Weekly Aggie Update

March 1, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 1, 2010

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

This Week
Mon., Mar. 1 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (23-6, 12-2) will play its final two games of the regular season at home this week as it hosts Fresno State (14-16, 6-8) on Monday, Mar. 1 and New Mexico State (19-9, 11-3) on Saturday, Mar. 6 with both games beginning at 7 p.m. USU's game against the Bulldogs will not be televised, but its game against NMSU will be shown live on CW30. USU is 27-19 all-time against FSU which includes an 18-5 record at home, and 32-26 all-time against NMSU which includes a 20-7 home record.

Last Week
W, 61-50 --- at Hawai'i
• Senior guard Jared Quayle scored 13 points to go along with seven rebounds and junior guard Pooh Williams had 12 points, including nine in the second half, to lead Utah State to a 61-50 road win at Hawai'i Thursday night. Trailing 25-17 at the half, Hawai'i made four of its first five shots of the second half to get within 27-21, but USU answered with a 7-1 run to increase its lead to 12 at 39-27 with 13:16 to play following a three-pointer from Williams. The Warriors cut the lead to seven at 39-32 with 11:42 remaining but a Quayle three-pointer gave the visitors a double-digit lead at 44-32. USU later led 51-38 following a jumper from sophomore forward Brady Jardine and neither team scored for the next 2:59 before Flemings scored on a dunk to break the drought. On the next possession, junior guard Brian Green hit his only three-pointer of the night to make the score 54-40 with 3:42 to play and USU held on from there for the win. The Aggies' largest lead of the game came with just 46 seconds to go following a layup from Williams to make the score 59-44. Utah State finished the game by shooting 43.8 percent from the field (21-48), 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (13-18). Hawai'i shot 40.9 percent overall (18-44), including 50.0 percent from behind the arc (6-12) and 50.0 percent at the charity stripe (8-16). UH did out-rebounded USU, 30-28.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Thur, Mar. 4 --- MONTANA STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (4-3) will play just one match this week as it hosts Montana State on Thursday, Mar. 4 at Noon at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
W, 7-0 --- MONTANA
• Utah State defeated Montana, 7-0, in its only match of the week. Junior Hailey Swenson posted a straight-sets win at No. 1 singles (7-5, 6-1), freshman Jaclyn West won in straight-sets at No. 2 singles (6-3, 6-0), freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich notched a three-sets win at No. 3 singles (6-4, 1-6, 7-6), sophomore Monica Abella won in three-sets at No. 4 singles (6-0, 3-6, 6-1), junior Taylor Perry recorded a three-sets win at No. 5 singles (6-2, 1-6, 10-6), and senior Britney Watts won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-0). Swenson and West recorded an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, Abella and Voytsekhovich posted a 9-7 win at No. 2 doubles, and Watts and Perry lost at No. 3 doubles, 8-5.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Wed., Mar. 3 --- BOISE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 --- HAWAI'I, 3 p.m.
• Utah State (12-15, 4-10) will conclude its regular season this week with a pair of home games against Boise State (17-11, 6-8) on Wednesday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m., and against Hawai'i (10-18, 4-11) on Saturday, Mar. 6 at 3 p.m. USU is 4-15 all-time against the Broncos and 5-8 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine as the Aggies lost to both teams on the road earlier this year.

Last Week
L, 54-73 --- at New Mexico State
L, 53-54 --- IDAHO
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost at New Mexico State, 73-54, and to Idaho at home, 54-53. Against NMSU, junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan scored a career-high 22 points to go along with six steals, while fellow junior guard Alice Coddington had 10 points. For the game, Utah State shot 30.2 percent from the field (16-53) and 23.1 percent from three (6-26). The Blue Aggies shot 69.6 percent from the charity stripe (16-23). NMSU shot 44.3 percent from the field (27-61), while shooting 44.4 percent from three (8-18). The Crimson Aggies shot 84.6 percent from the free throw line (11-13). Against the Vandals, Coddington had 14 points to lead USU, while freshman center Banna Diop scored 12 points and had eight rebounds. For the game, USU shot 37.0 percent from the field (20-54) and 33.3 percent from the three-point line (4-12). For the first time this season, the Aggies were perfect from the free throw line (9-9). Idaho shot 29.2 percent from the field (19-65) and 23.1 percent from three (6-26). UI shot 83.3 percent from the charity stripe (10-12).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

