Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men's and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, women's tennis, and men's and women's indoor track & field all in action.
Feb. 20, 2017

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Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Wed., Feb. 22 --- at San José State, 8 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Sat., Feb. 25 --- AIR FORCE, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
• Utah State men’s basketball (11-15, 5-10) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it plays at San José State (14-11, 7-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m. (MT) on the Mountain West Network and then hosts Air Force (10-17, 3-11) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 57-21 all-time against the Spartans, including a 19-13 road record, and 14-4 against the Falcons, including an 8-0 home record.

Last Week
L, 62-66 --- SAN DIEGO STATE
L, 66-77--- at Nevada
• Utah State lost both of its Mountain West games last week with a 66-62 home loss to San Diego State and a 77-66 road loss at Nevada. Against the Aztecs, senior wing Jalen Moore led the Aggies with 20 points and a team-high four assists as USU shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the floor, 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from behind the 3-point line and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) at the free throw line. SDSU shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the floor, 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) at the free throw line. Against the Wolf Pack, Moore led the Aggies again with 19 points, hitting a career-high-tying five 3-point shots, as USU shot 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from behind the 3-point line and 62.5 percent (10-of-16) at the free throw line. The Wolf Pack finished the game shooting 40.0 percent (24-of-60) from the floor, 50.0 percent (11-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 69.2 percent (18-of-26) at the free throw line.

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

This Week
Sat., Feb. 25 --- vs. Montana, Spokane, Wash., 11 a.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 26 --- at Gonzaga, 11 a.m. (MT)
• Utah State women’s tennis (6-2, 0-0 MW) continues its 2017 season this weekend with a pair of matches in Spokane, Wash., as it faces Montana (1-6) on Saturday, Feb. 25, and plays at Gonzaga (4-0) on Sunday, Feb. 26, with both contests beginning at 11 a.m. (MT).

Last Week
• Utah State won its only match last week with a 5-2 home win against Grand Canyon. In doubles, senior Ekaterina Tugarinova and junior Maggie O’Meara won at the first position (6-4), senior Nini Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath won at the second position (7-6 (6)), and freshmen Lucy Octave and Sophia Haleas won at the third position, 6-3. In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-3), Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-1), Octave won at the No. 3 spot (6-2, 4-6, 6-3) and freshman Hannah Jones won at the No. 5 spot (7-6 (2), 7-5.

Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Wed., Feb. 22 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 25 --- at Air Force, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (14-12, 7-8) continues its 2016-17 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts San José State (10-16, 7-7) on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m., and plays at Air Force (3-21, 1-13) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. Both games will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network, while all USU home games are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos. USU is 15-9 all-time against SJSU and 7-1 all-time against AFA.

Last Week
L, 59-66 --- at San Diego State
W, 60-57 --- NEVADA
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 66-59 road loss at San Diego State and a 60-57 home win against Nevada. Against the Aztecs, sophomore guard Rachel Brewster had a team-high 14 points and sophomore guard Katie Toole added a season-high 12 points. Overall, USU shot 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from the field, including 38.9 percent (7-of-18) from the 3-point line, and was 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line. SDSU shot 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from the field, 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from behind the arc and 86.7 percent (13-of-15) from the free throw line. Against the Wolf Pack, Brewster scored 21 points, her third 20-point game of the season, while freshman guard Eliza West tallied 12 points and freshman forward Shannon Dufficy added 11 rebounds. On the day, USU shot 39.6 percent (21-of-53) from the field, including 36.4 percent (4-of-11) from the 3-point line, and was 87.5 percent (14-of-16) from the free throw line. Nevada shot 32.1 percent (18-of-56) from the field, 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from behind the arc and 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the free throw line.

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

Next Week
Fri., Mar. 3 --- BYU, 2:30 p.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (7-6, 0-0) continues its 2017 season next week as it hosts BYU (7-5) on Friday, Mar. 3, at 2:30 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. It will be the first home match against BYU since 1985, a span of 31-straight matches played away from Logan. All home matches are streamed live at http://livetenniscam.com/sites/usutennis/.

