Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, men's golf, gymnastics, and men and women's tennis.

Feb. 17, 2014

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 17, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Tues., Feb. 18 --- at #5 San Diego State, 9 p.m. (MT) (ESPNU)
Sat., Feb. 22 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (15-10, 5-8) will continue Mountain West play this week with a road game at No. 5 San Diego State (22-2, 11-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. (MT), and a home game against Fresno State (13-13, 6-7) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The game at SDSU will be televised live on ESPNU. USU is 3-1 all-time against the Aztecs including a 1-0 road record, and 31-20 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 21-5 home record.

Last Week
W, 71-62 --- at Colorado State
L, 62-73 --- UNLV
• Utah State went 1-1 in Mountain West play last week with a 71-62 road win at Colorado State, followed by a 73-62 home loss to UNLV. Against the Rams, senior guard Preston Medlin scored 18 points, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 14 points and sophomore forward Kyle Davis added 12 points, while senior center Jarred Shaw had 10 rebounds to go along with eight points. USU finished the game shooting 49.0 percent (24-49), including 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15) and a season-high 94.1 percent at the free throw line (16-17). CSU shot just 29.8 percent (17-57), including just 16.7 percent from three (3-18) and 89.3 percent at the line (25-28). Against the Rebels, Shaw recorded his sixth double-double of the season and the 15th of his career with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while senior guard TeNale Roland scored 12 points and Butterfield added 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 33.8 percent (23-68), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-12). UNLV shot 56.6 percent (30-53), including 27.8 percent from behind the arc and 61.5 percent at the charity stripe (8-13).

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Feb. 21 --- #18 DENVER, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (6-6) continues its 2014 season with home meet against No. 18 Denver on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
3rd, 194.025 --- at Oregon St./vs. Boise St./vs. Seattle Pacific
• Utah State finished in third-place with a team score of 194.025 at a quad meet hosted by No. 13 Oregon State, along with No. 16 Boise State and Seattle Pacific last weekend. USU notched a 48.850 on vault, 48.150 on bars, 48.150 on beam and a 48.825 on floor, contributing to the 194.025 total. Oregon State finished first with a 196.675. Boise State came in second, notching 196.000, while Seattle Pacific finished fourth with a 192.650. In all-around action, junior Sarah Landes finished fourth with a 38.975 as she notched three 9.750s in a row on floor, vault and bars, while scoring a 9.725 on beam. Freshman Bailey McIntire finished fifth in the all-around with a 38.025 notching a career-best 9.875 on floor, a 9.775 on vault, a 9.200 on bars and a 9.175 on beam. Senior Paige Jones tied for fourth on vault with a 9.850, tied for seventh on bars with a 9.800, and tied for sixth on the floor with a career-high tying 9.850.

