Feb. 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Feb. 14 --- DENVER, 7 p.m. (KMYU TV)
Sat., Feb. 16 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah State men's basketball (17-5, 8-4) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games against Denver (15-8, 11-2) on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., and against New Mexico State (17-8, 11-2) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. The game against DU will be televised regionally on KMYU, while the game against NMSU will be televised nationally on ESPNU. USU is 54-36 all-time against the Pioneers including a 19-4 home record, and 35-30 all-time against the Southern Aggies including a 22-8 home record.
W, 63-36 --- at San Jose State
Utah State went 1-0 last week with a 63-36 road win at San Jose State. Junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his fifth-straight double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while junior center Jarred Shaw and freshman point guard Marcel Davis each scored 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 51.9 percent (27-52), including 47.1 percent from three-point range (8-17) and 33.3 percent at the free throw line (1-3). SJSU shot 26.5 percent (13-49), including 20.0 percent from three (4-20) and 66.7 percent at the line (6-9).
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 15-17 --- at Arizona Tournament
Fri., Feb. 15 --- vs. Purdue, 9 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 15 --- vs. Southern Utah, 11 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 --- vs. Drake, 9 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 --- vs. Nebraska, 11 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 17 --- at Arizona, 1 p.m.
Utah State softball (0-5) will continue its 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 at the Arizona hosted Hillenbrand Invitational against Purdue at 9 a.m., and against Southern Utah at 11 a.m. On Saturday, Utah State will play Drake and Nebraska at 9 and 11 a.m., respectively, and USU will conclude the tournament on Sunday against host Arizona at 1 p.m. (MT).
Red Desert Classic, St. George, Utah
L, 0-10 (5) --- vs. #6 Tennessee
L, 3-4 --- vs. Colorado State
L, 0-3 --- vs. Loyola Marymount
L, 1-4 --- at Southern Utah
L, 4-5 --- vs. South Dakota
Utah State went 0-5 last week as it began its 2013 season at the Southern Utah hosted Red Desert Classic with losses to No. 6 Tennessee (10-0), Colorado State (4-3), Loyola Marymount (3-0), Southern Utah (4-1) and South Dakota (5-4). Junior infielder Kassandra Uchida hit .500 (5-10) during the tournament, including a 2-for-3 performance against Southern Utah with two singles, a walk and one run scored. Along with her team-leading five hits, Uchida also drew four walks during the tournament and finished with a .643 on-base percentage.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Feb. 14 --- at Denver, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 --- at New Mexico State, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (13-10, 10-2) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at Denver (11-13, 6-7) on Thursday, Feb. 14 and at New Mexico State (9-14, 3-10) on Saturday, Feb. 16 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 1-0 all-time against the Pioneers and 16-18 all-time against NMSU.
W, 87-54 --- SAN JOSE STATE
Utah State went 1-0 last week with an 87-54 home win against San Jose State. Junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 17 points to become USU's all-time leading scorer with 1,362 career points. Senior guard Cristal Turner added a season-high 11 points to go along with junior guard Jennifer Schlott's 11 points. Freshman guard Makenlee Williams added 14 points, and sophomore center Franny Vaaulu and freshman guard Stephanie Bairstow each had 10 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 42.4 percent (36-85), including 37.9 percent from three-point range (11-29) and 57.1 percent at the free throw line (4-7). SJSU shot just 26.2 percent (16-61), including 23.1 percent from behind the arc (3-13) and 54.3 percent at the charity stripe (19-35).
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Fri., Feb. 15 --- at San Jose State / vs. Brown, 8 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (2-4, 0-1) continues its 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 15 as it travels to San Jose, Calif., to compete in a tri-meet with San Jose State and Brown at 8 p.m. (MT).
W, 193.575-193.200 --- AIR FORCE
Claiming all but one event title, Utah State gymnastics earned its second win of the season with a 193.575-193.200 victory against Air Force. The Aggies recorded a 48.825 on vault, 48.150 on bars, 48.275 on beam and 48.325 on floor for their winning total of 193.575. The Falcons notched a 48.550 on bars, 47.950 on vault, 48.700 on floor and 48.000 on beam for their total of 193.200. For the third week in a row, sophomore Sarah Landes won the all-around competition with a score of 39.150. Air Force's Katie Hawthorne took second place with a 38.675 with the Falcons' Jessica Hanner finishing third with a 38.575. Freshman Hayley Sanzotti finished fourth with a 38.500, while junior Paige Jones finished seventh with a 37.900. Individually, Landes and Jones tied for the No. 1 spot on vault with scores of 9.850, while freshman Kinzey Martinez notched a 9.800, securing third place. For the third week in a row, Martinez claimed an event win, finishing first on bars with a 9.775. Landes was part of a three-way tie for second on bars with a 9.750. Aggie freshman Stefanie Daley claimed her first event title with a win on beam with her career-best 9.875, while Landes finished second with a 9.800. Additionally, Landes took second place on floor with a 9.750.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 21-23 --- at WAC Championships, Albuquerque, N.M.
Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season in two weeks when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the WAC Championships. USU's women won the 2012 WAC Indoor Championship, while the Aggie men placed second.
