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

March 7, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 7, 2010

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

This Week
Thur.-Sat., Mar. 11-13 --- @ WAC Tournament, Reno, Nev.
Thur., Mar. 11 --- BOISE STATE, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah State (25-6, 14-2) is the No. 1 seed at the 2010 WAC Tournament and will play No. 8 seed Boise State (15-16, 5-11) on Thursday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised live on ESPNU. USU is 22-8 all-time against the Broncos, which includes a 1-1 record in postseason tournaments. The Aggies swept the season series from BSU, winning 81-59 at home and 72-67 on the road.

Last Week
W, 76-39 --- FRESNO STATE
W, 81-63--- NEW MEXICO STATE
• Utah State went 2-0 a home last week to finish regular season play as it defeated Fresno State (76-39) and New Mexico State (81-63). Against the Bulldogs, junior forward Tai Wesley scored a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists, while junior guard Tyler Newbold had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Junior guard Brian Green added 11 points, while junior forward Nate Bendall scored 10 points and grabbed six boards. USU finished the night by shooting 55.4 percent from the field (31-56), 50.0 percent from three-point range (8-16) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (6-10). FSU shot just 22.2 percent overall (12-54), including just 10.0 percent from behind the arc (2-20) and 86.7 percent at the charity stripe. Against NMSU, Wesley scored a season-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds and a season-high tying six assists, while senior guard Jared Quayle had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Sophomore reserve forward Brady Jardine scored 10 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. USU shot 50.8 percent overall (30-59), including 26.3 percent from three-point range (5-19) and 80.0 percent at the free throw line (16-20). NMSU shot 44.0 percent in the game (22-50), and was 4-of-16 behind the arc (.250) and 15-of-23 at the free throw line (.652).

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

Next Competition
Fri., Mar. 19 --- at Cal Poly, 3 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 19 --- vs. Dartmouth, San Luis Obispo, Calif., 9 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (6-3) will return to action on Friday, March 19 when it plays at Cal Poly and against Dartmouth.

Last Week
W, 5-2--- MONTANA STATE
W, 7-0 --- COLLEGE OF IDAHO
• Utah State won both of its home matches last week as it defeated Montana State, 5-2, and the College of Idaho, 7-0. Against the Bobcats, junior Hailey Swenson posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-4), freshman Jaclyn West won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-3), sophomore Monica Abella won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-2, 6-3), junior Taylor Perry rallied for a three-sets win at No. 5 singles (1-6, 6-3, 12-10), and senior Britney Watts posted a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-1). Against the Coyotes, Swenson won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1), freshman Kristina Voytsekhovich won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-2), Watts won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-0), freshman Whitney White won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-2, 7-6), freshman Jenny Phillips won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-3, 6-1), and freshman Mersadi Wilkins posted a straight sets win at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-1).

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

This Week
Wed.-Sat., Mar. 10-13 --- @ WAC Tournament, Reno, Nev.
Wed., Mar. 10 --- LOUISIANA TECH , 8:30 p.m.
• Utah State (13-16, 5-11) is the No. 7 seed at the 2010 WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., and will play the second-seed Louisiana Tech (20-8, 11-5) on Wednesday, Mar. 10 at 9:30 p.m. (MT). USU is 1-9 all-time against the Lady Techsters as it split the season series this year, winning in Ruston, 69-66, and losing at home, 74-54.

Last Week
L, 47-57 --- BOISE STATE
W, 53-51 --- HAWAI'I
• Utah State went 1-1 at home last week as it lost to Boise State (57-47) and defeated Hawai'i (53-51). Against the Broncos, junior guard Amber White was the only Aggie to score in double-figures as she finished the game with 10 points. Utah State shot 19-of-59 (.322) from the field, including 5-of-20 (.250) from three-point range. USU was also 4-of-7 (.571) at the free throw line. Boise State hit 41.5 percent (22-53) field goal shooting, also hitting 25.0 percent (2-8) behind the arc and were 11-of-13 (.846) at the charity stripe. Against the Rainbow Wahine redshirt freshman center Banna Diop scored 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Utah State shot 18-of-58 (.310) from the field, including 5-of-20 (.250) from three-point range as well as 12-of-19 (.632) at the free throw line. Hawai'i hit 37.5 percent (21-56) field goal shooting, making 33.3 percent (5-15) behind the arc, as well as 63.2 percent (12-19) from the charity stripe.