Next Competition
Sat., Mar. 20 --- at Cal Poly, 3 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (7-4) will take the next three weeks off before returning to action on Saturday, Mar. 20 when it travels to San Luis Obispo, Calif., to face Cal Poly at 3 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
W, 6-1 --- at Montana State
W, 4-3 --- vs. Sacramento State, Bozeman, Mont.
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it won at Montana State, 6-1, and then defeated Sacramento State in Bozeman, 4-3. Against the Bobcats, freshman Sven Poslusny posted a three-sets win at No. 2 singles (6-7, 7-5, 6-4), junior Bryan Marchant notched a straight-sets win at No. 3 singles (7-6, 6-2), junior Alex Thatcher won in straight-sets at No. 4 singles (6-1, 6-4), senior Amit Maharaj posted a straight-sets win at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-0), and junior Nikita Ryashchenko won in straight-sets at No. 6 singles (6-3, 6-3). Junior Jakob Asplund teamed with Marchant for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, while Maharaj and Poslusny notched an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles, and Ryashchenko and Thatcher won, 8-7, at No. 3 doubles. Against the Hornets, Asplund won in three-sets at No. 1 singles (7-5, 4-6, 7-6), Maharaj won in three-sets at No. 4 singles (6-2, 6-7, 7-5), and Ryashchenko won in straight-sets at No. 6 singles (6-4, 6-0). In doubles play, Asplund and Marchant notched an 8-6 win at the No. 1 spot, while Ryashchenko and Thatcher won, 8-5, at the No. 3 spot.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Sat., Mar. 6--- at Washington, All Day
• Select members of Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will travel to Seattle, Wash., this weekend to compete in a meet hosted by the University of Washington. It is the last meet of the indoor season before the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, Mar. 13.

Last Week
M - 1/4; W - 2/8 --- at WAC Championships, Boise, Idaho
• Utah State's men's track and field team won the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships last weekend in Boise, Idaho, while the Aggie women finished in second-place, their best finish since joining the WAC in 2005. USU also won the men's title in 2008 and finished second in 2009. For the Aggie women, it was their best finish at an indoor conference meet since winning the 1994 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship. Sophomore Kim Quinn earned the women's High Point Performer Award with 20 points for winning the 3,000m (10:16.71) and the 5,000m (17:32.23). She was also named the WAC Women's Track Performer of the Year. Junior Mike Pyrtle, won the 60m (6.80) and tabbed a third-place finish in the 200m (21.62). Junior James Allred won the 800m (1:52.84), senior Steve Strickland won the mile (4:14.37), while junior Eric Larson finished close behind in second (4:14.19). Junior Joe Canvan won the shot put with a distance of 17.64m (57-10.50). Sophomore Brian McKenna won the men's 5,000m (14:30.13) and finished third in the 3,000m (8:24.05). Junior Clint Silcock also captured a title for the Aggies, winning the high jump with a new season best jump of 2.15 (7-00.50). Also finishing well for the men was sophomore Daniel Howell who finished in second in the 3,000m (8:23.40). Senior Ashlee Cannon finished third in the 60m hurdles (8.58). Aggie women took second and third in the mile with senior Erin Stratton clocking in at 4:56.64 and sophomore Jessie Chugg at 5:03.04, respectively. Senior Elaine Connolly took third in the 800m with a new season-best time of 2:15.55. The USU women's distance medley won the title in a time of 11:53.10. Running in the event for the Aggies was freshman Alex Litzsinger, senior Jen Day, senior Erin Stratton and sophomore Jessie Chugg. In the men's distance medley, juniors Eric Larson and James Allred and seniors Andrew Niccoli and Steve Strickland tabbed the win for the Aggies finishing in 9:59.09.

