Weekly Aggie Update

Jan. 18, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 18, 2010

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

This Week
Thur., Jan. 21 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Jan. 23 --- at Idaho, 6 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State (13-6, 3-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Fresno State (10-9, 3-2) on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Idaho (8-8, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 26-19 all-time against the Bulldogs which includes a 6-13 road record, and 30-12 all-time against the Vandals which includes a 14-6 road record.

Last Week
W, 98-54 --- HAWAI'I
W, 79-72 OT --- at Nevada
W, 81-59 --- BOISE STATE
• Utah State went 3-0 last week as it defeated Hawai'i (98-54) and Boise State (81-59) at home, and Nevada (79-72 OT) on the road. Against the Rainbow Warriors, junior forward Tai Wesley had 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Tyler Newbold tied his season-high with 15 points. Junior forward Nate Bendall also scored 15 points, while senior guard Jared Quayle had 11 points and five assists. USU shot 61.8 percent from the field (34-55), 68.8 percent from three-point range (11-16) and 76.0 percent from the free throw line (19-25). UH shot 32.8 percent overall (20-61), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (8-24) and 42.9 percent at the free throw line (6-14). Against the Wolf Pack, Quayle scored 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Pooh Williams had 16 points, and Wesley finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Utah State finished the game by shooting 46.2 percent overall (30-65), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (8-16) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). Nevada shot just 41.5 percent (27-65) from the field and was just 9-of-18 at the free throw line (.500), but did convert 9-of-18 from behind the arc (.500). Against the Broncos, junior guard Brian Green scored a season-high 14 points, while Wesley had 13 points and seven boards. Newbold, Quayle and sophomore forward Brady Jardine all scored 10 points each. Utah State finished the game by shooting 52.6 percent overall (30-57), including 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (14-21). Boise State shot 40.8 percent from the field (20-49), was 4-of-13 (.308) from behind the arc and 15-of-25 (.600) at the charity stripe.

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

This Week
Thur., Jan. 21 --- at Idaho State, 1:30 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (0-0) will begin its spring season on Thursday, Jan. 21 in a dual meet at Idaho State at 1:30 p.m. USU played in three open tournaments during the fall season and was led by junior Hailey Swenson. Other Aggies who competed in the fall included senior Britney Watts, junior Taylor Perry, sophomore Monica Abella, and freshmen Jenny Phillips, Kristina Voytsekhovich, Jaclyn West and Mersadi Wilkins.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Mon., Jan. 18 --- at Hawai'i, 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 23 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State (10-7, 2-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a road game at Hawai'i (7-10, 1-3) on Monday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. (MT), followed by a home game against New Mexico State (12-6, 2-2) on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. USU is 5-7 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine and 11-15 all-time against NMSU.

Last Week
L, 58-69 --- NEVADA
L, 46-73 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost to Nevada (69-58) at home and Fresno State (73-46) on the road. Against the Wolf Pack, senior center Lydia Whitehead had 13 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard Amber White scored 12 points and fellow junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan had 11 points. Utah State shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-58), making 5-of-19 (.263) of its shots from three-point range. USU was also 11-of-17 (.647) at the free throw line. Nevada was 21-of-51 (.412) field goal shooting, netting half of its three-pointers (7-14), while going 20-of-24 (.833) at the free pitch stripe. Against the Bulldogs, junior forward Stacey Howard had nine points off the bench to lead the team. For the game, Utah State shot 33.3 percent from the field (16-48), 14.3 percent from behind the arc (2-14) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (12-16). Fresno State shot 44.3 percent from the field (27-61, but only 20.0 percent from three (2-10). The Bulldogs also shot 77.3 percent from the free throw line (17-22).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Tues., Jan. 19 --- at Idaho State, 1:30 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 23 --- at Utah, 5 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (0-1) will continue its spring schedule this week with two matches as it plays at Idaho State on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m., and at Utah on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.

Last Week
L, 0-7--- at Brigham Young
• Utah State men's tennis fell at No. 64 ranked Brigham Young, 7-0, Friday in its first match of spring play. In singles action, freshman Sven Poslusny battled to three sets and fell to the Cougars' Evan Urbina, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, at the number two spot. BYU's Roman Warias narrowly defeated junior Alex Thatcher, 7-6, 6-4, at the number five spot. The Aggies failed to win the doubles point, falling at the number one, two and three spots. At the number two spot, the Cougar's Ricardo Campus and Evan Urbina defeated senior Amit Maharaj and Poslusny, 8-6. Other Aggies to compete include juniors Jakob Asplund and Bryan Marchant, and sophomore Nate Ballam.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 22-23 --- at Washington State, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2010 season this weekend at Washington State on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23 at the Cougar Indoor Invitational as the Aggies will compete against Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, Spokane Community College and Washington State.

