LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 16, 2017
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Sat., Jan. 21 --- COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m. (CI/MWN)
• Utah State men’s basketball (8-9, 2-4) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a Mountain West home game against Colorado State (11-7, 3-2) on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., in a game that will be streamed live on Campus Insiders and the Mountain West Network. USU is 57-36 all-time against CSU, including a 17-6 home record.
L, 87-95 --- at Wyoming
L, 55-74 --- at San Diego State
• Utah State went 0-2 last week in Mountain West play with a 95-87 loss at Wyoming, following by a 74-55 loss at San Diego State. Against the Cowboys, senior wing Jalen Moore led the Aggies with 20 points as USU shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 62.5 percent (15-of-24) at the free throw line. UW shot 50.0 percent (30-of-60) from the floor, 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from behind the 3-point line and 75.9 percent (22-of-29) at the free throw line. Against the Aztecs, freshman guard Sam Merrill scored a career-high 18 points as the Aggies shot 38.0 percent (19-of-50) from the floor, 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from behind the 3-point line and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) at the free throw line. SDSU shot 57.1 percent (28-of-49) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from behind the 3-point line and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) at the free throw line.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Jan. 20 --- at BYU, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (3-1, 0-0) continues its 2017 season this week as it begins Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference action at BYU (2-2, 0-0) on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.
1st, 195.400 --- UTAH STATE TRI-MEET
• Utah State opened its 2017 home campaign in thrilling fashion last weekend as the Aggies swept a tri-meet against No. 16 North Carolina State and Bowling Green with a 195.400. The Wolfpack came in second with a 193.900, while the Falcons were third with a 193.275. For the second consecutive week, sophomore Madison Ward won the floor title with a season-high-tying 9.825, while fellow sophomore Emily Briones captured the beam crown with a career-high-tying 9.875. USU, which led after every rotation, recorded 10 top-five finishes on the night, including two apiece by senior Bailey McIntire (tied for second on bars and tied for third on beam) and freshman Elle Golison (tied for second on floor and tied for third on beam). USU began the meet on vault and recorded a season-high 48.775. Senior Katie Brown led the way with a career-high-tying 9.825 to tie for third, while Ward also matched her career best with a 9.775. In the second rotation, USU moved to bars, where McIntire notched a season-high score of 9.825 to finish second and help the Aggies record a season-best 48.650. Moving to beam in the third rotation, three more Aggies either tied or set their personal bests, including Briones’ 9.875. USU recorded a team score of 49.075, which is tied for 12th all-time in school history. The Aggies closed the meet on floor, where Ward placed first with her 9.825 and Golison tied for second with a career-best 9.800 as Utah State recorded a 48.900.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Sat., Jan. 21 --- at Colorado State, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (9-8, 2-4) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a Mountain West road game at Colorado State (12-5, 4-1) on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. The game will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network, while all USU home games are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 9-16 all-time against the Rams.
L, 48-71 --- WYOMING
W, 53-47--- SAN DIEGO STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West home record last week as it fell to Wyoming (71-48) and defeated San Diego State (53-47). Against the Cowgirls, freshman forward Shannon Dufficy led the Aggies in all categories, tallying 12 points and 16 rebounds, while also adding a team-high three blocks. Overall, USU shot 30.6 percent (19-of-62) from the field, including 26.3 percent (5-of-19) from the 3-point line, and was 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the free throw line. Wyoming shot 48.3 percent (28-of-58) from the field, 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from behind the arc and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) from the free throw line. Against the Aztecs, sophomore guard Rachel Brewster was the all-around leader for the Aggies, ending the game with 18 points and nine rebounds. She was joined in double figures by senior forward Antoina Robinson, who added 12 points. Dufficy added another eight rebounds, contributing to the team’s 43-38 rebound advantage over the Aztecs. In all, USU shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field, including 25.0 percent (2-of-8) from the 3-point line, and was 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the free throw line. SDSU shot 28.8 percent (17-of-59) from the field, 22.7 percent (5-of-22) from behind the arc and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., Jan. 20-22 --- at Long Beach State Invite, All Day
• Utah State women’s tennis will begin its 2017 spring season by competing in the Long Beach State Invite this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Jan. 20-22, in Long Beach, Calif. The invite will be in the hidden dual format and will not affect USU’s overall record. During the fall, USU had five players earn double-digit singles wins, including a program-record 13 by freshman Sophia Haleas. Fellow freshman Hannah Jones won 12 matches, while juniors Sabrina Demerath and Maggie O’Meara each won 11 and senior Nini Guensler won 10 matches, including a tournament title at the BYU Invite. Overall, USU returns seven players from last season’s squad that recorded an 11-13 overall record and won a match in the Mountain West tournament for the second-consecutive season. Last season, Guensler earned all-MW honors in singles after recording a 14-9 dual match record playing mostly at the No. 1 spot in the lineup.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Jan. 20 --- at Montana State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams continue their respective 2017 seasons this weekend at the Montana State Dual Meet Invitational on Friday, Jan. 20.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Utah State shined in their first test of the season by recording 35 top-five finishes at the Boise State-hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational last weekend. Senior AJ Boully got off to a quick start on the year, winning the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.99. Boully, along with junior Elliot Willis-Orlando, sophomore Nick Ashby and freshman Michael Bluth finished runner-up in the men’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:17.69. Juniors Joshua Gordon, Brady Martin, Landon Watts, and freshman Dallin Tycksen, won the men’s 4x400m relay, clocking a time of 3:17.39. Additionally, sophomore Kody Gould and freshmen Brody Smith, Samuel Coleman and Dylan Barker won the distance medley relay with a time 10:13.73. Junior David Hirschmann excelled in the shot put ring, where he placed first with a mark of 16.70m (54-9.50). Relay races were a bright spot on both sides, as sophomores Kaylie King and Alyssa Hirschi, along with freshmen Aspen Drecksel and Niki Xydona won the women’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:58.86. In other action on the women’s side, sophomore Brenn Flint won the title in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 14.65m (48-00.75), while junior teammate Olivia Moriconi finished second with a mark of 14.63m (48-0).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Jan. 20 --- at Washington, 6 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Jan. 21 --- vs. Gonzaga, Seattle, Wash., 5 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Jan. 22 --- at Oregon, 4 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (1-1, 0-0) continues its 2017 spring season this week with three matches as it plays at Washington (2-0) on Friday, Jan. 20, at 6 p.m. (MT), against Gonzaga (0-0) in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m. (MT), and at Oregon (0-0) on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 4 p.m. (MT).
W, 6-1 --- at UC Irvine
L, 1-6 --- at San Diego
• Utah State men’s tennis posted a 1-1 road record last week with a 6-1 win at UC Irvine and a 6-1 loss at San Diego. Against the Anteaters, senior Jack Swindells and sophomore Jonas Maier won at the first doubles position (6-4) and junior Kai Wehnelt and sophomore Samuel Serrano won at the second doubles position (6-4) as USU took the doubles point. In singles, Wehnelt won at the No. 1 spot (7-6, 1-6, 10-7), Swindells won at the No. 2 spot in straight sets (6-2, 6-4), junior Jaime Barajas swept his opponent at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-1), freshman Sergiu Bucur won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-0) and Serrano won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-1). Against San Diego, Swindells picked up USU’s lone point with a win at the No. 2 spot (6-7 (3), 6-4, 10-5).
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