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

Feb. 26, 2012

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur., Mar. 1 --- at San Jose State, 8 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 3 --- at Hawai'i, 10 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (15-14, 6-6) will conclude Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of road games at San Jose State (9-19, 1-11) on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 8 p.m. (MT) and at Hawai'i (15-13, 6-6) on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 10 p.m. (MT). USU is 48-21 all-time against the Spartans including a 14-13 road record, and 13-4 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors including a 3-3 road record.

Last Week
W, 67-50 --- IDAHO
• Utah State posted a 67-50 home win against Idaho last weekend in its only game of the week. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin led USU with a career-high 32 points as she was 11-of-13 from the field, 6-of-8 from three-point range and 4-for-5 at the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Senior point guard Brockeith Pane added 12 points and seven assists, while sophomore guard/forward Danny Berger grabbed a career-high eight rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 46.2 percent (24-52), including 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13). UI shot just 36.0 percent overall (18-50), including 40.0 percent from behind the arc (6-15) and 53.3 percent at the charity stripe (8-15).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Mon.-Tues., Feb. 27-28 --- at Washington State Getaway, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2012 spring season on Monday, Feb. 27 when it travels to Goodyear, Ariz., to compete in the Washington State hosted Snowman Getaway.

Last Competition
9th/14 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State finished in ninth-place out of 14 teams at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational with a 27-over 603 (298-305). Sophomore Tanner Higham was USU's top individual as he finished tied for seventh with a 1-under par 143 (70-73) for his second-best collegiate finish. Freshman Tanner Jenson tied for 27th with a 5-over 149 (72-77), while senior Chanse Godderidge tied for 59th with an 11-over 155 (77-78). Senior Austin French tied for 66th with a 12-over 156 (79-77), and junior Brendan Dennis tied for 85th at 20-over 164 (84-80). Utah State also had two individuals competing in the tournament as freshman Andrew Paulson tied for 45th with a 9-over 153 (75-78) and freshman Brennan Coburn tied for 59th at 11-over 155 (73-82).

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Thur., Mar. 1 --- HAWAI'I, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 3 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (18-8, 9-3) concludes Western Athletic Conference play this week with a pair of home games against Hawai'i (11-16, 6-6) on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m., and against San Jose State (11-16, 6-6) on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. (MT). USU is 8-9 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine and 10-4 all-time against the Spartans.

Last Week
W, 85-63 --- IDAHO
• Utah State went 1-0 last week with an 85-63 home win against Idaho. Senior forward Ashlee Brown recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while junior guard Devyn Christensen scored 26 points and added a career-high five steals. Senior guard Brooke Jackson and sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott both scored 11 points, while junior forward Jenna Johnson added 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 49.1 percent (26-53), including 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15) and 86.7 percent at the free throw line (26-30). UI shot 40.4 percent overall (23-57), including 32.0 percent from behind the arc (8-25) and 75.0 percent at the charity stripe (9-12).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Mar. 2 --- at Boise State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (3-8, 1-2) continues its 2012 season on Friday, March 2 when it travels to Boise, Idaho to face Boise State in a dual at 7 p.m.

Last Week
3rd, 193.625 --- at Brigham Young / vs. Southern Utah
• Despite having two individuals tie for event titles, Utah State gymnastics finished third at the BYU tri-meet with Southern Utah last weekend, scoring a 193.625 in its first road meet in over a month. Senior Rebecca Holliday tied for the beam title with a career-high tying 9.850, while freshman Susie Miller shared the floor crown with a 9.825, just .025 shy of her career-best. Utah State's 193.625 came from posting a season-high 48.700 on vault, as well as a 48.750 on floor, which is the Aggies' second-highest score on the event. USU registered its third-best mark on beam with a 48.025 and also scored a 48.275 on bars. BYU won the meet with a 194.100, scoring a 49.175 on vault, 48.075 on bars, 48.025 on beam and a 48.825 on floor. SUU was second with a 193.925, posting 48.500 on vault, 48.525 on bars, 48.425 on beam and a 48.475 on floor. Holliday was also second in the all-around, notching a new career-high with a 38.925. Junior Amelia Montoya tied for second on bars with a 9.800, while fellow junior Amanda Watamaniuk and freshman Sarah Landes shared USU's top honors on vault, both with 9.750's tying for 11th. Sophomore Paige Jones was third in the all-around with a 38.750, while Landes was sixth with a 37.025.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Sat., Mar. 3 --- at Last Chance Meet, TBA, All Day
• Utah State's indoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Saturday, Mar. 3 when it competes in a Last Chance Meet at a site yet to be determined.

