Weekly Aggie Update

Feb. 14, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 14, 2011

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

This Week
Wed., Feb. 16 --- MONTANA WESTERN, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 --- at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
• Utah State (23-3, 12-1) will play a pair of non-conference games this week as it hosts Montana Western (19-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., and then plays at Saint Mary's (22-4) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. (MT) as part of ESPNU BracketBusters. The game against the Bulldogs will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Comcast Ch. 6 and air on Thursday at 7 p.m., and its game against the Gaels will be televised nationally on ESPN2. USU is 1-0 all-time against Montana-Western and 4-3 all-time against Saint Mary's.

Last Week
L, 56-64 --- at Idaho
W, 71-55 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State went 1-1 last week as it had its 17-game winning streak snapped at Idaho with a 64-56 loss and then defeated Fresno State at home, 71-55. Against the Vandals, junior guard Brockeith Pane had 14 points, seven assists and two steals, while senior forward Tai Wesley posted his fifth double-double of the season and the 14th of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Tyler Newbold also scored in double-figures as he finished with 12 points. USU shot a season-low 33.8 percent (22-65), including just 17.9 percent from three-point range (5-28) and 53.8 percent at the free throw line (7-13). UI shot 42.3 percent overall (22-52) and 73.9 percent from the charity stripe (17-23), but was just 3-of-17 (.176) from three. Against the Bulldogs, senior forward Nate Bendall tied his season-high with 13 points and added eight rebounds, while senior guard Brian Green scored 13 points. Wesley finished the game with 10 points, eight rebounds and a season-high tying six assists, while senior guard Pooh Williams also had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 48.8 percent overall (21-43), including 43.8 percent from three (7-16) and 84.6 percent from the charity stripe (22-26). FS shot 41.7 percent from the field (20-48) and 64.7 percent at the free throw line (11-17), but was just 4-of-20 (.200) from behind the arc.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Fri., Feb. 18 --- at UNLV, 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev., 10 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (2-1, 0-1) returns to action on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18-19 when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete against UNLV and UC Riverside.

Last Competition
L, 1-6 --- BOISE STATE
W, 6-1 --- PORTLAND STATE
• Utah State went 1-1 two weeks ago in a pair of home matches as it lost to No. 39 Boise State (6-1) and defeated Portland State (6-1). Against the Broncos, senior Hailey Swenson was the only Aggie to notch a win at No. 2 singles (7-5, 5-7, 11-9). Against the Vikings, Swenson won at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich won at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-2), junior Romina Nedakovic won at No. 4 singles (6-0, 7-5), junior Julie Tukuafu won at No. 5 singles (6-3, 6-3), and junior Brianna Harris won at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-4). USU also won the doubles point as Swenson and Nedakovic posted an 8-2 win at the No. 1 spot, sophomore Jaclyn West teamed with Voytsekhovich for an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot, and Perry and Tukuafu notched an 8-0 win at the No. 3 spot.

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

This Week
Sat., Feb. 19 --- at Idaho, 8 p.m.
• Utah State (13-11, 7-4) will play just one game this week at Idaho (13-10, 6-5) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 7-12 all-time against the Vandals.

