LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 1, 2016
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Feb. 2 --- at Boise State, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sat., Feb. 6 --- at Wyoming, 4 p.m. (ROOT)
Utah State men's basketball (11-9, 3-6) continues Mountain West play this week with a pair of road games as it plays at Boise State (15-7, 6-3) on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m., and at Wyoming (11-12, 4-6) on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. USU's game at BSU will be streamed live on ESPN3, while its game at UW will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 30-11 all-time against the Broncos, including a 9-8 road record and 25-47 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 6-28 road record.
L, 84-89 --- NEVADA
Utah State lost to Nevada, 89-84, at home in its only game of the week. Senior guard Chris Smith led the Aggies with 19 points, while junior wing Jalen Moore scored 17 points, junior guard Shane Rector scored a career-high 16 points, and senior guard Darius Perkins added 14 points. USU finished the game shooting 53.3 percent (32-of-60), including 52.4 percent (11-of-21) from 3-point range and 50.0 percent (9-of-18) at the charity stripe. UN shot 49.1 percent (28-of-57), including 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the arc and 82.1 percent (23-of-28) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sun., Feb. 7 --- DENVER, 9 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis (2-1, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season at home on Sunday, Feb. 7 against No. 69 Denver (3-1) at 9 a.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
W, 7-0 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
Utah State posted a 1-0 home record last week with a 7-0 win against Southern Utah. In doubles, the team of juniors Nini Guensler and Ekaterina Tugarinova won at the first position (6-1), sophomores Meghan Lyall and Maggie O'Meara won at the second position (6-2) and junior Lexi Turley and sophomore Sabrina Demerath won at the third position (6-1). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-2, 7-6), Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (7-6, 3-6, 11-9), freshman Monika Van de Vondel won at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-1), Demerath won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-2), Lyall won at the No. 5 spot (6-0, 6-1) and freshman Jenna Kane won at the No. 6 spot (7-5, 6-1).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Feb. 3 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 6 --- WYOMING, 2 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (10-10, 5-4) continues Mountain West action this week with a pair of home games, hosting Boise State (14-6, 7-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and Wyoming (10-10, 3-7) on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. All-time, USU is 8-20 against the Broncos and 8-15 against the Cowgirls. All conference games will be streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network through Campus Insiders.
W, 79-66 --- at Nevada
Utah State posted a 1-0 Mountain West road record last week, topping Nevada, 79-66. Sophomore center Hannah Hutchins led the Aggies in scoring, tallying a season-best 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds for her second double-double in as many games. Freshman guard Rachel Brewster scored a career-high 20 points and sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu also had 20 points. Overall, USU shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) from the field, 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from the 3-point line and 88.5 percent (23-of-26) from the free throw line. UN shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field, 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from behind the arc and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the free throw line.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Sat., Feb. 6 --- at #14 Denver, 5 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (3-1, 1-1 MRGC) opens a three-meet road swing with a dual meet at No. 14 Denver (5-0) on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. The meet will be televised live on Altitude (Comcast Ch. 61, Dish Network Ch. 413, DirecTV Ch. 681).
W, 195.425-195.250 --- #24 SOUTHERN UTAH
Utah State finished its Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference home opener on the floor with a bang to earn a 195.425-195.250 come-from-behind victory over 24th-ranked Southern Utah last weekend. The Thunderbirds led 146.875-146.375 going into the final rotation, but recorded a 48.375 on beam and the Aggies finished with a season-high 49.050 on floor to complete the comeback. USU also recorded a 48.450 on vault, a season-high 49.125 on bars and a 48.800 on beam for its season-high 195.425 team score. SUU posted scores of 49.025 on vault, 48.975 on bars and 48.875 on floor, to go with its 48.375 on beam. For the second consecutive week, junior Bailey McIntire won the all-around title with a career-high score of 39.150, while seven different Aggies either tied or set 10 career-high marks against SUU. Freshman Madison Ward recorded a career-high 9.650 on vault, while sophomore Miranda Hone had a career-best 9.700 on the event. On bars, sophomore Charly Belliston won the event with a career-best 9.900, while sophomore Melanie Oster had a career-high score of 9.825 to tie for fifth. Three USU gymnasts tied or set their career-high marks on beam as McIntire matched her best score with a 9.800, while junior Hayley Sanzotti and Oster each recorded career highs with a 9.900 and 9.850, respectively. Sanzotti tied for first on the event with SUU's Stacie Webb. Senior Jillian Chappel had a career-high score of 9.775 on floor, while Sanzotti equaled her best with a 9.875 to place first. Senior Destiny Ezell matched her season high with a 9.800 on floor.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 5 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 11 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 5 --- MONTANA STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (4-3, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season this weekend with a pair of home matches as it hosts Southern Utah (0-2) and Montana State (0-2) on Friday, Feb. 5 at 11 a.m, and 7 p.m, respectively, at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
W, 7-0 --- GRAND CANYON
W, 7-0 --- IDAHO STATE
Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with a 7-0 win against Grand Canyon and a 7-0 win against Idaho State. Against the Antelopes, USU won the doubles point as junior Jack Swindells and freshman Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-2) and sophomore Jaime Barajas and freshman Samuel Serrano won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Barajas won at the No.1 spot (3-6, 6-4, 6-4), Maier won at the No. 2 spot (7-6 (3), 6-3), Swindells won at the No. 3 spot (6-0, 6-2), Serrano won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 7-5), freshman Luis Lopez won at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-4), and freshman Romai Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (7-6 (3), 7-5). Against the Bengals, USU took the doubles point as Swindells and Maier won at the second position (6-2) and Barajas and Serrano won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-2), Maier won at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-3), Serrano won at the No. 3 spot (6-4, 6-4), Lopez won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-4), Nakajima won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 4-6, 10-5) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-3).
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 5-6 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2016 season this weekend at the Boise State hosted Jacksons/NB Indoor Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6.
NTS --- at New Mexico Team Challenge
Utah State's track & field teams showed they belong with tough competition by recording 11 top-five finishes at the New Mexico Team Invitational last weekend. Parker Bluth, a senior, set a school record in the 200m, placing second with a time of 20.73. Bluth passed the mark of 20.80 set by fellow senior Nic Bowens in 2015. With the recent record, Bluth now holds USU's 200m indoor and outdoor records. Additionally, Bluth's 200m time ranks third nationally. Bluth and, fellow senior Cole Lambourne, along with sophomores Clay Lambourne and Brady Martin broke the school record in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:08.89. The relay team ended up placing second in that event. Dillon Maggard was the lone event winner for the Aggies. The sophomore won the mile with a time of 4:05.68, which ranks third all-time in USU history. After altitude adjustments, Maggard's converted time ranks fifth in the nation. On the women's side, Maci Bingham, a senior, placed third in the weight throw posting a career-high heave of 18.04m (59-2.25). Additionally, sophomore Olivia Moriconi placed fourth with a toss of 14.94m (49-00.25) in the shot put, which ranks third all-time in school history. The Lambourne brothers, fortified USU's men by landing in the top-three in the 400m and 800m. Cole placed third in the 400m (47.05), while Clay also placed third in the 800m (1:51.99). Other Aggie women to place in the top-five were junior Tori Parkinson in the mile (5:00.27), senior Jodi Williams in the high jump (1.70m/5-7) and sophomore Megan Ryan in the 800m (2:14.72).
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