Feb. 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 4, 2013
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Feb. 8 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (16-5, 7-4) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a road game at San Jose State (9-13, 3-8) on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 50-21 all-time against the Spartans, including a 15-13 road record.
W, 77-67 --- at Idaho
W, 68-46 --- at Seattle
Utah State posted a 2-0 record last week with road wins at Idaho (77-67) and at Seattle (68-46). Against the Vandals, junior center Jarred Shaw scored a career-high 27 points, freshman guard Marcel Davis scored 16 points, and junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added his third double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 59.6 percent from the field (28-47), 46.2 percent from three-point range (6-13) and 78.9 percent at the free throw line (15-19). Idaho shot 53.2 percent (25-47), including 52.6 percent from three (10-19) and 53.8 percent at the line (10-19). Against the Redhawks, Shaw scored 16 points and Butterfield added his fourth double-double in as many games with 13 points and 11 boards. Junior guard TeNale Roland added a career-high 12 points and Davis scored 11 points, while sophomore forward Ben Clifford added a career-best 10 rebounds to go along with six points. USU finished the game shooting 47.2 percent from the field (25-53), 41.2 percent from three-point range (7-17) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (11-13). SU shot just 31.0 percent (18-58), a season-low for a USU opponent, including just 10.0 percent from behind the arc (2-20), also a season-low for an Aggie opponent. SU was also 8-of-10 (.800) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Fri., Feb. 15 --- BOISE STATE, 12 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (1-1, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season in two weeks when it hosts Boise State at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club on Friday, Feb. 15 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
Sat., Feb. 9 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (12-10, 9-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week as it hosts San Jose State (9-13, 6-5) on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. USU is 11-5 all-time against the Spartans.
W, 81-50 --- IDAHO
W, 67-62 --- SEATTLE
Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with wins against Idaho (81-50) and Seattle (67-62). Against the Vandals, senior guard Jenna Johnson recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Makenlee Williams just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards. Sophomore center Franny Vaaulu added 15 points, senior guard Devyn Christensen scored 13 points, and freshman guard Stephanie Bairstow added a career-high 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field (28-59), 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 90.5 percent at the free throw line (19-21). UI shot just 20.3 percent from the field (14-69), a season-low for a USU opponent, including just 12.5 percent from three-point range (4-32. The Vandals were also 18-of-25 (.720) at the free throw line. Against the Redhawks, Christensen scored 28 points and junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 13 points, while Johnson grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 31.1 percent (19-61), including 34.8 percent from three-point range (8-23) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (21-27). SU shot 31.7 percent (19-60), including 75.0 percent from the free throw line (24-32). The Redhawks were also 0-of-8 from behind the arc.
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Wed., Feb. 6 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 8 --- MONTANA 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 this week as it hosts Weber State on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Montana State on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club with both matches beginning 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. 8 --- AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (1-4, 0-1) continues its 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 8 as it hosts Air Force at 7 p.m.
L, 194.200-195.425 --- at Southern Utah
With a season-high score of 194.200, Utah State gymnastics fell to Southern Utah (195.425) in its Western Athletic Conference opener in Cedar City, Utah last weekend. The Aggies recorded a 48.575 on bars, a 48.550 on vault, 48.825 on floor and 48.250 on beam for their final score of 194.200. The Thunderbirds posted a 48.625 on vault, 48.975 on bars, 48.975 on beam and 48.850 on floor for their total score of 195.425. Utah State swept the all-around competition titles with sophomore Sarah Landes in first with a season-high 39.200. Junior Paige Jones finished second with a season-high 39.100, while freshman Hayley Sanzotti was third with a career-best 38.875. Freshman Kinzey Martinez claimed the vault title with a 9.775, while Jones tied for second with a 9.750. Jones finished second on bars with a 9.850, while Landes tied for third-place with a season-high 9.825. Landes, Sanzotti and freshman Joanna Cuba were part of a four-way tie for second place on beam, each notching a 9.825. Landes and Jones also tied for first on floor with season-best scores of 9.825.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 8-9 --- at Boise State Team Challenge, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 8-9 --- at New Mexico Invitational, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 8-9 --- at Washington Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9 as it will split its team three ways and send members to the Boise State hosted Team Challenge, the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Invitational and the Washington hosted Husky Classic.
NTS --- at Boise State Bronco Classic
Utah State's men and women's track and field teams won four events this past weekend as part of 18 top-three finishes at Boise State's Bronco Classic. Sophomore Jodi Williams led the way for the USU women as she cleared a personal-best 1.75m (5-08.750) to win the high jump. The height ranks Williams first in the Western Athletic Conference this season, while also entering a four-way tie for third-place in school history. Fellow sophomores Travis Johnson and Kade Jensen paced the Aggie men with event victories in the triple jump and 3,000m, respectively. Johnson jumped 14.15m (46-05.25) as he also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 6.69m (21-11.50), while Jensen clocked a time of 8:43.24 in his winning effort. The men's 4x400m relay team also placed first with a time of 3:20.02. The team consisted of freshmen Jacob Bautista Jr., Cole Lambourne and Kalon Weston, along with sophomore Dan Mosman. Placing second for the Utah State women in their respective events included seniors Bri Campbell in the 60m hurdles (8.70) and Alex Litzsinger in the mile (4:56.12), along with the 4x400m relay team (3:51.79), which consisted of sophomore Laycee Elliott, senior Hollie Bosworth as well as freshmen Mikkell Minnoch and Kaitlyn Wilcox. Sophomore Rachel Orr and junior Keeley Eldredge each tabbed third-place finishes with Orr clearing 1.70m (5-07.00) in the high jump and Eldredge setting a personal-best mark of 17.08m (56-00.50) in the weight throw. Sophomore Nic Bowens garnered second-place honors in both the men's 60m and 200m races with personal-best times of 6.80 and 21.45, respectively. Bowens is now tied for sixth-place in the 60m in school history, while also ranking sixth in the 200m. Senior Jon Goble also tabbed a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.21. Sophomore Michael Cardinal and junior Bryce Hall rounded out the runner-ups for the Aggie men as Cardinal threw a personal-best of 17.01m (55-09.75) in the shot put and Hall ended the day with a toss of 17.67m (57-11.75) in the weight throw. Hall also finished third in the shot put with a mark of 15.24m (50-00.00). Placing third for the USU men was sophomore Eric Shellhorn in the 800m (1:55.41), while freshman Sam Nelson vaulted 4.70m (15-05.00) in the pole vault.
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 8-10 --- at Southern Utah Tournament, St. George, Utah
Fri., Feb. 8 --- vs. #6 Tennessee, 1:30 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 8 --- vs. Colorado State, 4:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 --- vs. Loyola Marymount, 11 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 --- at Southern Utah, 1:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 10 --- vs. South Dakota, 1:30 p.m.
Utah State's softball team (0-0) will begin its 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 8 at the Southern Utah hosted Red Desert Classic against sixth-ranked Tennessee at 1:30 p.m., and will then play Colorado State at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Utah State will play Loyola Marymount and host Southern Utah at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, and conclude the tournament on Sunday against South Dakota at 1:30 p.m. (MT). USU, who is picked to finish sixth in the WAC this year, returns nine starters and 15 letterwinners from last year's team that ended the season 17-36 and 4-17 in conference play. Leading the way for USU this spring is senior Christine Thomsen (infield) and sophomore Hailey Froton (outfielder) who were both named to the 16-member preseason all-WAC team.
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