Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, and men's and women's track & field all in action.

Jan. 23, 2012

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 23, 2012

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

This Week
Thur., Jan. 26 --- HAWAI'I, 7 p.m. (Altitude TV)
Sat., Jan. 28 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 8 p.m. (KMYU-TV)
• Utah State men's basketball (10-10, 2-3) will play a pair of Western Athletic Conference home games this week as it hosts Hawai'i (11-8, 3-2) on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., and San Jose State (6-13, 0-5) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game against the Rainbow Warriors will be televised regionally on ESPN and broadcast on Altitude Sports, while its game against the Spartans will be televised regionally on KMYU-TV. USU is 12-4 all-time against UH including a 7-1 home record, and 47-21 all-time against SJSU including a 28-4 home record.

Last Week
L, 66-73 --- at Seattle
L, 54-57 --- at Idaho
• Utah State went 0-2 on the road last week as it lost at Seattle (73-66) and at Idaho (57-54). Against the Redhawks, senior point guard Brockeith Pane scored 20 points and sophomore guard Preston Medlin added 19, while junior forward Kyisean Reed finished with eight points and six rebounds. USU shot 42.6 percent overall (23-54), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 81.3 percent at the free throw line (13-16). SU shot 53.2 percent from the field (25-47) and 57.1 percent from three (8-14), both of which are season-highs for a USU opponent. SU was also 15-of-23 (.652) from the free throw line. Against the Vandals, Medlin scored 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger added 10 points. USU shot 48.8 percent in the game (21-43), including a season-low 15.4 percent from three-point range (2-13), and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (10-14). UI shot 40.8 percent overall (20-49), including 30.8 percent from behind the arc, and 65.0 percent at the charity stripe.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

Next Week
Tues., Jan. 31 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 3 --- vs. New Mexico, Bozeman, Mont., 12 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 --- at Montana State, 9 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (0-2) continues its 2012 season on Tues., Jan. 31 with its home opener against Weber State at 12 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. USU will then travel to Bozeman, Mont., to face New Mexico and Montana State on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4, respectively.

Last Week
L, 2-5 --- at Boise State
L, 1-6 --- vs. Denver, Boise, Idaho
• Utah State lost both of its matches last week at Boise State (5-2) and to Denver (6-1). Against the Broncos, freshman McKenzie Davis posted a straight sets win at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-2) and teamed with junior Jaci West for an 8-7 (6) win at No. 1 doubles. Senior Monica Abella also notched a win against BSU with a straight sets victory (6-6, 6-2) at No. 6 singles. Against the Pioneers, Davis was the only Aggie to score a point as she posted a three sets win (0-6, 7-5, 10-6) at No. 3 singles. Other Aggies to compete during the weekend included seniors Romina Nedakovic and Brianna Rowland, and juniors Julie Tukuafu and Kristina Voytsekhovich.

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

This Week
Sat., Jan. 28 --- at Idaho, 3 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (12-6, 3-1) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a road game at Idaho (5-14, 0-3) on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 8-12 all-time against the Vandals.

Last Week
L, 67-90 --- FRESNO STATE
W, 91-69 --- NEVADA
• Utah State posted a 1-1 WAC record at home last week as it lost to Fresno State (90-67) and defeated Nevada (91-69). Against the Bulldogs, junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 22 points, while sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott had 12 points and senior guard Brooke Jackson scored 10. USU finished the game shooting 42.2 percent (27-64), including 27.8 percent from three-point range (5-18) and 61.5 percent at the free throw line (8-13). FSU shot 51.4 percent (38-74), including 38.1 percent from three (8-21) and 66.7 percent at the line (6-9). Against the Wolf Pack, Christensen scored 22 points, senior forwards Ashlee Brown and Maddy Plunkett scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, Schlott added 11 points, and junior center Banna Diop scored 10 points, as did freshman center Franny Vaaulu. USU finished the game shooting a school-record best 58.6 percent from the field (34-58), including 46.2 percent from three-point range (6-13) and 77.3 percent at the free throw line (17-22). UN shot 43.5 percent (27-62), including 27.8 percent from three (5-18) and 66.7 percent at the line (10-15).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

Next Week
Thur., Feb. 2 --- MONTANA STATE, 12 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 --- PORTLAND STATE, 10 a.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (0-3, 0-1) will continue its 2012 season next week with home matches against Montana State on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12 p.m., and Portland State on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- at Idaho State L, 0-7 --- vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, Las Cruces, N.M.
L, 0-7 --- at New Mexico State
• Utah State began its 2012 season with road losses to Idaho State (6-1), Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (7-0) and New Mexico State (7-0) last weekend. Junior Sven Poslusny was the only Aggie to earn a win as he posted a straight sets victory at No. 1 singles against ISU. Poslusny also teamed with freshman Matt Sweet for an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles against the Bengals. Other Aggies to compete during the week include senior Nate Ballam, junior Lenny Whiting, sophomore Fredrick Peterson, and freshmen Marcus Fritz and Curran Wearmouth.