Last Week
W: 1/7; M: 2/3 --- at WAC Championships
• Utah State's women track and field team collected 144 points to win the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho Saturday, while the USU men took second-place. The win marks the first ever WAC track and field title for the Aggie women as well as it being the first conference indoor title since the USU women won the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor title in 1994. Idaho's women came in second-place with 110 points followed by New Mexico State (94), Louisiana Tech (89), Nevada (86), Fresno State (71) and Hawai'i (67). Utah State's men came back from an early hole to pressure Idaho for the men's title as only one point separated the two going into the 4x400 meter relay, the final event of the championship. In the end, Idaho was able to out leg the Aggies to take first-place in the relay race and claim the WAC title with 217.5 points. Utah State ended up with 212.5 points followed by Louisiana Tech with 77. During Saturday's action, Utah State tallied five event champions as part of 21 first-team all-WAC honorees. USU also had 19 student-athletes garner second-team all-WAC honors on the final day. Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel was awarded his eighth Women's Coach of the Year award and 34th overall coach of the year award at Utah State. Freshman Nic Bowens finished second in both the 60m and 200m to garner the honor of being voted the 2012 WAC Men's Freshman of the Year. Winning the WAC individual title in their respective events were seniors Katelyn Heiner (400m), Chio Lopez (mile) and Daniel Howell, (3,000m) along with sophomore Bryce Hall (weight throw). The women's 4x400 meter relay team also finished in first-place. The team consisted of Heiner, juniors Bailee Whitworth and Aubrie Haymore along with sophomore Kylie Hirschi. For Howell, this is his second title at the 2012 WAC Indoor Championships as he won the 5,000m on Friday. It is also his second-straight WAC indoor 3,000m, title while Lopez won his second WAC mile title as he also won in 2009. For Heiner, Hall and the women's 4x400 meter relay this marks their first WAC indoor event title. With the time of 3:43.59, the women's 4x400 meter relay team ranks at No. 5 in Utah State history.

Seniors Sonia Grabowska, Joe Canavan and Daniel Howell each won an event title for Utah State on Friday, day two of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. Grabowska cleared 3.83m (12-06.75) to win her second-straight indoor pole vaulting title, while Canavan threw a season-best 17.25m (56-07.25) to capture his second shot put title as he also won the event in 2010. Howell won his first 5,000m indoor title with a time of 14:34.45. Nine other Utah State student-athletes were named first-team all-WAC for placing in the top three of their respective event. Taking second-place were seniors Philip Noble (heptathlon) and Damian Szade (long jump) along with junior Amber Thompson (pole vault), sophomore Bryce Hall (shot put) as well as the men and women's distance medley relay teams. The men's medley crossed the finish line with the second-fastest time (9:56.92) in Aggie history as the team consisted of seniors Aaron Clements and Chio Lopez along with junior Tyler Killpack and sophomore Devin Lang. The women's medley team consisted of senior Jessie Chugg, junior Stephanie Burt, sophomore Hannah Williams and freshman Krista Whittle. Freshman Rachel Orr and sophomore Chari Hawkins rounded out the first-team all-WAC honors as they each soared over 1.68m (5-06.00) to tie for third-place in the high jump. Collecting second-team all-WAC honors by placing fourth were seniors Kim Quinn in the 5,000m and Rachelle St. Jeor in the pole vault along with junior Jon Goble in the heptathlon. Sophomore Kyle McKenna led a 4-5-6 Aggie finish in the 5,000m as they also collected second-team all-WAC accolades. Senior Lindsey Spencer placed fifth in the weight throw along with freshman Mariah Thompson and senior Katelyn Heiner finishing sixth in the high jump and long jump, respectively, to round out the second-team all-WAC honorees for Utah State.

