Weekly Aggie Update

Feb. 14, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 14, 2010

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

This Week
Wed., Feb. 17 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sat., Feb. 20 --- WICHITA STATE, 10 p.m. (ESPN2)
• Utah State (20-6, 10-2) will play two home games this week as it hosts Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech (20-5, 8-3) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m., and Wichita State (21-6, 10-5) in an ESPNU BracketBuster game on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. Both games will be televised live nationally on ESPN2. USU is 8-2 all-time against the Bulldogs which includes a 4-0 record at home, and 5-4 all-time against the Shockers which includes a 1-0 home record.

Last Week
W, 72-67 --- at Boise State
W, 81-65 --- at San Jose State
• Utah State posted a 2-0 road record last week as it defeated Boise State, 72-67, and San Jose State, 81-65. Against the Broncos, senior guard Jared Quayle had 14 points and nine rebounds, while junior forward Tai Wesley had 13 points and six assists. Junior guard Tyler Newbold scored 11 points and fellow junior guard Pooh Williams had 10 points. Utah State finished the game by shooting 49.0 percent from the field (25-51), 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 68.4 percent at the free throw line (13-19). Boise State shot 53.8 percent overall (28-52), which is the highest shooting percentage by a USU opponent this year. The Broncos were also 5-of-15 from behind the arc (.333) and just 6-of-8 at the free throw line (.750). Against the Spartans, junior forward Nate Bendall had a team-high 18 points, while Quayle scored 14 points to go along with four steals. Newbold added 13 points, while Wesley scored 12 points and Williams had 11. Utah State finished the game by shooting a blistering a 61.7 percent from the field (29-47) and an even better 64.3 percent from three-point range (9-14), which is a season-high. USU was also 14-of-16 (.875) from the free throw line and had 20 assists and just eight turnovers. San Jose State shot 42.6 percent overall (23-54), including 35.7 percent from behind the arc (5-14) and 70.0 percent at the free throw line (14-20). The Spartans also became just the third team this year to out-rebound the Aggies as SJSU had a slight 26-25 advantage on the boards. Those 25 rebounds for USU were a season-low.

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

This Week
Fri., Feb. 19 --- NORTH DAKOTA, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (2-3) will play just one match this week as it hosts North Dakota on Friday, Feb. 19 at Noon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
W, 7-0 --- WEBER STATE
L, 0-7 --- at UNLV
L, 3-4 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State went 1-2 last week as it defeated Weber State, 7-0, lost at No. 39 UNLV, 7-0, and lost to UC Riverside, 4-3. Junior Hailey Swenson posted a 2-1 record at No. 1 singles and teamed with freshman Jaclyn West to post a 2-1 record at No. 1 doubles. West was also 2-1 in singles play during the week at the No. 2 spot, while sophomore Monica Abella had a 2-1 record at No. 4 singles. Other Aggies to compete during the week include senior Britney Watts, junior Taylor Perry and freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich.

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

This Week
Wed., Feb. 17 --- FRESNO STATE, 5 p.m.
• Utah State (12-12, 4-7) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with one home game as it hosts Fresno State (20-5, 11-0) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. USU is 2-8 all-time against the Bulldogs which includes a 73-46 loss in Fresno earlier this year.

Last Week
W, 66-46 --- at San Jose State
L, 66-77 --- at Nevada
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week as it defeated San Jose State, 66-46, and lost at Nevada, 77-66. Against the Spartans, junior guard Amber White had 12 points, while fellow junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. For the game, the Aggies shot 37.9 percent from the field (22-58) and 54.5 percent from three (6-11). The Aggies also shot 72.7 percent from the charity stripe (16-22). The Spartans shot 40.5 percent from the field (17-42), while shooting 14.3 percent from three (1-7). SJSU shot 78.6 percent from the free throw line (11-14). Against the Wolf Pack, senior guard Tahara Williams had a team-high 17 points, while junior guards Amber White and Alice Coddington scored 12 and 10 points, respectively. For the game, the Aggies shot 46.7 percent from the field (21-45) and 44.4 percent from three (4-9). The Aggies also shot 64.5 percent from the charity stripe (20-31). The Wolf Pack shot 43.4 percent from the field (23-53), while shooting 38.5 percent from three (5-13). Nevada shot 76.5 percent from the free throw line (26-34).

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) returns to action this week as it hosts Weber State on Wednesday, Feb. 17 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 Competition
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.

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

Next Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 25-27--- at WAC Championships, Boise, Idaho, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will take the week off in preparation for the 2010 WAC Indoor Championships which will be held from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25-27 in Boise, Idaho. The Aggie men finished second at last year's indoor championships, while the Aggie women placed fourth.