Last Week
NTS --- at Idaho State
• Utah State's track and field teams performed well in its season opener at the Idaho State Bengal Shoot Out last weekend as it recorded eight men's top-three finishes and four women's top-three finishes for a total of 12 Aggie top-three finishes, of which five were first-place titles. First-place finishers include senior Ashlee Cannon who won the 60m hurdles clocking in at 8.96, senior Dylan Nielson who won the 60m hurdles (8.15), junior Clint Silcock who won the high jump clearing 6-09.00 (2.06), sophomore Daniel Cruz who won the weight throw with a distance of 57-03.50 (17.46m) setting a new personal best, and junior Josef Canavan who won the shot put with a distance of 55-09.00 (16.99m), which was also a new career best. Tabbing top-three finishes for the women were freshman Bailee Whitworth finishing third in the 200m (25.25), freshman Bri Campbell finishing second in the high jump by a judges decision (1.73m, 5-08.00), and sophomore Spela Hus who took second in the shot put with a distance of 13.79m (45-03.00). Among the top finishers for the men include sophomore Jeff Alley who placed second in the 60m (6.94) and third in the 200m (21.94). Freshman Spencer Hall took third in the same event (52-05.50, 15.99m) and was second in the weight throw (50-08.75, 15.46m). Also doing well on the women's side was freshman Hollie Bosworth in the 400m as she was the Aggies top finisher in the event tabbing 10th (1:00.16). Fellow freshmen McKayla Williams (1:01.48) took 15th in the event and Mercedes Blackwood (1:01.77) finished 19th. Withworth also tabbed a sixth-place finish in the 60m (7.89). In the 200m, senior Jen Day placed fourth at 25.37, in fifth was Cannon (25.48), and sixth was freshman Aubrie Haymore (25.51). Performing well in the field events for the women were freshmen Lauren Gwilliam and sophomore Madison Jensen as both tied for seventh place (5-04.25, 1.63m) in the high jump. The only Aggie to compete in the women's pole vault was senior Kirstin Flesher who took ninth clearing 11-00.25 (3.36m). Freshman Shalyse Olsen was also the only Aggie to compete in the triple jump and she placed sixth at 33-10.25 (10.32m). In the long jump, sophomore Camielle Fehlberg (4.45m), freshman Kelsey Keller (4.33m) and sophomore Heidi Saville (4.22m) finished 19th through 21st, respectively. Junior Shannon Prince took fourth in the shot put (44-03.25, 13.49m) following Hus' second place finish in the event. Hus also took 15th in the weight throw (44-00.72, 14.04m). Doing well for the men was sophomore Jon Goble (7.16) who took fifth in the 60m. Sophomore Mercer Owen took 16th in the 400m finishing at 51.96, and freshman Levi Williams (52.91m) took 24th in the event. In the mile, junior Chio Lopez took 12th clocking in at 4:34.58. In the 800m, junior Todd Griffith (2:01.20) finished 10th and junior Nick Bolinder (2:02.65) finished close behind in 11th. Sophomore John Johnson tabbed fourth place in the pole vault clearing 15-00.25 (4.58m).

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

This Week
Fri., Jan. 22 --- at Southern Utah, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-3) will continue its 2010 season with a dual meet at Southern Utah on Friday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 187.275-192.275 --- at Central Michigan
3rd/4 - 191.650 --- at New Hampshire/Ball State/Yale
• Utah State's gymnastics team began its 2010 season last weekend with a 192.275-187.275 loss at Central Michigan, and then finished third out of four teams in a quad meet at New Hampshire with a score of 191.650 as Ball State and Yale also competed in the meet. Against the Chippewas, junior Jackie Dillon was USU's top individual finisher, placing second on bars with a 9.675. Freshman Amelia Montoya was the top Aggie all-arounder, logging a 37.925 in her USU debut. Senior Heather Heinrich was sixth in the all-around with a 37.300, followed by junior Lyndsie Boone in seventh with a 36.675 and sophomore Chelsea Marquardt was eighth with a 35.500 in her first all-around of her career. The Aggies posted a 48.000 on vault, a 47.950 on bars, 45.550 on beam and 45.775 on floor for a final score of 187.275. The Chippewas tallied totals of 48.300 on vault, 48.075 on bars, 47.300 on beam and 48.600 on floor with a final score of 192.275. In the quad meet against New Hampshire, Ball State and Yale, the Aggies had five top-three finishers, led by Heinrich winning the vault with a 9.800, while Boone was second on vault with a 9.75, tying her career-best. Boone was also second in the all-around with a 37.825. Sophomores Brandie Dickson and Marquardt were part of a five-way tie for third on bars with 9.775's, as Dickson matched her career-high and Marquardt was just shy of her career-best of 9.800. The Aggies tallied a 47.475 on beam, a 48.075 on floor, a 48.325 on vault and a 47.775 on bars for a team total of 191.650.

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