Weekly Aggie Update

March 6, 2011

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 6, 2011

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

This Week
2011 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Fri., Mar. 11 --- vs. Idaho/Hawai'i/San Jose State, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 12 --- vs. TBA, Championship Game, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
• Utah State (28-3, 15-1) is the top seed in the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play fourth-seeded Idaho (18-12, 9-7), fifth-seeded Hawai'i (18-11, 8-8) or eighth-seeded San Jose State (15-14, 5-11) in the first of two semifinals on Friday, Mar. 11 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised. The championship game of the WAC Tournament will be on Saturday, Mar. 12 at 8 p.m. (MT) and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Last Week
W, 58-54 --- at New Mexico State
W, 72-30 --- at Louisiana Tech
• Utah State finished the regular season by winning a pair of road games at New Mexico State (58-54) and at Louisiana Tech (72-30) to become just the seventh team in the 49-year history of the WAC to lose one or fewer league games and the first since Utah went 14-0 during the 1998-99 campaign. Utah State also set a school record for regular season wins with 28 and those 28 victories are tied with the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 teams for the second-most in school history. Against NMSU, junior guard Brockeith Pane had 12 points, senior forward Tai Wesley scored 11 points, senior guard Tyler Newbold had 10 points and nine rebounds, and senior forward Nate Bendall also scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 50.0 percent from the field (25-50), 27.3 percent from three-point range (3-11) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line. NMSU shot 44.4 percent (20-45), including 30.8 percent from behind the arc (4-13) and 52.6 percent at the charity stripe (10-19). Against Louisiana Tech, Newbold had 14 points and seven rebounds to give him 1,000 points for his career, while Wesley finished with 11 points and eight boards, and senior guard Brian Green had 10 points. USU shot 41.0 percent (25-61), including 30.8 percent from three (8-26) and 66.7 percent at the line (14-21). LTU shot 17.9 percent (10-56), which is the lowest shooting percentage by an Aggie opponent in school history according to available records. The Bulldogs were also 0-of-14 from behind the arc, becoming the first Aggie opponent to not make a three in a game since Long Beach State went 0-of-12 from three during the 1997-98 season. LTU was also 10-of-16 (.625) at the free throw line.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Wed., Mar. 9 --- WEBER STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (10-6, 2-1) will play one match this week as it hosts Weber State on Wednesday, March 9 at 12 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
L, 1-6 --- at Boise State
• Utah State went 0-1 last week as it lost at Boise State, 6-1. Senior Nikita Ryashchenko scored the only point for USU with a three sets win at No. 6 singles (3-6, 7-6, 10-8). Ryashchenko also won his doubles match as he teamed with senior Jakob Asplund for an 8-6 win at the number three position. Other Aggies to compete against the Broncos include seniors Bryan Marchant and Alex Thatcher, sophomore Sven Poslusny and freshman Fredrik Peterson.

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

This Week
2011 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Thur., Mar. 10 --- vs. New Mexico State or Hawai'i, 9:30 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 11 --- vs. Fresno State, 3:30 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 12 --- vs. TBA, Championship Game, 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
• Utah State (16-13, 10-6) is the third seed in the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play sixth-seeded New Mexico State (13-17, 7-9) or seventh-seeded Hawai'i (11-18, 5-11) in the second of two quarterfinals on Thursday, Mar. 10 at 9:30 p.m. (MT). The semifinals of women's bracket will be on Friday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (MT), and the championship game will be on Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 71-72 OT --- at Hawai'i
W, 72-61 --- at San Jose State
• Utah State finished the regular season by splitting a pair of road games as it lost at Hawai'i (72-71 OT) and won at San Jose State (75-39). Against the Rainbow Wahine, sophomore center Banna Diop tied her career-high with 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds, while junior forward Ashlee Brown had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. USU shot 40.3 percent for the game (27-67), including 26.7 percent from three-point range (4-15) and 61.9 percent at the free throw line (13-21). UH shot 44.8 percent (26-58), including 57.1 percent from behind the arc (8-14) and 63.2 percent at the free throw line (12-19). Against SJSU, senior guard Alice Coddington had 11 points, while Brown and sophomore guard Jenna Johnson each scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 52.7 percent (29-55), including 35.7 percent from three (5-14) and 63.2 percent at the line (12-19). The Spartans shot just 24.5 percent (13-53), was 0-of-9 from three-point range and 13-of-19 (.684) from the line.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

Next Competition
Thur., Mar. 24 --- at San Francisco, 1 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 25 --- at San Jose State, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (8-3, 0-1) returns to action on Thursday, March 24 when it plays at San Francisco at 1 p.m. USU will then play at San Jose State on Friday, March 25 also at 1 p.m.

Last Week
W, 5-2 --- WEBER STATE
• Utah State won its only match of the week, defeating Weber State at home, 5-2. Sophomore Jaclyn West won at No. 1 singles (6-2, 7-5), senior Hailey Swenson won at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1), sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich won at No. 3 singles (6-2, 6-0), and junior Romina Nedakovic won at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-0). Utah State also won the doubles point as Swenson teamed with Nedakovic for an 8-2 win at the first position, while Voytsekhovich and West posted an 8-1 win at the second position, and senior Taylor Perry and junior Julie Tukuafu notched an 8-6 win at the third position. Other Aggies to compete during the match include junior Brianna Harris.

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

Next Competition
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 24-25 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Thursday, March 24 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate.

