LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 8, 2018
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Jan. 10 --- COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 13 --- at Nevada, 6 p.m. (MT) (ESPN3)
• Utah State men’s basketball (10-7, 3-1) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts Colorado State (8-9, 1-3) on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., followed by a road game at Nevada (15-3, 4-0) on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 57-38 all-time against CSU, including a 17-7 record at home, and 36-19 all-time against UN, including a 14-14 road record. Fans can watch the game against CSU on the Mountain West Network, online at www.utahstateaggies.com/watch, and the game against UNLV on ESPN3, online at www.watchespn.com.
W, 81-79 OT --- FRESNO STATE
W, 85-78--- at UNLV
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week with an 81-79 overtime home win against Fresno State, followed by an 85-78 road victory at UNLV. Against the Bulldogs, sophomore guard Koby McEwen tied a career high with 28 points and was followed by sophomore guard Sam Merrill with 16, senior forward Alex Dargenton with 13 and junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr., with 11. USU shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the floor, 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from behind the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (18-of-24) at the free throw line, while the Bulldogs shot 51.6 percent (32-of-62) from the floor, 50.0 percent (7-of-14) from behind the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) at the free throw line. Against the Runnin’ Rebels, McEwen led the team again with 21 points, followed by Merrill with 20, Brown with 15 and redshirt freshman forward Daron Henson with 12. USU shot 52.5 percent (31-of-59) from the floor, 40.0 percent (10-of-25) from behind the 3-point line and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line, while UNLV shot 47.0 percent (31-of-66) from the floor, 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (10-of-15) at the free throw line.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Sat., Jan. 13 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 10 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 13 --- IDAHO STATE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (0-0, 0-0) will begin its 2018 spring season this week with a pair of home matches on Saturday, Jan. 13, against Southern Utah (0-0) and Idaho State (0-0) at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club. USU competed in six events during the fall and was led by freshman Jose Carvajal with a 13-4 singles record. Freshman Valdemar Holm had a 12-5 singles finish during the fall, freshman Addy Vashistha finished 12-6, junior Samuel Serrano went 11-4, senior Andrew Nakajima was 11-6 and senior Jaime Barajas finished 10-4. USU returns four letterwinners from last season’s squad after back-to-back regular season Mountain West titles, including the 2017 MW postseason championship — the first in Utah State history. The Aggies finished the year with a school record in wins, finishing 23-9, including 6-1 in the conference. USU had its highest ITA ranking at No. 39 and was in the top-50 for nine consecutive weeks, finishing at No. 45. Serrano was named all-MW in both singles and doubles, finishing 21-10 in singles and 20-14 in doubles, including 15-6 and 13-11 in dual matches, respectively. Barajas’ 74 total singles wins are the most in program history.
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Jan. 10 --- at Colorado State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 13 --- NEVADA, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (3-12, 1-3 MW) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it plays at Colorado State (10-5, 2-2 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. and hosts Nevada (9-6, 2-2 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch. USU is 10-17 all-time against the Rams and 16-11 all-time against the Wolf Pack.
L, 56-57 --- at Fresno State
L, 54-63 --- UNLV
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West record last week with a 57-56 road loss at Fresno State and a 63-54 home loss to UNLV. Against the Bulldogs, sophomore guard/forward Hailey Bassett finished the night with a career-high 22 points, setting a new personal best for the second-straight game and producing her first-career 20-point game. She also earned her first-career double-double, as she led the team with a season-high 11 rebounds. Bassett was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Olivia West who tallied 12 points. Overall, USU shot 42.9 percent (24-of-56) from the floor, 6.7 percent (1-of-15) from the 3-point line and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line. Fresno State shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the field, including 30.4 percent (7-of-23) from behind the arc, and was 83.3 percent (10-of-12) from the free throw line. Against the Lady Rebels, sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy was the leading scorer for the Aggies, as she matched her career-high with 21 points. She was also the top rebounder for USU with eight boards. She was joined in double figures by redshirt sophomore guard Victoria Price, who tallied 10 points. On the day, USU shot 34.5 percent (20-of-58) from the floor, 37.5 percent (6-of-16) from the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line. UNLV shot 31.0 percent (18-of-58) from the field, including 25.0 percent (5-of-20) from behind the arc, and was 95.7 percent (22-of-23) from the free throw line.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 12-13 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams will begin their respective 2018 seasons this weekend at the Boise State-hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13, in Nampa, Idaho. Last season, Utah State’s men placed third with 110.5 points at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, while the women finished ninth with 42 points. Overall, 12 different Aggies earned all-conference accolades a total of 18 times at the MW Indoor Championships.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Sat., Jan. 13 --- at Bowling Green, 12 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (0-0) begins its 2018 season under first-year head coach Amy Smith on Saturday, Jan. 13, against Bowling Green at Anderson Arena in Bowling Green, Ohio. The dual meet is slated to begin at noon (MT). The Aggies return seven letterwinners – nine gymnasts overall – from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships for the fourth consecutive season. USU also welcomes nine newcomers, including eight freshmen, to the squad. Among the nine returnees are four all-Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference honorees in senior Keri Peel, junior Madison Ward and sophomores MaKayla Bullitt and Elle Golison. Ward had a sophomore season to remember in 2017. Along with garnering MRGC Floor Specialist of the Year honors, the native of Rexburg, Idaho, also earned first-team all-league accolades after tying for first on floor (9.900) and tying for third on vault (9.800) at the conference championships. Peel garnered first-team all-MRGC honors on bars as she recorded a career-high-tying 9.875 to tie for third at the league championships. Bullitt and Golison garnered first-team all-MRGC accolades on vault last season as that duo tied for third with matching 9.800s at the conference championships. Utah State went 9-16 overall (2-4 MRGC) last season and captured second place at the league championships. The Aggies’ 196.100 was the best score they had ever produced in a conference championship meet, the fifth-best home score in school history and the ninth-best overall. The second-place finish was Utah State’s best placing at a conference championship meet since 2005, when the Aggies captured the WAC crown. Utah State concluded the 2017 season by participating in the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships in Seattle, Wash. It marked the fourth straight year the Aggies have advanced to regionals, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished since the program appeared in 17 straight regionals from 1986-2002.
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