Last Week
at ITA National Team Indoors Tournament, Charlottesville, Va.
L, 0-4 --- at #1 Virginia
L, 0-5 --- vs. #9 USC
L, 0-4 --- vs. #10 Georgia
• Utah State men’s tennis posted an 0-3 record at the ITA National Team Indoors Tournament last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., with a 4-0 loss against No. 1 Virginia, a 5-0 loss against No. 9 USC and a 4-0 loss against No. 10 Georgia. Against the Bulldogs, senior Jack Swindells and sophomore Jonas Maier won at the second doubles position (6-4). Also competing for the Aggies were juniors Kai Wehnelt, Jaime Barajas and Andrew Nakajima, sophomore Samuel Serrano and freshman Sergiu Bucur.

Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 23-25 --- at MW Champs., Albuquerque, N.M., All Day
• Utah State’s indoor track & field teams will continue its 2017 season this weekend as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Championships from Thursday, Feb. 23 through Saturday, Feb. 25. USU’s men placed second at last year’s MW Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women finished ninth.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Arkansas Invitational
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
NTS --- at Boise State Team Challenge
• Utah State’s track and field teams spread their preparation efforts for the conference championships across three states, as the Aggies captured a total of 29 top-five finishes last weekend at the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Elite Invitational, the Boise State Team Challenge and the Arkansas-hosted Tyson Invitational. Utah State’s 4x400-meter relay team cruised to victory and broke the school record with a time of 3:07.23 at the Tyson Invitational. Setting the record for the Aggies were juniors Josh Gordon and Brady Martin, freshman Michael Bluth and senior AJ Boully. Overall, Boully turned in the best split with a 45.17 surge to the finish. The previous 4x400-meter relay record of 3:08.89 was set just last year by Parker Bluth, Cole Lambourne, Clay Lambourne and Martin. Additionally, Boully won the 400m with a personal-best time of 46.69, which ranks fifth all-time in school history. At the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, the Aggie men were led by junior Dillon Maggard, who placed second in the mile with a time of 4:03.54. Maggard’s converted mile time of 3:58.23 ranks 10th nationally. On the women’s side, sophomore Kashley Carter placed third in the 3,000m with a time of 9:47.77, while fellow sophomore Cierra Simmons placed fourth in the mile, clocking a time of 4:56.6. The women’s throwers also excelled as junior Olivia Moriconi finished seventh in the shot put with a toss of 14.84m (48-8.25) and sophomore Brenn Flint placed eighth with a mark of 14.77m (48-5.50). At the Boise State Team Challenge, USU’s distance runners prevailed as junior Jackie Heaps and freshman Bailee Parker placed first and second in the women’s 5,000m with times of 17:44 and 17:45, respectively. The Aggie men also claimed the top spot in the 5,000m with sophomore James Withers in first (14:36) and freshman Luke Beattie in second (14:37), while junior Tyler Roberts won the 3,000m (8:40.86).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 27-28 --- at Long Beach State Invite, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team continues its 2017 spring season on Monday, Feb. 27, at the 27th annual Long Beach State-hosted Del Walker Invitational.

Last Week
2nd/12 --- at Southern Utah Invitational, St. George, Utah
• Utah State’s men’s golf team carded a final round of 4-under 284 to finish in second-place with a 7-under 569 (285-284) at the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational last week. Utah Valley won the 12-team Thunderbird Invitational with a 16-under 560 (278-282), while Boston College’s Matt Naumec claimed medalist honors with an 8-under 136 (67-69). USU was led by freshman Chase Lansford, who tied for fifth-place at 5-under 139 (71-68). For Lansford, it is his best collegiate finish. Also competing for USU was senior Tanner Jenson, who tied for 13th place at 1-under 143 (72-71). USU freshman Hayden Eckert (75-70) and senior Eli Rogers (70-75) both tied for 20th place at 1-over 145. Rounding out Utah State’s finishers was junior Braxton Miller, who tied for 26th place at 3-over 147 (72-75) and sophomore Braydon Swapp, who tied for 38th place at 8-over 150 (74-76) as he competed as an individual.

Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Mon., Feb. 20 --- at #4 UCLA/vs. Bridgeport, 2 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 25 --- at #16 Nebraska/vs. #18 Cal/vs. SE Missouri, 6 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (5-4, 2-2) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of meets at UCLA and at Nebraska. USU will begin its week with a tri-meet at No. 4 UCLA (4-2) and against Bridgeport (13-3) on Monday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. (MT). USU will then conclude its week with a quad-meet at No. 16 Nebraska (11-2) and against No. 18 California (5-2) and versus Southeast Missouri (4-8) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 196.300-196.700 --- #7 BOISE STATE
• Utah State posted its highest score of the season in a 196.700-196.300 Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference home loss against No. 7 Boise State last weekend. The Aggies’ 196.300 proved to be the fifth-highest team score in program history and the third-highest home score. Sophomore Madison Ward won the floor title – the seventh of her career and sixth this year – with a 9.900, which ties her career high. USU also won a share of the beam title as junior Melanie Oster tied for the top spot with a career-best 9.900. USU began the night on vault with a season-high 49.075. Brown and junior Miranda Hone tied for second with career-highs of 9.850. The Aggies then recorded a 48.950 on bars, highlighted by senior Keri Peel’s career-high-tying 9.875 to tie for second. USU moved to beam for the third rotation and finished with a 49.150 as Oster capped the event for the Aggies with her 9.900, while Peel placed fourth with her personal-best 9.875 and freshman Elle Golison tied for fifth with a career-high-tying 9.850. Finishing on floor, the Aggies had to count a 9.675, but still recorded a 49.125. Ward finished first with her 9.900, Golison took second with a personal-best 9.875 and senior Hayley Sanzotti tied for third with a 9.850. Senior Bailey McIntire was the first Aggie to compete in the all-around this season and placed second with a 39.075.

Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

This Week
at Amy S. Harrison Classic, Riverside, Calif.
Fri., Feb. 24 --- vs. UTEP, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 25 --- vs. Siena, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 25 --- at UC Riverside, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 26 --- vs. UTEP, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Feb. 26 --- at UC Riverside, 3 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s softball team (5-2) continues its 2017 season in Riverside, Calif., this weekend with five games at the UC Riverside-hosted Amy S. Harrison Classic. USU will begin the tournament with one game on Friday, Feb. 24, against UTEP (0-9) at 12:30 p.m. (MT). USU will then face Siena (0-5) and host UC Riverside (1-6) on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (MT), respectively. And on Sunday, Feb. 26, USU will play UTEP and UC Riverside at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Last Week
at Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 0-8 (5) --- vs. Memphis
W, 3-1 --- vs. Southern Utah
Cancelled --- vs. Weber State
Cancelled --- vs. UTEP
Cancelled --- vs. Texas State
• Utah State softball posted a 1-1 record in a single day of competition at the weather-shortened UNLV-hosted DeMarini Desert Classic last weekend as it lost to Memphis, 8-0, in five innings, but defeated Southern Utah, 3-1. Freshman Kellie White and senior April Brown each made a start for the Aggies on the mound Friday, while sophomore Katie Schroeder also saw time. Together, the three allowed 10 hits on the day, while striking out three batters and walking five. At the plate, sophomore designated player Bailey Lewis was a perfect 2-for-2 in the game against SUU. Behind her, junior outfielder Jazmin Clarke and senior shortstop Sarina Jaramillo hit .400 (2-of-5) between the two games. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost was tops defensively, tallying a team-high 14 putouts.

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