Nov. 18, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Pilots women's basketball team beat Utah State 68-55 Sunday afternoon in a non-conference match up at the Chiles Center. This was the first home game of the season for Portland. UP improves its record to 3-1 overall. The Pilots were led by sophomore point guard Kendra Morris (pictured right) who finished with a team-high 14 points. Morris was just 5-14 from the field but she really found her range from outside going 4-7 from behind the three point line. Morris had a good all around game; she added seven rebounds and four assists to go along with her 14 points.
The Aggies were led by point guard Taylor Richards who finished with a game-high 16 points. Richards shot 6-13 from the field.
The Pilots shot 27-64 (42.2 percent) from the field for the game and 6-17 (35.3 percent) from the behind the three point line. Portland got strong contributions from the sophomore combination of Laiken Dollente and Laura Thomas who each had nine points in the win.
Portland jumped out to an 11-7 lead in the first half on a lay up by Senior Rachel Warren. With 5:21 left to go freshman Tara Cornin completed a three point play by connecting on a free throw to extend the Pilots lead to 17-11. The Pilots would end the first half with a last second basket by junior Karlie Burris to take a 29-21 lead into the break. Thomas led the Pilots with seven first half points.
UP came out on fire in the second half, going on an 11-4 run right out of the gate to open up a 40-25 lead. The Pilots found its rhythm on offense in the second half as the team shot 17-35 (48.6 percent) from the field and 4-9 (44.4 percent) from three point range. Morris would come alive scoring 11 points in the second half and connecting on three long range bombs from downtown. Utah State would have a hard time just getting the ball across half court as the Pilots went to a full court defensive trap the put a lot of pressure on the Aggies guards. The Aggies had 28 turnovers for the game.
Portland also got a real strong performance from freshman Lauren Angel. Angel would come off the bench to score eight points going 4-6 from the field.
Up next for the Portland is cross town rival Portland State on Tuesday Nov. 20 at 7:00 at the Chiles Center.