Weekly Aggie Update
Jan. 11, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 11, 2009
Utah State's men's basketball team (15-1, 3-0) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games against Fresno State (7-9, 0-2) on Thursday, Jan. 15 and against Boise State (12-3, 3-0) on Saturday, Jan. 17. Both games will begin at 7 p.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and Saturday's game against the Broncos will be televised live on KJZZ-TV. USU is 23-19 all-time against the Bulldogs, which includes a 17-5 record at home. The Aggies are also 25-9 all-time against the Broncos, including a 14-0 home record.
Utah State went 3-0 last week with Western Athletic Conference wins against Idaho (70-61) at home, followed by road wins at Louisiana Tech (50-37) and New Mexico State (77-67). Against the Vandals, senior forward Gary Wilkinson posted his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while junior guard Jared Quayle scored 18 points. USU shot 53.7 percent in the game and held Idaho to 44.0 percent shooting. Wilkinson then scored a game-high 17 points, including eight in a crucial 13-0 USU run to end the game against Louisiana Tech. Sophomore guard Tyler Newbold added 10 points against the Bulldogs as USU shot just 43.2 percent, but limited LTU to just 32.6 percent shooting. In its final game of the week at New Mexico State, Wilkinson posted his fourth double-double of the year with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, while sophomore forward Tai Wesley had 15 points and five boards. USU shot 53.8 percent in the game as compared to 43.1 percent shooting for NMSU. On the season, Utah State is averaging 73.8 points and shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point range, and 73.0 percent from the free throw line. The Aggies are led by Wilkinson who is averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 64.8 percent from the field and 82.0 percent from the free throw line.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will begin its 2009 season on Saturday, Jan. 17 in its own Wilson Motor Invitational, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the George Nelson Fieldhouse on the USU campus. Teams other than Utah State to compete include Idaho State, Utah Valley, Utah and Weber State. USU ended the 2008 season with the men finishing first at the WAC Indoor Championships, while the women placed fourth.
Utah State's women's basketball team (7-9, 1-2) continues Western Athletic Conference action this week as it hosts Nevada (8-7, 2-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., and Boise State (8-8, 1-1) on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. USU is 4-5 all-time against the Wolf Pack and 2-14 all-time against the Broncos.
Utah State went 1-2 last week as it lost at Idaho (71-63), defeated New Mexico State (72-58), and lost to Louisiana Tech (90-82 ot) at home. Against the Vandals, senior guard Ana Pares had 15 points and junior forward Lydia Whitehead had 13 points and seven rebounds. USU shot 45.5 percent in the game as compared to 40.4 percent shooting for Idaho. UI, however, was 11-of-25 (.440) from three-point range, while USU made 5-of-16 (.313) three-point shots. Against NMSU, USU had four players score in double-figures as Pares, Whitehead and freshman Chelsea Burns all scored 15 points, while senior guard Danyelle Snelgro added 13 points, nine assists and five steals. Utah State shot 45.8 percent from the field in the game, including 46.2 percent from three-point range (6-13). New Mexico State shot 35.8 percent overall and was just 4-of-15 (.267) behind the arc. Against the Lady Techsters, Snelgro posted her first career double-double as she finished with 19 points and a career-high 10 assists, while Pares had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists. USU shot a blistering 51.5 percent from the field overall, while Louisiana Tech shot 50.0 percent. The difference in the game was at the free throw line as USU was 8-of-14 (.571) and LTU was 22-of-35 (.629). On the season, Utah State is averaging 57.6 points and shooting 38.7 percent from the field, 28.4 percent from three-point range, and 62.4 percent from the free throw line. Individually, Snelgro leads the team with 13.4 points per game.
Utah State's gymnastics team (0-1) will host Central Michigan on Friday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in its home opener at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State began its 2009 season with a 191.100-187.150 loss at No. 25 Kentucky last weekend. Sophomore Nicole Simoneau and freshman Rebecca Holliday were the only USU gymnasts to finish in the top three individually, as Simoneau was second on bars with a 9.800 and Holliday was third on beam with a 9.625 in her Aggie debut. USU finished the night with a 46.975 on vault, a 47.550 on bars, a 46.150 on beam, and a 46.475 on floor.
Utah State's men's tennis team will begin its 2009 Spring season on Friday, Jan. 16 in a dual meet at Brigham Young at 1 p.m. The Aggies will then host Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. USU played in five open tournaments during the fall season and was led by sophomore Jakob Asplund. Other Aggies who competed in the fall included seniors Mike Banks and Matt Braithwaite, juniors Amit Maharaj, Matt Searle and Alex Thatcher, sophomore Bryan Marchant, and freshmen Jordan Barlow, Liran Braun, Brandon Nielsen and Jordan Wasden.