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

This Week
Wed., Feb. 19 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 22 --- at Fresno State, 3 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women's basketball (10-14, 4-19) will continue Mountain West play this week with a home game against San Diego State (9-13, 6-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., and a road game at Fresno State (14-10, 8-5) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. (MT). USU is 0-4 all-time against the Aztecs and 2-14 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Last Week
L, 75-100 --- COLORADO STATE
L, 80-82 OT --- at UNLV
• Utah State dropped a pair of Mountain West games last week with a 100-75 home loss against Colorado State and an 82-80 overtime road loss at UNLV. Against the Rams, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 21 points and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams added 18 points. USU finished the game shooting 40.0 percent (28-70), including 36.0 percent from three-point range (9-25) and 71.4 percent at the free throw line (10-14). CSU shot 50.7 percent (35-69), including 50.0 percent from behind the arc (14-28) and 80.0 percent at the charity stripe (16-20). Against the Rebels, Schlott scored 30-plus points for the seventh time this season as she finished with 30 points, while junior center Franny Vaaulu added 13 points and sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow had 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 41.5 percent (27-65), including 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-18) and 81.8 percent at the free throw line (18-22). UNLV shot 50.0 percent overall (27-54), including 46.7 percent from behind the arc (7-15) and 84.0 percent at the charity stripe (21-25).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., Feb. 22 --- WEBER STATE, 9 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 22 --- MESA STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (3-5, 0-0) will continue its 2014 season this week with a pair of home matches as it hosts Weber State and Mesa State on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Last Competition
W, 5-2 --- SEATTLE
L, 0-7 --- at Utah
• Utah State posted a 1-1 record two weeks ago with a 5-2 home win against Seattle and a 7-0 loss at Utah. Against the Redhawks, freshman Dennis Baumgartner won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-3), senior Fredrik Peterson won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-5), freshman Sebastian Schneider won in three sets at No. 4 singles (3-6, 6-3, 6-4), and junior Matt Sweet posted a straight sets win at No. 5 singles (6-4, 6-4). USU also won the doubles point as Sweet teamed with Schneider for a 6-2 win at the second position, while Peterson teamed with junior Sean Levesque for a 6-4 win at the third position. Against the Utes, USU lost all six singles matches and all three doubles matches. Other Aggies to compete during the week included senior Andrew Whiting, and juniors Marcus Fritz and Curran Wearmouth.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Feb. 21 --- at Seattle, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 22 --- vs. Gonzaga, Seattle, Wash., 6 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women's tennis (6-1, 0-0) will continue its 2014 season this week with a pair of matches as it plays at Seattle on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT) and then faces Gonzaga in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 6-1 --- WEBER STATE
L, 2-5 --- at Idaho
W, 7-0 --- at Eastern Washington
• Utah State posted a 2-1 record last week with a home win against Weber State (6-1), followed by a road loss at Idaho (5-2) and a road win at Eastern Washington (7-0). Against the Wildcats, junior McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-2), freshman Nini Guensler won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-1, 7-5), sophomore Kallie Sperry won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-2), freshman Katie Sweet won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-2, 6-0), and freshman Cassidy Branstine won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-2). USU also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry recorded an 8-4 win at the first position, Guensler and freshman Lexi Turley notched an 8-1 win at the second position, and Branstine teamed with sophomore Amber Stuhlmann for an 8-3 win at the third position. Against the Vandals, Davis won in three sets at No. 1 singles (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) and Branstine won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-1). Against the Eagles, Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-3), Sperry won in three sets at No. 2 singles (6-3, 5-7, 7-6), Guensler won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-3, 6-1), Turley won in three sets at No. 4 singles (6-4, 4-6, 6-2), Bransitine won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-3), and Stuhlmann won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-0). USU also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry posted an 8-7 win at the first position, while Turley and Guensler notched an 8-4 win at the second position.

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

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 17-18 --- at CS Fullerton Invitational, All Day
• Utah State men's golf will continue its 2014 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 17-18 in City of Industry, Calif, at the Cal State Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational.

Last Week
T4th/10 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State finished tied for fourth-place out of 10 teams with an 8-over 584 (297-287) at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational last week. The Aggies shot a final round 1-under 287, which was the second-best team score of the day. USU, who began the final round in sixth-place, has now recorded four top-five finishes on the season in just six competitions. Sophomore Seokwon Jeon shot a final round 2-under 70 to tie for third with a 4-under par 140, which is his second-best tournament finish at USU as he now has four top-10 finishes on the season, including winning the 2013 Utah Invitational last fall with a collegiate-best 7-under 206 (67-71-68). Senior Tanner Higham finished tied for 10th with a 1-under 143 after rounds of 73 and 70, marking his third top-10 finish this season and the ninth of his career. Jeon and Higham both recorded eight birdies and one eagle during the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational as the duo were both 3-under on the par 5's over 36 holes. Freshman Braxton Miller finished tied for 34th with a 7-over 151 (77-74), while sophomore Reed Platke tied for 37th with an 8-over 152 (79-73), and fellow sophomore Brennan Coburn tied for 45th with a 10-over 154 (77-77).

