Feb. 1, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Nate Bendall has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week, which is voted on by a state media panel, for the period ending on Sunday, Jan. 31.
It is the first time in his career that Bendall has received USU's top weekly individual honor.
Bendall, a 6-9 junior forward from Salt Lake City, Utah (Skyline HS/Salt Lake CC), scored a career-high 20 points and tied his career-high with 10 rebounds in leading Utah State to a 77-58 home win against San Jose State last weekend. Bendall, who posted his third career double-double in the game, was 9-of-14 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line in 32 minutes.
On the season, Bendall is averaging 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game, and is shooting 57.8 percent from the field and 82.1 percent from the free throw line. He currently ranks fifth in the WAC in field goal shooting, is eighth in free throw shooting, 11th in blocked shots and 14th in rebounding.
Utah State (16-6, 6-2) will continue WAC play this week with a pair of home games as it hosts Idaho (10-10, 2-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 p.m. and Nevada (13-8, 5-3) on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. USU's game against the Vandals will be televised live on ESPN2, while its game against the Wolf Pack will be televised live on ESPNU.
Nominees from other sports for USU Athlete of the Week honors include:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Tahara Williams (Chicago, Ill.) helped Utah State to a 1-1 road record last week with a 57-55 win at Idaho and a 70-63 loss at Boise State. Against the Vandals, Williams had 12 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal, and scored the game-winning basket with one second remaining. Against the Broncos, she had nine points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal. For the week, Williams averaged 10.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals, while shooting 69.2 percent from the field (9-13) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line.
GYMNASTICS - Junior Lyndsie Boone (Winthrop Harbor, Illi.) 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 in Utah State's narrow 191.625-191.125 home lose to No. 21 Boise State. Boone also was third on beam with a 9.725, as well as fourth on floor with a 9.675 and fifth on bars with a 9.625.
MEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Sven Poslusny (Loerrach, Germany) helped Utah State post a 1-1 record last weekend as the Aggies defeated Northern Arizona, 5-2, and lost at UNLV, 7-0. Against the Lumberjacks, Poslusny registered a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles and teamed with senior Amit Maharaj for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Against the Rebels, Poslusny and Maharaj posted an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles for USU only victory in the match.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Junior Hailey Swenson (North Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a three-set 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 in Utah State's 4-3 home loss to Gonzaga.
MEN'S TRACK - Junior Joe Canavan (Palm Desert, Calif.) placed second in the shot put with a throw of 55-11.00 (17.04m) and third in the weight throw with a mark of 58-09.25 (17.91m) at the Bronco Invitational last weekend as he set new personal bests in both events.
WOMEN'S TRACK - Sophomore Spela Hus (Calje, Solvenia) won the women's shot put with an indoor personal best mark of 46-05.25 (14.15m) at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Boise State.
2009-10 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer
Sept. 7 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
Sept. 14 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
Sept. 21 - Diondre Borel, Football
Sept. 28 - Robert Turbin, Football
Oct. 5 - Benjamin Schilleman, Golf
Oct. 12 - Natalie Norris, Soccer
Oct. 19 - Emily Kortsen, Volleyball
Oct. 26 - Walter McClenton, Football
Nov. 2 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country
Nov. 9 - Diondre Borel, Football
Nov. 16 - Amber White, Women's Basketball
Nov. 23 - Bobby Wagner, Football
Nov. 30 - Robert Turbin, Football
Dec. 7 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
Dec. 14 - Pooh Williams, Men's Basketball
Dec. 21 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball
Dec. 28 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball
Jan. 4 - LaCale Pringle-Buchanan, Women's Basketball
Jan. 11 - Amber White, Women's Basketball
Jan. 18 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
Jan. 25 - Sven Poslusny, Men's Tennis
Feb. 1 - Nate Bendall, Men's Basketball
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