Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, and men and women's tennis all in action.
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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 2, 2015

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

This Week
Wed., Mar. 4 --- at Wyoming, 7 p.m. (Campus Insiders)
Sat., Mar. 7 --- COLORADO STATE, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
• Utah State men's basketball (18-10, 11-5) concludes its 2014-15 regular season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it plays at Wyoming (21-8, 10-6) on Wednesday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. in a game that will be streamed live on the internet via the Mountain West Network and Campus Insiders before hosting Colorado State (24-5, 11-5) on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 7 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 25-45 all-time against the Cowboys including a 6-27 road record, and 55-35 all-time against the Rams including a 16-5 home record.

Last Week
W, 83-65 --- UNLV
W, 74-60 --- at Air Force
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West record last week with an 83-65 home win against UNLV and a 74-60 road win at Air Force. Against the Rebels, junior guard Chris Smith scored 20 points and tied his career-high with five assists, while junior guard Darius Perkins and redshirt freshman forward David Collette both scored 17 points, and sophomore wing Jalen Moore added 16 points. USU finished the game shooting 54.4 percent from the field (31-57), including 55.0 percent from three-point range (11-20) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line (10-16). UNLV shot 40.6 percent (26-64), including 30.8 percent from behind the arc (8-26) and 45.5 percent at the charity stripe (5-11). Against the Falcons, freshman guard Julion Pearre scored a career-high 21 points, while Smith had 16 points and Collette and Moore each scored 10 points. Moore also had 10 rebounds for the fourth double-double of his career. USU finished the game shooting 48.0 percent (24-50), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (8-26) and a season-high 90.0 percent at the free throw line (18-20). AFA shot 40.3 percent (25-62), including 19.0 percent from behind the arc (4-21) and 42.9 percent at the charity stripe (6-14).

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

Next Week
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 13-14 --- at NCAA Champs., Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
• Utah State's indoor track & field teams will conclude its 2015 season next weekend at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Last Week
M: 4/6; W: 6/11 --- at Mountain West Champs., Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State seniors Nic Bowens and Chari Hawkins were named the Men's and Women's Outstanding Performers of the Meet for the second straight season and the Aggies claimed five event titles at the 2015 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Albuquerque, N.M. The Aggie men finished fourth in the team standings with 111 points, while the Utah State women placed sixth with 45 points. New Mexico claimed both the men's and women's team titles. Overall, the USU men's team collected nine first-team all-Mountain West honors during the three-day championships, while the women's team garnered eight first-team all-conference selections. Bowens set a new school and Mountain West Indoor Championship meet record in the 200m with a time of 20.80, which after altitude adjustments ranks tied for 11th nationally. Junior Parker Bluth finished second in the 200m with a personal-best time of 21.00. Additionally, Bowens placed second in the 60m (6.64). Hawkins broke her own school and conference record to win the pentathlon for the second-straight season with 4,194 points, which ranks eighth nationally. Hawkins also broke her own school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.30, good enough to finish third, and placed third in the high jump with a mark of 1.75m (5-08.75), earning first-team all-Mountain West honors in each event. Junior Cole Lambourne won the title in the 400m for the second-straight year with a time of 46.55, while his brother, freshman Clay Lambourne, won the 800m with a time of 1:50.94. Utah State's 4x400m relay team of junior Parker Bluth, junior Cole Lambourne, junior Tanner Hunt and freshman Clay Lambourne won the 4x400m title with a time of 3:10.20. For the Aggie women, senior Sam Nielson placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 12.62m (41-05.00) to earn first-team all-Mountain West accolades. Additionally, the Aggie women's distance medley team of sophomore Tori Parkinson, senior Laycee Elliott, senior Adela Hofmannova and freshman Kelsey Yamauchi finished third (11:54.62) to earn first-team all-Mountain West accolades as well. For the Aggie men, sophomore Bradford Strobell finished fifth in the heptathlon with 4,980 points good enough to rank sixth all-time in school history.