Last Week
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
NTS --- at Washington Invitational
• Utah State track and field competed well in a split weekend with athletes at both the Boise State Open and the Washington Husky Classic. For the second week in a row, an Aggie men's athlete set a new Utah State school record, this week by sophomore Brian McKenna in the 5,000m. McKenna set a new USU record clocking in at 14:20.09, in 41st place at the Husky Classic at Seattle, Wash. The previous record of 14:20.15 was posted by Seth Wold in 2006. McKenna's time is the fastest in the WAC thus far this season. Sophomore Daniel Howell (14:32.26) and Nick Bolinder (14:56.33) both ran new personal-best times in the event as well. Last week, Aggie junior Mike Pyrtle set a new Utah State record in the 60m clocking in at 6.71. Senior Steve Strickland took 15th in the invite only heat of the 3,000m at the Husky Classic clocking in at 8:10.67, which is second in Utah State history and also a WAC-best time. Senior Erin Stratton finished fifth in the mile clocking in at 4:55.59 to rank seventh on the Utah State school record list and is the fastest time in the WAC to date this season. In the women's 3,000m invite only heat, sophomore Kim Quinn ran a 9:54.42, finishing 47th. At the Boise State Open, junior Joe Canavan set two new PR's in winning the shot put with a distance of 17.44m (57-02.75) and taking second in the weight throw at 18.55m (60-10.50). Sophomore Spela Hus won the shot put with a distance of 14.44m (47-04.50) and took 12th in the weight throw with a mark of 13.68m (44-10.75). Freshman Bri Campbell took second in the high jump, clearing 1.65m (5-05.00). Sophomore Ruth Hilton finished seventh in the 3,000m with a new PR time of 10:17.30. Junior Phillip Noble took second in the heptathlon with 4,703 points, which is sixth-best in USU history.

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

This Week
Mon., Feb. 15 --- No. 18 SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 19 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-8, 0-1) will continue its 2010 season with a pair of home matches this week as it hosts No. 18 Southern Utah on Monday, Feb. 15 and Brigham Young on Friday, Feb. 19 with both meets scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Last Week
L, 178-250-196.225 --- at Utah
• Utah State posted a season-high 48.475 on bars last week in its 196.225-178.250 loss at No. 4 Utah. Three Aggies returned to action from injury in junior Jackie Dillon, and sophomores Brandie Dickson and Rebecca Holliday. USU was without the services of junior Lyndsie Boone and sophomore Chelsea Marquardt who suffered injuries in the Aggies' last action, and were without freshman Amelia Montoya for the second-straight meet. Senior Heather Heinrich was USU's top all-arounder, totalling a 38.775 finishing fourth. She logged a 9.775 on vault to tie for fourth. Holliday tied for fourth on bars with a career-high 9.800, USU's highest score on bars this season and helping the Aggies to season-high 48.475 on bars. Dillon tied for sixth on bars with a 9.725. In addition to USU's season-high 48.475 on bars, the Aggies logged a 46.200 on vault, 37.250 on floor with a shortened lineup of only four gymnasts, as well as a 46.325 on beam for a 178.250 team total. Utah State only had five competitors on both vault and beam as well.

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

Next Competition
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 25-26 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate
Arroyo Grande, Calif., All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Thursday, Mar. 25 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate.

Last Week
5th/11 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State's men's golf team opened its 2010 spring season with a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams at the Southern Utah University hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The Aggies wrapped up the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a 13 over-par 589 (294-295). Freshman Tanner Higham led the Aggies with rounds of 70 and 74 to finish tied for sixth with an even-par 144 in his best collegiate finish of the season. Juniors Benjamin Schilleman and Chanse Godderidge finished tied for 14th for USU with a three-over 147 as Schilleman had rounds of 72 and 75, and Godderidge had rounds of 76 and 71. Freshman Brendan Dennis tied for 24th with a six-over 150 (72-78), junior Tyson McFarland shot a 10-over 154 (79-75) to tie for 45th and senior Thad Truman finished 51st with an 11-over 155 (76-79). Utah State also had two players compete as individuals as senior Brandon Broadhead placed tied for 52nd with a 12-over 156 (77-79), while sophomore Austin French finished 68th with a 23-over 167 (89-78).

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

This Week
at Campbell Cartier Tournament, San Diego, Calif.
Fri., Feb. 19 --- vs. Washington, 9 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 19 --- vs. Western Kentucky, 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 20 --- vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 21 --- vs. Penn State, 2 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 21 --- at San Diego State, 4:30 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (4-1) will travel to San Diego, Calif., this weekend to compete in the Campbell Cartier Tournament hosted by San Diego State University. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, Feb. 19 with a pair of games against Washington and Western Kentucky, followed by one game on Saturday against UC Santa Barbara. USU will conclude the tournament with two games on Sunday against Penn State and host San Diego State.

Last Week
at Red Desert Classic, St. George, Utah
W, 7-5 --- vs. Maine
W, 9-0 (5) --- vs. Idaho State
L, 1-8 --- vs. Tulsa
W, 7-3 --- vs. Northern Colorado
W, 4-3 --- vs. Seattle
• Utah State began the 2010 season by winning four games in five outings at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah. USU began the tournament with a 7-5 win against Maine and then defeated Idaho State, 9-0, in five innings. The Aggies then suffered its first loss of the season to Tulsa, 8-1, before bouncing back with victories against Northern Colorado, 7-3, and Seattle, 4-3. Junior outfielder Joreigh Landers led Utah State during its first tournament of the season as she had at least one hit in four of USU's five games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Maine as she had three RBI in the season-opener. For the week, Landers hit .400 (6-15) and had a total of five runs batted in.

 

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