WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 5, 2015
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Jan. 7 --- at Fresno State, 9 p.m. (MT) (ROOT)
Sat., Jan. 10 --- NEW MEXICO, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Utah State men's basketball (9-5, 2-0) continues its 2014-15 season this week with two Mountain West games as its plays at Fresno State (6-9, 1-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 9 p.m. (MT) and hosts New Mexico (10-4, 2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. USU's game at FS will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683), while its game against UNM will be streamed live on ESPN3. USU is 31-21 all-time against the Bulldogs, including an 8-14 road record, and 19-6 all-time against the Lobos, including a 5-1 home record.
W, 61-33 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
W, 62-61 --- at Boise State
Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week with a 61-33 home win against San José State and a 62-61 road win at Boise State. Against the Spartans, sophomore wing Jalen Moore recorded his second double-double of the season and his career with 19 points and a career-high tying 11 rebounds to go along with a career-best three blocked shots. Junior guard Chris Smith also scored in double-figures with 14 points. USU finished the game shooting 46.7 percent (21-45), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (11-22) and 40.0 percent at the free throw line (8-20). SJSU shot 20.0 percent (12-60), including 21.4 percent from behind the arc (6-28) and 37.5 percent at the charity stripe (3-8). Against the Broncos, Smith scored 15 points and tied his career-high with five assists, while adding six rebounds. Redshirt freshman forward David Collette added 13 points including the game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Junior guard Darius Perkins added 12 points and Moore finished with 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 44.4 percent (24-54), including a season-high 53.3 percent from three-point range (8-15) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (6-9). BSU shot 40.7 percent (22-54), including 43.5 percent from behind the arc (10-23) and 63.6 percent at the charity stripe (7-11).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Jan. 9 --- AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (0-0, 0-0) begins its 2015 season under second-year head coach Nadalie Walsh on Friday, Jan. 9 at home in a dual-meet against Air Force at 7 p.m. USU returns 16 letterwinners from last year, while bringing in five freshmen and one returning redshirt. Among those 16 returning letterwinners are three all-conference honorees in senior Sarah Landes (floor, all-around), junior Michelle Yasukochi (beam) and sophomore Bailey McIntire (floor). Last season, the Aggies finished with a 10-17 overall record and placed fifth at the Mountain Rim Championships with a season-high score of 196.075, which was the fifth-best score in school history. USU concluded its season with its first NCAA Regional Championship participation as a team since 2007, placing sixth. Last season, the team averaged the highest vault score in program history with a 48.904.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Jan. 7 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 10 --- at New Mexico, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (3-11, 0-2) continues its 2014-15 season this week with two Mountain West games as it hosts Fresno State (10-3, 2-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. and plays at New Mexico (4-9, 0-2) on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. USU is 2-15 all-time against the Bulldogs and 6-9 all-time against the Lobos. Live streaming for both games is available at utahstateaggies.tv.
L, 58-62 --- at San José State
L, 53-63 --- BOISE STATE
Utah State dropped both of its Mountain West games last week with a 62-58 road loss at San José State and a 63-53 home loss to Boise State. Against the Spartans, senior forward Franny Vaaulu tied her season-high with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds, while junior forward Tijana Djukic scored 12 points and had eight boards. Freshman guard Tilar Clark added 11 points and senior guard Elise Nelson finished with six points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 33.9 percent (20-59), including 25.0 percent from three-point range (1-4) and 81.0 percent at the free throw line (17-21). SJSU shot 33.3 percent (21-63), including 23.3 percent from behind the arc (67-30) and 68.4 percent at the charity stripe (13-19). Against the Broncos, senior guard/forward Jasmine Porter scored a career-high 15 points, while freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu had 13 points and senior forward Ingrida Strikas had 10 points and eight rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 30.8 percent (16-52), including 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14) and 89.5 percent at the free throw line (17-19). BSU shot 38.0 percent (19-50), including 40.9 percent from behind the arc (9-22) and 84.2 percent at the charity stripe (16-19).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Jan. 10 --- at BYU, 11 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (0-0, 0-0) will begin its 2015 spring season with a dual match at BYU on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. USU played in four open tournaments during the fall season and was led by sophomore Tomas Cosmai who had a 6-4 singles record, including a tournament win at the Weber State Open. Freshman Jaime Barajas claimed the consolation title at the ITA Mountain Regional Championship in Las Vegas, Nev., becoming the first Aggie to claim that title. Senior Matt Sweet won his singles flight at the Dar Walters Tennis Classic in Boise, Idaho, while sophomores Dennis Baumgartner and Sebastian Schneider won their doubles flight at the same tournament. The Aggies return their top four singles competition win-earners from last season in Schneider (17), Baumgartner (14), Sweet (12) and senior Marcus Fritz (9). Overall, USU returns five players from last year's squad while bringing in two sophomore transfers and two freshmen.
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