March 9, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 10, 2014
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
2014 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Wed., Mar. 12 --- vs. Colorado State, 3 p.m. (MT) (MW Network)
Thur., Mar. 13 --- vs. San Diego St., Quarterfinals, 1 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
Fri., Mar. 14 --- vs. TBA, Semifinals, 7 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. TBA, Championship, 4 p.m. (MT) (CBS)
Utah State men's basketball (17-13, 7-11) is the eighth-seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play ninth-seeded Colorado State (16-15, 7-11) in a first round game on Wednesday, Mar. 12 at 3 p.m., on the Mountain West Network. If USU advances to the quarterfinals it would play top-seeded San Diego State (27-3, 16-2) on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). If USU advances to the semifinals it will play at 7 p.m. (MT) on Friday, Mar. 14 on the CBS Sports Network, while the championship game will be on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 4 p.m. (MT) on CBS. USU is 51-34 all-time against the Rams, including a 2-0 record this year.
W, 65-54 --- WYOMING
Utah State won its only game last week with a 65-54 home victory against Wyoming. Against the Cowboys, senior center Jarred Shaw recorded his eighth double-double of the season and 17th of his career with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore forward Kyle Davis notched his seventh double-double of the year with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield added 12 points and senior guard TeNale Roland scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-54), including 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14) and 78.9 percent at the free throw line (15-19). UW shot 36.2 percent (21-58), including 20.8 percent from three (5-24) and 58.3 percent at the line (7-12).
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Mar. 7 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (7-7) continues its 2014 season with its final home meet of the year as it hosts Southern Utah on Friday, Mar. 14 at 7 p.m.
W, 195.525-195.100 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
Utah State posted a season-high score to defeat San José State, 195.525-195.100, in its first win over the Spartans in six years and its highest team score in seven years. USU notched a 48.875 on vault, 48.675 on bars, a season-best 48.800 on beam and a 49.175 on floor, contributing to the 195.525 total. SJSU finished with a 48.575 on vault, 48.675 on bars, 48.875 on beam and 48.975 on floor for a total of 195.100. Junior Sarah Landes represented the Aggies among the four all-around competitors, claiming her second-consecutive win with a 39.175. Sophomore Miranda Kerr was the vault winner with a 9.825, while senior Paige Jones, freshman Bailey McIntire and Landes shared the third-place spot with a 9.775. USU swept the podium on bars with Jones claiming the title with a season-best 9.875. Sophomore JoAnna Cuba and freshman Charly Belliston placed second and third, each setting career-highs, with a 9.850 and 9.825, respectively. Sophomore Michelle Yasukochi took the beam title with a 9.825 and McIntire took home her third-straight and sixth overall floor win with a 9.875, while Jones tied for second on floor with a 9.850, matching her career-high.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
2014 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mon., Mar. 10 --- vs. New Mexico, 3 p.m. (MT) (MW Network)
Tues, Mar. 11 --- vs. Colorado St., Quarterfinals, 1 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Fri., Mar. 14 --- vs. TBA, Semifinals, 1 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. TBA, Championship, 8 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
Utah State women's basketball (14-15, 8-10) is the eighth-seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play ninth-seeded New Mexico (11-18, 6-12) in a first round game on Monday, Mar. 10 at 3 p.m. If USU advances to the quarterfinals it would play top-seeded Colorado State (23-6, 15-3) on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. If USU advances to the semifinals it will play at 1 p.m. (MT) on Friday, Mar. 14, while the championship game will be on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 8 p.m. (MT). Every game during the first three days of the women's tournament will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network, while the championship game will be on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 5-9 all-time against the Lobos, including a 2-0 record this year.
W, 84-80 --- at Wyoming
Utah State posted an 84-80 road win at Wyoming last week in its only game. Against the Cowgirls, senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 31 points for her 12th 30-point game of the season. Sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow scored a career-high 16 points, junior forward Ingrida Strikas added a career-best 15 points, and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams scored 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 41.3 percent (26-63), including 37.0 percent from three-point range (10-27) and 84.6 percent at the free throw line (22-26). UW shot 34.4 percent (21-61), including 29.4 percent from three (10-34) and 70.0 percent at the line (28-40).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Thur., Mar. 13 --- at Arizona, 1 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Mar. 14 --- vs. Fresno State, Tucson, Ariz., 1 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. St. Mary's, Tucson, Ariz., 11 a.m. (MT)
Utah State men's tennis (6-5, 0-0) will continue its 2014 season this week with three matches in Tucson, Ariz., as it plays at Arizona on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m. (MT), Fresno State on Friday, Mar. 14 at 1 p.m. (MT), and St. Mary's on Saturday, Mar. 15 at 11 a.m. (MT).
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.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
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 this 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.
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.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., Mar. 11 --- at CSU Bakersfield (DH), 2 p.m. (MT)
Wed., Mar. 12 --- at CS Northridge (DH), 2 p.m. (MT)
at UC Santa Barbara Tournament
Thur., Mar. 13 --- at UC Santa Barbara, 4 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Mar. 14 --- vs. Monmouth, 12 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Mar. 14 --- vs. Portland State, 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. Dartmouth, 10 a.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 15 --- vs. Monmouth, 12 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's softball team (5-7) will continue its 2014 season this week with a pair of doubleheaders at CSU Bakersfield on Tuesday, Mar. 11 and at CS Northridge on Wednesday, Mar. 12 with both doubleheaders beginning at 2 p.m. (MT). USU will then compete in a tournament hosted by Santa Barbara over the weekend. USU will begin the tournament against the host Gauchos on Thursday, Mar. 13 at 4 p.m. (MT). On Friday, Mar. 14, USU will play Monmouth at 12 p.m. (MT) and Portland State at 2:30 p.m. (MT). And on Saturday, Mar. 15, USU will face Dartmouth at 10 a.m. (MT) and Monmouth at 12 p.m. (MT).
L, 0-5 --- vs. Mississippi, Salt Lake City, Utah
W, 8-5 --- at Utah
at UC Riverside Tournament
L, 4-9--- vs. Idaho State
L, 2-5 --- at UC Riverside
L, 0-2 --- vs. San Diego
L, 6-8 --- at UC Riverside
Freshman infielder Victoria Saucedo (West Covina, Calif.) was Utah State's top hitter last week as USU went 1-5, including its first win against Utah since 2008. USU began its week with a 5-0 loss to Mississippi before posting its 8-5 win against the Utes, with both games being played in Salt Lake City. USU then went 0-4 in the UC Riverside hosted Highlander Classic last weekend as it lost to Idaho State (9-4), UC Riverside (5-2, 8-6) and San Diego (2-0). During the week, Saucedo hit safely in five of the Aggies' six games with her best outing coming in the win against Utah as she went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI. She started the Highlander Classic with a 1-for-3 performance against Idaho State, and had 1-for-3 performances against both UC Riverside and San Diego. Saucedo concluded the Highlander Classic going 2-for-4 against the host-Highlanders adding two RBI. For the week, Saucedo hit .400 (8-20) with six RBI and five runs scored.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 14-15 --- at NCAA Champs., Albuquerque, N.M., All Day
Junior Chari Hawkins will represnt Utah State and compete in the pentathlon at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. Hawkins enters the NCAA Championships ranked sixth in the event with 4,173 points.
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 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.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
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.
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).
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