Weekly Aggie Update

Jan. 17, 2011

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

This Week
Thur., Jan. 20 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 22 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah State (16-2, 5-0) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games as it hosts Louisiana Tech (9-10, 0-5) on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., and New Mexico State (10-9, 4-1) on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 9 p.m. (MT), in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. USU is 10-2 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 5-0 record at home, and 33-27 all-time against NMSU including a 21-7 home record.

Last Week
W, 68-59 --- at Boise State
W, 52-39 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Boise State (68-59) and Fresno State (52-39) in a pair of Western Athletic Conference road games. Against the Broncos, junior guard Brockeith Pane had 19 points and eight rebounds and senior guard Brian Green scored 16 points off the bench. Senior guard Tyler Newbold added eight points and eight rebounds, while junior forward Brady Jardine finished with eight points and five boards. USU finished the game by shooting 51.0 percent from the field (26-51), 42.9 percent from three-point range (9-21) and 58.3 percent at the free throw line (7-12). BSU shot just 32.3 percent (20-62), including 20.8 percent from behind the arc (5-24) and 60.9 percent at the charity stripe (14-23). Against the Bulldogs, senior forward Nate Bendall recorded his second double-double of the season and the fourth of his career as he had 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. Senior forward Tai Wesley also had 12 points to go along with five rebounds, and Pane finished with eight points. USU shot 43.8 percent for the game (21-48), including 41.7 percent from behind the arc (5-12) and 55.6 percent at the free throw line (5-9). FSU shot just 27.3 percent (12-44), including just 19.0 percent from three-point range (4-21) and 47.8 percent at the free throw line (11-23).

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

This Week
Fri., Jan. 21 --- vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Las Cruces, N.M., 10 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 22 --- at New Mexico State, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (0-1) will continue its spring season in Las Cruces, N.M., this weekend as it faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m., and New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- at No. 39 Brigham Young
• Utah State dropped its season opener to in-state rival and 39th-ranked Brigham Young, 6-1, Friday night in Provo. Senior Alex Thatcher captured the lone point for USU as he posted a three-sets win at No. 5 singles (7-5, 1-6, 10-4). Other Aggies to compete in the match include seniors Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant, juniors Nate Ballam and Lenny Whiting, sophomore Sven Poslusny, and freshman Fredrick Peterson.

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

This Week
Thur., Jan. 20 --- at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 22 --- at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (8-8, 2-1) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Louisiana Tech (11-5, 3-0) on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. (MT) and at New Mexico State (8-10, 2-2) on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. USU is 1-10 all-time against the Lady Techsters and 11-17 all-time against NMSU.

Last Week
W, 81-69 --- NEVADA
• Utah State won its only game last week as it defeated Nevada, 81-69, at home as sophomore guard Devyn Christensen scored a career-high 24 points and junior forward Ashlee Brown posted her sixth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Alice Coddington also scored in double-figures as she finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. Utah State shot 25-of-64 (39.1 percent), while hitting 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) of its three-pointers. Nevada made 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from the field, hitting 2-of-10 (20.0 percent) behind the arc. The Wolf Pack were also 23-of-27 (85.2 percent) at the free pitch line, while the Aggies were 25-of-31 (80.6 percent).

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

This Week
Fri., Jan. 21--- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (0-3) continues its 2011 season with its first road meet of the year at San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
3rd, 192.000 --- No. 26 BYU/No. 18 ARIZONA
• Utah State finished third in a tri-meet with Brigham Young and Arizona as the Aggies scored a 192.000. BYU won the meet with a 193.0755 and Arizona scored a 192.725. Senior Lyndsie Boone was part of a three-way tie for first on vault by tying her career-high with a 9.825. Junior Nicole Simoneau shared the bars crown with a 9.850 score. Freshman Cammi Muhr was the third Aggie winner, earning the beam title with a 9.800. Fellow freshman Paige Jones was second on floor with a 9.750. Senior Jackie Dillon finished second in the all-around with a score of 38.500, while Boone was fourth with a 37.950 and Jones was fifth with a 37.675. USU finished the competition with a season-high 48.550 on vault, a 48.575 on bars, a 46.500 on beam and a 48.375 on floor.

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

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 21-22 --- at Washington State, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2011 season on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-22 in Pullman, Wash., as it competes in the Cougar Indoor Invitational.

Last Week
NTS --- at Idaho State
• Utah State's men and women's track and field teams performed well in their season opener at the Snake River Open hosted by Idaho State last weekend. USU recorded seven men's top-five finishes and five women's top-five finishes for a total of 12 Aggie top-five finishes, of which two were event titles. First-place finishers included senior Armahd Lewis who won the 60m with a career-best time of 6.80 tying him for fifth all-time in USU history with Anthony Stewart (2002), and senior Clint Silcock who won the high jump with a mark of 2.15m (7-00.50). Finishing right behind Lewis in second-place in the 60m was senior Mike Pyrtle (6.95). Redshirt junior Chio Lopez also placed second in the 800m (1:54.32), which is his career best. Tabbing top-five finishes for the women was freshman Chari Hawkins finishing third in the high jump (1.67m/5-05.75), while freshman Candace Moyes and sophomore Jen Schiess tied for fifth in the same event (1.57m/5-01.75). Junior Spela Hus finished in third-place in the shot put (13.82m/45-04.25) and Lindsey Spencer took home fourth-place in the weight throw (15.81m/51-10.50). Other top finishers for the men included freshman Tanner Hunt who placed third in the 400m (49.46) and sophomore Spencer Hall who placed third in the weight throw (16.05m/52-08.00). Junior Philip Noble finished fifth in the pole vault (4.70m/15-05.00), which is a career best. Also doing well on the women's side was sophomore Jolyn Wendt placing sixth in the triple jump (10.52m/34-06.25), while freshman Daphne Jones was right behind her placing seventh (10.49m/34-05.00). Junior Katelyn Heiner was the top Aggie in the women's 400m at eighth-place (58.41) with freshman Kylie Hirschi close behind in 10th-place (59.33). Other Aggie men who performed well were freshman Mikey Payne who finished tied for sixth in the 200m (22.71) and freshman AJ Boully who tabbed eighth-place in the 400m (50.33). Junior John Johnson placed sixth in the pole vault (4.55m/14-11.00).

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