LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 6, 2017
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tue., Feb. 7 --- at Colorado State, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
Sat., Feb. 11 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m. (MWN)
• Utah State men’s basketball (10-12, 4-7) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it travels to Colorado State (15-9, 7-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. before hosting Wyoming (15-9, 5-6) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The game against CSU will be televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687), while the game against UW will be streamed online at utahstateaggies.com/videos via the Mountain West Network. USU is 57-37 all-time against the Rams, including a 7-17 known road record, and 26-49 against the Cowboys, including an 18-16 record at home.
W, 74-57 --- NEVADA
L, 70-72 --- at Boise State
• Utah State split its Mountain West games last week with a 74-57 home win against Nevada, followed by a 72-70 loss at Boise State. Against the Wolf Pack, freshman guard Koby McEwen led USU with 26 points and senior wing Jalen Moore recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. For the game, USU shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51) from the floor, 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from behind the 3-point line and 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the free throw line. Nevada shot season lows of 31.9 percent (22-of-69) from the floor, 15.4 percent (4-of-26) from behind the 3-point line and 45.0 percent (9-of-20) at the free throw line. Against the Broncos, freshman guard Sam Merrill and redshirt sophomore forward Alexis Dargenton tied for the team lead with 14 points apiece as USU shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the floor, 41.7 percent (5-of-12) from behind the 3-point line and 70.8 percent (17-of-24) at the free throw line. BSU shot 46.4 percent (26-of-56) from the floor, 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from behind the 3-point line and 60.9 percent (14-of-23) at the free throw line.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 10 --- at Colorado College, 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 11 --- at Colorado, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (4-1, 0-0 MW) will have its first road matches of the year when it travels to face Colorado College (1-2) on Friday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m., and Colorado (4-1) on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m.
L, 1-6 --- MISSOURI
W, 5-2 --- IDAHO STATE
• Utah State women’s tennis posted a 1-1 home record last week with a 6-1 loss to Missouri and a 5-2 win against Idaho State. Against the Tigers, senior Nini Guensler posted USU’s only point with a win at the No. 1 singles position (6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3)). Against the Bengals, USU took the doubles point as Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath won at the first position (6-0) and sophomore Monika Van de Vondel and Jenna Kane won at the third position (7-6 (1)). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-0, 6-2), Van de Vondel won at the No. 3 spot (4-6, 6-4, 6-1), freshman Hannah Jones won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-4 and freshman Sophia Haleas won at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-4).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Feb. 8 --- COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 11 --- at Wyoming, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (12-10, 5-6) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts Colorado State (18-5, 10-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., and plays at Wyoming (17-5, 8-2) on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. Both games will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network, while all USU home games are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 9-17 all-time against CSU and 8-17 all-time against UW.
W, 81-69 --- at Nevada
W, 65-63 --- BOISE STATE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week with an 81-69 road win at Nevada and a 65-63 home win against Boise State. Against the Wolf Pack, freshman guard Eliza West led the Aggies with 16 points, while sophomore guard Rachel Brewster scored 14 points, freshman forward Hailey Bassett scored 13 points and fellow freshman forward Shannon Dufficy added 11 points. Dufficy added a team-best 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Overall, USU shot 50.8 percent (32-of-63) from the field, including 45.5 percent (5-of-11) from the 3-point line, and was 80.0 percent (12-of-15) from the free throw line. Nevada shot 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the field, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the arc and 77.3 percent (17-of-22) from the free throw line. Against the Broncos, Brewster was the top scorer for the Aggies with 19 points for her sixth-straight double-figure game. Just behind her, West and Dufficy had nine points apiece. Dufficy led the team with eight rebounds, while adding a career-high seven assists.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Feb. 10 --- at Southern Utah, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (5-2, 2-0) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference road meet at Southern Utah (2-1, 0-1) on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.
W, 195.850-194.850 --- BYU
• Utah State recorded its 500th win in program history last weekend with a 195.850-194.850 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference home win against BYU as it recorded season-high team scores on vault (48.975), bars (49.025) and floor (49.200), along with a score of 48.650 on beam. USU captured three of the four individual titles on the night, as sophomore Madison Ward took the vault crown with a career-best 9.850 and won the floor with a career-high-tying 9.900, while senior Keri Peel won the bars with a career-best 9.875. On vault, junior Miranda Hone (9.800) and freshman Jazmyn Estrella (9.800) tied for third with personal best scores. On bars, senior Bailey McIntire had a season-high 9.825 to tie for third. On beam, freshman Elle Golison placed third with a 9.800, Peel took fourth with a 9.775 and McIntire tied for fifth with a 9.750. And on floor, Golison took third with a career-high-tying 9.850, while Estrella and McIntire tied for fourth with 9.825s. For Estrella, it was a personal best.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11 --- at Arkansas Invitational, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 10-11 --- at New Mexico Invitational, All Day
Sat., Feb. 11 --- at Boise State Team Challenge, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams continue their respective 2017 seasons this weekend at three meets as it will compete in both the Arkansas-hosted Tyson Invitational and the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11, and at the Boise State Team Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 11.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Utah State’s track and field teams collected seven event titles last weekend at the Boise State-Hosted Jacksons/New Balance Invitational. On the men’s side, senior AJ Boully won both the 60m hurdles and 200m with times of 8.06 and 21.44, respectively. Boully’s 200m time ranks 10th all-time in school history. Sophomore Leaugen Fray won the high jump by clearing a personal-best height of 2.11m (6-11), which ranks tied for sixth all-time in USU history. Additionally, Fray won the long jump with a leap of 7.41m (24-3.75), which is tied for the fourth-best spot in school history. In other Aggie men’s action, freshman Michael Bluth won the 400m with a time of 47.58. On the women’s side, sophomore Brenn Flint won the shot put with a personal-best toss of 14.92m (48-11.50), moving her to fifth all-time in USU history. Flint has now won the shot put in four-straight meets. Senior Christine Van Brocklin-Parker pulled away to win the women’s 800m with a time of 2:14.93, giving the Aggies their final total of seven event winners.
