Feb. 25, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - FEBRUARY 25, 2013
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
Thur., Feb. 28 --- at Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 --- at UT Arlington, 6 p.m.
Utah State men's basketball (19-7, 9-5) will return to Western Athletic Conference play this week with its final two road games of the regular season at Louisiana Tech (24-3, 14-0) on Thursday, Feb. 28 and at UT Arlington (15-10, 9-5) on Saturday, Mar. 2 with both contests beginning at 6 p.m. (MT). USU is 14-4 all-time against the Bulldogs including a 5-2 road record, and 1-1 all-time against the Mavericks including a 0-0 road record.
L, 68-70 --- at BYU
W, 80-71 --- ILLINOIS STATE
Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week with a 70-68 loss at BYU to go along with an 80-71 home win against Illinois State. Against the Cougars, junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield posted his sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while junior center Jarred Shaw had 13 points and eight boards. Junior guard Marvin Jean finished with 11 points and sophomore center Jordan Stone scored a career-high nine points. USU finished the game shooting 44.2 percent (23-52), including 23.8 percent from three-point range (5-21) and 63.0 percent at the free throw line (17-27). BYU shot just 35.2 percent (19-54), including just 19.0 percent from three (4-21), but was 28-of-33 (.848) at the line. Against the Redbirds, Shaw recorded his eighth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Butterfield added 16 points and six boards. Junior guard TeNale Roland scored a season-high 13 points and tied his season-high with five rebounds, while Jean added 10 points to go along with a season-high tying four assists. USU finished the game shooting 51.8 percent (29-56), including 30.0 percent from behind the arc (6-20) and 66.7 percent at the line (16-24). ISU shot just 36.9 percent (24-65), including 34.4 percent from three (11-32) and 70.6 percent at the line (12-17).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Fri., Mar. 1 --- at Arizona State, 1:30 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 --- at Arizona, 10 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis (2-2, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season this weekend with matches at Arizona State on Friday, Mar. 1 at 1:30 p.m., and at Arizona on Saturday, Mar. 2 at 10 a.m.
W, 5-2 --- WEBER STATE
Utah State won its only match last week with a 5-2 home win against Weber State. Against the Wildcats, sophomore McKenzie Davis won at No. 1 singles (5-0, WD), senior Jaci West won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-3), senior Kristina Voytsekhovich won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (7-5, 6-1) and sophomore Hillary Hays won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-2). In doubles play, Davis and West posted an 8-3 win at the first position, senior Julie Tukuafu teamed with Voytsekhovich for an 8-3 win at the second position, and freshmen Amber and Ashley Stuhlmann posted an 8-3 win at the third position at USU claimed the doubles point.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur., Feb. 28 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 --- UT ARLINGTON, 7 p.m.
Utah State women's basketball (14-11, 11-3) will continue Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games against Louisiana Tech (12-13, 8-6) on Thursday, Feb. 28 and UT Arlington (6-19, 3-11) on Saturday, Mar. 2 with both contests beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 3-14 all-time against the Lady Techsters and 1-0 all-time against the Mavericks.
W, 92-89 2OT --- at Denver
L, 94-106 --- at New Mexico State
Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last week as it won at Denver (92-89 2OT) and lost at New Mexico State (106-94). Against the Pioneers, senior guard Jenna Johnson scored a career-high 28 points to go along with seven rebounds, junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 27 points and six assists, and senior guard Devyn Christensen scored 21 points. USU finished the game shooting 44.1 percent (30-68), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 76.5 percent at the free throw line (26-34). DU shot 41.9 percent (31-74), including 35.7 percent from three (5-14) and 73.3 percent at the line (22-30). Against NMSU, Christensen had 23 points and seven rebounds, while Schlott had 18 points and five assists, and Johnson finished with 10 points. Sophomore center Franny Vaaulu also scored in double-figures as she had 16 points and nine rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 40.8 percent (29-71), including 50.0 percent from three-point range (14-28) and 95.7 percent at the free throw line (22-23). NMSU shot 42.7 percent (32-75), including 39.4 percent from three (13-33) and 87.9 percent at the line (29-33).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Sat., Mar. 23 --- LAMAR, 11 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (4-7, 0-1) will continue its 2013 season on Saturday, March 23 when it hosts Lamar at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club at 11 a.m.
L, 3-4 --- at Montana State
W, 5-0 --- vs. MSU-Billings, Bozeman, Mont.
Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at Montana State (4-3) and won against Montana State-Billings (5-0). Against the Bobcats, senior Sven Poslusny posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-4) and sophomore Sean Levesque won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-4, 7-6). In doubles play, junior Fredrik Peterson teamed with Levesque for a 9-8 win at the second position, while junior Andrew Whiting and sophomore Curran Wearmouth notched an 8-4 win at the third position as USU claimed the doubles point. Against the Yellowjackets, Poslusny posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-3), Peterson won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-3), sophomore Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (7-5, 6-2) and Wearmouth won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (7-5, 6-4). USU also won the doubles point as Poslusny and Sweet posted a 9-7 win at the first position, Peterson and Levesque notched a 9-8 win at the second position, and Wearmouth and Whiting won 9-7 at the third position.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Fri., Mar. 1 --- at Washington Qualifier, All Day
Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season at the Washington Qualifier on Friday, Mar. 1 in Seattle, Wash.
M: 3/7; W: 7/8 --- at WAC Championships, Albuquerque, N.M.
Sophomore Nic Bowens had a record-breaking day as he set school records in the men's 60m and 200m to place second and third overall with times of 6.70 and 21.17, respectively, leading the Utah State men to a third-place team finish (126 points) at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Furthermore, the USU women finished in seventh place with 51 points. Overall, USU had 16 first-team all-WAC and 16 second-team all-WAC honorees over the three-day championships. Freshman Briton Page was named the WAC Men's Freshman of the Year after leading a one-two finish in the men's 800m to capture the only gold medal for the Aggies on Saturday with a personal-best and WAC season-best time of 1:50.67,while senior Tyler Killpack claimed the silver medal with a personal-best time of 1:51.69. Additionally, Page moves up to No. 4 all-time in USU history, while Killpack ranks seventh-best in the school record books. Freshman Tylee Newman and senior Stephanie Burt placed third and fifth overall in the women's mile with times of 4:57.43 and 4:58. 60, respectively, while fellow freshman Kailtyn Wilcox ran a personal-best 56.12 to claim sixth-place honors in the 400m. Senior Will Henry and junior Silas Pimentel followed closely behind Bowens in the 60m as they finished fourth and fifth with times of 6.767 and 6.768, respectively, as they move into a tie with former Aggie Armahd Lewis for the fourth-fastest time in school history. Pimentel also had a record day in the 200m as he placed fifth with the second-fastest time by an Aggie in school history (21.29). In the men's 3,000m, junior Kyle McKenna and sophomore Chris Martinez tabbed second and third-place with times of 8:37.81 and 8:47.63, respectively. Freshman Skylar Duke cleared a personal-best 2.09m (6-10.75) in the high jump to claim fourth-place honors, while sophomore Eric Shellhorn also finished fourth in the mile (4:20.93). Senior Jon Goble crossed the finish line with a time of 8.28 in the 60m hurdles to claim sixth-place honors. The men's 4x400m relay team, which consisted of freshmen Cole Lambourne and Kalon Weston, along with Page and Killpack, placed fourth with the ninth-fastest time in school history (3:15.23).
During the first full day of competition, Page led Utah State by winning the men's 800m preliminary (1:53.11) before joining fellow freshman Kalon Weston, along with sophomore Eric Shellhorn and senior Tyler Killpack to win the men's distance medley title (10:10.02). Seniors Alex Litzsinger and Stephanie Burt, as well as freshmen Mikkell Minnoch and Tylee Newman clocked the fourth-fastest time (11:57.22) in school history to claim second place in the women's distance medley relay. Sophomore Rachel Orr cleared a personal-best height in the women's high jump as she placed second on a judge's decision with a leap of 1.77m (5-09.75). With the mark, Orr now ranks third in school history for the event. Junior Keeley Eldredge also had a career day as she threw a personal-best 17.96m (58-11.25) in the weight throw to place fourth, as she also narrowed the gap between her and former USU All-American Krista Larson who holds the school record in the event with a toss of 18.09m (59-04.25). Senior Jon Goble tallied a personal-best 5,129 points to claim second place in the men's heptathlon. Goble won the pole vaulting portion of the heptathlon with a personal-best height of 4.95m (16-02.75), while also placing second in the 60m hurdles (8.42) and eighth in the 1,000m (3:04.52). Fellow senior Sam Hawkins won the 1,000m with a personal-best time of 2:44.38 to move up to eighth place in the heptathlon with career-best point total of 4,334. Furthermore, Goble went on to finish sixth in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles and will race in the finals Saturday. Junior Kyle McKenna placed second in the men's 5,000m (15:02.65), while sophomores Chris Martinez and Tom Derr finished fifth and sixth, with times of 15:29.47 and 15:36.95, respectively. In the women's 5,000m, sophomore Ashley Robison placed fifth with a time of 18:05.36.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Fri., Mar. 1 --- at Sacramento State, 8 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (3-8, 0-3) continues its 2013 season on Friday, March 1 in a dual meet at Western Athletic Conference foe Sacramento State (3-9, 1-1) at 8 p.m. (MT).
