Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, gymnastics and softball all in action.

March 3, 2014

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 3, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Wed., Mar. 5 --- WYOMING, 8 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
• Utah State men's basketball (16-13, 6-11) will conclude Mountain West play this week with a home game against Wyoming (17-12, 8-8) on Wednesday, Mar. 5 at 8 p.m. in a game that will be televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683). USU is 23-45 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 16-16 home record.

Last Week
L, 58-67 --- at New Mexico
W, 75-58 --- at San José State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 67-58 loss at New Mexico, followed by a 75-58 win at San José State. Against the Lobos, senior guard Preston Medlin was the only Aggie to score in double-figures as he had 19 points. USU finished the game shooting 37.9 percent (22-58), including 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-18) and 50.0 percent at the free throw line (6-12). UNM shot 43.9 percent (25-57), including 37.5 percent from behind the arc (6-16) and 52.4 percent at the charity stripe (11-21). Against the Spartans, senior center Jarred Shaw recorded his seventh double-double of the season and the 16th of his career with 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 22 points and Medlin scored 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 42.1 percent (24-57), including 45.0 percent from three-point range (9-20) and 69.2 percent at the free throw line (18-26). SJSU shot just 29.6 percent (16-54), including just 23.1 percent from three (6-26) and 64.5 percent at the line (20-31).

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Mar. 7 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (7-7) continues its 2014 season with a home meet against San José State on Friday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
W, 195.100-193.650 --- SACRAMENTO STATE
• With five individual season-high scores and two career-bests, Utah State gymnastics recorded a 195.100-193.650 home win against Sacramento State last weekend. USU notched a 48.850 on vault, 48.850 on bars, 48.750 on beam and a 48.650 on floor, contributing to the 195.100 total. Sacramento State finished with a 49.025 on vault, 48.050 on bars, 48.075 on beam and 48.500 on floor for a total of 193.650. Junior Sarah Landes was the only Aggie to participate in the all-around, finishing first with a season-best 39.250. USU had a three-way tie for first-place on bars with senior Paige Jones, freshman Charly Belliston and Landes each scoring a 9.825. Landes also had two other top-three finishes on the night, taking third on beam with a 9.800 and second on floor with a 9.825. Sophomore Stefanie Daley had a season-best 9.825 on beam to finish second, while freshman Bailey McIntire claimed the floor title for the second week in a row, matching her career-best 9.900.

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

This Week
Tues., Mar. 4 --- at Wyoming, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (13-15, 7-10) will conclude Mountain West play this week with a road game at Wyoming (19-8, 10-6) on Tuesday, Mar. 4 at 7 p.m. USU is 6-14 all-time against the Cowgirls.

Last Week
W, 67-65 --- NEW MEXICO
W, 96-67 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West home record last week with a 67-65 win against New Mexico and a 96-67 win against San José State. Against the Lobos, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 33 points and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams added 21 points. USU finished the game shooting 45.3 percent (24-53), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (4-11) and 83.3 percent at the free throw line (15-18). UNM shot 35.8 percent (24-67), including 24.0 percent from behind the arc (6-25) and 68.8 percent at the charity stripe (11-16). Against the Spartans, Schlott scored 34 points to go along with 11 assists for her fourth career double-double and her 11th 30-point game of the season. Williams added 20 points for the Aggies and sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow scored 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 48.7 percent (37-76), including 34.6 percent from three-point range (9-26) and 68.4 percent at the free throw line (13-19). SJSU shot just 27.8 percent (20-72), including 26.8 percent from behind the arc (11-41) and 55.2 percent at the charity stripe (16-29).

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

Next Week
Thur., Mar. 13 --- at Arizona, 1 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 14 --- vs. Fresno State, Tucson, Ariz., 1 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. St. Mary's, Tucson, Ariz., 11 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (6-5, 0-0) will continue its 2014 season next week with three matches in Tucson, Ariz., as it plays at Arizona on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m., followed by a match against Fresno State on Friday, Mar. 14 at 1 p.m., and a match against St. Mary's on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 11 a.m.