NTS --- at Boise State Team Challenge
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
NTS --- at Washington Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track and field teams won three events as part of 16 top-six finishes at the Boise State Team Challenge. A handful of long-distance runners also competed for USU at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Winning their event for the Aggie women at Boise State was sophomore Brittany Bushman with a personal-best time of 5:10.38 in the mile race, along with fellow sophomore Jodi Williams who tied her career-best height of 1.75m (5-08.75) to win her third-straight high jump event title. Junior Jacob Bautista Jr. represented the Utah State men at the top of the podium in the 60m dash with a personal-best time of 7.10 to win his first event since transferring to USU from Sacramento City College. Bautista Jr. also tabbed a third-place finish in the 200m with a career-best time of 22.50. Freshman Tylee Newman led Utah State at the Husky Classic by winning her heat in the women's mile race and placing second overall with the third-fastest time in school history (4:47.97). The time is also the second-best time in the event in the Western Athletic Conference this season. Other top-six placers for the Aggie women at the Boise State Team Challenge included junior Aubriann Bosen who placed fourth in the 60m hurdles (9.34), freshman Amanda Stoudt who finished fifth in the mile race (5:21.55), as well as freshman Kelsey Girardelli and sophomore Ashley Robison who placed third and fourth in the 3,000m with times of 10:23.73 and 10:27.82, respectively. Placing third for the Utah State men was sophomore Chris Martinez in the 3,000m race (8:41.87), as sophomore Tom Derr followed closely behind to finish in fifth-place (8:51.18). Freshman Tyler Stephens clocked a time of 8.90 in the 60m hurdles, which was good enough for fourth-place, while sophomores Drew Povey and CJ O'Neal, as well as freshman Camden Gillins placed fifth in the 800m, triple jump and long jump events with marks of 1:55.48, 12.34 (40-06.00) and 6.19m (20-03.75), respectively. Freshman Tyler Roberts rounded out the top-six performances for the USU men as he placed sixth in the mile with a time of 4:24.67.
Utah State's athletes also collected five top-six finishes at two meets on Friday, including the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Invitational and the Washington hosted Husky Classic. Junior Bryce Hall was the top placer for the Aggies as he recorded a mark of 17.74m (58-02.50) to finish third in the men's weight throw at the Albuquerque Convention Center, while sophomore Rachel Orr led the USU women by finishing in a tie for fourth-place in the high jump after tying her personal-best mark of 1.73m (5-08.00). Sophomore Nic Bowens had a record day as he ran the second-fastest time in school history (21.35) to claim fourth-place in the men's 200m. Bowens continued his historic night as he and senior Will Henry finished fifth and sixth with times of 6.78 and 6.79, respectively, in the men's 60m dash. With the times in the 60m, Bowens moves up to tie senior Silas Pimentel for the fifth fastest time in school history in the event, while Henry moves up to sixth-place. USU only had one long-distance runner compete on Friday at the Husky Classic as junior Kyle McKenna clocked a time of 14:27.25 to finish 37th out of 84 runners in the men's 5,000m race.
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 this week as 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 at BYU, 6-1, in its last competition two weeks ago. 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: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Sat., Feb. 16 --- IDAHO, 9:30 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 --- MESA STATE, 3:30 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (2-5, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season this week with a pair of home matches as it hosts Idaho and Mesa State on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club. USU will begin the day against the Vandals in a Western Athletic Conference match at 9 a.m., and then play the Mavericks at 3 p.m.
W, 4-3 --- WEBER STATE
W, 5-2 --- MONTANA STATE
L, 1-6 --- at Utah
Utah State posted a 2-1 record last week with home wins against Weber State (4-3) and Montana State (5-2), while losing at Utah (6-1). Against the Wildcats, senior Sven Poslusny won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-2), junior Fredrik Peterson won in three sets at No. 2 singles (7-6, 3-6, 7-6), and sophomore Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (7-6, 6-1). In doubles play, Poslusny and sophomore Marcus Fritz posted an 8-6 win at the first position, while Sweet and junior Andrew Whiting notched an 8-7 win at the third position as the Aggies claimed the doubles point. Against the Bobcats, Poslunsy posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-1), Peterson won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (7-6, 6-2), Sweet won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-4), and sophomore Tanner Dance won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (7-6, 6-4). USU also won two doubles matches to claim that point as Poslusny and Fritz posted an 8-3 win at the first position, and Sweet and Whiting recorded an 8-4 victory at the third position. At the second position, Peterson and sophomore partner Sean Levesque's match was left unfinished. Against the Utes, USU won the doubles point as Levesque and Peterson posted an 8-4 win at the second position, and Sweet and Whiting notched an 8-6 win at the third position. Other Aggies to compete during the week include junior Curran Wearmouth.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 11-12 --- at Southern Utah Invitational, All Day
Sun.-Tues., Feb. 17-19 --- at CS Fullerton Invitational, All Day
Utah State men's golf will begin its 2013 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 11-12 in St. George, Utah at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational. The two-day tournament will be held at the Sunbrook Golf Club. 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 tied for third-place out of eight teams. Junior Tanner Higham led Utah State during the fall season as he had a stroke average of 73.47 in 15 rounds including a career-best second-place finish at the U.S. Air Force hosted Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. USU will then return to action on Sunday, Feb. 17 when it travels to City of Industry, Calif., to compete in the CS Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational which concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
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