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

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Jan. 27-28 --- at Washington State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28 when it travels to Pullman, Wash., to compete in the Cougar Indoor Invitational.

Last Week
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
• Victories by senior Spela Hus and sophomore Kylie Hirschi showcased Utah State track and field's performances in the second day of action at the University of New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Hus won the shot put with a mark of 14.58m (47-10.00), while Hirschi broke the tape in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.93, but the time is changed to 2:13.63 with an altitude adjustment. The wins by Hus and Hirschi were two of the 15 top 10 finishes by Utah State track and field athletes Saturday, nine by the USU women and six by the Aggie men. For the women, senior Katelyn Heiner was third in the 400m with a time of 55.61 (55.82 altitude adjustment), while junior Aubrie Haymore was sixth with a time of 55.92 (56.13 altitude adjustment). The Aggie women had three top 10 finishes in the mile led by junior Stephanie Burt with a 5:08.72 (5:02.55 altitude adjustment) in fifth, while sophomore Hannah Williams was seventh with a 5:13.60 (5:05.43 altitude adjustment) and freshman Brittany Bushman was 10th in a time of 5:18.94 (5:12.77 altitude adjustment). Junior Amber Thompson tied for second in the pole vault with a height of 3.75m (12-03.50), while senior teammate Rachelle St. Jeor was 10th, clearing 3.45m (11-03.75). On the men's side, freshman Nic Bowens was fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 6.90 (6.94 altitude adjustment), while sophomore teammate Silas Pimentel was ninth with a 6.95 time (6.99 altitude adjustment). Sophomore AJ Boully was sixth in the 60m hurdles with a 8.28 time (8.32 altitude adjustment), while junior Tyler Killpack was seventh in the 800m clocking a 1:57.06 (1:51.34 altitude adjustment), and senior Nick Bolinder was 10th in the mile with a 4:25.74 time (4:20.42 altitude adjustment). In the field events, senior Joe Canavan was fourth in the shot put with a distance of 16.61m (54-06.00). The Aggies collected three other top 10 marks late Friday night, with freshman Rachel Orr tying for third in the high jump with a height of 1.68m (5-06.00). Junior Bri Campbell and freshman Mariah Thompson tied for 10th, both clearing 1.63m (5-04.25).

Wins by sophomores Silas Pimentel and Bryce Hall highlighted Utah State track and field's first day of action Friday at the University of New Mexico Cherry and Silver Invitational as the two wins were part of 12 top 10 finishes by Aggies in the first day of the meet. Pimentel won the 200m dash with a time of 21.48, which would tie his career-best time which is also the fourth-fastest in school history, but the time is changed to 21.55 with an altitude adjustment. The 21.55 is still an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Hall won the weight throw with a career-best mark of 18.49m (60-08.00), which is the ninth-best mark in school history. Behind Pimentel in the 200m, freshman Nic Bowens clocked a 21.81 time, winning his heat and finishing eighth overall. Senior Joe Canavan finished eighth in the weight throw with a 15.81m (51.10.50) toss. In the unseeded pole vault, senior Philip Noble tied for second, clearing 4.62m (15-01.75)], while freshman Jason Allred was fourth with a mark of 4.47m (14-08.00), sophomore Casey Staley was eighth [4.32m (14-02.00)] and freshman Dallas Singley was 10th [4.17m (13-08.25)]. For the Aggie women, sophomore Keeley Eldredge was fifth in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 16.62m (54-06.50). Senior teammate Lindsey Spencer was right behind in sixth [16.27m (53-04.50)], while fellow senior Spela Hus was 10th [14.85m (48-08.25)].

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 213-0318

This Week
Fri., Jan. 27 --- SOUTHERN UTAH/#17 BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (1-3, 0-0) continues its 2012 season on Friday, Jan. 27 when it hosts Southern Utah and No. 13 Boise State in its home opener.

Last Week
3rd, 192.325 --- at Texas Woman's/Oklahoma
• Utah State gymnastics scored a 192.325 to finish third in a quad meet with No. 10 Oklahoma (197.45) and host Texas Woman's (192.425) last weekend. Taking second in all-around competition, freshman Sarah Landes set a new career-high in all but one event, and bested her previous all-around score, for a total of 38.925. Junior Amelia Montoya beat her career-high on the uneven parallel bars, notching a score of 9.800, to finish tied for fifth as the highest scoring Aggie in the event. She also set a new high on the vault with a 9.750, to earn a final of 38.300 in the all-around competition. Sophomore Paige Jones set a new career-high in her all-around with 38.525, boosted by placing fifth on vault with a team-leading 9.825. Jones was fifth in the all-around while Montoya was sixth. Junior Amanda Watamaniuk also earned a personal best on the vault, landing a 9.675. Landes was the highest-placing USU gymnast on beam, tying for seventh with a 9.750 while Jones was the top Aggie on floor, tying for eighth with a 9.800.

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