Last Week
W, 4-3 --- IDAHO
• Utah State posted a 1-0 record last week with a 4-3 home win against Idaho, the seventh-ranked team in the Mountain Region. Against the Vandals, freshman Dennis Baumgartner posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles against the 12th-ranked singles player in the region, junior Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-4, 6-4), and junior Sean Levesque won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-1). USU also claimed the doubles point as Baumgartner teamed with junior Marcus Fritz for an 8-7 win at the first position against the top-ranked doubles team in the region, while Sweet teamed with freshman Sebastian Schneider for an 8-1 win at the second position. Overall, it was USU's first win against Idaho since 2007.

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

Next Week
Fri., Mar. 14 --- at Boise State, 2 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. Lewis-Clark State, Boise, Idaho, 11 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 16 --- vs. UTEP, Boise, Idaho, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (7-4, 0-1) will continue its 2014 season next week in Boise, Idaho as it plays at Boise State on Friday, Mar. 14 at 2 p.m., Lewis-Clark State on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 11 a.m., and UTEP on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 10 a.m.

Last Week
L, 2-4 --- vs. Loyola Marymount, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 1-6 --- at UNLV
• Utah State posted an 0-2 record last week with a 4-2 loss to Loyola Marymount in Las Vegas, Nev., and a 6-1 loss at UNLV. Against the Lions, freshman Nini Guensler won in straight set at No. 3 singles (6-0, 7-5) and sophomore Ashley Stuhlmann won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (7-6, 6-2). Guensler also won her doubles match as she teamed with freshman Lexi Turley for an 8-3 win at the second position. Against the Rebels, Guensler posted a straight sets win at No. 3 singles (7-6, 6-1) for USU's only win of the match. Other Aggies to compete during the weekend include junior McKenzie Davis, and sophomores Kallie Sperry and Amber Stuhlmann.

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

This Week
Mon., Mar. 3 --- vs. Mississippi, 12 p.m., Salt Lake City, Utah
Mon., Mar. 3 --- at Utah, 5 p.m.
Fri.-Sun., Mar. 7-9 --- at UC Riverside Tournament
Fri., Mar. 7 --- vs. Idaho State, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Mar. 7 --- at UC Riverside, 3 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 8 --- vs. San Diego, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sun., Mar. 9 --- at UC Riverside, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State's softball team (4-2) will continue its 2014 season this week with games against Mississippi and Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, Mar. 3 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively before competing in the UC Riverside hosted Highlander Classic this weekend. USU will begin the tournament with two games on Friday, Mar. 7 as it plays Idaho State at 12:30 p.m. (MT) and then faces the host Highlanders at 3 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, Mar. 8, USU will play San Diego at 10 a.m. (MT), and on Sunday, Mar. 9, USU will conclude the tournament against UCR at 12:30 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
at San Diego Classic
Cancelled --- at San Diego
Cancelled --- vs. Grand Canyon
Cancelled --- vs. Lehigh
Cancelled --- vs. Mississippi
Cancelled --- vs. Illinois-Chicago
• All five of Utah State's scheduled games at the San Diego Classic were cancelled last weekend due to inclement weather.

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

Next Competition
Mon.-Tues., Mar. 17-18 --- at South Dakota Invite, Primm, Nev., All Day
• Utah State men's golf will continue its 2014 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 17-18 in Primm, Nev., at the South Dakota hosted Jackrabbit Spring Invitational.

Last Competition
6th/9 --- at CS Fullerton Invitational
• Utah State finished in sixth-place out of nine teams with a 60-over 924 (308-310-306) at the Cal State Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational in its last competition. Senior Tanner Higham finished tied for ninth for USU with a 7-over 223 (76-74-73) for his fourth top 10 finish this year and the 10th of his career. Sophomore Seokwon Jeon finished tied for 34th with a 17-over 233 (78-77-77), while freshman Braxton Miller tied for 36th with a 19-over 235 (76-78-81). Sophomore Reed Platke finished in 38th-place with a 21-over 237 (78-83-76), and fellow sophomore Brennan Coburn tied for 41st with a 23-over 239 (79-80-80).

