Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, gymnastics, men's tennis, and men and women's indoor track & field all in action.
Feb. 22, 2016

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 22, 2016

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Wed., Feb. 24 --- at Nevada, 8 p.m. (ROOT)
Sat., Feb. 27 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 7 p.m. (MWN)
• Utah State men’s basketball (13-12, 5-9) continues Mountain West action this week with a pair of games as it plays at Nevada (16-10, 8-6) on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (MT) and hosts San José State (8-18, 3-11) on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. USU’s game at UN will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683), while its game against SJSU will be streamed live on the internet via the Mountain West Network. USU is 35-16 all-time against the Wolf Pack, including a 14-12 road record and 56-21 all-time against the Spartans, including a 32-4 home record.

Last Week
W, 72-59 --- COLORADO STATE
L, 68-75 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 72-59 home win against Colorado State and a 75-68 road loss at Fresno State. Against the Rams, senior guard Chris Smith had 19 points and junior wing Jalen Moore scored 16 points to become the 37th player in program history to score 1,000 career points. USU finished the game shooting 48.2 percent (27-of-56), including 39.1 percent (9-of-23) from 3-point range and 56.3 percent (9-of-16) at the free throw line. CSU shot 32.8 percent (20-of-61), including 25.8 percent (8-of-31) from behind the arc and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) at the charity stripe. Against the Bulldogs, Moore scored 13 points and Smith had 11, while junior guard Shane Rector also scored 13 points off the bench. USU finished the game shooting 42.9 percent (21-of-49), including 24.0 percent (6-of-25) from 3-point range and 76.9 percent (20-of-26) at the free throw line. FS shot 41.0 percent (25-of-61), including 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from behind the arc and 90.0 percent (18-of-20) at the charity stripe.

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

This Week
Sun., Feb. 28 --- GONZAGA, 1 p.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (8-4, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season this weekend with a home match against Gonzaga (2-5) on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
L, 0-4 --- at #10 Texas Tech
W, 4-0 --- vs. UTSA, Lubbock, Texas
• Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week with a 4-0 loss at No. 10 Texas Tech and a 4-0 win against UTSA. Against the Red Raiders, Texas Tech took the doubles point, but sophomore Jaime Barajas and freshman Samuel Serrano won at the third position (6-3). TTU then won the first three singles matches and the rest were left unfinished. Against UTSA, USU took the doubles point as freshmen Romai Ugarte and Luis Lopez won at the first position (7-6 (2)), and junior Jack Swindells and freshman Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-3). In singles, Swindells won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-1), Lopez won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-3) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 6-4). The rest of the singles matches were left unfinished. Also competing for USU was sophomore Andrew Nakajima.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

This Week
Wed., Feb. 24 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 27 --- at San José State, 3 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women’s basketball (11-14, 6-8) continues Mountain West play this week with a home game against Nevada (5-20, 4-10) on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., followed by a road game at San José State (11-15, 9-6) on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. (MT). All-time, USU is 12-11 against the Wolf Pack and 15-8 against the Spartans. All conference games will be streamed live on the Aggie Digital Network through Campus Insiders.

Last Week
L, 64-91 --- at Colorado State
L, 61-67 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State went 0-2 in Mountain West play last week with a 91-64 road loss at Colorado State and a 67-61 home loss to Fresno State. Against the Rams, sophomore guard Funda Nakkasoglu scored 20 points and sophomore center Hannah Hutchins added 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 39.7 percent (23-of-58), including 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from 3-point range and 87.5 percent (14-of-16) at the free throw line. CSU shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56), including 50.0 percent (13-of-26) from behind the arc and 66.7 percent (16-of-24) at the charity stripe. Against the Bulldogs, Nakkasoglu had 22 points and freshman center Deja Mason scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 31.0 percent (18-of-58), including 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from 3-point range and 84.0 percent (21-of-25) at the free throw line. FS shot 49.0 percent (24-of-49), including 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from behind the arc and 52.2 percent (12-of-23) at the charity stripe.

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Fri., Feb. 26 --- #9 BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (4-5, 2-1 MRGC) continues its 2016 season this week with a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference home meet against No. 9 Boise State (8-0, 3-0) on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., for the team’s annual Alumni Meet.

