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Utah State Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's tennis and gymnastics all in action.
Utah State's winter sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's tennis and gymnastics all in action.

Feb. 8, 2010

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UTAH STATE WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 8, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Feb. 11 --- at Boise State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (18-6, 8-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with games at Boise State (11-12, 2-8) on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., and at San Jose State (12-11, 5-6) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 23-8 all-time against the Broncos which includes a 6-7 road record, and 43-21 all-time against the Spartans which includes a 11-11 road record.

Last Week
W, 80-62--- IDAHO
W, 76-65--- NEVADA
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Idaho (80-62) and Nevada (76-65) at home. Against the Vandals, junior reserve guard Brian Green had 16 points, while junior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Senior guard Jared Quayle and junior guard Pooh Williams also scored in double-figures as both finished the game with 11 points. USU shot 57.1 percent (28-49) for the game, including 50.0 percent from three-point range (8-16) and 84.2 percent at the free throw line (16-19). UI shot 49.1 percent (27-55) overall, 30.8 percent from behind the arc (4-13) and just 40.0 percent at the charity stripe (4-10). Against the Wolf Pack, Wesley led USU with 19 points and nine boards, while Williams had 16 points and four assists. Sophomore forward Brady Jardine added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while Quayle had 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Utah State shot just 39.7 percent from the field (27-68), but had a season-high tying 43 rebounds, including a season-high 21 on the offensive end. USU also shot 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and a season-high 88.9 percent at the free throw line (16-18). Nevada finished the game shooting 44.1 percent overall (26-59), including 87.5 percent at the free throw line (7-8), but just 30.0 percent from behind the arc (6-20).

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This 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) returns to action this week with three matches as it hosts Weber State on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at Noon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. USU will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev., and play UNLV on Friday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. (MT) and UC Riverside on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. (MT).

Last Competition
L, 3-4--- GONZAGA
• Utah State dropped its home opener to Gonzaga, 4-3, on Jan. 30. 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).

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Thur., Feb. 11 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13 --- at Nevada, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (11-10, 3-5) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at San Jose State (5-17, 1-8) on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. (MT), and at Nevada (13-10, 7-2) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 6-4 all-time against the Spartans and 5-7 all-time against the Wolf Pack. USU defeated SJSU, 65-54, and lost to UN, 69-58, at home earlier this year.

Last Week
L, 54-74 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan netted a game-high 17 points off the bench, one shy of her career-high, while fellow junior guard Amber White scored 10 points in Utah State's 74-54 home loss to Louisiana Tech Saturday. USU was 19-of-59 (.322) field goal shooting, hitting 4-of-19 (.211) from three-point range, with Pringle-Buchanan tying a career-high by draining three treys. The Aggies were also 11-of-15 (.733) at the free throw line. The Lady Techsters tallied 39.7 percent (25-63) from the floor, making half of their three-pointers (7-14). LTU was 17-of-24 (.708) at the charity stripe.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Wed., Feb. 17 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 20 --- MESA STATE, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (3-4) will take the week off before returning to action on Wednesday, Feb. 17 when it hosts Weber State in its home opener at 12 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. USU will then host Mesa State on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.

Last Week
W, 7-0--- vs. Lewis-Clark Sate, Boise, Idaho
L, 3-4--- at Boise State
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it defeated Lewis-Clark State, 7-0, and lost at No. 29 Boise State, 4-3. Junior Alex Thatcher went 2-0 during the week at No. 4 singles, while senior Amit Maharaj went 2-0 at No. 5 singles and junior Nikita Ryashchenko posted a 2-0 record at No. 6 singles. Junior Jakob Asplund went 1-1 at No. 1 singles, while freshman Sven Poslusny was 1-1 at No. 2 singles and junior Bryan Marchant had a 1-1 record at No. 3 singles.

MEN'S GOLF
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 8-9 --- at Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invite, St. George, Utah, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2010 spring season on Monday, Feb. 8 at the sixth annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Southern Utah University. The two-day, 36-hole tournament will be held at the Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George, Utah. The tournament will play at par-72 over the 6,758-yard layout.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Sat., Feb. 13--- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Sat., Feb. 13--- at Washington Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2010 season this weekend at a pair of meets as members of the team will compete at the Boise State Invitational and others will compete at the University of Washington Invitational. Both meets will be on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Last Week
NTS --- at New Mexico Classic
• Utah State track and field collected two men's titles and three women's top-three finishing at the New Mexico Classic Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M., highlighted by junior Mike Pyrtle's USU record-setting performance in winning the 60m. Pyrtle was joined in the title collecting by junior Clint Silcock in the high jump. Pyrtle set a new Utah State school record in winning the 60m in 6.69. Pyrtle's time is an NCAA provisional mark, as well as the fastest in the WAC and a new personal-record. Pyrtle's mark betters the Utah State school record in the 60m by .03, as the previous mark was held by DJ Smith in 2006 of 6.72. Silcock won the high jump clearing 2.14m (7-00.25), tying his season and WAC-best mark. Silcock and Pyrtle are the only Aggies to hold NCAA provisional marks thus far this season. Also doing well for the USU men's team was senior Dylan Nielson, who finished third in the 60m hurdles clocking in at 8.09, which is third-fastest in the WAC. Junior Joe Canavan finished third in the weight throw setting a new PR distance of 18.16m (59-07.00). On the women's side, three Aggies collected top-three finishes, led by senior Erin Stratton, who finished second in the mile, clocking in at 5:05.57. Freshman Bri Campbell took second in the high jump clearing 1.68m (5-06.00). Senior Ashlee Cannon finished third in the 60m hurdles clocking in at a new season-best 8.62.

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Feb. 12 --- at Utah, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-7, 0-1) will continue its 2010 season with dual meet at Utah on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
3rd, 190.475 --- at Brigham Young / vs. Denver • Utah State finished third in a tri-meet with Brigham Young and 20th-ranked Denver Friday night at BYU's Smith Fieldhouse. The Aggies scored a 190.475 final, while DU won with a 195.050 and BYU was second with a 194.975. USU scored a 47.575 on bars, a 47.250 on beam, a season-best 48.550 on floor and a 47.150 on vault for a total score of 190.475. Senior Heather Heinrich was USU's top all-arounder, finishing third with a season-high 38.675. Junior Lyndsie Boone was fourth in the all-round with a 38.275 while sophomore Chelsea Marquardt was fifth with a career-high 37.950. Sophomore Haley Hogan and freshman Amanda Watamaniuk competed in the all-around for the first time in their collegiate careers, with Watamaniuk finishing sixth with a 37.175 and Hogan placing seventh with a 36.975.

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