Weekly Aggie Update

Jan. 31, 2010

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Wed., Feb. 3 --- IDAHO, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat., Feb. 6 --- NEVADA, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah State (16-6, 6-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Idaho (10-10, 2-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m., in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 and Nevada (13-8, 5-3) on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. USU is 31-12 all-time against the Vandals which includes a 13-1 record at home, and 29-12 all-time against the Wolf Pack which includes a 13-2 home record.

Last Week
W, 77-58--- SAN JOSE STATE
• Junior forward Nate Bendall's career-high 20 points and career-best tying 10 rebounds combined with sophomore forward Brady Jardine's career-high 17 points to lead Utah State to a 77-58 win against San Jose State Saturday night. Bendall registered his third double-double of the season, as he and Jardine were joined in double-figures by junior guard Pooh Williams with 14 points. Williams hit three three-pointers, helping USU make half of its shots behind the arc (9-18) on the night. The Aggies also topped the 50.0 percent shooting mark, netting 54.2 percent (32-59). USU only made five trips to the free throw line, making four and tying a season-low for attempts. SJSU was led by Adrian Oliver's 19 points while Mac Peterson tallied 11 points. The Spartans were limited to just 6-of-28 (.214) from the field in the second half as the Aggies out-scored them, 38-22, in the second stanza. For the game, SJSU was 19-of-52 (.365) field goal shooting, hitting 7-of-23 (.304) from three-point range and 13-of-15 (.867) at the free pitch stripe. Jardine's career-best 17 points off the bench led USU to a 25-10 bench scoring advantage and the Aggies had a dominating 42-18 edge in points in the paint. Bendall's career-best tying 10 rebounds paced Utah State to a 32-27 rebounding advantage. It was the 20th time in 22 games that USU had more rebounds then its opponent.

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

Next Week
Wed., Feb. 10 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 12 --- at UNLV, 3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev., 11 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (1-1) will take the week off before returning to action on Wednesday, Feb. 10 when it hosts Weber State at Noon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. USU will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev., as it will play UNLV on Friday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. (MT) and UC Riverside on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 3-4--- GONZAGA
• Utah State dropped its home opener to Gonzaga, 4-3, last weekend in its only match. Junior Hailey Swenson recorded a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (3-6, 6-3, 7-6) and teamed with freshman Jaclyn West for an 8-7 win at No. 1 doubles. Other Aggies to post wins include freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-4), and senior Britney Watts at No. 6 singles (7-6, 6-1). West lost at No. 2 singles (7-5, 3-6, 7-6), while sophomore Monica Abella lost at No. 4 singles (6-0, 7-5) and junior Taylor Perry lost at No. 5 singles (6-0, 7-5).

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Sat., Feb. 6 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (11-10, 3-5) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts Louisiana Tech (13-6, 4-3) on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. USU is 1-8 all-time against the Lady Techsters as it won the first meeting between the two teams this year, 69-66, in Ruston.

Last Week
W, 57-55 --- at Idaho
L, 63-70 --- at Boise State
• Utah State went 1-1 on the road last week as it defeated Idaho, 57-55, and lost at Boise State, 70-63. Against the Vandals, senior guard Tahara Williams scored 12 points including the game-winning basket with one second to play. Junior guard Amber White and redshirt freshman center Banna Diop each scored 10 points, while senior center Lydia Whitehead had nine. For the game, the Aggies shot 50.0 percent from the field (23-46) from the field, 57.1 percent from three (8-14) and 50.0 percent from the charity stripe (3-6). The Vandals shot 45.1 percent from the field (23-51), while shooting 41.7 percent from three (5-12) and 50.0 percent from the free throw line (4-8). Against the Broncos, White had 13 points to lead USU while Diop recorded her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Whitehead also scored in double-figures for USU as she finished with 11 points. For the game, the Aggies shot 47.1 percent from the field (24-51), 35.7 percent from three (5-14) and 55.6 percent from the charity stripe (10-18). The Broncos shot 42.6 percent from the field (23-54), while shooting 36.8 percent from three (7-19) and 73.9 percent from the free throw line (17-23).