Sophomore Chari Hawkins captured her first WAC Indoor title as she collected a total of 3,669 points in the pentathlon. This is Hawkins' second-straight WAC multi-events title as she won the heptathlon at the 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships and it is her third first-team all-WAC honor as she took second in the pentathlon at the 2011 WAC Indoor Championships. It is also the second time an Aggie woman has won the WAC pentathlon title as Lacy Hubert won the it in 2006 for USU with 3,914 points. Hawkins won two of the five pentathlon events Thursday en route to the title, which included a personal-best leap of 5.73m (18-11.75) in the long jump. She also cleared 1.68m (5-06.00) in the high jump to claim first-place in the event. Freshman McKenzie Johnson was the first to break the tape in the 800m with a time of with a personal-best time of 2:21.60. Johnson fell short of receiving second-team all-WAC honors by one point in the pentathlon as she took home seventh-place with 3,266 points. Junior Bri Campbell finished tied for second-place in the high jump [1.65m (5-05.00)] on her way to taking ninth in the pentathlon (3,181 pts.), while senior Jen Schiess claimed 10th-place (3,151 pts.).

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Fri.-Sun., Mar. 2-4 --- at San Diego Classic
Fri., Mar. 2 --- vs. San Diego, 4:15 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 2 --- vs. Long Beach State, 6:45 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 3 --- vs. Cal State Northridge, 2:30 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 3 --- vs. Cal Poly, 5 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 4 --- vs. St. Joseph's, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-6) will continue its 2012 season this week as it travels to San Diego, Calif., to compete in the San Diego Classic. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, March 2 with a pair of games against San Diego and Long Beach State at 4:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., respectively. USU will then face Cal State Northridge and Cal Poly on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., before concluding the tournament on Sunday, Mar. 4 against St. Joseph's at 9 a.m.

Last Week
L, 3-9 --- at Southern Utah
L, 2-7 --- at Southern Utah
• Junior first baseman Christine Thomsen hit .667 (4-6) with one run batted in and one run scored last week as Utah State dropped a doubleheader at Southern Utah by scores of 9-3 and 7-2. Thomsen went 2-for-3 at the plate during both games.

Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Thur., Mar. 1 --- BOISE STATE, 11:30 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 3 --- SEATTLE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (3-4, 0-1) will continue its 2012 season this week with home matches against Boise State on Thursday, Mar. 1 at 11:30 a.m. and against Seattle on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
W, 4-3 --- WEBER STATE
• Utah State won its only match last week as it defeated Weber State at home, 4-3. Against the Wildcats, freshman Marcus Fritz posted a straight sets win at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-3), freshman Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-0, 6-4), and senior Nate Ballam posted a three sets win at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-7, 7-5). USU also won the doubles point as Ballam and Sweet notched a 9-7 win at the second position, and junior Lenny Whiting teamed with sophomore Andrew Whiting for an 8-3 win at the third position. Other Aggies to compete against WSU include junior Sven Poslusny and sophomore Fredrik Peterson.

Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Sat., Mar. 3 --- SEATTLE, 9 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (4-4) continues its 2012 season on Saturday, Mar. 3 when it hosts Seattle inside the Sports Academy & Racquet Club at 9 a.m.

Last Competition
L, 1-6--- at UNLV
W, 6-1 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas
• Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at No. 37 UNLV (6-1) and defeated UC Riverside (6-1). Against the Rebels, junior Julie Tukuafu scored the Aggies only point with a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-3). USU also won one of the three doubles matches as senior Brianna Rowland teamed with freshman Kimberly Watts for an 8-5 victory at the third position. Against the Highlanders, junior Jaci West posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-0, 1-0), freshman McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 7-5), junior Kristina Voytsekovich posted a three sets win at No. 3 singles (7-6, 1-6, 10-8), junior Romina Nedakovic won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-3, 6-3), and Tukuafu won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-3). USU also claimed the doubles point as West and Davis won at the first doubles position (8-7), Nedakovic and Voytsekhovich posted an 8-3 win at the second doubles position, while Rowland and Watts notched an 8-5 win at the third doubles position.

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