WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Feb. 10 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
Utah State men's basketball (13-10, 6-5) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a Mountain West home game as it hosts Nevada (7-15, 3-7) on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) (MT). USU is 34-15 all-time against the Wolf Pack, including a 17-3 home record.
L, 63-68 --- BOISE STATE
W, 63-60 --- at New Mexico
Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 68-63 home loss to Boise State and a 63-60 road win at New Mexico. Against the Broncos, redshirt freshman forward David Collette scored 17 points, junior guard Chris Smith scored 16 points, sophomore wing Jalen Moore scored 15 points and junior guard Darius Perkins had 13 points. USU finished the game shooting 48.1 percent (25-52), including 31.6 percent from three-point range (6-19), and 58.3 percent at the free throw line (7-12). BSU shot 46.3 percent (25-54), including 44.0 percent from behind the arc (11-25) and 53.8 percent at the charity stripe (7-13). Against the Lobos, Moore scored 19 points, Smith had 13 points, Perkins had 10 points and six assists, and Collette recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 47.2 percent (25-53), including 30.4 percent from three-point range (7-23) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (6-10). UNM shot 43.4 percent (23-53), including 20.0 percent from behind the arc (3-15) and 64.7 percent at the charity stripe (11-17).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 13 --- at #15 Boise State, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (4-2, 1-2) continues its 2015 season this week with a dual meet at No. 15 Boise State on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
W, 194.725-192.075 --- SEATTLE PACIFIC
Utah State won a dual meet against Seattle Pacific last weekend by a final score of 194.725-192.075. USU recorded a 48.900 on vault, a season-high 48.825 on bars, a 48.125 on beam and a season-high 48.875 on floor. Junior McKinzey Martinez won the all-around with her career-high score of 39.300 (vault: 9.800, bars: 9.850, beam: 9.800, floor: 9.850), while senior Sarah Landes took second with a 39.125 (vault: 9.725, bars: 9.800, beam: 9.800, floor: 9.800), and sophomore Bailey McIntire took fourth with a 38.400 (vault: 9.750, bars: 9.725, beam: 9.200, floor: 9.725). Junior Miranda Kerr won the vault event title with a season-high 9.850, and Martinez took third on the event with a 9.800, ahead of redshirt sophomore Hayley Sanzotti who put up a career-high 9.775 to tie for fourth. Martinez won the uneven bars title with a 9.850, Landes took second with a 9.800, and senior Kaitlyn Betts took third with a 9.775. Sanzotti claimed the balance beam title with a career-high 9.875, while Landes and Martinez tied for second with a 9.800. Martinez won the floor title with a career-high 9.850, Landes took second with a 9.800, and redshirt freshman Keri Peel put up a career-high score of 9.750 to tie for fourth.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Feb. 11 --- at Nevada, 7:30 p.m. (MT)
Utah State women's basketball (6-1, 3-8) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a Mountain West road game at Nevada (6-15, 2-8) on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. (MT). USU is 11-10 all-time against the Wolf Pack. Live streaming of the game is available at utahstateaggies.tv.
