Cal.
#10 Marquette 76, Butler 58: Markus Howard scored 32 points as the visiting Golden Eagles (19-3, 8-1 Big East) beat the Bulldogs (12-10, 3-6) to snap five-game skid in the series.
#12 Virginia Tech 82, Miami 70: Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 25 points to lead the visiting Hokies (17-3, 6-2) past the Hurricanes (9-11, 1-7). Virginia Tech finished without guard Justin Robinson, the school’s career assists leader. He appeared to injure his left ankle midway through the second half and was in a walking boot afterward.
#14 Villanova 86, DePaul 74: Eric Paschall scored 20 points, Phil Booth added 19 points and eight assists as the Wildcats (17-4, 8-0 Big East) beat the Blue Demons (11-9, 3-6) in Chicago.
#15 Louisville 82, Wake Forest 54: Jordan Nwora scored 20 points to lead the visiting Cardinals (16-5, 7-1 ACC) past the Demon Deacons (8-12, 1-7).
#19 LSU 72, Texas A&M 57: Tremont Waters hit six 3-pointers and scored 36 points as the visiting Tigers (17-3, 7-0 SEC) beat the Aggies (8-11, 1-6) to run their winning streak to 10.
#20 Iowa St. 93, West Virginia 68: Lindell Wigginton came off the bench to score 28 points and the Cyclones (16-5, 5-3) went 29-for-32 from the foul line in their win over the host Mountaineers (9-12, 1-7).
Sidelined: No. 6 Michigan State will be without junior guard Joshua Langford for the rest of the season because of a foot injury. Langford was averaging 15 points per game before hurting the foot during a game against Northern Illinois in December.
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