Last Week
W, 70-64 --- IDAHO
L, 63-81 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it defeated Idaho (70-64) at home and lost at Fresno State (81-63). Against the Vandals, sophomore center Banna Diop scored a career-high 22 points to go along with six rebounds, three blocked shots and two assists. Junior forward Ashlee Brown had 11 points and eight rebounds, and sophomore guard Devyn Christensen finished with 11 points. USU shot 39.3 percent overall (24-61), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23). UI shot 39.1 percent (18-46) for the game, including 56.3 percent from three (9-16) and 76.0 percent at the charity stripe (19-25). Against the Bulldogs, Brown scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Christensen scored 18 points to go along with a career-high six steals and five assists. USU shot 47.4 percent overall (27-57), but was just 2-of-12 (.167) from three-point range and 7-of-12 (.583) from the free throw line. FSU shot 50.8 percent (33-65), including 34.8 percent from behind the arc (8-23) and 63.6 percent at the free throw line (7-11).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Fri, Feb. 18 --- PORTLAND STATE, 12 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 --- NEVADA, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (6-3, 1-0) will play a pair of home matches this week as it hosts Portland State on Friday, Feb. 18 at 12 p.m., and Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- at UNLV
W, 6-1 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State went 1-1 in a pair of dual matches in Las Vegas last week as it lost to UNLV (6-1) and defeated UC Riverside (6-1). Against the Rebels, senior Jakob Asplund was the only Aggie to secure a point as he won at No. 2 singles (5-5, retired). Against the Highlanders, sophomore Sven Poslusny won at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-3), Asplund won at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-4), senior Bryan Marchant won at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-2), senior Alex Thatcher won at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-2), and senior Nikita Ryashchenko won at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-2). USU also secured the doubles point against UCR as Poslusny and Marchant posted an 8-5 win at the No. 1 spot, freshman Fredrik Peterson and Thatcher notched an 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot, and Asplund and Ryashchenko recorded an 8-6 win at the No. 3 spot.

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

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 14-15 --- at Southern Utah Invite, St. George, Utah, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will begin its 2011 spring season on Monday, Feb. 14 at the seventh 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. During its fall season, Utah State played in four tournaments, along with a dual against Southern Utah, and had two top 10 finishes including an eighth-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational hosted by Cal State Northridge during its last event of the season. Senior Tyson McFarland led Utah State during the fall season as he tied for third at the Purple & Red Invitational with a 5-under 211 (68-70-73) and then tied for sixth at the Bill Cullum Invitational with a 1-under 215 (73-69-73). In 11 rounds during the fall, McFarland had a stroke average of 72.00.

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

This Week
Fri., Feb. 18 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-9, 0-3) continues its 2011 season on Friday, Feb. 18 as it hosts Boise State at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 190.675-192.000 --- at Sacramento State
• Utah State lost at Sacramento State, 192.000-190.675 in its only meet of the week. Freshman Paige Jones won the vault title with a season-best 9.825. Jones also tied for third on bars with a 9.525, finishing behind fellow freshman teammate Rachel Vaske, who was second with a 9.625. Freshman Cammi Muhr led a 1-2 Aggie finish on beam with a 9.725, while junior Rebecca Holliday recorded a 9.700. Senior Jackie Dillon was the meet's lone all-arounder, finishing with a 38.100. With two event winners Friday night, Utah State has now matched last year's season total of 10 event titles. The Aggies scored a 48.525 on vault, a 46.875 on bars, a 47.575 on beam and a 47.700 on floor for their final score of 190.975. The Hornets posted a 48.350 on vault, 46.975 on bars, a 47.975 on beam and a 48.700 floor score for their winning 192.000 score.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 18-20 --- at UNLV Classic Fri., Feb. 18 --- vs. Stanford, 12:15 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 18 --- at UNLV, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 --- vs. Cal Poly, 12:15 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 19 --- vs. Cal State Northridge, 4:45 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 20 --- vs. UCLA, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's softball team (1-4) will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., this weekend to compete in the UNLV Classic. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, Feb. 18 against Stanford at 12:15 p.m., and host UNLV at 7 p.m. The Aggies will then play a pair of games on Saturday, Feb. 19 against Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge at 12:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., respectively, before concluding the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 20 against UCLA at 10 a.m.

