Jan. 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 21, 2013
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Jan. 24 --- UT ARLINGTON, 7 p.m. (KMYU)
Sat., Jan. 26 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m. (KMYU)
Utah State men's basketball (14-3, 5-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games against UT Arlington (8-8, 3-4) on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., and against Louisiana Tech (16-3, 7-0) on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised live on KMYU. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Mavericks with that game being played in Logan, and 14-3 all-time against the Bulldogs, including a 7-0 record at home.
L, 51-64 --- at New Mexico State
L, 57-68 --- at Denver
Utah State posted a 0-2 record last week with road losses at New Mexico State (64-51) and at Denver (68-57). Against NMSU, junior guard Preston Medlin scored 14 points and junior center Jarred Shaw added 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 39.3 percent from the field (22-56), 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 25.0 percent at the free throw line (1-4). NMSU shot 57.8 percent (26-45), which is a season-high for a USU opponent, including 25.0 percent from three (2-8) and 62.5 percent at the line (10-16). Against DU, junior guard/forward Marvin Jean scored a career-high 14 points and Shaw added 10 points and nine rebounds. USU shot 47.1 percent overall (16-34), including 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (18-21). DU shot 56.5 percent (26-46), including 52.6 percent from behind the arc (10-19), which is a season-high for a USU opponent, and 46.2 percent at the charity stripe (6-13).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Fri., Jan. 25 --- at UNLV, 12 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 --- vs. Northern Arizona, Las Vegas, Nev., 12 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (0-1, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season this week as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to face UNLV on Friday, Jan. 25 at 12 p.m. (MT) and Northern Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. (MT).
L, 3-4 --- at Idaho State
Utah State lost its only match of the week at Idaho State, 4-3. In singles play, senior Sven Poslusny won at the No. 1 spot in straight sets (7-5, 6-3). Junior Fredrik Peterson also posted a straight sets win at the No. 3 spot (7-6 (7-3) 6-3). And sophomore Curran Wearmouth won in straight sets (6-3, 7-5) at the No. 6 spot. In other singles matches, USU sophomore Marcus Fritz lost in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) at the No. 2 spot, sophomore Matt Sweet lost in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) at the No. 4 spot, and fellow sophomore Sean Levesque lost in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-0). In doubles play, Poslusny and Fritz lost, 8-4, at the No. 1 spot, while Sweet and Levesque fell, 8-5, at the No. 2 spot. At No. 3 doubles, junior Brandon Neilsen and Peterson's match was left unfinished with the Bengals up 6-4.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Jan. 24 --- at UT Arlington, 6 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 --- at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (8-10, 5-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at UT Arlington (3-14, 1-6) on Thursday, Jan. 24 and at Louisiana Tech (8-9, 4-3) on Saturday, Jan. 26 with both games beginning at 6 p.m. (MT). USU has never faced the Mavericks and is 2-14 all-time against the Lady Techsters.
W, 65-63 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
W, 85-69 --- DENVER
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with home wins against New Mexico State (65-63) and Denver (85-69). Against NMSU, junior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 21 points and tied her career-high with seven rebounds, while adding seven assists and four steals. Senior guard Jenna Johnson recorded her eighth double-double of the season and the ninth of her career with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Devyn Christensen had 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Sophomore center Franny Vaaulu also scored in double-figures as she had 11 points. Freshman guard Makenlee Williams scored seven points, including the game-winning three-pointer with one second to play. USU finished the game shooting 37.1 percent from the field (23-62), 13.3 percent from three-point range (2-15) and 73.9 percent at the free throw line (17-23). NMSU shot 42.1 percent (24-57), including 30.4 percent from three (7-23) and 61.5 percent at the line (8-13). Against DU, Christensen scored 25 points and Johnson added 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Schlott also scored 15 points and tied her career-high with nine assists, while adding six rebounds. Vaaulu also scored in double-figures with 12 points. USU finished the game shooting a season-high 56.4 percent from the field (31-55), including 41.2 percent from three-point range (7-17), and 88.9 percent at the free throw line (16-18). DU shot 33.8 percent (24-71), including 20.8 percent from behind the arc (5-24) and 69.6 percent at the charity stripe (16-23).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Sat., Jan. 26 --- at BYU, 1 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (1-0, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season with a match at BYU on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.
