Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, gymnastics, softball, men and women's tennis, and men and women's indoor track & field all in action.
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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 9, 2015

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
This Week
2015 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Thur., Mar. 12 --- vs. Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
Fri., Mar. 13 --- vs. TBA, Semifinals, 7 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
Sat., Mar. 14 --- vs. TBA, Championship, 4 p.m. (MT) (CBS)
• Utah State men's basketball (18-12, 11-7) is the fifth-seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play fourth-seeded Wyoming (22-9, 11-7) in a quarterfinal game on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 3:30 p.m. (MT) on 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. 13 on CBS Sports Network, while the championship game will be on Saturday, Mar. 14 at 4 p.m. (MT) on CBS. USU is 25-46 all-time against the Cowboys, including a 1-1 record this year as each team won on its home floor.

Last Week
L, 53-76 --- at Wyoming
L, 70-75 --- COLORADO STATE
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West record last week with a 76-53 road loss at Wyoming and a 75-70 home loss to Colorado State. Against the Cowboys, junior guard Chris Smith scored 18 points, sophomore wing Jalen Moore had 11 points and redshirt freshman forward David Collette had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 45.8 percent (22-48), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (6-18) and 60.0 percent at the free throw line (3-5). UW shot 55.6 percent (30-54), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (7-21) and 90.0 percent at the charity stripe (9-10). Against the Rams, Smith had 24 points, Moore scored 14 points, sophomore guard JoJo McGlaston tied his career-high with 14 points, and Collette had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 39.7 percent (23-58), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (9-27) and 78.9 percent at the free throw line (15-19). CSU shot 42.6 percent (29-68), including 14.3 percent from behind the arc (3-21) and 77.8 percent at the charity stripe (14-18).

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
This Week
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 13-14 --- at NCAA Champs., Fayetteville, Ark., All Day
• Seniors Nic Bowens and Chari Hawkins will represent Utah State and compete in the 200m and pentathlon, respectively, at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark. Hawkins enters the NCAA Championships ranked 11th in the event with 4,194 points and Bowens ranks 14th with a time of 20.80.

Last Competition
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
2015 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mon., Mar. 9 --- vs. San José State, 3 p.m. (MT) (MW Network)
Tues., Mar. 10 --- vs. Colorado State, Quarterfinals, 1 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Wed., Mar. 11 --- vs. TBA, Semifinals, 7 p.m. (MT) (MWN)
Fri., Mar. 13 --- vs. TBA, Championship, 1 p.m. (MT) (CBS SN)
• Utah State women's basketball (8-22, 5-13) is the ninth-seed in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play eighth-seeded San José State (13-16, 7-11) in a first round game on Monday, Mar. 9 at 3 p.m. (MT). If USU advances to the quarterfinals it would play top-seeded Colorado State (23-6, 15-3) on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 1 p.m. If USU advances to the semifinals it will play at 7 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday, Mar. 11, while the championship game will be on Friday, Mar. 13 at 1 p.m. (MT). Every game during the first three days of the women's tournament will be streamed 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 15-5 all-time against the Spartans, including a 1-1 record this year as each team won on its home floor.

Last Week
L, 57-61 --- WYOMING
L, 58-76 --- at Colorado State
• Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West record last week with a 61-57 home loss to Wyoming and a 76-58 road loss at Colorado State. Against the Cowgirls, freshman guard Funda Nakkasoglu led the team with 23 points, while junior forward Tijana Djukic had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 34.9 percent (22-63), including 11.8 percent from three-point range (2-17) and 78.6 percent at the free throw line (11-14). UW shot 39.0 percent (23-59), including 27.8 percent from behind the arc (5-18) and 58.8 percent at the charity stripe (10-17). Against the Rams, Nakkasoglu had 21 points, senior forward Ingrida Strikas scored 12 points and freshman guard Tilar Clark had 10 points. USU finished the game shooting 39.6 percent (21-53), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (8-24) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (8-12). CSU shot 48.2 percent (27-56), including 32.0 percent from behind the arc (8-25) and 93.3 percent at the charity stripe (14-15).

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
This Week
Thur., Mar. 12 --- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 11 a.m.
Fri., Mar. 13 --- OREGON, 11 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (10-3, 0-0) continues its 2015 spring season this week with two home matches as it hosts Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Mar. 12 and No. 61 Oregon on Friday, March 13 with both matches beginning at 11 a.m.