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 14-15 --- at NCAA Champs., Albuquerque, N.M., All Day
• Members of Utah State's indoor track & field teams will conclude its 2014 season next week as it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Last Week
M: 4/6; W: 6/10--- at MW Champs, Colorado Springs, Colo.
• Juniors Nic Bowens and Chari Hawkins were named the Men's and Women's Outstanding Performers of the Meet and the Aggies claimed five event titles on the third and final day of the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships held at the Cadet Field House on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy. The Aggie men finished fourth in the team standings with 109.50 points, while the Utah State women placed sixth with 58 points. New Mexico claimed both the men's and women's team titles. Overall, the USU men's team collected 14 first-team and nine second-team all-Mountain West honors during the three-day championships, while the women's team garnered four first-team and 11 second-team all-conference selections. Bowens set a Mountain West record time of 6.61 in the 60m to claim the title and followed it up by tying his own school record time of 21.11 in the 200m to grab the top spot. Utah State swept the podium in both events with sophomore Parker Bluth (6.73) and senior Silas Pimentel (6.77) following Bowens in the 60m for second and third, while Pimentel (21.21) edged Bluth (21.67) in the 200m to claim the second and third positions. Sophomore Cole Lambourne grabbed the title in the 400m with a time of 48.36 and junior Eric Shellhorn won the mile run with a time of 4:21.10. Lambourne then joined junior Dan Mosman, sophomore Tanner Hunt and freshman Austin Groll in the 4x400m relay race to finish second with a time of 3:21.16. Senior Bryce Hall (17.73m/58-02.50) and sophomore Briton Page (1:51.97) took third in the shot put and 800m, respectively, to round out the first-team all-Mountain West honorees for the Aggie men. Kenny Hamlett placed fourth in the triple jump to earn second-team all-Mountain West honors with a leap of 14.87m (48-09.50). Fellow senior Jacob Bautista Jr. was the other second-team all-conference honoree on the day for USU as he finished the 200m in 21.87 to place sixth. For the Aggie women, junior Rachel Orr won the high jump with a height of 1.77m (5-09.75) and Hawkins finished in second with a leap of 1.74m (5-08.50). Hawkins then claimed a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.44 to claim her third first-team all-conference honor. Sophomore Kaitlyn Wilcox took fourth in the 400m with a time of 56.14 and senior Bailee Whitworth finished the 200m in 24.55 to place fifth, both good enough for second-team all-Mountain West accolades. Whitworth then claimed another second-team all-conference selection as part of the 4x400m relay team, along with seniors Chalese West and Kylie Ross as well as sophomore Mikkell Minnoch that placed fifth with a time of 3:50.63. On day two of the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, senior Alex Litzsinger placed fourth in the 5,000m finals with a time of 18:37.75 to earn second-team all-Mountain West honors, and the distance medley relay team of junior Brittany Bushman, sophomore Mikkell Minnoch and freshmen Tori Parkinson and Cierra Simmons finished in 12:31.18 for sixth, also earning second-team all-Mountain West honors. For the Aggie men, freshman Bradford Strobell finished sixth in the heptathlon with 4,582 points and senior Xavier Williford Jr. recorded a leap of 2.00m (6-06.75) to take sixth in the high jump, as both earned second-team all-Mountain West honors. The distance medley team of freshman Austin Orr and juniors Dan Mosman, Spencer Russell and Eric Shellhorn took sixth with a time of 11:07.47 to also earn second-team all-Mountain West honors. During the first day of competition at the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, Hawkins won the pentathlon with a school and Mountain West Conference record 4,173 points.

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