Last Week
W, 195.475-195.150 --- at BYU
• Utah State recorded a season-high score and led after each rotation in a 195.475-195.150 victory at in-state rival BYU last weekend. Senior McKinzey Martinez finished in second place in the all-around with a score of 39.050. Utah State began the meet on bars, where the team notched a score of 48.775. Martinez led the Aggies with a 9.825 to place second, while fellow senior JoAnna Cuba and junior Bailey McIntire each had a 9.775 to tie for third. Utah State next competed on vault and recorded a season-high team score of 48.950. McIntire led the Aggies with a career-high-tying 9.875 to win the event. In the third rotation, the Aggies competed on floor and scored a 48.850. Martinez led the way for Utah State with a 9.825 to finish fourth, while junior Hayley Sanzotti and sophomore Keri Peel each had a 9.775 to tie for fifth. Utah State closed out the competition on beam, recording a 48.900. Freshman Natalie Rainbolt led the way for the Aggies with a career-best score of 9.875 to tie for first on the event. Sanzotti and freshman Emily Briones tied for fifth with 9.800s.

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

Next Competition
Mon., March 7 --- vs. CS Fullerton, Los Angeles, Calif., 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Wed., March 9 --- at Loyola Marymount, 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Thur., March 10 --- at Concordia, 10 a.m. (MT)
Thur., March 10 --- vs. UC Riverside, Los Angeles, Calif., 4 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women’s tennis (4-6, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season in two weeks with four matches in Los Angeles, Calif., as it plays CS Fullerton (6-1) on Monday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. (MT), at Loyola Marymount (2-4) on Wednesday, March 9 at 2:30 p.m. (MT), at Concordia (1-3) on Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m. (MT), and against UC Riverside (3-5) on Thursday, March 10 at 4 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- vs. Idaho, Pullman, Wash.
L, 1-6 --- at #66 Washington State
W, 4-0 --- vs. Lewis-Clark State, Pullman, Wash.
• Utah State posted a 1-2 record last week in Pullman, Wash., with a 6-1 loss to Idaho, a 6-0 loss at No. 66 Washington State and a 4-0 win against Lewis-Clark State. Against the Vandals, junior Nini Guensler won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 6-3). Against Lewis-Clark State, USU took the doubles point as juniors Ekaterina Tugarinova and Lexi Turley won at the first position (6-2) and Guensler and sophomore Meghan Lyall won at the third position (6-1). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-0), Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-1), sophomore Sabrina Demerath won at the No. 3 spot (6-3, 6-0) and sophomore Maggie O’Meara won at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-2). Also competing was freshmen Jenna Kane and Monika Van de Vondel.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584

This 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 this 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 Competition
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).

SOFTBALL
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

Next Week
at UC Riverside Tournament
Sat., March 5 --- at UC Riverside, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sat., March 5 --- vs. Santa Clara, 3 p.m. (MT)
Sun., March 6 --- vs. Santa Clara, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sun., March 6 --- at UC Riverside 12:30 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State’s softball team (5-6, 0-0) continues its 2016 season next weekend at the UC Riverside-hosted Highlander Classic. USU will begin the tournament against UC Riverside (7-6) and Santa Clara (2-7)on Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m. (MT) and 3 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU will then conclude the tournament on Sunday, March 6 against Santa Clara and UC Riverside at 10 a.m. (MT) and 12:30 p.m. (MT), respectively.

Last Week
at UNLV Tournament
W, 2-1 --- vs. Weber State
L, 10-8 (5) --- vs. Grand Canyon
W, 6-1 --- vs. UTEP
W, 10-4 --- vs. Southern Utah
L, 2-9 --- vs. CS Northridge
• Utah State continued the 2016 season posting a 3-2 record at the UNLV-hosted DeMarini Desert Classic last weekend. The Aggies opened the weekend with a 2-1 win over in-state rival Weber State before falling to Grand Canyon, 8-0, in five innings. The team swept the next day of competition, topping Southern Utah, 10-4, and UTEP, 6-1. The weekend concluded in a 9-2 loss to Cal State Northridge. Four USU pitchers appeared in the circle over the weekend, compiling a combined earned run average of 3.94. The four allowed 33 total hits and 23 runs, while striking out 19 batters and walking an additional 10. Junior April Brown led the pitching staff with a 2-0 record and a 1.31 ERA. At the plate, senior outfielder Sarah Chow led the Aggies, batting .353 with six hits. Junior outfielder Amanda Sheets led the team with four runs scored and was also the RBI leader with four. Defensively, senior first baseman Libby Pederson was tops with 25 putouts on the weekend.

MEN’S GOLF
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 Competition
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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