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Fri., Mar. 5 --- at Boise State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-12, 0-3) will continue its 2010 season this week with a meet at Boise State on Friday, Mar. 5 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
3rd, 188.700 --- at Cal State Fullerton / vs. No. 3 UCLA
• Utah State finished third Friday night in a gymnastics tri-meet hosted by Cal State Fullerton with No. 3 UCLA. The Aggies totalled a 188.700, while the Titans tallied a 191.750 and the Bruins won the meet with a 197.250. The Aggies had totals of 47.600 on vault, 47.450 on both bars and beam, and a 46.200 on floor for a 188.700 final score. Utah State's top finisher was senior Heather Heinrich tying for fifth on vault with a season-best 9.825. Heinrich was also the top Aggie on floor, placing ninth with a 9.675, part of her third-place finish in the all-around with a 38.750. Sophomore Haley Hogan posted a 36.550 in the all-around for fourth, finishing one place and .1 ahead of freshman Amanda Watamaniuk in fifth with a 36.450. Watamaniuk was USU's top finisher on bars, placing ninth with a 9.650. Sophomore Rebecca Holliday was the top Aggie on beam, finishing tied for eighth with a season-high 9.675.

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

Next Competition
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 25-26 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate Arroyo Grande, Calif., All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Thursday, Mar. 25 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate.

Last Competition
5th/11 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
• Utah State's men's golf team opened its 2010 spring season with a fifth-place finish out of 11 teams at the Southern Utah University hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The Aggies wrapped up the two-day, 36-hole tournament with a 13 over-par 589 (294-295). Freshman Tanner Higham led the Aggies with rounds of 70 and 74 to finish tied for sixth with an even-par 144 in his best collegiate finish of the season. Juniors Benjamin Schilleman and Chanse Godderidge finished tied for 14th for USU with a three-over 147 as Schilleman had rounds of 72 and 75, and Godderidge had rounds of 76 and 71. Freshman Brendan Dennis tied for 24th with a six-over 150 (72-78), junior Tyson McFarland shot a 10-over 154 (79-75) to tie for 45th and senior Thad Truman finished 51st with an 11-over 155 (76-79). Utah State also had two players compete as individuals as senior Brandon Broadhead placed tied for 52nd with a 12-over 156 (77-79), while sophomore Austin French finished 68th with a 23-over 167 (89-78).

SOFTBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
at Colorado State Classic
Fri., Mar. 5--- vs. North Dakota State, 9 a.m.
Fri., Mar. 5 --- vs. Utah Valley, 11 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 --- vs. South Dakota State, 9 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 6 --- at Colorado State, 11 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 7 --- vs. North Dakota State, 9 a.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-3) will returning to action on Friday, Mar. 5 when it competes in the Colorado State Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. USU will begin the tournament against North Dakota State and Utah Valley on Friday, Mar. 5, before playing South Dakota State and Colorado State on Saturday, Mar. 6. USU will then conclude the tournament on Sunday, Mar. 7 against North Dakota State.

Last Competition
at Campbell Cartier Tournament, San Diego, Calif.
W, 7-4 --- vs. Washington
L, 3-13 (6) --- vs. Western Kentucky
Cancelled --- vs. UC Santa Barbara
L, 1-6 --- vs. Penn State
Cancelled --- at San Diego State

• Utah State went 1-2 in its last competition at the at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State University as the Aggies defeated No. 1 Washington (7-4), and then lost to Penn State (6-1) and Western Kentucky (13-3). USU also had games against UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State cancelled due to inclement weather. During the tournament, freshman designated player Kali Cancelosi went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Aggies win against Washington. For the week, she hit .429 (3-7) and reached base in all three games.

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