Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, gymnastics, and men and women's indoor track & field all in action.
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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 23, 2015

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

This Week
Tues., Feb. 24 --- UNLV, 7:30 p.m. (CBS SN)
Sat., Feb. 28 --- at Air Force, 12 p.m. (ROOT)
• Utah State men's basketball (16-10, 9-5) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts UNLV (15-12, 6-8) on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) and plays at Air Force (12-14, 5-10) on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 12 p.m. in a game that will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 3-30 all-time against the Rebels including a 2-12 home record, and 11-3 all-time against the Falcons including a 4-3 road record.

Last Week
W, 76-54 --- at San José State
W, 85-79 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week with a 76-54 road win at San José State and an 85-79 home win against Fresno State. Against the Spartans, sophomore wing Jalen Moore scored 20 points and junior guard Chris Smith had 17 points. USU finished the game shooting 54.0 percent from the field (27-50), including 46.2 percent from three-point range (6-13) and 69.6 percent at the free throw line (16-23). SJSU shot 33.9 percent (19-56), including 37.5 percent from behind the arc (9-24) and 50.0 percent at the charity stripe (7-14). Against the Bulldogs, freshman guard Julion Pearre scored a career-high 19 points and junior guard Darius Perkins also had 19 points, while redshirt freshman forward David Collette scored 16 points and Moore finished with 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 53.7 percent (29-54), including 47.6 percent from three-point range (10-21) and 77.3 percent at the free throw line (17-22). FS shot 49.1 percent (28-57), including 35.0 percent from behind the arc (7-20) and 88.9 percent at the charity stripe (16-18).

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

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Feb. 26-28 --- at Mountain West Championships, All Day (Albuquerque, N.M.)
• Utah State's indoor track & field teams will continue its 2015 season this weekend as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2015 Mountain West Championships from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28. Last season, the Aggie men placed fourth at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, while the Aggie women placed sixth. Senior sprinter Nic Bowens was named the league's Outstanding Performer at last year's Indoor Championship as he won both the 60m (6.61) and 200m (21.11) setting school records in both events. Senior multi-eventer Chari Hawkins was named the Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Year along with being named the league's Outstanding Performer at last year's Indoor Championship as she won the pentathlon with a school and meet record 4,173 points, while also placing second in both the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50) and 60m hurdles (8.44).

Last Week
NTS --- at Montana State Invitational
• Utah State senior Eric Shellhorn captured the top-spot in the mile with a time of 4:07.52 at the Montana State Open last weekend. Shellhorn finished eight seconds ahead of his nearest competitor and crossed the line just over a second away from his personal best time of 4:06.10.

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

This Week
Wed., Feb. 25 --- at UNLV, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Feb. 28 --- AIR FORCE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (7-19, 4-10) continues its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it plays at UNLV (12-13, 9-5) on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. (MT) and hosts Air Force (2-24, 1-14) on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. USU is 3-16 all-time against the Rebels and 3-1 all-time against the Falcons. Live streaming of the game is available at utahstateaggies.tv.

Last Week
W, 85-80 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
L, 55-64 --- at Fresno State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with an 85-80 home win against San José State and a 64-55 road loss at Fresno State. Against the Spartans, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu had 25 points, while senior guard Elise Nelson recorded her first double-double of the season and third of her career with a career-high 13 points and a career-best tying 13 rebounds, while senior forward Franny Vaaulu added 11 rebounds to go along with eight points. USU finished the game shooting 37.8 percent (28-74), including 19.0 percent from three-point range (4-21) and 73.5 percent at the free throw line (25-34). SJSU shot 37.7 percent (26-69), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (11-33) and 56.7 percent at the charity stripe (17-30). Against the Bulldogs, Nakkasoglu scored 24 points. USU finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-52), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 45.5 percent at the free throw line (5-11). FS shot 37.5 percent (21-56), including 36.4 percent from behind the arc (4-11) and 85.7 percent at the charity stripe (18-21).

