LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 8, 2016
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Feb. 9 --- NEW MEXICO, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
• Utah State men’s basketball (11-11, 3-8) continues Mountain West play this week with a home game against New Mexico (14-9, 7-3) on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 20-8 all-time against the Lobos, including a 5-2 home record.
L, 67-70 --- at Boise State
L, 65-84 --- at Wyoming
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West road record last week with a 70-67 loss at Boise State and an 84-65 loss at Wyoming. Against the Broncos, senior guard Chris Smith scored 20 points, while junior wing Jalen Moore and junior guard Shane Rector each added 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (25-of-50), including 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from 3-point range and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) at the free throw line. BSU shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62), including 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from behind the arc and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) at the charity stripe. Against the Cowboys, Moore had 17 points, Smith had 13 points and redshirt freshman forward Quinn Taylor had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 48.1 percent (25-of-52), including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from 3-point range and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) at the free throw line. UW shot 50.0 percent (28-of-56), including 52.6 percent (20-of-38) from behind the arc and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur., Feb. 11 --- at #51 Utah, 5 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 13 --- IOWA STATE, 2 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 14 --- GRAND CANYON, 12 p.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (2-2, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season with three matches this week as it plays at No. 51 Utah (2-2) on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m., hosts Iowa State (4-1) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m., and hosts Grand Canyon (3-3) on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Noon. Both home matches will be played at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
L, 1-6 --- #69 DENVER
• Utah State posted an 0-1 home record last week with a 6-1 loss to No. 69 Denver. Denver took the doubles point and in singles, sophomore Sabrina Demerath won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-3) for USU’s only point of the match. Also competing for the Aggies were juniors Nini Guensler and Ekaterina Tugarinova, sophomores Maggie O’Meara and Meghan Lyall, and freshmen Monika Van de Vondel and Jenna Kane.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Feb. 10 --- at New Mexico, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (11-11, 6-5) continues Mountain West action this week with a road game at New Mexico (11-10, 4-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. All-time, USU is 6-12 against the Lobos. All conference games will be streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network through Campus Insiders.
L, 58-63 --- BOISE STATE
W, 84-75 --- WYOMING
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West home record last week with a 63-58 loss to Boise State and an 84-75 win against Wyoming. Against the Broncos, sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu had 19 points, freshman guard Katie Toole scored 14 points and freshman guard Rachel Brewster added 12 points, while freshman center Deja Mason tied the single-game school record with eight blocked shots. USU finished the game shooting 35.9 percent (23-of-64), including 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from 3-point range and 76.9 percent (10-of-13) at the free throw line. BSU shot 33.3 percent (22-of-66), including 15.8 percent (3-of-19) from behind the arc and 64.0 percent (16-of-25) at the charity stripe. Against the Cowgirls, Nakkasoglu scored 32 points and had eight assists, while Brewster added 11 points and Mason scored a career-high 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 43.5 percent (30-of-69), including 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from 3-point range and 74.1 percent (20-of-27) from the free throw line. UW shot 38.2 percent (29-of-76), including 34.2 percent (13-of-38) from behind the arc and 50.0 percent (4-of-8) at the charity stripe.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., Feb. 12 --- at #1 Oklahoma / vs. #12 Denver / vs. #17 George Washington, 5:45 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (3-2, 1-1 MRGC) will compete in the Oklahoma-hosted Perfect 10 Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12. Joining the No. 1 Sooners and Aggies are 12th-ranked Denver and 17th-ranked George Washington. The quad-meet is being held in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. (MT).
L, 195.000-196.675 --- at #13 Denver
• Despite a season-high road score, Utah State fell at No. 13 Denver 196.675-195.00 last weekend, which included a season-high 49.075 floor score. USU also scored a 48.850 on vault, a 48.325 on bars and a 48.750 on beam. DU scored a 49.925 on vault, a 49.300 on bars, a 49.125 on beam and 49.325 on floor. Junior Bailey McIntire placed second in the all-around with a 38.450. Freshman Madison Ward had a career-high 9.800 on bars to tie for sixth and tied her career high with 9.750 on vault, tying for sixth. Senior Michelle Yasukochi matched her career-high score of 9.825 to place third on vault. In the third rotation, three USU gymnasts either set or tied their career-high marks on floor. Martinez led the way with a career-best-tying 9.875 to tie for second on the event, while senior Jillian Chappel and sophomore Keri Peel matched their top scores with a 9.800 and 9.750, respectively, to place tied for eighth and 10th, respectively. Closing the meet on beam, USU was led by sophomore Melanie Oster, who tied her career-high score of 9.850, placing third.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sun., Feb. 14 --- #71 SOUTH ALABAMA, 9 a.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (4-3, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season this weekend with a home match against No. 71 South Alabama (6-2) on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
W, 7-0 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
W, 7-0 --- MONTANA STATE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with 7-0 wins against both Southern Utah and Montana State. Against the Thunderbirds, USU won the doubles point as sophomore Andrew Nakajima and freshman Luis Lopez won at the first position (6-1), junior Jack Swindells and freshman Romai Ugarte won at the second position (6-3) and sophomore Jaime Barajas and freshman Samuel Serrano won at the third position (6-1). In singles, Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-0, 6-0), Swindells won at the No. 2 spot (6-0, 6-0), Serrano won at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-0), Lopez won at the No. 4 spot (6-0, 6-1), Ugarte won at the No. 5 spot (6-0, 6-0) and Nakajima won at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-1). Against the Bobcats, USU took the doubles point as Swindells and Ugarte won at the second position (6-3) and Barajas and Serrano won at the third position (6-3). In singles, Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-2, 6-3), Swindells won at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-1), Serrano won at the No. 3 spot (6-4, 6-2), junior Daniel Echeverry won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-3), Lopez won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-0) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 6-3).