L, 55-94 --- at Boise State
L, 51-56--- NEW MEXICO
Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West record last week with 94-55 loss at Boise State and a 56-51 home loss to New Mexico. Against the Broncos, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu led the Aggies with 21 points. USU finished the game shooting 30.9 percent (21-68), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (9-11). BSU shot 47.7 percent (31-65), including 48.4 percent from behind the arc (15-31) and 81.0 percent at the charity stripe (17-21). Against the Lobos, senior forward Jasmine Porter scored 14 points and Nakkasoglu had 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 36.7 percent (18-49), including 22.2 percent from three-point range (2-9) and 86.7 percent at the free throw line (13-15). UNM shot 33.9 percent (19-56), including 30.8 percent from behind the arc (4-13) and 73.7 percent at the charity stripe (14-19).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Feb. 13 --- NORTHERN COLORADO, 11 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (9-2, 1-0) continues its 2015 spring season with one match this week as it hosts Northern Colorado on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
W, 5-2 --- at Grand Canyon
W, 6-1 --- vs. Northern Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
L, 3-4 --- at Arizona
Utah State posted a 2-1 road record last week with wins against Grand Canyon (5-2) and Northern Arizona (6-1), followed by a loss at Arizona (4-3). Against the Antelopes, USU took the doubles point as senior Marcus Fritz and sophomore Dennis Baumgartner won at the first position (6-1) and sophomore Sebastian Schneider and freshman Jaime Barajas won at the third position (6-3). In singles, Barajas won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-2, 6-3), Baumgartner won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-3), sophomore Karan Salwan won in three sets at the No. 3 spot (0-6, 7-5, 10-8), and Schneider won in straight sets at the No 6 spot (6-1, 6-4). Against the Lumberjacks, Fritz and Baumgartner won at the first doubles position (6-0) and Salwan and Schneider won at the third position (6-3) as USU won the doubles point. In singles, sophomore Jack Swindells won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-2), Baumgartner won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-3), Salwan won in straight sets at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-1), Barajas won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-4) and Schneider won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-4). Against the Wildcats, Baumgartner won in straight sets at the No. 2 singles spot (6-4, 6-4), Barajas won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-4), and Schneider won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (7-5, 6-3).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur., Feb. 12 --- at UW-Green Bay, 7 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 14 --- vs. Akron, Madison, Wis., 12 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 15 --- at Wisconsin, 9 a.m. (MT)
Utah State women's tennis (4-2, 0-0) continues its 2015 spring season this week with three road matches as it plays at Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. (MT), vs. Akron in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 12 p.m. (MT), and at Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. (MT).
L, 2-5 --- at Iowa State
L, 1-6 --- at Iowa
Utah State posted on 0-2 road record last week with losses at Iowa State (5-2) and at Iowa (6-1). Against the Cyclones, USU lost the doubles point, but senior McKenzie Davis and freshman Maggie O'Meara won their match at the second position (6-3). In singles play, Davis won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-3) and freshman Meghan Lyall won in straight sets at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 7-6). Against the Hawkeyes, Davis and O'Meara won their doubles match at the second position (6-3). In singles play, sophomore Nini Guensler won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (7-5, 6-3). Also competing for the Aggies during the week were junior Kallie Sperry, sophomore Lexi Turley and freshman Sabrina Demerath.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 13-14 --- at New Mexico Invitational, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Feb. 13-14 --- at Washington Invitational, All Day
Sat., Feb. 14 --- at Boise State Invitational, All Day
Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2015 season this weekend at three different meets as members of the team will compete at the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Invitational and at the Washington hosted Husky Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 13-14, while other members will compete at the Boise State Team Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 14.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
NTS --- at New Mexico Classic
Utah State's men and women's track and field team had total 18 top-five finishers at the Boise State hosted Jackson's Invitational and at the New Mexico Classic last weekend. In addition to its 18 top-five finishes, USU also had six individuals win event titles including senior Chari Hawkins winning the pentathlon by scoring 4,059 points, while senior Nic Bowens won the 60m (6.74) and the 200m (21.06) by breaking his own school record time in the 200m. Junior Parker Bluth won the 400m (47.50) and freshman Clay Lambourne won the 800m with a time of 1:50.64, which leads the Mountain West. Sophomore Colby Wilson finished first in the mile (4:17.33) and junior Kevin Allen placed first in the shot put 5.92m (52-02.75). Other top performances for the Aggie men included senior Jacob Bautista placing third in the 60m (6.89) and third in the 200m (21.58). Freshman Bryson Stout finished fifth in the 60m (6.97) and fifth in the 200m (22.06), and junior Tanner Hunt placed fifth in the 400m (48.53). On the women's side, sophomore Katelyn Zabriskie placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.69m (5-06.50), senior Melanie Heslop placed third in the weight throw with a toss of 17.29m (56-08.75), sophomore Kayla Lee finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 11.28m (37-00.25), and senior Amber Thompson finished fourth in the pole vault with a height of 3.80m (12-05.50).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 13-15 --- at UNLV Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic
Fri., Feb. 13 --- vs. Hawai'i, 12:15 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 14 --- vs. #7 UCLA, 12:15 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 14 --- vs. Long Beach State, 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 15 --- vs. Indiana, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 15 --- vs. CS Northridge, 12:15 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's softball team (0-4, 0-0) continues its 2015 season this weekend at the UNLV hosted Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic. USU will begin the tournament against Hawai'i (3-1) on Friday, Feb. 13 at 12:15 p.m. (MT). USU will then play both No. 7 UCLA (4-2) and Long Beach State (3-2) on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 12:15 p.m. (MT) and 2:30 p.m. (MT), respectively, before concluding the tournament against Indiana (1-4) and CS Northridge (4-1) on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. (MT) and 12:15 p.m. (MT), respectively.