W, 7-0 --- IDAHO STATE
Utah State won its only match of the week at home against Idaho State, 7-0. At No. 1 singles, sophomore McKenzie Davis won in straight sets (6-1, 6-0), while senior Jaci West also won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (7-6, 7-5). At No. 3 singles, senior Julie Tukuafu won in three sets (6-3, 4-6, 6-0), and at No. 4 singles senior Kristina Voytsekhovich won in straight sets (6-4, 6-1). USU freshman Kallie Sperry won in a tie breaker match (5-7, 7-5 (10-2)) at No. 5 singles, and Utah State sophomore Hillary Hays won in straight sets (6-4, 6-5) at No. 6 singles. In doubles play, Davis and West posted an 8-2 win at the first position. Hays and Tukuafu also posted an 8-2 win at the third position, and Voytsekhovich and Sperry's match at the second position was left unfinished.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Fri., Jan. 25 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (0-2, 0-0) continues its 2013 season on Friday, Jan. 25 with its first home meet of the season against Southern Utah at 7 p.m.
L, 191.250-194.875 --- at Boise State
Utah State had a series of high scores and one event win as it lost at Boise State, 194.875-191.250, last weekend. The Aggies recorded a 47.100 on bars, a 48.025 on vault, 47.575 on floor and a 48.550 on beam for their final score of 191.250. The Broncos posted a 48.825 on vault, 48.725 on bars, 48.525 on beam and 48.800 on floor for their winning total of 194.875. In all-around competition, sophomore Sarah Landes took second-place with a score of 38.800, with Boise State's Brittany Potvin-Green claiming the title with a score of 38.875. Junior Paige Jones finished third in the all-around (38.650), while freshman Hayley Sanzotti finished sixth (37.650). Freshman JoAnna Cuba claimed Utah State's only event title with a score of 9.825 on the balance beam, while Landes tied for second (9.800) and Sanzotti took fourth (9.750). Jones and freshman Michelle Yasukochi tied for fourth on bars with 9.775. Jones also finished fifth on vault (9.725), while Landes finished fifth on floor (9.675).
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 25-26 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26 when it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Boise State hosted Jacksons/New Balance Invitational.
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track & field teams collected nine top-six marks last weekend as part of 18 top-six marks at the two-day Cherry & Silver Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico. USU competed against teams from across the nation including Adams State, BYU, California, Portland State, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, San Diego State, San Francisco, UC Irvine, UTEP and host New Mexico. Sophomore Briton Page won his heat by over six seconds and finished second overall in the men's 800m with at time of 1:51.69 as senior Tyler Killpack followed closely behind with a fourth-place finish (1:55.48). For Page, his time of 1:51.69 is the best in the WAC this season in the event. In the men's shot put, sophomore Michael Cardinal and junior Bryce Hall finished second and third with tosses of 16.62m (54-06.50) and 16.16m (53-00.25), respectively. Senior Alex Litzsinger and junior Kylie Hirschi paced the USU women with second-place finishes in the mile (4:59.08) and 800m (2:17.98), respectively. Other USU men to place in the top-six Saturday included freshman Cole Lambourne who began his Aggie career with third-place finish in the 400m crossing the finish line with a time of 47.97, while sophomore Nic Bowens garnered sixth-place honors in the 60m (6.91). The men's 4x400m relay team also tabbed a third-place finish with a time of 3:19.53. The relay team consisted of sophomore Dan Mosman, senior Tyler Killpack, as well as freshmen Kalon Weston and Cole Lambourne. During day one, junior Silas Pimentel crossed the finish line with a second-place finish in the men's 200m with a time of 21.58, and sophomore Nic Bowens placed fifth (21.96) in the same event. Junior Bryce Hall took third-place in the weight throw with a mark of 18.30m (60-00.50) as sophomore Michael Cardinal followed closely and finished in fifth-place with a throw of 17.82m (58-05.75). Junior Xavier Williford cleared 2.04m (6-08.25) to take sixth-place on a judge's decision in the men's high jump. On the women's side, sophomore high jumper Rachel Orr cleared 1.68m (5-06.00) to claim third-place on a judge's decision to lead the USU women in the event, while junior Keeley Eldredge and sophomore Melanie Heslop tabbed fifth and sixth-place finishes in the women's weight throw with tosses of 17.03m (55-10.50) and 15.83m (51:11.25), respectively. For Eldredge, the mark is a personal-best throw and also ranks her sixth all-time in school history for the event. Sophomore Ashley Robison won heat two of the women's 3,000m, breaking the tape with a time of 10:38.93. Freshman Kelsey Girardelli also ran the 3,000m and crossed the finish line in third-place with a time of 10:54.43. Freshman Tylee Newman also started the season strong with a time of 5:05.80 in the women's mile. Other Aggie women who finished their heats include freshman Kaitlyn Wilcox who sits in third-place in the women's 400m with a time of 58.02 and fellow freshman Mikkel Minnoch who is in sixth-place (58.42) in the same event. On the men's side in the mile run, sophomores Eric Shellhorn and Chris Martinez are in fourth and fifth-places with times of 4:19.25 and 4:23.94, respectively.
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