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Fri., Feb. 5 --- vs. Lewis-Clark State, Boise, Idaho, 3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 6 --- at Boise State, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (2-3) will continue its spring schedule this week with two matches as it plays Lewis-Clark State on Friday, Feb. 5 in Boise, Idaho at 3 p.m., and then plays at Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m.

Last Week
L, 0-7--- at UNLV
W, 5-2--- vs. Northern Arizona, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it lost at UNLV, 7-0, and defeated Northern Arizona, 5-2. Against the Rebels, freshman Sven Poslusny teamed with senior Amit Maharaj for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles in USU's only victory in the match. Against the Lumberjacks, junior Jakob Asplund notched a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (6-7, 7-6, 10-7), Poslusny posted a straight-sets win at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-1), junior Bryan Marchant recorded a three-sets win at No. 3 singles (5-7, 6-2, 7-5), Maharaj won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-3, 7-5), and junior Nikita Ryashchenko won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-0). Poslusny and Maharaj also notched an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles as the Aggies lost the doubles point.

Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 5-6 --- at New Mexico Classic, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2010 season this weekend at the New Mexico Classic on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6.

Last Week
NTS --- at Boise State
• Utah State track and field captured four individual titles at the Bronco Invitational Saturday hosted by Boise State as it won titles in women's shot put, the men's high jump, the 800m and 60m. Sophomore Spela Hus won the women's shot put with an indoor personal best mark of 14.15m (46-05.25). Winning titles for the men were junior Clint Silcock who won the high jump clearing 2.10m (6-10.75), junior James Allred who won the 800m clocking in at 1:52.70, setting a new indoor best time, and junior Mike Pyrtle who won the 60m in 6.92 in his first Utah State race. Also doing well for the men was junior Joe Canavan, taking second in the shot put with a toss of 17.04m (55-11.00) and third in the weight throw with a mark of 17.91m (58-09.25), setting new personal records in both. Sophomore Jon Goble finished third in the 60m hurdles in 8.51 and senior Casey Parker finished third in the high jump clearing 1.95m (6-04.75). Sophomore John Johnson finished second in the pole vault at 4.60m (15-01.00) and fellow sophomore Damain Szade took second in the long jump with a 6.81m (22-04.25) mark. Doing well for the women was senior Ashlee Cannon, who took third in the 60m hurdles clocking in at 8.72 and junior Shannon Prince who took third in the shot put with a distance of 13.73m (45-00.50).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Feb. 5 --- at Brigham Young / vs. Denver, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-5, 0-1) will continue its 2010 season with a tri-meet at Brigham Young and versus Denver on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 191.125-191.625 --- No. 21 BOISE STATE
• Utah State led for three rotations before falling to 21st-ranked Boise State, 191.625-191.125, in USU's home and Western Athletic Conference opener Friday. Junior Lyndsie Boone posted a career-high in winning the all-around with a 38.850 and also tallied a career-high 9.825 on vault, finishing tied for second. Boone also was third on beam with a 9.725. Senior Heather Heinrich tied for second on floor with a 9.750 and was tied for third on bars with a 9.650 in finishing second in the all-around with a season-high 38.425. Freshman Amelia Montoya was third in the all-around with a 38.050, tying her career-high on vault with a 9.600. Sophomore Chelsea Marquardt tallied a 37.425 for sixth-place in the all-around, registering USU's fourth career-high of the night with a 9.675 on beam, good for fourth. USU totalled a 48.225 on vault, 47.500 on bars, 47.800 on beam and a 47.600 on floor for a final score of 191.125. The Aggies' vault and beam scores were .1 shy of their season-highs on the respective events. BSU registered a 48.725 on vault, 46.800 on bars, 48.200 on beam and 47.900 on floor for the winning 191.625 score.

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