L, 0-3 --- at Iowa State
L, 4-6 --- vs. South Dakota State
L, 7-10 --- at Iowa State
L, 6-7 --- vs. South Dakota State
Utah State opened the 2015 season with an 0-4 record at the Iowa State Indoor Tournament last weekend, falling twice to both host Iowa State (3-0, 10-7) and South Dakota State (6-4, 7-6). Junior Noelle Johnson, sophomore Alleyah Armendariz and freshman Jordyn McCracken each saw time in the circles, compiling a combined earned run average of 7.92. The three tallied 13 strikeouts on the weekend. At the plate, junior outfielder Sarah Chow led the Aggies, batting .500 with seven hits in 14 at bats. In her first-career at bat in Sunday's loss to SDSU, freshman catcher/third baseman Brina Buttacavoli hit a grand slam, homering to left field. With her four RBI, Buttacavoli matched Armendariz for the most runs brought in between the four games. Armendariz, senior outfielder Amburlyn Orozco and senior third baseman Nicole Arata each tallied three runs, leading the team. Starting all four games, senior first baseman Hailey Froton led the team in putouts with 26.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon-Tues., Feb. 9-10 --- at Southern Utah Invite, St. George, Utah, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2015 spring season on Monday, Feb. 9 at the 11th 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 13-team field includes Boise State, Cal State Northridge, College of Charleston, Dixie State, Long Beach State, North Dakota, Northern Kentucky, Oral Roberts, Utah State, Utah Valley, Weber State, Westminster and host Southern Utah. Scheduled to compete for the Aggies will be seniors Grahm Schmaltz and Zach Waxler, juniors Brennan Coburn and Seokwon Jeon, and sophomore McCoy Willey, while fellow sophomore Eli Rogers will compete as an individual. During its fall season, Utah State played in five tournaments with its best finish coming at the Weber State hosted Battle in the Tetons as USU finished first out of six teams with a 7-under 857 (294-276-287) for its first tournament win since 2009. Sophomore Tanner Jenson led Utah State during the fall season as he had a stroke average of 72.50 over 14 rounds, including a second-place finish at the Battle in the Tetons with a collegiate-best 6-under 210 (74-64-72). Jeon had a stroke average of 73.00 over 14 rounds last fall, Schmaltz had a stroke average of 73.07 over 14 rounds, Coburn had a stroke average of 73.67 over three rounds, Willey had a stroke average of 74.36 over 14 rounds, Rogers had a stroke average of 76.00 over three rounds, and Waxler had a stroke average of 77.00 over 11 rounds. Last year, Utah State finished tied for fourth-place at the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational with an 8-over 584 (297-287). Individually, Jeon tied for third-place with a 4-under 140 (70-70) and Coburn tied for 45th with a 10-over 154 (77-77).
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