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

Next Week
Sat., Mar. 7 --- vs. Loyola Marymount, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 2 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Mar. 8 --- at Cal Poly, 2 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men's tennis (12-2, 1-0) continues its 2015 spring season next week as it faces Loyola Marymount in San Luis Obispo, Calif., on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. (MT) and then plays at Cal Poly on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 4-3 --- at Montana State
W, 7-0 --- vs. Montana State-Billings, Bozeman, Mont.
• Utah State posted a 2-0 road record last week with a 4-3 win against Montana State and a 7-0 win against Montana State-Billings. Against the Bobcats, USU lost the doubles point. In singles, sophomore Dennis Baumgartner won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 3-6, 6-1), senior Marcus Fritz won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 6-0), freshman Jaime Barajas won at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-4), and sophomore Sebastian Schneider won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-4). Against the Yellowjackets, USU won the doubles point as Fritz and sophomore Jack Swindells won at the first position (6-1) and senior Matt Sweet and freshman Andrew Nakajima won at the second position (6-2). In singles, Swindells won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-1), Fritz won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 6-2), Sweet won at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-2), freshman Tomas Cosmai won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-1) and Nakajima won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-2).

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

Next Week
Fri., Mar. 6 --- IDAHO, 11 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (9-3, 0-0) continues its 2015 spring season next week as it hosts Idaho on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m.

Last Week
W, 7-0 --- vs. Lewis-Clark State, Bozeman, Mont.
W, 7-0 --- vs. Montana State-Billings, Bozeman, Mont.
W, 6-1 --- at Montana State
• Utah State posted a 3-0 road record last week with wins against Lewis-Clark State (7-0), Montana State-Billings (7-0) and Montana State (6-1). Against the Warriors, USU took the doubles point as junior Kallie Sperry and sophomore Lexi Turley won at the first position (6-4), sophomore Nini Guensler and freshman Meghan Lyall won at the second position (6-3), and junior Amber Stuhlmann and freshman Sabrina Demerath won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-0, 6-2), Demerath won at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-0), freshman Maggie O'Meara won at the No. 3 spot (6-0, 7-5), Lyall won at the No. 4 spot (2-6, 6-3, 10-7), Stuhlmann won at the No. 5 spot (7-5, 7-6) and sophomore Katie Sweet won at the No. 6 spot (7-6, 6-1). Against the Yellowjackets, USU swept the doubles point as Sperry and Turley won at the first position (6-1), Lyall and Demerath won at the second position (6-2), and Stuhlmann and Sweet won at the third position (6-0). In singles, Sperry won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-1), O'Meara won at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 6-1), Turley won at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-0), Lyall won at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 7-5), Stuhlmann won at the No. 5 spot (6-0, 6-1) and Sweet won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 6-0). Against the Bobcats, USU again won the doubles point as Turley and Sperry won at the first position (7-6), and senior McKenzie Davis and O'Meara won at the second position (6-2). In singles, Davis won at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 7-5), Guensler won at the No. 2 spot (4-6, 7-6, 6-1), Demerath won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 4-6, 6-2), O'Meara won at the No. 5 spot (6-7, 6-2, 10-6) and Turley won at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-2).

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Feb. 27 --- at #22 Southern Utah / vs. #17 Denver, 7 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 1 --- at Texas Woman's / vs. Maryland & Brown, 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (4-4, 1-4) continues its 2015 season this week with a Mountain Rim Conference tri-meet at No. 22 Southern Utah and versus No. 17 Denver on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. USU will then compete in a quad meet at Texas Woman's along with Maryland and Brown on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 195.025-196.225 --- #22 SOUTHERN UTAH
• Utah State lost a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference home dual meet against No. 22 Southern Utah last weekend by a final score of 196.225-195.025. USU scored a season-high 48.950 on vault, a season-high 48.950 on bars, a 48.000 on beam and a 49.000 on floor. In the all-around, USU took the top three spots as junior McKinzey Martinez won the event with a 39.275 (vault: 9.825, bars: 9.775, beam: 9.800, floor: 9.875), while senior Sarah Landes took second with a 39.100 (vault: 9.800, bars: 9.775, beam: 9.650, floor: 9.875), and sophomore Bailey McIntire finished third with a 39.075 (vault: 9.725, bars: 9.875, beam: 9.625, floor: 9.875). Individually, Martinez and junior Miranda Kerr tied for first on vault with a 9.825. On the bars, McIntire put up a career-high 9.875 to take third-place, while freshman Melanie Oster set her career-high with a 9.800 to tie for fifth. On beam, Martinez tied for fifth-place with a 9.800. On floor, Martinez and Landes tied for second with a 9.875, which was a career-high for Martinez. McIntire tied for fourth with a 9.850, while redshirt sophomore Hayley Sanzotti took sixth with a career-high 9.825.

