Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, men's tennis, and men's and women's indoor track & field all in action.

Feb. 20, 2012

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Fri., Feb. 24 --- IDAHO, 7 p.m. (KMYU TV)
• Utah State men's basketball (14-14, 5-6) will play its final home game of the regular season on Friday, Feb. 24 when it hosts Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho (16-11, 7-4) on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., in a game that will be televised live on KMYU TV. USU is 33-14 all-time against the Vandals including a 15-1 record at home.

Last Week
W, 70-58 --- MONTANA TECH
• Utah State posted a 1-1 home record last week as it defeated Montana Tech (70-58) and lost to UC Santa Barbara (72-64). Against the Orediggers, sophomore guard Preston Medlin had 22 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds, while senior guard Brockeith Pane scored 16 points. USU finished the game shooting 47.9 percent from the field (23-48), 22.2 percent from three-point range (4-18) and 74.1 percent from the free throw line (20-27). MTU shot 44.6 percent (25-56), including 28.6 percent from three (6-21) and 66.7 percent at the line (2-3). Against the Gauchos, Medlin scored 14 points and tied his career-high with eight assists, while Pane scored 13 points and junior forward Kyisean Reed added 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 41.2 percent from the field (21-51), 25.0 percent from three-point range (5-20) and 68.0 percent at the free throw line (17-25). UCSB shot 53.2 percent overall (25-47), including 53.3 percent from behind the arc (8-15) and 66.7 percent at the line (14-21).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 27-28 --- at Washington State Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2012 spring season on Monday, Feb. 27 when it travels to Chandler, Ariz., to compete in the Washington State hosted Snowman Invitational.

Last Week
9th/14 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State finished in ninth-place out of 14 teams at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational with a 27-over 603 (298-305). Sophomore Tanner Higham was USU's top individual as he finished tied for seventh with a 1-under par 143 (70-73) for his second-best collegiate finish. Freshman Tanner Jenson tied for 27th with a 5-over 149 (72-77), while senior Chanse Godderidge tied for 59th with an 11-over 155 (77-78). Senior Austin French tied for 66th with a 12-over 156 (79-77), and junior Brendan Dennis tied for 85th at 20-over 164 (84-80). Utah State also had two individuals competing in the tournament as freshman Andrew Paulson tied for 45th with a 9-over 153 (75-78) and freshman Brennan Coburn tied for 59th at 11-over 155 (73-82).

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Sat., Feb. 25 --- IDAHO, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (17-8, 8-3) continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with a home game against Idaho (9-18, 4-7) on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU is 9-12 all-time against the Vandals.

Last Week
W, 84-72 --- at Nevada
L, 60-78 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week as it won at Nevada (84-72) and lost at Fresno State (78-60). Against the Wolf Pack, junior guard Devyn Christensen scored a career-high 27 points, while senior forward Ashlee Brown notched her seventh double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Brooke Jackson added 18 points and eight rebounds, while junior forward Jenna Johnson scored 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 46.8 percent from the field (29-62), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 87.0 percent at the free throw line (20-23). UN shot 48.3 percent overall (29-60), including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (6-15) and 72.7 percent at the line (8-11). Against the Bulldogs, Christensen scored 21 points and Johnson added a career-high 17 points, while Jackson scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 33.9 percent from the field (20-59), including 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (14-18). FS shot 46.3 percent overall (31-67), including 31.8 percent from three (7-22) and 56.3 percent at the line (9-16).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Feb. 25 --- at Brigham Young / vs. Southern Utah, 1 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (3-6, 1-2) continues its 2012 season on Saturday, Feb. 25 when it travels to Provo to face BYU and Southern Utah in a tri-meet beginning at 1 p.m.