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

This Week
Tues., Mar. 3 --- WYOMING, 7 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 6 --- at Colorado State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (8-20, 5-11) concludes its 2014-15 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts Wyoming (14-12, 9-7) on Tuesday, Mar. 3 at 7 p.m. and plays at Colorado State (21-6, 13-3) on Friday, Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. USU is 7-15 all-time against the Cowgirls and 9-13 all-time against the Rams. Live streaming of the game is available at utahstateaggies.tv.

Last Week
L, 60-69 --- at UNLV
W, 84-50 --- AIR FORCE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 69-60 road loss at UNLV and an 84-50 home win against Air Force. Against the Rebels, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu led the team with 19 points. USU finished the game shooting 35.8 percent (19-53), including 30.8 percent from three-point range (4-13) and 76.0 percent at the free throw line (19-25). UNLV shot 34.8 percent (23-66), including 43.8 percent from behind the arc (7-16) and 64.0 percent at the charity stripe (16-25). Against the Falcons, Nakkasoglu scored 22 points to go along with a career-high nine assists, freshman guard Tilar Clark and freshman center Hannah Hutchins each scored 12 points, and junior forward Tijana Djukic had 10 points and a career-high six blocked shots, while senior guard Elise Nelson added a career-best 14 rebounds. USU finished the game shooting 47.0 percent (31-66), including 12.5 percent from three-point range (2-16) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (20-26). AFA shot 23.5 percent (12-51), including 18.2 percent from behind the arc (2-11) and 77.4 percent at the charity stripe (24-31).

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

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

Last Competition
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 during its last competition 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., Mar. 6 --- at San José State, 7 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (4-6, 1-6) continues its 2015 season this week with a dual meet at San José State on Friday, Mar. 6 at 7 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
3rd, 195.100 --- #21 at Southern Utah / vs. #18 Denver
Cancelled --- at Texas Woman's / vs. Maryland & Brown
• Utah State finished third at the Southern Utah hosted tri-meet last weekend with a 195.100, just behind No. 18 Denver's 196.100 and No. 21 Southern Utah's 196.475. USU posted a season-high 49.000 on vault, a 48.325 on bars, a 48.750 on beam and a 49.025 on floor. SUU scored a 49.325 on vault, a 49.050 on bars, a 48.900 on beam and a 49.200 on floor, while DU put up a 49.425 on vault, a 48.750 on bars, a 48.700 on beam and a 49.225 on floor. Senior Sarah Landes took third in the all-around with a 39.125 (vault: 9.825, bars: 9.775, beam: 9.775, floor: 9.750), while sophomore Bailey McIntire placed fifth with a 38.825 (vault: 9.800, bars: 9.500, beam: 9.650, floor: 9.875). USU started on beam, where junior JoAnna Cuba paced the Aggies with a 9.800 to tie for second-place. Landes tied for sixth-place with redshirt sophomore Hayley Sanzotti with a 9.775. Sophomore Charly Belliston recorded a 9.750 to place 10th. The Aggies then moved to floor, where McIntire tied her season-high with a 9.875 to tie for second-place. Senior Susie Miller tied her career-high with a 9.850, good for a fourth-place tie, while senior Breyanna Aufiero and junior Destiny Ezell both put up a 9.775, a season-high for Aufiero, to place tied for 13th. USU then moved to vault, where it broke the 49.000-point barrier for the first time. Junior Jillian Chappel led the way for the Aggies with a career-high 9.875 to tie for sixth. Joining Chappel in the 9.800 range was Landes with a 9.825 to tie for ninth-place, while McIntire and junior Michelle Yasukochi both scored a 9.800 to tie for 13th. The Aggies finished the meet on bars, where Landes paced USU with a 9.775 to tie for sixth-place, while senior Kaitlyn Betts recorded a 9.750 to take eighth. USU was unable to finish its weekend as its flight to Texas was cancelled and USU could not compete in a quad meet at Texas Woman's along with Maryland and Brown.

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

This 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 this weekend at the Boise State hosted SpringHill Suites Invitational. USU will begin the tournament against Montana on Friday, Mar. 6 at 10:30 a.m. USU will then play Saint Mary's and Weber State 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 Competition
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 during its last competition 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 TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This 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 this 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 Competition
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).

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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