Feb. 18, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 18, 2013
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Tue., Feb. 19 --- at BYU, 7 p.m. (BYU TV)
Sat., Feb. 23 --- ILLINOIS STATE, 7 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (18-6, 9-5) will step out of Western Athletic Conference play this week with a road game at BYU (19-8) on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., before hosting Illinois State (16-11) on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. The game against the Cougars will be televised on BYU TV. USU is 91-136 all-time against the Cougars including a 32-84 road record, and 2-3 all-time against the Redbirds including a 1-1 home record.
L, 60-63 OT --- DENVER
W, 73-69 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week as it lost to Denver (63-60 OT) and defeated New Mexico State (73-69). Against the Pioneers, junior center Jarred Shaw had 18 points and nine rebounds, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and 16 points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Ben Clifford also scored in double-figures as he had a career-high 14 points to go along with seven rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 48.9 percent (23-47), including 14.3 percent from three-point range (1-7) and 61.9 percent at the free throw line (13-21). DU shot 46.8 percent (22-47), including 36.8 percent from three (7-19) and 66.7 percent at the line (12-18). Against NMSU, Shaw had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Butterfield added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. USU shot 47.5 percent (28-59), including 31.3 percent from three-point range (5-16) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (12-16). NMSU shot 40.6 percent (26-64), including 26.7 percent from behind the arc (4-15) and 68.4 percent at the charity stripe (13-19).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Wed., Feb. 20 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
Utah State women's tennis (1-2, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season this week as it hosts Weber State at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 12 p.m.
L, 2-5 --- BOISE STATE
Utah State lost at home to Boise State (5-2) in its only match last week. In singles play, sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a straight sets win at the No. 1 spot (6-2, 6-3), while senior Jaci West won in three sets at the No. 2 spot (4-6, 7-6, 6-1). Other Aggies to compete in the match include seniors Julie Tukuafu and Kristina Voytsekhovich, sophomore Hillary Hays and freshman Kallie Sperry.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Feb. 28 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 --- UT ARLINGTON, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (14-11, 11-3) will continue Western Athletic Conference play next week with a pair of home games against Louisiana Tech (12-13, 8-6) on Thursday, Feb. 28 and UT Arlington (5-19, 3-11) on Saturday, Mar. 2 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 3-14 all-time against the Lady Techsters and 1-0 all-time against the Mavericks.
W, 92-89 2OT --- at Denver
L, 94-106 --- at New Mexico State
Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week as it won at Denver (92-89 2OT) and lost at New Mexico State (106-94). Against the Pioneers, senior guard Jenna Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds, junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 27 points and six assists, and senior guard Devyn Christensen scored 21 points. USU finished the game shooting 44.1 percent (30-68), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 76.5 percent at the free throw line (26-34). DU shot 41.9 percent (31-74), including 35.7 percent from three (5-14) and 73.3 percent at the line (22-30). Against NMSU, Christensen had 23 points and seven rebounds, while Schlott had 18 points and five assists, and Johnson finished with 10 points. Sophomore center Franny Vaaulu also scored in double-figures as she had 16 points and nine rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 40.8 percent (29-71), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (14-28) and 95.7 percent at the free throw line (22-23). NMSU shot 42.7 percent (32-75), including 39.4 percent from three (13-33) and 87.9 percent at the line (29-33).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Fri., Feb. 22 --- at Montana State, 9 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 --- vs. MSU-Billings, Bozeman, Mont., 9 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (3-6, 0-1) will continue its 2013 season this week at it plays at Montana State on Friday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m., and then faces Montana State-Billings in Bozeman on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 9 a.m.
L, 0-7 --- IDAHO
W, 7-0 --- MESA STATE
Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week with a 7-0 win against Mesa State and a 7-0 Western Athletic Conference loss to Idaho. Against the Mavericks, USU won all six of the singles matches as senior Sven Poslusny won in straight sets at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-2), junior Fredrik Peterson won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-2), sophomore Matt Sweet won in straight sets at the No. 3 spot (6-3, 7-6), sophomore Curran Wearmouth won in straight sets at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-0), sophomore Sean Levesque won in straight sets at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-2), and junior Andrew Whiting won in three sets at the No. 6 spot (6-7, 6-4, 10-8). In doubles play, Poslusny and Sweet posted an 8-1 win at the first position, Levesque and Peterson notched an 8-7 win at the second position, and Wearmouth and Whiting recorded an 8-2 win at the third position.