4th, 192.150 --- at Denver / vs. Boise State / vs. Rutgers
Utah State scored a 192.150 to finish fourth in a quad meet at No. 13 Denver along with No. 17 Boise State and Rutgers. The Aggies recorded a 46.600 on beam, 48.150 on floor, 48.800 on vault and 48.600 on bars. Denver earned their winning total of 195.800 with a 49.175 on vault, 48.725 on bars, 48.850 on beam and 49.050 on floor. Boise State came in second with a 48.350 on floor, 49.050 on vault, 49.000 on bars and 48.125 on beam for a total of 194.525. Rutgers notched a 48.375 on bars, 48.050 on beam, 48.700 on floor and 48.800 on vault for their third-place finish of 193.925. Sophomore Sarah Landes finished second in the all-around with a 39.075, while junior Paige Jones finished sixth with a 38.425. Freshman Kinzey Martinez finished tied for second on vault with a career-high 9.900 and tied for third on bars with a 9.825. Jones was also among the top on bars, finishing tied for fifth with a 9.800.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 28-29 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate, All Day
Utah State men's golf will continue its 2013 spring season on Thursday, March 28 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly hosted Cypress Ridge Match Play Championships. The tournament will conclude on Friday, Mar. 29.
6th/9 --- at Cal State Fullerton Invitational
Junior Tanner Higham carded a final round 1-under 71 to move into a tie for sixth-place with a 3-over 219 (75-73-71) at the Cal State Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational last week. Higham was tied for 13th after 36-holes before tying for the best final round of the day with his 1-over 71. Utah State also performed well as it carded the third-best team score of the final round with an 8-over 296 to move from eighth into sixth-place in the nine-team field with a 36-over 910 (309-305-296). During its final round, USU shot nine shots better than it did the previous day and 13 shots better than it did during its opening round. Long Beach State took the team title with an 8-over 872 (294-289-289), while Loyola Marymount's Tyler Torano (75-67-72) and Sacramento State's Ryan Williams (69-70-75) tied for medalist honors at 2-under 214. Freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 20th for Utah State with a 12-over 228 (78-78-72), while freshman Reed Platke tied for 22nd with a 13-over 229 (77-79-73). Senior Brendan Dennis tied for 42nd with a 22-over 238 (82-76-80) and fellow senior Kris Sayer tied for 45th with a 25-over 241 (79-78-84).
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Fri.-Sun, Mar. 1-3 --- at San Diego Classic
Fri., Mar. 1 --- vs. New Mexico, 3 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 1 --- at San Diego, 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 --- at San Diego State, 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 2 --- vs. Fresno State, 8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 3 --- vs. Boise State, 10 a.m.
Utah State softball (0-15) will continue its 2013 season on Friday, March 1 at the San Diego Classic against New Mexico at 3 p.m. (MT), and against co-host San Diego at 5:30 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, Utah State will play co-host San Diego State at 5:30 p.m. (MT) and Fresno State at 8 p.m. (MT). And on Sunday, USU will conclude the tournament against Boise State at 10 a.m. (MT).
L, 2-5 --- vs. Lamar
L, 0-8 (5) --- vs. Tulsa
L, 02-13 (5) --- at Texas
L, 0-3 --- vs. Tulsa
L, 1-2 --- vs. Lamar
Utah State went 0-5 last week at the Texas Invitational as it lost two games to Lamar (5-2, 2-1) and No. 24 Tulsa (8-0, 3-0), and one game at No. 6 Texas (13-2). Junior outfielder Rachael Hunsaker posted a .267 batting average in the tournament as she was 4-of-15 (.267) at the plate including an RBI triple in USU's 2-1 loss to Lamar. Hunsaker also had a team-leading .467 slugging percentage as well as a stolen base.
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