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

Jan. 29, 2012

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 29, 2012

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

This Week
Thur., Feb. 2 --- at Nevada, 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (12-10, 4-3) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Nevada (18-3, 7-0) on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Fresno State (9-14, 1-6) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 32-13 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 13-10 road record, and 31-19 all-time against the Bulldogs including an 8-13 road record.

Last Week
W, 77-72 --- HAWAI'I
W, 82-65 --- SAN JOSE STATE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with home wins against Hawai'i (77-72) and San Jose State (82-65). Against the Rainbow Warriors, sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored a game-high 25 points, while fellow sophomore guard Danny Berger tied his career-high with 12 points. Freshman forward Ben Clifford added a career-best 11 points, while senior point guard Brockeith Pane and junior forward Kyisean Reed each scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 49.0 percent (24-49), including 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 79.3 percent at the free throw line (23-29). Hawai'i shot 40.8 percent overall (29-71), including 17.6 percent from three (3-17) and 57.9 percent at the free throw line (11-19). Against the Spartans, Reed scored a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and a career-high tying three blocked shots, while sophomore forward Mitch Bruneel scored a career-high 15 points off the bench. Medlin and Pane also scored 15 points, while senior forward Morgan Grim finished with 10 points and seven rebounds. USU shot 48.3 percent in the game (28-58), including 47.6 percent from three-point range (10-21) and a season-high 88.9 percent at the free throw line (16-18). SJSU shot 42.4 percent overall (25-59), including 22.7 percent from behind the arc (5-22) and 66.7 percent at the line (10-15).

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

This 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 this 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 Competition
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.

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

This Week
Thur., Feb. 2 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 4 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (13-6, 4-1) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at San Jose State (8-12, 3-2) on Thursday, Feb 2 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Hawai'i (8-12, 3-2) on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 9-4 all-time against the Spartans and 7-9 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine.

Last Week
W, 78-70 --- at Idaho
• Utah State won its only game of the week with a 78-70 road victory at Idaho as junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 22 points and senior forward Maddy Plunkett added 12 points. USU shot 47.5 percent in the game (29-61), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (6-12) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (14-21). Idaho shot 49.0 percent overall (25-51), including 33.3 percent from three (7-21) and 72.2 percent at the line (13-18).

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

This 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 Competition
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.

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

This Week
Sat., Feb. 4 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Saturday, Feb. 4 when it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the Bronco Classic.

Last Week
NTS --- at Washington State Invitational
• Utah State women's track and field team won four events and the men captured one event title on the final day of Washington State's Cougar Indoor and Multi's last weekend. Winning their respective events for the USU women were senior Spela Hus in the shot put with a throw of 14.26m (46-09.50), sophomore Sam Nielson in the triple jump with a leap of 11.87m (38-11.50) and freshman Rachel Orr in the high jump with a mark of 1.73m (5-08.00). The women's 4x400 relay team also captured first-place, with the team consisting of senior Katelyn Heiner, juniors Hollie Bosworth and Aubrie Haymore along with freshman Krista Whittle. For the men, freshman Bishop Bowens was the only individual champion as he broke the tape in the 60m dash with a time of 6.90. Overall, Utah State collected 22 top-five finishes. Taking second-place for the women was senior Kim Quinn in the 3,000m run (10:17.14), while fellow senior Sonia Grabowska took third in the pole vault [3.81m (12-06.00)]. Sophomore Chari Hawkins [5.44m (17-10.25)] led a 3-4-5 USU finish in the long jump with senior Katelyn Heiner [5.40m (17-08.75)] and sophomore Daphne Jones [5.36m (17-07.00)], respectively. Junior Bailee Whitworth crossed the finish line in the 60m dash with a time of 7.77 to claim fourth-place, while senior Julia Stewart also placed fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.47m (37-07.75). Freshman Mariah Thompson finished fifth in the high jump [1.58m (5-02.25)], while senior Lindsey Spencer and freshman Melanie Heslop placed fourth and fifth with tosses of 12.64m (41-05.75) and 12.24m (40-02.00), respectively, in the shot put. Other top five finishers for the men included freshman AJ Boully, who placed second in the 60m hurdles (8.30) and fifth in the 60m dash (7.16). Senior Daniel Howell claimed second in the 3,000m run (8:18.54) with fellow senior Chio Lopez close behind in fourth-place with a time of 8:22.02. Senior Joe Canavan garnered third-place in the shot put with a throw of 15.83m (51-11.25), while sophomore Devin Lang clocked in at a team season-best 4:19.77 in the mile to claim fourth-place. The men's 4x400 relay team also took home fifth-place with a time of 3:26.80.

During day one of the Cougar Indoor and Multi's, Utah State collected six top-five marks a sophomore Chari Hawkins won both the high jump and long jump during the pentathlon competition to walk away with second-place with 3,610 points, while senior Jen Schiess registered a personal-best 3,139 points to place fifth. Senior Lindsey Spencer and sophomore Keeley Eldredge both performed well in the weight throw as they finished fourth and fifth with tosses of 16.58m (54-04.75) and 16.48m (54-01.00), respectively. Sophomore Bryce Hall led the Aggie men during the first day of competition as he placed second in the weight throw [17.92m (58-09.50)], while senior Damian Szade jumped a season-best 6.95m (22-09.75) to claim third in the men's long jump. Other results for the USU women included freshman McKenzie Johnson and senior Kali Hamby finishing seventh and eighth in the women's pentathlon with points totals of 2, 914 and 2,709 respectively. Freshman Melanie Heslop threw a personal-best 15.85m (22-00.00) in the weight throw, which was good enough for seventh-place. Other results for the men include freshmen Jason Allred and Dallas Singley taking home seventh and eighth in the pole vault, clearing 4.40m (14-05.25) and 4.25m (13-11.25), respectively. Junior Kenny Hamlett competed in the long jump for the first time this season and finished 10th with a mark of 5.93m (19-05.50), while senior Philip Noble sits at No. 9 in the heptathlon with 2,597 points after four of the seven events.

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

This Week
Fri., Feb. 3 --- ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (2-4, 0-1) continues its 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 3 when it hosts Arizona State at 7 p.m.

Last Week
2nd, 194.050 --- SOUTHERN UTAH/#13 BOISE STATE
• Utah State finished in second place in a tri-meet between Southern Utah and No. 13 Boise State last weekend with a season-high team score of 194.050. Freshman Sarah Landes was the Gymnast of the Meet, setting personal bests on beam, floor and her all-around competition with a total score of 39.225. Southern Utah finished with 194.525 to win the meet while Boise State took third with 193.525. The Aggies scored season-highs on three of the four events, opening with a 48.575 on vault, then a 48.850 on bars to lead at the meet's midway point. USU scored another season-high on beam with a 48.550 and finished with a 48.075 on floor, the second-highest score this season. Landes set personal bests on beam, floor and her all-around competition with a total score of 39.225. Landes won the all-around while sharing the beam title with a 9.875, while finishing third on floor with a 9.825. Landes' winning beam score of 9.875 is tied for the fifth-best score in school history, while her 39.225 all-around score was just outside of USU's top 20 individual all-around performances. Sophomore Paige Jones tied for second on vault with a career-high 9.875.

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