Last Week
L, 6-9 --- vs. Central Florida, Los Angeles, Calif.
L, 0-19 (5) --- at #1 UCLA
L, 1-10 --- vs. San Diego State, Los Angeles, Calif.
W, 6-4 --- vs. North Dakota State, Los Angeles, Calif.
L, 0-2 --- vs. San Diego State, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Senior shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro (Auburn, Wash.) helped Utah State to a 1-4 record last weekend as it opened the 2010 season at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament hosted by UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. In USU's 6-4 win against North Dakota State, Kaneshiro tied the USU home run record with her 24th career home run and finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a home run. Kaneshiro began the tournament by going 1-for-2 with two runs batted in and a home run in USU's 9-6 loss to Central Florida. She also had a hit in its 19-0 loss to No. 1 UCLA and its 2-0 loss against San Diego State, and went hitless in USU's 10-1 loss to SDSU. For the week, Kaneshiro hit .455 (5-11) with two home runs, three runs batted in and three runs scored.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

Next Week
Wed.-Sat., Feb. 23-26 --- at WAC Championships, Boise, Idaho, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 23 when it begins competition at the 2011 WAC Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho. The Aggie men won last year's indoor title, while the women finished second.

Last Week
NTS --- at Boise State
NTS --- at Washington
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams set two school records and won nine event titles during the weekend as the Aggies competed in both Seattle, Wash., and Boise, Idaho. Leading the way for USU during the weekend was a pair of juniors as Ruth Hilton ran herself to the top of the Aggie records book in the 3000m at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle with a time of 9:47.48 to finish 39th out 81 runners, giving her the USU record and the Western Athletic Conference season-best time. Joining Hilton in the record books at the Flotrack Husky Classic was fellow junior Daniel Howell, who ran a school-record time in the men's 5000m (14:11.62). Junior Kim Quinn also ran well in the women's 5000m ranking second all-time with a time of 17:06.22. Howell finished 40th out of 92 athletes with his career-best and the WAC season-best time of 14:11.62. Quinn also ran her career-best in the 5000m (17:06.22), finishing 49th out of 91 runners. Quinn's time is also a WAC season-best time, more than a minute ahead of second-place. In Boise, Idaho senior Clint Silcock won his fifth high jump title of the season clearing 7-02.25 (2.19m) to stay undefeated on the year. Also finishing in first-place for USU was senior Armahd Lewis with a career-best and WAC season-best time in the 60m (6.79). He also won the 200m, crossing the line at 21.79. Freshman Devin Lang won the mile (4:13.10) just three seconds faster than junior Aaron Clements, who finished in third (4:16.45). Junior Philip Noble took the top spot in the heptathlon 60m with his career-best time of 7.29, but did not compete in the 1000m of the heptathlon to get a total score. Winning events for the Aggie women were junior Katelyn Heiner in the 400m (55.81), freshman Hannah Williams in the mile (5:02.07) and junior Sonia Grabowska in the pole vault with a jump of 13-03.50 (4.05m). Utah State had two men and six women finish second in their event in Boise, including Eric Follett in the high jump with a mark of 6-06.25 (1.99m) and Sam Hawkins in the 1000m of the hepathlon (2:47.69). Hawkins finished the heptathlon with 3,810 points, placing ninth. Finishing in second for the women was sophomore Aubrie Haymore in the 400m (56.18), junior Jessie Chugg in the 800m (2:17.00), sophomore Alex Litzsinger in the 3000m (10:12.96), junior Spela Hus in the shot put (45-06.50 [13.88m]), senior Lindsey Spencer in the weight throw (57-08.50 [17.59m]) and freshman Candace Moyes in the high jump (5-03.00 [1.60m]). During day one in Boise, Junior John Johnson cleared 16-06.75 (5.05m) to win the pole vault, just shy of his career-best jump of 5.06m. Freshman Chari Hawkins took second in the pentathlon (3,718 pts.), breaking her Western Athletic Conference leading season-best total of 3,460 pts. She won the 60m hurdles (8.85), high jump (5-07.75 ([1.72m]) and tied for first in the long jump (18-08.50 [5.70m]), as well as finishing fifth in the 800m (2:35.37) and shot put (31-11.25 [9.73m]). Hawkins ranks fourth all-time in the Utah State women's indoor top 10 with her 3,718 points in the pentathlon. Also placing in the top five was sophomore Jen Schiess with a fourth-place (3,129 pts.) finish in the pentathlon right ahead of fellow sophomore Bri Campbell (2,988 pts.).

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