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 this week 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: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Sat., Feb. 23 --- at Denver / vs. Boise State / vs. Rutgers, 6 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (3-5, 0-2) continues its 2013 season on Saturday, Feb. 23 as it travels to Denver, Colo., to compete in a quad-meet with Denver, Boise State and Rutgers at 6 p.m.
2nd, 193.225 --- at San Jose State / vs. Brown
Utah State scored a 193.225 to finish in second-place in a tri-meet against San Jose State in Western Athletic Conference competition and Brown University. The Aggies recorded a 48.825 on vault, 48.625 on bars, 48.075 on beam and 47.700 on floor for their second-place total of 193.225. The Spartans notched a 48.550 on vault, 47.975 on bars, 48.925 on beam and 49.100 on floor for their winning total of 194.550. The Bears earned an overall score of 189.900 after a 48.100 on vault, 46.825 on bars, 47.325 on beam and 47.625 on floor to finish third. Two Aggies competed in the all-around with junior Paige Jones finishing third with a 38.475 and sophomore Sarah Landes finishing fourth with a 38.225. SJSU's Cassandra Harrison took the title with a 39.200. Landes was the vault winner with a career-best 9.875, while freshman Kinzey Martinez tied for second with her 9.825. Martinez took home her fourth event title in as many meets with a win on vault after a career-high 9.875. Freshman Stefanie Daley tied for the beam title with a 9.850 and Jones finished second on floor with a 9.825.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sun.-Tues., Feb. 17-19 --- at CS Fullerton Invitational, All Day
Utah State men's golf will continue its 2013 spring season on Sunday, Feb. 17 when it travels to City of Industry, Calif., to compete in the CS Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational. The tournament concludes on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
T6th/14 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
Junior Tanner Higham finished in a three-way tie for first-place with a 2-under 142 helping Utah State tie for sixth overall at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational last week. For Higham, it is the best individual finish by an Aggie golfer since the fall of 1996 when Todd Tanner won medalist honors after carding a 3-over 147 (77-70) at the Stevinson Ranch Invitational in Stanislaus, Calif. Utah State shot an 8-over 296 during the final day of competition to finish with an 18-over 594 (298-296) to tie for sixth-place with Seattle in the 14-team field. Cal Poly won the team championship with an 8-over 584 (294-290) after shooting a final round 2-over par. Higham shot a 2-under 70 during his opening round before carding an even par 72 during his final 18 holes for his best collegiate finish. Freshman Seokwon Jeon also recorded his best collegiate finish with a 3-over 147 (71-76) to tie for 12th. Junior Zach Waxler finished tied for 65th with a 12-over 156 (81-75), freshman Reed Platke tied for 71st with a 13-over 157 (84-73), and senior Kris Sayer tied for 81st with a 17-over 161 (76-85). USU also had two players competing as individuals in the tournament as senior Brendan Dennis tied for 29th with a 7-over 151 (74-77) to record his best collegiate finish, and sophomore Ryan Pearson finished in 96th-place with a 41-over 185 (93-92).
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 22-24 --- at Texas Invitational
Fri., Feb. 22 --- vs. Lamar, 10 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 22 --- vs. Tulsa, 1:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 --- at Texas, 9:30 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 --- vs. TBD, TBA
Sun., Feb. 17 --- vs. TBD, TBA
Utah State softball (0-10) will continue its 2013 season on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Texas Invitational against Lamar at 10 a.m. (MT), and against Tulsa at 1:30 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, Utah State will play host Texas at 9:30 a.m. (MT). From there the tournament will be seeded according to record as teams will play one more game Saturday and a final game Sunday.
Hillenbrand Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.
L, 4-6 --- vs. Southern Utah
L, 1-2 --- vs. Purdue
L, 0-9 --- vs. Nebraska
L, 0-5 --- vs. Drake
L, 1-13 --- at #16 Arizona
Utah State went 0-5 last week at the Arizona hosted Hillenbrand Invitational with losses to Southern Utah (6-4), Purdue (2-1), Nebraska (9-0), Drake (5-0) and to the host Wildcats (13-1). Junior outfielder Rachael Hunsaker hit .273 (3-11) during the tournament to go along with an RBI double, a run scored and a base on balls. Hunsaker began the tournament by going 1-for-3 with a walk against SUU and scored a run. She was also 1-for-3 against the Boilermakers and ended the tournament going 1-for-2 with an RBI double against the 16th-ranked Wildcats.
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