Last Week
W, 4-2 --- IDAHO
• Utah State won its only match last week with a 4-2 home win against Idaho. In singles play, senior McKenzie Davis won in three sets at the No. 1 spot (5-7, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)), sophomore Nini Guensler won in straight sets at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 6-1), and freshman Maggie O'Meara won in thee sets at the No. 5 spot (7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3). USU also won the doubles point as junior Kallie Sperry and sophomore Lexi Turley teamed up for a 6-3 win at the first position, while Davis and O'Meara posted a 6-3 win at the second position.

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
This Week
Fri., Mar. 13 --- BYU, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (8-7, 2-6) continues its 2015 season this week with a home dual meet against BYU on Friday, Mar. 13 at 7 p.m.

Last Week
2nd, 195.100 --- at BYU/vs. Central Michigan
1st, 195.750 --- at San José St./vs. Seattle Pacific & Sacramento St.
• Utah State competed in a pair of meets last week and finished second at the BYU tri-meet with Central Michigan with a score of 195.100 and then finished first at the San José State hosted quad meet with Seattle Pacific and Sacramento State with a season-high score of 195.750. In the BYU tri-meet, USU scored a 48.900 on vault, a season-high 49.000 on bars, a 48.525 on beam and a 48.675 on floor. Central Michigan recorded a 49.025 on vault, a 48.925 on bars, a 49.100 on beam and a 49.125 on floor for its 196.175, while BYU scored a 48.825 on vault, a 49.050 on bars, a 47.350 on beam and a 49.175 on floor to make up its 194.400. Senior Sarah Landes took second in the all-around with a 38.925 (vault: 9.750, bars: 9.750, beam: 9.725, floor: 9.700), while sophomore Bailey McIntire placed third with a 38.850 (vault: 9.700; bars: 9.800, beam: 9.525, floor: 9.825). USU started the meet on beam, where redshirt sophomore Hayley Sanzotti tied her career-high with a 9.775 to take sixth. Sophomore Charly Belliston and junior McKinzey Martinez both tied for seventh on the event with a 9.750, while Landes recorded a 9.725 to tie for ninth. The Aggies then moved to floor, where McIntire paced USU with a 9.825 to tie for sixth. Senior Breyanna Aufiero put up a 9.725 to tie for 10th, while Sanzotti, Landes and senior Susie Miller all tied for 13th with a 9.700. USU then moved to vault, where Martinez tied her season-high with a 9.850 to lead USU as she took second on the event. Junior Miranda Kerr posted a 9.825 to tie for third place, while junior Jillian Chappel earned a 9.775 to tie for eighth. The Aggies finished the meet on bars, as Martinez tied for second with a 9.850 to lead USU. McIntire and junior JoAnna Cuba tied for sixth with a 9.800, while freshman Melanie Oster and senior Kaitlyn Betts tied for eighth with a 9.775. At the San José State quad meet, USU tied its 18th-best score in school history with a 195.750 as it recorded a 48.950 on vault, a 48.825 on bars, a 48.675 on beam and a season-high 49.300 on floor. SJSU scored a 49.075 on vault, a 48.825 on bars, a 49.075 on beam and a 48.700 on floor to earn its 195.675. Sacramento State posted a 48.775 on vault, a 48.750 on bars, a 48.875 on beam and a 48.650 on floor to earn a 195.050 team score, and Seattle Pacific posted a 48.675 on vault, a 48.325 on bars, a 48.225 on beam and a 48.800 on floor for its 194.025. In the all-around, USU was led by Landes who placed second with a 39.200 (vault: 9.875, bars: 9.675, beam: 9.775, floor: 9.875), while Martinez took fifth with a 39.000 (vault: 9.675, bars: 9.775, beam: 9.675, floor: 9.875), and McIntire took eighth with a 38.375 (vault: 9.775, bars: 9.825, beam: 8.900, floor: 9.875). USU started the meet on the beam, where Cuba paced the Aggies with a 9.800 to tie for sixth. Landes earned a 9.775 to tie for ninth, while Belliston recorded a 9.750 to tie for 13th. The Aggies then moved the floor, where McIntire, Landes and Martinez all recorded a 9.875, tying Landes' and Martinez's career-highs, to win the event title. Aufiero recorded a new career-high with a 9.850 to tie for fifth, and Sanzotti flipped her way to a 9.825 to tie her career-high and tie for eighth. USU moved to vault, where Landes tied her career high with a 9.875 to take second, while junior Michelle Yasukochi landed a 9.800 to tie for eighth. McIntire and Chappel both vaulted their way to a 9.775 to tie for 11th. In the final rotation, USU moved to bars, and Cuba led the Aggies, and the entire meet, with a 9.850 to tie her career high and win the event title. McIntire recorded a 9.825 to tie for second, while Martinez grabbed a 9.775 to tie for seventh and Oster put up a 9.700 to tie for 15th.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