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 12-13 --- at New Mexico Invitational, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 12-13 --- at Washington Invitational, All Day
Sat., Feb. 13 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s indoor track & field teams will continue its 2016 season this weekend at a trio of meets as it will compete in the New Mexico Invitational and the Washington Husky Classic on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 12-13, and at the Boise State Team Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 13.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Utah State’s track & field teams continued their preparation for the conference championships by winning 11 events at the Boise State-hosted Jacksons/NB Indoor Invitational last weekend. In his first meet of the season, junior Jason Allred won the pole vault with a mark of 5.00m (16-04.75), which ranks 10th all-time in USU history. Other Aggie men to win events were senior Cole Lambourne in the 400m (47.56) and sophomore Tyler Roberts in both the mile (4:17.76) and 3,000m (8:38.37). Additionally, senior AJ Boully won the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.21. Leading the way for the USU women was Kaitlyn Wilcox who won the 400m. The senior recorded a season-best time of 56.25. Wilcox also led her 4x400m relay team of freshmen Kaylie King, Lexus Miller-Moylan and Whitney Wilcox to victory with a time of 3:59.62. Freshman Brenn Flint led the women’s shot-putters by placing first (14.39m/47-2.50), with sophomore Olivia Moriconi taking second (14.30m/46-11.00) and senior Maci Bingham coming in fourth (14.13m/46-4.25). Bingham also finished third in the weight throw with a heave of 17.55m (57-7). Anna Maki, a junior, rounded out the women’s event winners by recording a leap of 10.70m (35-1.25) in the triple jump. The Aggie men’s 4x400m relay team of seniors Parker Bluth and Lambourne, along with sophomores Brady Martin and Clay Lambourne won the relay with a time of 3:09.36. Kevin Allen, a senior, completed the Aggies list of title winners by seizing the top spot in the shot put (16.86m/55-3.75). Allen also took second in the weight throw with a toss of 16.64m (54-7.25).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 8-9 --- at Southern Utah Invite, St. George, Utah, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will begin its 2016 spring season on Monday, Feb. 8 at the 12th annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Southern Utah University. The two-day tournament will be held at the Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. The 36-hole tournament will be contested over the Point and Black Rock nines. The tournament will play at par-72 over the 6,781-yard layout. This year’s 10-team field includes Cal State Bakersfield, Dixie State, North Dakota, Northern Colorado, Utah, Utah Valley, Utah State, Weber State, Westminster and Southern Utah. Scheduled to compete for the Aggies will be senior Seokwon Jeon, juniors Tanner Jenson, Eli Rogers and McCoy Willey, and freshman Keifer Higham.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
at Arizona State Tournament
Thur., Feb. 11 --- vs. Virginia, 2 p.m. (MT)
Thur., Feb. 11 --- at Arizona State, 4:30 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Feb. 12 --- vs. CS Northridge, 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 13 --- vs. Indiana, 9:30 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 13 --- vs. Bradley, 1:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 14 --- vs. Maryland, 9 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s softball team (0-0) will begin its 2016 season in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend with six games at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic. USU will begin the tournament with a pair of games on Thursday, Feb. 11 against Virginia (0-0) and host Arizona State (0-0) at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU will then face CS Northridge (0-0) on Friday, Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. (MT), followed by games against Indiana (0-0) and Bradley (0-0) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU will conclude the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 14 against Maryland at 9 a.m. (MT). .
• Utah State returns six starters and nine letterwinners from last year’s team that ended the season 19-36 and 11-13 in Mountain West play. Leading the way for USU this spring is senior pitcher Noelle Johnson and senior outfielder Sarah Chow. Johnson was named first-team all-Mountain West last year, as she was recognized for her efforts both in the circle and at the plate. She started 30 games on the mound for the Aggies, while seeing time in 40 games and finishing the season with a 16-16 record. She ended the season ranked third in the Mountain West in both total strikeouts with 131 and innings pitched with 206.1. She was also ranked 10th in the league with a 4.04 ERA. Offensively, Johnson added a lot of power to the batting order, hitting .340 on the season. She was fourth in the league with a .704 slugging percentage and ranked sixth in doubles with 15, leading the team in both categories. Chow led the team at the plate last season, batting .413, the fourth-best single-season batting average in program history. With 64 hits in 155 at bats, Chow ended the season ranked seventh in the conference and 89th nationally. Chow was also the team leader in stolen bases with seven successful attempts on the year.
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