Last Week
W, 193.875-193.400 --- SACRAMENTO STATE
• Boosted by three event titles in addition to the all-around win, Utah State gymnastics earned its first dual victory and first Western Athletic Conference win of the season with a 193.875-193.400 victory against Sacramento State last weekend. The Aggies collected three individual event titles as senior Rebecca Holliday won the beam with a 9.825, while freshman Kaitlyn Betts collected the first win of her Aggie career with a 9.825 on bars. Fellow freshman Sarah Landes shared the floor crown with a 9.850 and won the all-around title with a 39.050. USU's final score of 193.875 was its third-highest this season, as the Aggies notched a 48.125 on vault, 48.925 on bars, 48.000 on beam and 48.825 on floor. The 48.825 on floor was a season-high, the 48.925 on bars was its second-best of the season, and its 48.000 on beam was the third-highest of the year. Sacramento State had scores of 48.575 on vault, 47.625 on bars, 48.325 on beam and 48.875 on floor for its final score of 193.400.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 23-25 --- at WAC Championships, Boise, ID, All Day
• Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Thursday, Feb. 23 when it travels to Boise, Idaho to compete in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. The Aggie men have won two straight indoor WAC titles and three of the last four overall, while the Aggie women have placed second each of the last two years.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Washington Invitational
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
• Utah State track and field standout senior pole vaulter Sonia Grabowska won her second title of the season clearing 4.05m (13-03.50) at the Boise State Team Challenge last weekend. Overall, USU had 15 student-athletes place in the top-10 and 11 Aggies set new personal-best marks at both the Boise State Team Challenge and at Washington's FloTrack Husky Classic. Junior Jon Goble recorded a personal-best time in the 60m hurdles (8.50) to garner sixth-place, while senior Philip Noble and junior Jordan McMurray followed close behind taking seventh and ninth-places with time of 8.56 and 8.87, respectively. Junior David Cluff ran a 9:02.46 in the 3,000m race to place 10th, while sophomore Kenny Hamlett tied his season-high of 1.84m (6-00.50) in the high jump to tie for sixth-place. Rounding out the top-10 for the Aggie men was senior Damian Szade who placed second in the long jump with a mark of 6.93m (22-09.00), while Noble placed eighth with a mark of 6.31m (20-08.50) in the same event. Noble also set a personal-best mark in the shot put [11.19m (36-08.50)] and in the 60m hurdles (8.50). Senior Xavier Martin recorded a new personal-best in the 60m dash, clocking in at 7.18 along with junior Jordan McMurray setting a personal-best mark in the shot put with a throw of 11.55m (37-10.75). For the USU women, sophomore Sam Nielson and senior Julia Stewart led the way at Boise State, with a third and fifth-place finish in the triple jump with leaps of 11.88m (38-11.75) and 11.56m (37-11.25), respectively. Stewart's mark is a personal-best. Sophomore Haley Ence collected 10th-place in the 800m with a time of 2:23.95, while junior Amber Thompson and senior Rachelle St. Jeor joined Grabowska in the pole vault clearing 3.60m (11-09.75). Thompson tied for seventh-place on a judge's decision while St. Jeor took home 10th-place. At Washington, the Aggie distance runners collectively performed well as several athletes set new personal-best marks including seniors Nick Bolinder who claimed 37th-place in the 3,000m run (8:30.86) and Chio Lopez who brought home 29th-place in the mile with a time of 4:08.67. Sophomore Hannah Williams also set a personal-best time as she clocked in at 4:57.79 in the mile run to take home 39th-place. Other Utah State runners to set personal-best marks in Seattle were junior Stephanie Burt (5:01.06), along with freshman Brittany Bushman (5:11.57) and Eric Shellhorn (4:18.70), all in the mile. Senior distance runner Daniel Howell bested his own school record time in the 5,000 meter run (14:04.25/12th-place) at Washington as the Utah State track and field teams collected one event title and 13 top-10 finishes at three different meets. Sophomore Kylie Hirschi captured her second-straight 800m title (2:12.56) at New Mexico Invitational and high-flying freshman Rachel Orr cleared 1.73m (5-08.00) for the second-time this season to claim third-place in the high jump. Joining Orr in the high jump was fellow freshman Mariah Thompson who placed eighth and junior Bri Campbell who took home 10th-place on a judge's decision. Thompson and Campbell each jumped over the bar at 1.63m (5-04.25). Senior Katelyn Heiner also finished eighth in the 400m with a personal-best time of 55.09, while junior Aubrie Haymore finished close behind in ninth-place with her personal-best time of 55.77. The women's 4x400 meter relay team also found the top 10 as they placed sixth with a time of 3:45.19 which ranks them at No. 7 all-time in Aggie indoor history, with the team consisting of Heiner and Haymore along with juniors Hollie Bosworth and Bailee Whitworth. For the USU men at the New Mexico Invitational, junior Tyler Killpack ran a personal-best time of 1:54.34 in the 800m to garner fifth-place, while sophomore Silas Pimentel placed seventh and 10th in the 60m and 200m with times of 6.78 and 21.31, respectively. Pimentel now ranks at No. 2 in the 200 meter race in Aggie indoor track and field history. Fellow sophomore AJ Boully finished in 10th-place in the 400m with a personal-best and Western Athletic Conference season-best time of 48.30. Sophomore Bryce Hall and senior Joe Canavan rounded out Utah State's top-10 finishes in Albuquerque with throws of 18.45m (60-06.50) and 16.88m (55-04.75) to claim seventh and eighth-places in the weight throw. Joining Howell in the Aggie record books at No. 9 in the 5,000m was sophomore Kyle McKenna who ran a personal-best time of 14:26.33 (38th-place) at the Washington Classic . Senior Kim Quinn also ran the 5,000m on the women's side as she finished in 52nd-place with a WAC season-best time of 17:27.43. At Boise State, senior John Johnson cleared a season-best 4.90m (16-00.75) on his third pole vault try to capture second-place on a judge's decision. With the height, Johnson ranks at No. 3 in the WAC this season.