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

Next Week
Fri.-Sun, Mar. 6-8--- at Boise State Tournament
Fri., Mar. 6 --- vs. Montana, 10:30 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 7 --- vs. Saint Mary's, 8 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 7 --- vs. Weber State, 10:30 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 8 --- vs. Montana, 10:30 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 8 --- vs. Weber State, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (2-12, 0-0) continues its 2015 season next weekend at the Boise State hosted SpringHill Suites Invitational. USU will begin the tournament against Montana (1-9) on Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:30 a.m. USU will then play Saint Mary's (5-8) and Weber State (5-5) on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively, before concluding the tournament on Sunday, Mar. 8 against Montana and Weber State at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Last Week
at UC Riverside Tournament
L, 1-9 (5) --- vs. Michigan State
L, 5-6 (9) --- at UC Riverside
L, 3-4 --- vs. San Diego
L, 4-5 (8)--- at UC Riverside
W, 3-2 --- vs. Michigan State
• Utah State went 1-4 last weekend at the UC Riverside hosted Amy S. Harrison Classic as the Aggies lost to Michigan State (9-1), San Diego (4-3) and UC Riverside twice (6-5, 5-4), before concluding the tournament with a 3-2 win against Michigan State. Junior Noelle Johnson, sophomore Alleyah Armendariz and freshman Jordyn McCracken shared time in the circle, combining for an ERA of 4.32. The three allowed 41 hits and 26 runs on the weekend, striking out 12 batters and walking 12. Junior outfielder Sarah Chow led the team with eight hits and five runs between the five games, batting .444. Senior first baseman Hailey Froton led the RBI column with five of the Aggies' 14 runs batted in. Froton was also tops defensively with 36 putouts, while senior third baseman Nicole Arata added 14 assists. As a team, USU hit .246 in the tournament, with 32 hits, 16 strikeouts and 12 walks.

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

Next Competition
Mon.-Tues., Mar. 23-24 --- at Cal Poly Match Play, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2015 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 23-24 at the Cal Poly Match Play Tournament held at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Last Competition
5th/13 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State placed fifth as a team with an even par 576 (284-292) at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational held in St. George, Utah last week. For USU, its fifth-place finish marks the third time in six tournaments this year it has recorded a top-five placing and USU has now finished in the top 10 of every tournament it has competed in this season. Senior Grahm Schmaltz concluded his best-ever collegiate tournament with a 7-under 137 (69-68) to finish second individually. Schmaltz tied his collegiate-low round with a 4-under 68 during his final 18 holes and posted his best-ever tournament finish with his second-place showing, bettering his 11th-place finish at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational last fall. Schmaltz, who had a pair of rounds in the 60s during the tournament, entered the tournament with just two career rounds under 70. Joining Schmaltz on the leaderboard for USU was junior Seokwon Jeon who tied for 24th-place with a 2-over 146 (73-73) and sophomore McCoy Willey who also tied for 24th-place with a 2-over 146 (67-79). Willey began the tournament with a collegiate-low 5-under 67 during his first 18 holes. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include senior Zach Waxler who tied for 42nd-place with a 5-over 149 (77-72) and junior Brennan Coburn who tied for 70th-place with a 13-over 157 (75-82). Sophomore Eli Rogers also competed for USU as an individual and tied for 42nd-place with a 5-over 149 (77-72).

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