Jan. 28, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 28, 2013
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Jan. 31 --- at Idaho, 8 p.m. (Altitude 2)
Sat., Feb. 2 --- at Seattle, 8 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Utah State men's basketball (14-5, 5-4) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Idaho (8-11, 4-5) on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Seattle (6-13, 1-8) on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU's game at Idaho will be televised live on Altitude 2 and its game at Seattle will be tape delayed on ROOT Sports. USU is 36-14 all-time against the Vandals, including a 15-8 road record, and 16-14 all-time against the Redhawks, including a 5-9 road record.
L, 68-74 --- UT ARLINGTON
L, 48-51 --- LOUISIANA TECH
Utah State posted a 0-2 record last week with home losses to UT Arlington (74-68) and Louisiana Tech (51-48). Against the Mavericks, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield recorded his first-ever double-double with a career-high 23 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks, tying his career-high in each category, and junior guard Marvin Jean added 11 points and four rebounds, to go along with four assists and three blocked shots, which are both career-highs. USU finished the game shooting 36.4 percent from the field (20-55), 38.5 percent from three-point range (10-26) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (18-27). UTA shot 40.0 percent (22-55), including 35.7 percent from three (5-14) and 73.5 percent at the charity stripe (25-34). Against the Bulldogs, junior center Jarred Shaw recorded his seventh double-double of the season as he scored a career-high 21 points to go along with 14 rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots. Butterfield also scored in double-figures with his second-straight double-double as he had 16 points and a career-best 15 rebounds. USU shot a season-low 27.3 percent from the field (15-55), including 21.4 percent from three-point range (3-14) and 88.2 percent at the free throw line (15-17). LTU shot 33.3 percent (19-57), a season-low for a USU opponent, including 33.3 percent from three (9-27) and 57.1 percent at the line (4-7).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Fri., Feb. 8 --- PORTLAND STATE, 12 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (1-1, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season in two weeks when it hosts Portland State at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club on Friday, Feb. 8 at 12 p.m.
L, 1-6 --- at BYU
Utah State lost its only match last week at BYU, 6-1. Sophomore McKenzie Davis posted USU's only win with a three-sets victory at No. 1 singles (7-5, 2-6, 6-1). Other Aggies to compete in the match include seniors Julie Tukuafu, Kristina Voytsekhovich and Jaci West, sophomore Hillary Hays and freshman Kallie Sperry.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Jan. 31 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 --- SEATTLE, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (10-10, 7-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games against Idaho (9-11, 6-3) on Thursday, Jan. 31 and Seattle (11-7, 8-1) on Saturday, Feb. 2 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 11-12 all-time against the Vandals and 0-2 all-time against the Redhawks.
W, 93-83 --- at UT Arlington
W, 76-75 OT --- at Louisiana Tech
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with road wins at UT Arlington (93-83) and at Louisiana Tech (76-75 OT). Against the Mavericks, senior guard Devyn Christensen scored 21 points to go along with seven assists and a career-high tying six steals, while senior forward Jenna Johnson added 16 points, nine rebounds, five steals and four assists. Sophomore center Franny Vaaulu added 18 points and junior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 48.3 percent from the field (29-60), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 82.9 percent at the free throw line (29-35). UTA shot 41.1 percent (30-73), including 33.3 percent from three (3-9) and 76.9 percent at the line (20-26). Against the Lady Techsters, Vaaulu scored 20 points and added a career-best six steals to go along with eight rebounds, while Johnson scored 15 points. USU finished the game shooting 36.5 percent (27-74), including 22.2 percent from three-point range (4-18) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (18-24). LTU shot 43.1 percent (28-65), including 22.2 percent from three (4-18) and 83.3 percent at the line (15-18).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Wed., Feb. 6 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 --- at Utah, 5 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (0-4, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season in two weeks when it hosts Weber State on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club at 12 p.m. USU will then conclude its week with a match at Utah on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m.
L, 2-5 --- at UNLV
L, 0-4 --- vs. Northern Arizona, Las Vegas, Nev.
Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost at UNLV, 5-2, and to Northern Arizona, 4-0. Against the Rebels, senior Sven Poslusny posted a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8), while sophomore Curran Wearmouth won in three-sets at No. 5 singles (6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8). Other Aggies to compete in the two matches during the weekend include juniors Fredrik Peterson, Brandon Nielsen and Andrew Whiting, and sophomores Tanner Dance, Marcus Fritz and Matt Sweet.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Fri., Feb. 1 --- at Southern Utah, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (1-3, 0-0) continues its 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 1 with a dual meet at Southern Utah at 7 p.m.
2nd, 192.875 --- SOUTHERN UTAH/HAMLINE
Utah State posted two event wins along with the all-around champion as it finished second in a tri-meet against Southern Utah and Hamline University last weekend. The Aggies recorded a season-high 48.950 on vault, a season-best 48.625 on bars, a 48.125 on beam and a 47.175 on floor for their season-high score of 192.875. The Thunderbirds posted a 48.375 on bars, a 48.925 on vault, a 48.600 on floor and a 48.125 on floor for their winning total of 194.025. The Pipers had a 46.350 on beam, a 46.100 on floor, a 47.175 on vault and a 42.350 on bars for a final score of 181.975. Sophomore Sarah Landes took home the all-around title with a season-best mark of 39.125. SUU's Caitlin Kennedy finished in second-place with a 38.750, while Aggie junior Paige Jones finished third with a 38.350. Along with her all-around win, Landes claimed the balance beam title with a season-high 9.825, while freshman Stefanie Daley finished tied for second with a 9.800, for a new season-best, and fellow freshman Hayley Sanzotti finished tied for fourth with a 9.750, tying her season-high. The Aggies also swept the top spots on bars with freshman Kinzey Martinez taking the win with a 9.825 in her first action of the season. Jones was second with a 9.800 for a new top mark of the season, while Landes captured third with a 9.775. Jones and Martinez tied for second on the vault with a 9.825, both notching new season-highs, while Landes took third on the floor with a 9.725 for another season-high.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Sat., Feb. 2 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season on Saturday, Feb. 2 when it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Bronco Classic.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track & field teams won three events on Saturday, the final day of the Boise State hosted Jacksons/New Balance Invitational. Sophomore Nic Bowens won the men's 60m dash with time of 6.86, while senior Tyler Killpack clocked a time of 1:52.51 to win the men's 800m. Sophomore Jodi Williams led the USU women as she cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) to win the women's high jump. Sophomores Rachel Orr and Mariah Thompson also cleared 1.65m (5-05.00), but Orr was awarded a tie for second-place and Thompson claimed sixth-place, respectively, on judge's decision. Junior Kylie Hirschi also placed in the top-six for the Utah State women as she crossed the finish line in the 800m with a time of 2:18.27 to finish fifth. On the men's side, junior Silas Pimentel placed second in the 60m (6.90), while freshman Cole Lambourne finished fourth in the 400m (48.24). Seniors Jon Goble and Sam Hawkins tabbed second and fourth-place finishes in the heptathlon with point totals of 4,942 and 4,066, respectively. Freshman Michael Cardinal and junior Bryce Hall performed well with tosses of 16.71m (54-10.00) and 16.41m (53-10.25), respectively, to place fourth and fifth in the shot put. Sophomore Travis Johnson and junior Kenny Hamlett rounded out the top-six placers for the Aggie men placing second and third in the triple jump with leaps of 14.50m (47-07.00) and 13.80m (45-03.50), respectively. During day one of competition, USU tabbed four top-three finishes as part of nine top-six performances. Sophomore Cree Phillips Taylor performed well for the USU women with a third-place finish in the pentathlon with 3,255 points, while sophomore Melanie Heslop and junior Keeley Eldredge placed second and third in the women's weight throw with tosses of 16.59m (54-05.25) and 16.43m (53-11.00), respectively. For Heslop, the mark is a personal-best as well as ranking her eighth in school history. Pimentel was the top placer for the USU men on the night as he clocked a time of 21.63 in the men's 200m, which was good enough for second-place. Junior Kyle McKenna ran in his first race of the season as he placed fourth in the men's 3,000m with a personal-best time of 8:30.21, while Hall finished in fifth-place in the weight throw with a toss of 16.99m (55-09.00). Other top-six placers for the Utah State men was freshman Skyler Duke and junior Xavier Williford Jr. who tied for fourth-place in the high jump with a mark of 1.95m (96-04.75), while Goble tied for sixth-place in the long with a leap of 6.69m (21-11.50).
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