Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, and men and women's tennis all in action.
Feb. 15, 2016

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Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Wed., Feb. 17 --- COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)
Sat., Feb. 20 --- at Fresno State, 4 p.m. (MT) (ROOT)
• Utah State men’s basketball (12-11, 4-8) continues Mountain West play this week with a pair of games as it hosts Colorado State (14-11, 6-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and plays at Fresno State (16-9, 7-5) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. (MT). USU’s game against CSU will be streamed live on ESPN3, while its game at FS will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 56-36 all-time against the Rams, including a 16-6 home record and 32-22 all-time against the Bulldogs, including an 8-15 road record.

Last Week
W, 80-72 --- NEW MEXICO
• Utah State posted an 80-72 home win against New Mexico in its only game last week. Senior guard Chris Smith had a team-leading 19 points, while redshirt junior forward Lew Evans scored 15 points and junior wing Jalen Moore added 11 points, while reshirt freshman forward Quinn Taylor grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 49.0 percent (25-of-51), including 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from 3-point range and 75.0 percent (21-of-28) at the free throw line. UNM shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59), including 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from behind the arc and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) at the charity stripe.

Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., Feb. 20 --- vs. Idaho, Pullman, Wash., 2 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 21 --- at #74 Washington State, 11 a.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 21 --- vs. Lewis-Clark State, Pullman, Wash., 2:30 p.m. (MT) • Utah State women’s tennis (3-4, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season with three matches this week in Pullman, Wash., as it faces Idaho (6-4) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. (MT), and then plays at No. 74 Washington State (9-0) and against Lewis-Clark State (2-6) on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (MT), respectively.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- #51 Utah
L, 1-6 --- IOWA STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-2 record last week with a 6-1 road loss at No. 51 Utah, a 6-1 home loss to Iowa State and a 5-2 home win against Grand Canyon. Against Utah, the Utes took the doubles point and in singles, junior Ekaterina Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (0-6, 7-6 (7), 10-4) for USU’s only point of the match. Against Iowa State, the Cyclones took the doubles point, and in singles, sophomore Maggie O’Meara won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-3). Against Grand Canyon, USU took the doubles point as junior Nini Guensler and Tugarinova won at the first position (6-4), and O’Meara and freshman Jenna Kane won at the second position (6-3). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-4), sophomore Sabrina Demerath won at the No. 3 spot (7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-4), freshman Monika Van de Vondel won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-1) and O’Meara won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 6-2). Also competing for the Aggies during the week were junior Lexi Turley and sophomore Meghan Lyall.

Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Wed., Feb. 17 --- at Colorado State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 20 --- FRESNO STATE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (11-12, 6-6) continues Mountain West action this week with a pair of games as it plays at Colorado State (22-1, 12-0) on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., and hosts Fresno State (14-9, 10-2) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. All-time, USU is 9-15 against the Rams and 2-17 against the Bulldogs. All conference games will be streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network through Campus Insiders.

Last Week
L, 70-73 --- at New Mexico
• Utah State went 0-1 in Mountain West last week with a 73-70 road loss at New Mexico. Sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu led the Aggies with 28 points, becoming the youngest player, and ninth overall, to reach 1,000 career points in program history. Joining Nakkasoglu in double figures were freshman guard Katie Toole with 14 and senior forward Julianne Anchling with 12. Freshman guard Rachel Brewster was the top rebounder against the Lobos, tallying 10. Overall, USU shot 42.9 percent (24-of-56) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from the 3-point line and 81.0 percent (17-of-21) from the free throw line. UNM shot 32.4 percent (23-of-71) from the field, 33.3 percent (9-of-27) from behind the arc and 75.0 percent (18-of-24) from the free throw line.

Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Feb. 19 --- at BYU, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (3-5, 1-1 MRGC) will continue its 2016 season in a dual meet at BYU (3-5, 0-3) on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
4th, 195.100 --- at #1 Oklahoma/vs. #12 Denver & #17 George Washington
• For the second consecutive meet, Utah State recorded a season-high road score as it placed fourth with a 195.100 at the Oklahoma-hosted Perfect 10 Challenge last weekend. Top-ranked Oklahoma won the meet with a team score of 197.675, while No. 12 Denver finished second (196.000) and No. 17 George Washington took third (195.750). In the all-around, USU senior McKinzey Martinez finished in sixth place with a score of 39.125 (vault: 9.750, bars: 9.850, beam: 9.725, floor: 9.800). Utah State started the meet on beam, where the team notched a score of 48.575. Freshman Emily Briones led the Aggies with a 9.775 (T-10th), while fellow freshman Natalie Rainbolt and Martinez each had a 9.725 (T-16th). Utah State next competed on floor and recorded a team score of 48.950. It was the first time in three meets that the Aggies didn’t go 49 or better. Junior Bailey McIntire led USU with a 9.825 to tie for ninth, while Martinez and sophomore Keri Peel both had 9.800s (T-13th). For Peel, it was a career-high score on the event. On vault, the Aggies scored a 48.550 behind Martinez’s 9.750 (T-14th). Utah State closed out the competition on bars, which proved to be the team’s best event of the night as the Aggies recorded a team score of 49.025. Martinez tied for seventh on the event with a 9.850 and McIntire tied for 11th with a 9.825.

Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., Feb. 20 --- at #14 Texas Tech, 11 a.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 21 --- vs. UTSA, Lubbock, Texas, 10 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (7-3, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season this weekend with a pair of matches in Lubbock, Texas as it will face No. 14 Texas Tech (11-1) on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. (MT), and UTSA (1-4) on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 4-2 --- #71 SOUTH ALABAMA
• Utah State posted a 1-0 home record last week with a 4-2 win against No. 71 South Alabama. In doubles, Utah State took the point as freshmen Luis Lopez and Romai Ugarte won at the first position (6-1) and junior Jack Swindells and freshman Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-3). In singles, Swindells won at the No. 3 spot (3-6, 6-1, 6-4), Serrano won at the No. 4 spot (7-6 (6), 6-1) and Lopez won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 6-3) Also competing for USU was sophomore Jaime Barajas.

Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 25-27 --- at MW Champs., Albuquerque, N.M., All Day
• Utah State’s indoor track & field teams will continue its 2016 season next weekend as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2016 Mountain West Indoor Championships from Thursday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 27. USU’s men placed fourth at last year’s MW Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women finished sixth.

Last Week
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
NTS --- at Washington Invitational
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Utah State’s track & field teams continued its solid performances by capturing 18 top-five finishes across three highly competitive meets last weekend. Most of the Aggies competed at the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Invitational, where Dillon Maggard turned in an impressive performance. The sophomore placed second in the mile with a time of 4:03.76, which ranks second all-time in USU history. On the women’s side, Maci Bingham, a senior, placed fifth in the weight throw (18.92m/62-1), which ranks second all-time in USU history. Bingham also placed eighth in the shot put (14.66m/48-1.25). Shelby Jordan, a junior, also entered the USU top-10 by recording a heave of 17.18m (56-4.50) in the weight throw, good enough to be ranked ninth all-time in school history. Junior AJ Boully further prepared for the conference championships by recording a personal-best time of 7.98 in the 60m hurdles, which is tied for second all-time in school history. Parker Bluth, a senior, solidified his position among the conference’s elite by placing second in the 200m (20.94), while recording a time of 6.79 in the 60m preliminary heat. Bluth, accompanied by Boully, senior Cole Lambourne and sophomore Brady Martin, also placed first in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:11.23. USU’s women were also aided by the efforts of senior Jodi Williams, who tied for second in the high jump by clearing a height of 1.74m (5-8.50). Sophomore Clay Lambourne led the Aggies at the Washington-hosted Husky Classic by placing 11th in the 800m (1:50.81). Additionally, junior Colby Wilson set a personal-best in the 3,000m (8:16.91), which ranks fourth all-time in USU history. On the women’s side, junior Tori Parkinson placed 67th in the 3,000m with a time of 9:48.98, good enough to rank fifth all time in school history. Jacqueline Winterton, a senior, also joined the USU top-10 rankings by finishing 66th in the 5,000m, turning in a time of 17:27.84, which ranks sixth all-time in USU history. The Aggies also fared well at the Boise State Challenge and were led by freshman Johnny Perez, who placed second in the 800m (1:57.56).

Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

This Week
at UNLV Tournament
Fri., Feb. 19 --- vs. Weber State, 12:15 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Feb. 19 --- vs. Grand Canyon, 4:45 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 20 --- vs. UTEP, 12:15 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 20 --- vs. Southern Utah, 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 21 --- vs. CS Northridge, 10 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s softball team (2-4, 0-0) continues its 2016 season this weekend at the UNLV hosted DeMarini Desert Classic. USU will begin the tournament against Weber State (4-2) on Friday, Feb. 19 at 12:15 p.m. (MT), followed by a 4:45 p.m. (MT) matchup against Grand Canyon (6-0). On Saturday, Feb. 20, Utah State will play UTEP (2-3) and Southern Utah (0-5) at 12:15 p.m. (MT) and 2:30 p.m. (MT), respectively. Action will conclude Sunday, Feb. 21, in a 10 a.m. (MT) rematch against Cal State Northridge (3-2).

Last Week
at Arizona State Tournament
L, 0-9 (5) --- vs. Virginia
L, 1-11 (5) --- at #22 Arizona State
L, 2-3 --- vs. CS Northridge
L, 2-5 --- vs. Indiana
W, 6-2 --- vs. Bradley
W, 5-0 --- vs. Maryland
• Utah State opened the 2016 season with a 2-4 record at the Arizona State-hosted Kajikawa Classic last weekend. The Aggies began the weekend with five-inning losses to Virginia (9-0) and No. 22 Arizona State (11-1). The team then fell to Cal State Northridge (3-2) and Indiana (5-2), before defeating Bradley (6-2) and Maryland (5-0). Five USU pitchers appeared in the circle over the weekend, compiling a combined earned run average of 5.06. The five allowed 49 total hits and 30 runs, while striking out 33 batters and walking an additional 11. At the plate, senior outfielder Sarah Chow led the Aggies, batting .471 with eight hits. The Aggies hit four home runs on the weekend, with freshman infielder Bailey Lewis hitting one in her first-career at bat against Indiana and junior infielder Victoria Saucedo hitting a grand slam against Bradley. Junior outfielder Amanda Sheets led the team in runs scored with three, while Saucedo tallied a team-high six RBIs. Defensively, senior catcher Kirstyn Namba led the team with 18 putouts on the weekend, while Saucedo was tops with 12 assists.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Competition
Mon.-Tues., March 28-29 --- at UC Irvine Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will continue its 2016 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, March 28-29 when it competes in the UC Irvine Invitational.

Last Week
7th/12 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State shot a 3-over 291 during the final round of the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Invitational to finish the 36-hole tournament in seventh place with a 14-over 590 (299-291). Senior Seokwon Jeon shot a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish tied for fourth individually at 4-under 140 (66-74). Junior McCoy Willey posted a final round 4-under 68 to finish in a tie for 13th place at 1-over 145 (77-68). Junior Tanner Jenson finished tied for 28th at 5-over 149 (76-73), junior Eli Rogers tied for 55th at 12-over 156 (80-76) and freshman Keifer Higham placed 61st at 14-over 158 (81-77).

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