Weekly Aggie Update

Jan. 10, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 9, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Jan. 13 --- at Boise State, 8:15 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 15 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (14-2, 3-0) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Boise State (11-5, 4-0) on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 8:15 p.m., and at Fresno State (7-7, 3-1) on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 25-8 all-time against the Broncos including a 7-7 road record, and 28-19 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 7-13 road record.

Last Week
W, 81-67 --- at Nevada
• Senior forward Tai Wesley scored 15 of his team-high 21 points in the second-half and Utah State shot a season-high 62 percent from the field in a come-from-behind 81-67 win at Nevada Saturday. Utah State tied its season-high in points scored with 81, while its 50 second-half points are its most in a half since scoring 54 first-half points at home against Hawai'i on Jan. 11, 2010. In the second-half, USU shot 69.2 percent (18-26). Wesley finished the game shooting 8-of-10 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free throw line as he moved ahead of Dean Hunger (1977-80) and Nate Harris (2003-06) and into 11th-place all-time in school history in scoring with 1,491 career points. Junior guard Brockeith Pane scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game with 17 points, while junior forward Brady Jardine finished with 14 points. Utah State also got a solid game from senior guard Pooh Williams who had a career-high seven assists and a season-high five rebounds in a season-high 33 minutes. Utah State finished the game by shooting 31-of-50 from the field (.620), 4-of-12 from three-point range (.333) and 15-of-24 from the free throw line (.625). Nevada shot 39.2 percent for the game (20-51), including 31.6 percent from behind the arc (6-19) and 70.0 percent at the charity stripe (21-30). Utah State also improved to 13-0 on the season when out-rebounding its opponents as it had a 32-29 advantage on the boards Saturday.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Fri., Jan. 14 --- at Brigham Young, 5 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (0-0) will begin its spring season on Friday, Jan. 14 in a dual meet at Brigham Young at 5 p.m. USU played in five open tournaments during the fall season and was led by senior Bryan Marchant. Other Aggies who competed in the fall included seniors Jakob Asplund, Nikita Ryashchenko and Alex Thatcher, juniors Nate Ballam and Lenny Whiting, sophomore Sven Poslusny, and freshman Fredrik Peterson.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Sat., Jan. 15 --- at Idaho State, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will begin its 2011 season on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Pocatello, Idaho as it competes in the Idaho State hosted Bengal Shoot Out. USU ended the 2010 season with the men winning both the WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships, while the women placed second during the indoor season and fourth in the outdoor season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Sat., Jan. 15 --- NEVADA, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (7-8, 1-1) continues Western Athletic Conference play at home this week as it hosts Nevada (12-3, 1-1) on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 3 p.m. USU is 5-8 all-time against the Wolf Pack.

Last Week
W, 69-57 --- BOISE STATE
L, 69-79 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week as it defeated Boise State (69-57) and lost to Fresno State (79-69). Against the Broncos, sophomore center Banna Diop recorded her second double-double of the season and the third of her career with 12 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with a career-high and school-record tying eight blocked shots. Sophomore guard Devyn Christensen scored a career-high 21 points and senior forward Amber White had 14 points. Utah State shot 43.9 percent (25-of-57) from the field, making just 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) of its three-pointers, tying a season-low. Boise State was 23-of-72 (31.9 percent) field goal shooting, also struggling from behind the arc at 3-of-24 (12.5 percent). The Aggies were 17-of-24 (70.8 percent) at the free throw line, making more than the Broncos attempted, as BSU was 8-of-11 (72.7 percent). Against the Bulldogs, junior forward Ashlee Brown recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Alice Coddington finished the game with seven points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. USU shot 25-of-54 (46.3 percent) from the field, hitting just 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from three-point range, while Fresno State hit 45.3 percent (29-of-64) of its field goals, including netting 13-of-33 (39.4 percent) three-pointers. For the second-straight game, the Aggies made more free throws than their opposition attempted, as USU was 17-of-21 (81.0 percent) while FS was 8-of-14 (57.1 percent).

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Jan. 14 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG/No. 20 ARIZONA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (0-1) will continue its 2011 season with another home meet as it hosts in-state rival Brigham Young along with 20th-ranked Arizona in a tri-meet on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 192.800-193.475 --- No. 20 SOUTHERN UTAH
• Utah State gymnastics opened the 2011 season with a 192.800 score while 20th-ranked Southern Utah rallied to win the meet with a 193.475 score Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in the season-opener for both teams. USU scored a 48.475 on vault, 48.450 on bars, 47.550 on beam and a 48.325 on floor for its final score of 192.800. SUU opened defense of its 2010 Western Athletic Conference championship by notching a 48.525 on vault, 48.325 on bars, 47.875 on beam and 48.750 on floor. Senior Lyndsie Boone tied her career-high in registering a 38.850, finishing third in the all-around. Boone also won the vault with a 9.800, as well as tying the floor title with a 9.825. Junior Nicole Simoneau returned to action after redshirting last season and picked up right where she left off, winning the bars crown with a 9.825.

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