NTS --- at New Mexico Classic
• Utah State’s group of multi-eventers made great strides as sophomore Alyssa Hirschi and freshman Niki Xydona placed seventh and eighth, respectively, at the New Mexico Collegiate Track & Field Classic last weekend. Hirschi is now ranked eighth all-time in USU history after she placed seventh in the pentathlon with 3,482 points. Hirschi’s highlights include a third-place tie in the high jump (1.64m/5-4.50), a fifth-place finish in the 800m (2:27.99) and a seventh-place mark in the shot put (10.10m/33-1.75). Additionally, Xydona moved to ninth all-time in school history as she placed eighth in the pentathlon with 3,463 points. Xydona’s best marks included a tie for third in the high jump (1.64m/5-4.50), a fourth-place leap in the long jump (5.42m/17-9.50) and an eighth-place finish in the 60m hurdles (9.22).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 10 --- at Arizona, 2 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 11 --- vs. Marquette, Tucson, Ariz., 10 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 11 --- vs. Grand Canyon, Tucson, Ariz., 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (4-3, 0-0) continues its 2017 spring season this week as it travels to Tucson, Ariz., for three matches. USU will begin the weekend by playing at Arizona (2-1) on Friday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. (MT), followed by matches against Marquette (4-1) and Grand Canyon (5-2) on Saturday, Feb. 11, starting at 10 a.m. (MT).
W, 4-1 --- vs. Wichita State, Fort Worth, Texas
W, 4-3 --- at #12 TCU
• Utah State men’s tennis posted a 2-0 record away from home last weekend as it defeated Wichita State, 4-1, and upset No. 12 TCU, 4-3, to win the ITA Kick-Off Weekend Regional and advance to next month’s ITA National Indoor Championship. Against the Shockers, USU lost the doubles point, but junior Kai Wehnelt and sophomore Samuel Serrano won at the No. 1 spot (6-1). In singles, junior Jack Swindells won at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-3), junior Jaime Barajas won at the No. 3 spot (6-0, 2-6, 6-2), freshman Sergiu Bucur won at the No. 4 spot (7-6 (2), 6-2), and sophomore Jonas Maier won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-0). Against the Horned Frogs, the Aggies lost the doubles point. In singles, Jack Swindells won at the No. 2 spot (7-5, retired), Bucur won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 4-6, 7-5), Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-7, 6-4, 6-0) and Maier won at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-1).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
at Easton Invitational, Fullerton, Calif.
Fri., Feb. 10 --- vs. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. (MT)
Fri., Feb. 10 --- vs. North Dakota State, 3 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 11 --- vs. Loyola Marymount, 3:30 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 11 --- at CS Fullerton, 7:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 12 --- vs. Loyola Marymount, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s softball team (0-0) will begin its 2017 season in Fullerton, Calif., this weekend with five games at the CS Fullerton-hosted Easton Invitational. USU will begin the tournament with a pair of games on Friday, Feb. 10 against Pacific (0-0) and North Dakota State (0-0) at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU will then face Loyola Marymount (0-0) and host CS Fullerton (0-0) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (MT), followed by its final game of the tournament against Loyola Marymount (0-0) on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. (MT).
• Utah State returns five starters and 13 total letterwinners from last year’s team that ended the season with a 26-25 record, including a 12-12 mark in Mountain West play. Among USU’s top returners are all-conference honorees in senior 3B/2B Victoria Saucedo and junior outfielder Jazmin Clarke, who each earned second-team accolades a year ago. Saucedo hit .325 a year ago, tallying 49 hits including 12 home runs which tied the single-season record. She also had a team-high 44 RBIs on the year. Clarke was second on the team at the plate, hitting .351 with 34 hits. She set a new stolen base record with 25 during the season. In the circle, the Aggies return three experienced pitchers. Senior April Brown led the team with a 3.79 ERA last season, while sophomore Katie Schroeder posted a team-best 7-1 record. Along with the returning members of the team, the Aggies welcome six newcomers to the squad.
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