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 (9-4) will take the next two 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, 7-0 --- COLLEGE OF IDAHO
W, 7-0 --- COLLEGE OF IDAHO
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it won a pair of home matches against the College of Idaho by scores of 7-0. Junior Jakob Asplund won his only match of the day in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-1), as did freshman Sven Poslusny at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0). Junior Bryan Marchant won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-0, 6-2), while senior Amit Maharaj won a pair of matches in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-0) and at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-1). Junior Alex Thatcher won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-3), while fellow junior Nikita Ryashchenko won a pair of matches in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-0) and at No. 2 singles (6-0. 6-2). Sophomore Nate Ballam won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-1), freshman Jose Limon won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-1), junior Matt Braithwaite posted a straight sets win at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-3), and freshman Tanner Dance won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-0, 6-1).

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

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 12-13--- at NCAA Championships, Fay, All Day
• Select members of Utah State's men's and women's indoor track and field teams will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend to compete in the NCAA Championships, which will be hosted by the University of Arkansas on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 12-13.

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. 12 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (1-15, 0-5) will continue its 2010 season this week as it hosts San Jose State on Friday, Mar. 12 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
3rd, 189,225 --- at Boise State / vs. Brigham Young
• Utah State gymnastics posted its second-best beam score of the season with a 47.850 in registering a 189.225 final score Friday in a tri-meet with Brigham Young, hosted by Boise State. The host Broncos won the meet with a 195.625 while the Cougars were second with a 193.750. USU totalled its second-best beam score of the season with 47.850, as well as posting a 46.750 on bars, a 46.675 on floor and a 47.950 on vault for a final score of 189.225. The Aggies' 47.950 on vault was their fifth-best of the season. Junior Lyndsie Boone was second in the all-around with a 38.225, while sophomore Haley Hogan was third with a career-best 38.050. Freshman Amanda Watamaniuk was fourth with a 38.025 and senior Heather Heinrich was fifth with a 37.350. Heinrich was the top Aggie gymnast on both vault and floor, tying for third on vault with a season-high tying 9.825, as well as tying for USU's top vault score this season. On floor, Heinrich registered a 9.700, finishing in a tie for fourth. Watamaniuk was the Aggies' top bars finisher, tying for eighth with a 9.725. Sophomore Rebecca Holliday was seventh on beam for USU's top score on the apparatus with a season-best 9.750.

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 Texas A&M Invitational
Fri., Mar. 12--- vs. North Dakota State, 12:15 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 12 --- at Texas A&M, 3 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 13 --- vs. Wright State, 10 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 13 --- at Texas A&M, 5:15 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 14 --- vs. Wright State, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's softball team (8-5) will play in a tournament hosted by Texas A&M this weekend. USU will begin the three-day tournament on Friday, March 12 with a pair of games against North Dakota State and Texas A&M. The Aggies will then play Wright State and Texas A&M on Saturday, before concluding the tournament on Sunday against Wright State.

Last Week
at Colorado State Classic
W, 11-4 --- vs. North Dakota State
W, 10-8 --- vs. Utah Valley
W, 7-2 --- vs. South Dakota State
L, 3-5 --- at Colorado State
L, 1-9 --- vs. North Dakota State
• Freshman second baseman Tina Ferguson (Payson, Utah) helped Utah State to a 3-2 record at the Colorado State Classic this past weekend as USU defeated North Dakota State (11-4), Utah Valley (10-8) and South Dakota State (7-2), and lost to NDSU (9-1) and Colorado State (5-3). Ferguson went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run in the Aggies' win against North Dakota State and had RBI's against both Utah Valley and Colorado State. Overall, she hit .500 (6-12) during the tournament, with five runs batted in and three runs scored.

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