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Mon., Feb. 20 --- vs. Southern Utah (DH), St. George, Utah, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-4) will continue its 2012 season this week with a doubleheader at Southern Utah on Monday, Feb. 20 beginning at 12 p.m.

Last Week
at UNLV Classic
W, 12-9 --- vs. Cal State Northridge
W, 5-1 --- vs. UC Riverside
W, 6-3 --- vs. Indiana
L, 2-11 (5) --- vs. Texas Tech
L, 0-13 (5) --- vs. #25 LSU
• Senior third baseman Kelley Kaneshiro helped Utah State to a 3-2 record last weekend at the UNLV hosted Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with wins against Cal State Northridge (12-9), UC Riverside (5-1) and Indian (6-3), and losses to Texas Tech (11-2) and No. 25 LSU (13-0). Kaneshiro began the tournament by going 2-for-2 at the plate against Cal State Northridge with two RBI and one run scored. She then went 2-for-3 at the plate against Indiana, including a three-run home run in the top of the first inning. During the tournament, Kaneshiro hit .625 (5-8) with five RBI and three runs scored, to go along with her one home run.

Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Wed, Feb. 22 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (2-4, 0-1) will continue its 2012 season this week with a home match against Weber State on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 12 p.m. at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Competition
W, 6-1 --- MESA STATE
• Utah State won its only match of the week as it defeated Mesa State, 6-1. Against the Mavericks, junior Sven Poslusny posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-1), freshman Marcus Fritz posted a straight sets win at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-3), sophomore Fredrick Peterson won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-2), junior Lenny Whiting recorded a straight sets win at No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-1), and senior Nate Ballam posted a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-1). USU also won the doubles point as Fritz and Poslusny posted an 8-1 win at the first position, Ballam teamed with freshman Matt Sweet for an 8-3 win at the second position, and Whiting teamed with junior Lenny Whiting for an 8-0 win at the third position.

Contact: Megan Allen - (307 707-5340

Next Competition
Sat., Mar. 3 --- SEATTLE, 9 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (4-4) continues its 2012 season on Saturday, March 3 when it hosts Seattle inside the Sports Academy & Racquet Club at 9 a.m.

Last Week
L, 1-6--- at UNLV
W, 6-1 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas
• Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at No. 37 UNLV (6-1) and defeated UC Riverside (6-1). Against the Rebels, junior Julie Tukuafu scored the Aggies only point with a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-3). USU also won one of the three doubles matches as senior Brianna Rowland teamed with freshman Kimberly Watts for an 8-5 victory at the third position. Against the Highlanders, junior Jaci West posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-0, 1-0), freshman McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 7-5), junior Kristina Voytsekovich posted a three sets win at No. 3 singles (7-6, 1-6, 10-8), junior Romina Nedakovic won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-3), and Tukuafu won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-3). USU also claimed the doubles point as West and Davis won at the first doubles position (8-7), Nedakovic and Voytsekhovich posted an 8-3 win at the second doubles position, while Rowland and Watts notched an 8-5 win at the third doubles position.

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