Last Competition
9th/15 --- at Washington State Getaway
• Utah State finished in ninth-place at the Washington State hosted Snowman Getaway held at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., with a 30-over par 894 (283-310-301). Sophomore Brendan Dennis shot an even-par 72 during his final round and finished tied for 29th with a 6-over 222 (71-79-72). Senior Benjamin Schilleman shot a final round 75 and also tied for 29th with a 6-over 222 (71-76-75), while fellow senior Tyson McFarland shot a final round 78 to tie for 29th as well at 6-under 222 (69-75-78). Junior Austin French finished tied for 50th with a 12-over 228 (72-80-76), and fellow junior Chanse Godderidge tied for 68th with a 20-over 236 (77-80-79).

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

This Week
Tues., Mar. 8 --- at Cal State Bakersfield (DH), 2 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 9 --- at Cal State Bakersfield (DH), 2 p.m.
Fri.-Sun., March 11-13 --- at Long Beach State Tournament
Fri., Mar. 11 --- vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 12 --- vs. Saint Mary's, 10 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 12 --- vs. Sacramento State, 12:15 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 13 --- vs. Sacramento State, 10 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 13 --- at Long Beach State, 12:15 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (3-12) will begin its week with a pair of doubleheaders at Cal State Bakersfield on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8-9. USU will then travel to Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the Long Beach State Tournament. Utah State will began the tournament against Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Mar. 11 at 7 p.m., followed by a pair of games on Saturday, Mar. 12 against Saint Mary's and Sacramento State at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively. USU will conclude the tournament on Sunday with a pair of games against Sacramento State and host Long Beach State at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively.

Last Week
at Wildcat Invitational, Tucson, Ariz.
L, 2-4 --- vs. Minnesota
L, 3-11 (6) --- at #4 Arizona
L, 1-4 --- vs. UC Riverside
L, 2-10 (5) --- vs. Idaho State
L, 2-5 (8) --- vs. Portland State
• Freshman outfielder Kassy Uchida (Burbank, Calif.) was the offensive leader for Utah State last weekend at the Arizona hosted Wildcat Invitational as USU lost games to Minnesota (2-1), Arizona (11-3), UC Riverside (4-1), Idaho State (10-2) and Portland State (5-2). Uchida hit safely in three of the Aggies' five games as she went 3-for-4 with two doubles against UC Riverside, 2-for-3 against Idaho State and 1-for-4 against Portland State. For the week, Uchida hit .429 (6-14) with one RBI and one run scored.

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

This Week
Sat., Mar. 12 --- at Southern Utah/vs. Iowa, 2 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (2-12, 1-4) returns to action on Saturday, Mar. 12 when it competes at Southern Utah in a tri-meet with Iowa at 2 p.m.. The meet is USU's regular season finale.

Last Week
W, 194.550-190.700 --- CAL STATE FULLERTON
• Seniors Lyndsie Boone and Jackie Dillon each posted career-high all-around scores to lead Utah State to its season high team total and first Western Athletic Conference win of the season with a 194.550-190.700 victory against Cal State Fullerton Friday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The 194.550 was the Aggies' highest score since a 195.175 at the 2007 WAC Championships and the highest regular-season score since a 194.675 earlier in the 2007 season. Friday was USU's first WAC win since March 7, 2008 vs. San Jose State. Dillon won the all-around with a career-high 39.150 while Boone was second with a 38.975, also a career-best. The senior duo shared the spotlight and matched each other all night, as they made up half of a four-way tie on bars with a 9.825, a new career-high for Boone and a career-best tying score for Dillon. The pair also tied each other for second on vault and for third on beam, both with 9.750's. Junior Nicole Simoneau won the bars title with a 9.850, while Boone and freshman Rachel Vaske posted career-highs in the event while Dillon tied her career-best on bars, all posting 9.825's, to tie for second. Freshman Cammi Muhr won the beam with a career-best tying 9.800. USU finished the competition with a 48.100 on vault, a 49.000 on bars, a 48.625 on beam and a 48.825 on floor.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Fri.-Sat., March 11-12 --- at NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas, All Day
• Utah State's indoor track and field teams will conclude its season this weekend at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas with select individuals competing. Senior Clint Silcock is the lone Aggie who has already qualified when he cleared 2.24m in the high jump at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 4, for an automatic qualifying mark. Several Utah State athletes have hit provisional qualifying marks and will wait to see if they get an invitation as the championship field will be announced on Monday, March 7.

Last Week
NTS --- at Washington Qualifier
NTS --- at Notre Dame Qualifier
• Utah State men's track and field distance medley relay team ran their way to the top of the USU Indoor Track and Field record books at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., last weekend. The distance medley team consists of seniors Jason Holt, Eric Larson, James Allred and freshman Tanner Hunt. They shattered the previous record of 9:58.00, which was set in 1997, finishing in 13th-place Friday night with a time of 9:43.11, a Western Athletic season-best time. Holt finished the day running his career-best in the 800m crossing the finish line in 14th-place (1:51.30). Larson and Hunt also ran in other events with Larson breaking the tape in the mile in 20th-place with a time of 4:09.81 and Hunt ending in 15th-place in the 400m (48.64). Junior John Johnson set a new career-best mark in the pole vault with a jump of 5.08m (16-08.00) at the University of Washington Final Qualifier in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday. Johnson's vault tied him for eighth-place in the meet and is also the second-best height in the WAC this season. Additionally, the mark is tied for sixth in USU's top 10 list.

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