Jan. 2, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 2, 2011
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Jan. 8 --- at Nevada, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah State (13-2, 2-0) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a game at Nevada (4-10, 1-0) on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. USU is 30-12 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 12-10 road record.
W, 74-66 --- HAWAI'I
W, 80-71 --- SAN JOSE STATE
Utah State went 2-0 last week as it began Western Athletic Conference play with a pair of home wins against Hawai'i (74-66) and San Jose State (80-71). Against the Rainbow Warriors, senior forward Tai Wesley posted his fourth double-double of the season as he tied his career-high with 27 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Wesley, who played a career-high 38 minutes in the game, was 8-of-12 from the field and a perfect 11-of-11 at the free throw line tying a school-record for free throw percentage in a single game. Senior guard/forward Pooh Williams added 14 points, while junior guard Brockeith Pane scored 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 45.7 percent (21-46), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (25-30). Hawai'i shot a blistering 63.2 percent overall (24-38), including 57.1 percent from behind the arc (8-14) and 66.7 percent at the charity stripe (10-15). Against the Spartans, Pane scored a game-high 21 points to go along with a season-high seven assists and five rebounds, while Wesley had 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Senior guard Tyler Newbold also scored in double-figures as he finished with 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Utah State shot 50.0 percent overall (26-52), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (5-15) and 67.6 percent at the free throw line (23-34). San Jose State shot 42.9 percent (24-56), including 27.3 percent from three (3-11) and 69.0 percent at the free throw line (20-29).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Jan. 7 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
Utah State's gymnastics team (0-0) opens the 2011 season with a two-meet homestand, starting with its home-opener on Friday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. (MT), hosting in-state rival and defending Western Athletic Conference champion Southern Utah, who is coached by former USU assistant coach Scott Bauman. Aggie head coach Jeff Richards enters his third season leading the USU program and has eight letterwinners returning from last year's squad that placed third at the WAC Championships, tying for USU's best WAC finish in the Aggies' five years in the league, matching the 2007 third-place finish. Utah State's two seniors Lyndsie Boone and Jackie Dillon are also the squad's two returning NCAA Regional participants. Junior Rebecca Holliday is USU's lone returning all-WAC honoree from last season, earning second-team honors on both the bars and beam. The Aggies also welcome back two-time second-team all-WAC performer Nicole Simoneau, who redshirted last season. Richards and the Aggies also have six newcomers on the roster, who are expected to contribute right away.
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424
Thur., Jan. 6 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 8 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State (6-7, 0-0) begins Western Athletic Conference play at home this week as it hosts Boise State (8-5, 0-0) on Thursday, Jan. 6 and Fresno State (8-5, 0-0) on Saturday, Jan. 8 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 4-16 all-time against the Broncos and 2-9 all-time against the Bulldogs.
L, 61-73 --- at Utah
Utah State's women's basketball team lost its only game of the week at Utah, 73-61. The Aggies had three players score in double digits as junior Ashlee Brown netted a team-high 15 points and sophomores Banna Diop and Devyn Christensen both added 12 points. For the game, Utah State shot 41.8 percent from the field (23-of-55), 26.7 percent from three-point range (4-15) and 68.8 percent at the free throw line (11-16). Utah shot 52.6 percent (30-57) from the field, 26.7 percent from three (4-15) and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe (9-14).
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