Weekly Aggie Update
Feb. 24, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 24, 2008
Utah State (19-9, 8-4) will return to WAC action this week as it hosts Louisiana Tech (4-21, 1-11) on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. USU is 5-1 all-time against the Bulldogs which includes a 71-61 win in Ruston earlier this year. Last week, Utah State lost at San Jose State, 70-67, and then defeated UC Santa Barbara, 72-59. Against the Spartans senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 31 points and added eight rebounds. Against the Gauchos, freshman forward Tai Wesley scored a game-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds, while Carroll added 15 points. On the season, Utah State is led by Carroll who is averaging 22.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and shooting 52.4 percent from the field, 51.4 percent from three-point range and 91.5 percent from the free throw line, while junior forward Gary Wilkinson is averaging 13.0 points and 6.6 rebounds and shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. Wesley is also scoring in double-figures as he is averaging 10.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. As a team, USU is averaging 72.6 points and shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from three-point range and 78.3 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 68.5 points and shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and 70.3 percent from the free throw line.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Utah State's track and field teams will travel to Boise, Idaho this weekend to compete in the 2008 WAC Indoor Championships. Two weeks ago, USU had six individuals win events in two separate meets at the Washington Invitational and the Boise State Team Invitational. Senior Amy Egan highlighted the weekend in Washington as she set a school record in the 800m, finishing in second-place with a time of 2:08.27. Other highlights from the women came in the 200m where freshman Katelyn Jensen finished 10th with a time of 25.20, sophomore Ashlee Cannon placed 21st with a personal best time of 25.66, and freshman Kimiko Kamo was 24th with a time of 25.72. At Boise, freshmen Alicia Holt and Sonia Grabowska recorded personal bests, as Holt placed first in the mile with a time of 5:12.64 and Grabowska finished third in the pole vault with a height of 12-9. Other individuals who performed well at BSU include sophomore Jennifer Scheiss who finished first in the high jump with a height of 5-5, senior Aimee Savageau who took second with a height of 5-3.25, and junior Tara Pickett who took fifth with a height of 5-1.25. Sophomore Krista Larson also placed first in the women's weight throw with a distance of 54-10.25. Highlights from the men's side in Boise were freshman Eric Larson's first-place finish in the mile with a personal beset time of 4:19.20 and sophomore Jared Glenn's second-place finish in the 3000m with a personal best time of 8:50.53.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361
Utah State (9-16, 5-8) will play at Louisiana Tech (12-13, 6-6) on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. (MT) in its only game of the week. USU is 0-5 all-time against the Lady Techsters which includes a 71-56 loss in Logan earlier this year. Last week, Utah State recorded a pair of home wins as it defeated Nevada, 56-48, and Fresno State, 44-40. Against the Wolf Pack, senior center Jenny Cross had 13 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Taylor Richards added 12 points and six rebounds. USU shot 42.9 percent in the game and limited UN to 31.3 percent shooting. Against the Bulldogs, Gross had a team-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds, while senior forward Jamelah Brown added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. In the game, the Aggies shot 32.7 percent from the field as compared to 26.9 percent shooting for Fresno State. On the season, Richards is leading the team with 10.3 points per game, while junior guard Danyelle Snelgro is averaging 9.6 points. As a team, Utah State is scoring 59.5 points on the season and shooting 37.9 percentage from the field, 30.2 percent from three-point range and 70.6 percent from the free throw line, while its opponents are scoring 64.0 points and shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from three-point range and 67.0 percent from the free throw line.
GYMNASTICS Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Utah State's gymnastics team (3-9, 1-5) will return home this weekend as it hosts No. 12 Denver on Friday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. This will be the second meeting against the Pioneers this year as Utah State finished in third-place in a quad meet with Denver, Oklahoma and Air Force in Denver on Feb. 9 as the Aggies scored a 192.275. Last week, USU finished in third-place in a tri-meet with No. 2 Utah and No. 15 Southern Utah as the Aggies scored a 189.650. Utah won the meet with a 197.200, while SUU finished second with a score of 193.100. Utah State began the meet with a season-high 48.450 on bars, followed by a score of 46.050 on beam, a 46.800 on floor and a 48.350 on vault. Freshman Nicole Simoneau led USU as she tied for fourth on the bars with a 9.825, while senior Megan Tschida tied a season-high with a 9.550 on bars. Sophomore Heather Heinrich was USU's top finisher on vault placing eighth with a 9.775, while freshman Lyndsie Boone matched her season-best with a 9.700, good for 11th. Heinrich also led Utah State on beam, posting a 9.700 to place ninth. On floor, Tschida was the top Aggie placer at 10th with a 9.675. Junior Nicki Felley was Utah State's lone all-arounder, placing sixth with a 37.875.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361
Utah State's men's tennis team (2-8) will have three matches this week as it plays at Idaho State on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m., before traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., for the weekend as it will face Weber State on Friday, Feb. 29 and then play UNLV on Saturday, Mar. 1. Last week, USU dropped a 5-2 match at home to Nevada in its only competition of the week. Against the Wolf Pack, sophomore Oscar Ericcson recorded a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles, while senior Fernando Gallegos notched a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 singles to give the Aggies its two points. Freshman Jakob Asplund and senior Jonas Tyden paired up to record an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, but Nevada won the other two matches to secure the doubles point. Other Aggies who competed included sophomore Matt Searle at No. 5 singles and junior Matt Braithwaite at No. 6 singles.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361
Utah State's women's tennis team (2-7) will play one match this week as it hosts Nevada on Saturday, Mar. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club. Last week, Utah State dropped a pair of matches as it lost to Weber State, 5-2, and at Utah, 7-0. Against the Wildcats, freshman Hailey Swenson won at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 6-4, while sophomore Britney Watts won at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Other Aggies who competed during the week included sophomore Briana Harris at No. 1 singles, junior Bridgette Strickland at No. 3 singles, and freshmen Taylor Perry and Jennifer Johnson at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Utah State's men's golf team began its 2008 spring season with a 16th-place finish at the fourth annual Pat Hicks Invitational hosted by Southern Utah University. The Aggies finished the two-day, 36-hole tournament, with a 41-over par 617 (309-308). Senior Jeremy Pack led Utah State with a 36-hole score of 152 with rounds of 79 and 73 putting him in a tie for 70th place. Junior Devin Daniels tied for 75th with a score of 153 (80-73), while junior Tyler Labrum tied for 81st with a combined score of 155 (74-81). Freshmen Thad Truman and Toph Peterson also competed for USU and finished in a tie for 99th and 106th, respectively, with scores of 159 and 162. Utah State will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 3-4 when it travels to Riversdie, Calif., to compete in the Braveheart Classic.
SOFTBALL Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361
Utah State's softball team (2-7) will take the next two weeks off before returning to action on Saturday and Sunday, Mar, 8-9 in a three-game series at Colorado State. Last weekend, USU recorded a 2-2 record at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego, Calif., as it defeated UC Santa Barbara (4-3) and Indiana (6-5), and lost to Tulsa (9-8) and host San Diego State (4-0). Freshman shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro led USU during the tournament as she hit .400 during the weekend. Against Tulsa, Kaneshiro went 3-for-3 at the plate, hitting a single, a double and her first career home run as she had three RBI in the game. She also hit a single against Indiana and tallied another RBI. On the season, sophomore outfielder Emily Reilly leads the tam with a .333 batting average, while junior pitcher Lindsey Benson has a 2-6 record and a 4.58 ERA in seven starts. As a team, Utah State is hitting .210 on the season as compared to a .311 batting average for its opponents. USU also has a team ERA of 6.12 this year, while its opponents ERA is 3.05.