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

Next Competition
Fri.-Sun., Feb. 28-2 --- at San Diego Classic
Fri., Feb. 28 --- at San Diego, 5:30 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Feb. 28 --- vs. Grand Canyon, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 1 --- vs. Lehigh, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 1 --- vs. Mississippi, 5:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Mar. 2 --- vs. Illinois-Chicago, 11 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State's softball team (4-2) will continue its 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 28 at the San Diego Classic. USU will begin the tournament with two games on Friday, Feb. 28 as it plays the host Toreros at 5:30 p.m. (MT) and then faces Grand Canyon at 8 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, Mar. 1, USU will play Lehigh at 10 a.m. (MT) and Mississippi at 5:30 p.m. (MT). And on Sunday, Mar. 2, USU will conclude the tournament against Illinois-Chicago at 11 a.m. (MT).

Last Competition
at Southern Utah Tournament, St. George, Utah
W, 8-0 (5) --- vs. Southern Utah
L, 7-10 --- vs. Idaho State
L, 3-5 --- vs. Grand Canyon
W, 12-3 (5) --- vs. East Carolina
W, 5-0 --- vs. UT Arlington
W, 6-0 --- vs. Nebraska-Omaha
• Sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson helped Utah State to a 4-2 record at the Southern Utah hosted Red Desert Classic two weeks ago as USU posted wins against Southern Utah (8-0), East Carolina (12-3), UT Arlington (5-0) and Nebraska-Omaha (6-0), and lost to Idaho State (10-7) and Grand Canyon (5-3). Johnson's best game of the tournament was in the finale against UNO as she set a USU single game school record with 16 strikeouts in a two-hit shutout win over seven innings. Johnson started the tournament with a two-hit, five-inning shutout win against the Thunderbirds, before allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings in taking the loss against the Bengals. She then allowed one earned run on four hits in 5.0 innings of no decision work against the Lopes. Against the Pirates, she allowed two earned runs on five hits, while striking out six in five innings for the win. She then picked up her first save of the season against the UTA Mavericks as she pitched 4.0 innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out five batters. For the tournament, Johnson posted a 3-1 record to go along with one save as she struck out 40 batters, while allowing 22 hits and 10 earned runs over 29.1 innings for a 2.39 earned run average.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 27-1 --- at MW Champs., Colorado Springs, Colo., All Day
• Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2014 season next week as it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to compete in the 2014 Mountain West Championships. The Aggie men finished third at last year's Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women placed seventh.

Last Week
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
NTS --- at Washington Classic
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Juniors Nic Bowens and Chari Hawkins, and senior Keeley Eldredge all set school records for Utah State track & field at the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Bowens ran a 21.11 in the 200m to break his own school record and place seventh in the event and followed up that performance with a 6.68 in the 60m to best his own school record and finish sixth. Hawkins finished first and shattered the school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.40 and Eldredge blasted her own school record in the weight throw with a heave of 19.14m (62-09.50), good for ninth-place. Senior Bailee Whitworth took third in section C of the 60m dash with a time of 7.69 for the Aggie women. Other top-five performances for the Aggies included senior Silas Pimentel's (6.78) third-place finish in section B of the 60m dash and junior Eric Shellhorn's (4:08.81) fifth-place performance in the mile. The Aggies also competed over the weekend at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and at the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho. At the Husky Classic, freshman Tori Parkinson was the top finisher for the Aggie women with a 10th-place performance in the 3,000m with a time of 9:55.83. Sophomore Spencer Russell led the way for the Utah State men in Seattle by placing 16th in the 800m with a time of 1:53.02. Utah State received a number of strong performances at the Boise State Team Challenge. Junior Chris Martinez led the way in Nampa by winning the 3,000m with a time of 8:38.61. Sophomore Tanner Hunt (49.66) and junior Travis Johnson (13.95m/45-09.25) finished second in the 400m and triple jump, respectively. Finishing fifth for the Aggies were freshmen Brett McAdams (4:24.65) and Mitchell Kalinin (4.47m/14-08.00) in the mile and pole vault, respectively. For the USU women, freshman Sydney Blair placed third in the 800m with a time of 2:17.44. Fellow freshman Bethani Talbot joined Blair in third position with a leap of 1.60m (5-03.00) in the high jump. The Aggie women also received a pair of fifth-place performances from freshman Morgan Monks (3.25,/10-08.00) in the pole vault and sophomore Karlee Deeter (5:14.59) in the mile.

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