This Week
Fri.-Sun, Mar. 13-15--- at San Diego Classic
Fri., Mar. 13 --- vs. Oregon, 3 p.m. (MT)
Fri., Mar. 13 --- vs. Santa Clara, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 14 --- vs. Baylor, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 14 --- vs. Long Beach State, 3 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Mar. 15 --- vs. Harvard, 12:30 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State's softball team (5-14, 0-0) continues its 2015 season this weekend at the San Diego Classic. USU will begin the tournament on Friday, Mar. 13 against Oregon (20-3) and Santa Clara (5-17) at 3 p.m. (MT) and 8 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU will then play Baylor (14-5) and Long Beach State (10-16) on Saturday, Mar. 14 at 12:30 p.m. (MT) and 3 p.m. (MT), respectively, before concluding the tournament on Sunday, Mar. 15 against Harvard (3-4) at 12:30 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
at Boise State Tournament
W, 5-3 --- vs. Montana
W, 6-5 --- vs. Saint Mary's
W, 4-3 --- vs. Weber State
L, 3-5 --- vs. Montana
L, 1-9 (6) --- vs. Weber State
• Sophomore first baseman Paxton Provost helped Utah State to a 3-2 record at last weekend's Boise State hosted Springhill Suites Invitational as USU posted wins against Montana (5-3), Saint Mary's (6-5) and Weber State (4-3), before losing its final two games of the tournament against Montana (5-3) and Weber State (9-1). Provost began the tournament by going 1-for-4 against the Grizzlies and hit a two-run double in the top of the fifth to score the winning runs. She also added nine putouts in the contest. She then went 2-for-4 against the Gaels with one run scored and seven putouts. Against the Wildcats, Provost was 1-for-2 at the plate and hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third in what ended up being the game-winning RBI. She added five putouts in the contest. Provost hit her second home run of the tournament in USU's second game against UM as she was 1-for-3 at the plate, while adding five putouts. She then concluded the tournament by going 1-for-3 against the Wildcats with five putouts. For the weekend, Provost batted .375 (6-of-16) with a .800 slugging percentage as she had two home runs and one double, to go along with five RBI and three runs scored, while adding 30 putouts defensively.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
This Week
Tues., Mar. 10 --- at Fresno State, 3 p.m. (MT)
Thur., Mar. 12 --- at Pacific, 1 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 14 --- vs. Oregon, Boise, Idaho, 1 p.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (12-4, 1-0) continues its 2015 spring season this week with three road matches as it plays at Mountain West foe Fresno State on Tuesday, Mar. 10 at 3 p.m. (MT), at Pacific on Thursday, Mar. 12 at 1 p.m. (MT), and versus No. 56 Oregon in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, Mar. 14 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
L, 0-7 --- vs. Loyola Marymount, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
L, 3-4 --- at Cal Poly
• Utah State posted an 0-2 road record last week with a 7-0 road loss to Loyola Marymount and a 4-3 loss at No. 61 Cal Poly. Against the Lions, USU won one doubles match as sophomore Karan Salwan and senior Matt Sweet won at the first doubles position (6-2). Against the Mustangs, USU won the doubles point as sophomore Dennis Baumgartner and senior Marcus Fritz won at the second position (7-5) and sophomores Sebastian Schneider and Jack Swindells won at the third position (7-6). In singles, Salwan won at the No. 4 spot (7-5, 4-6, 6-3) and freshman Jaime Barajas won at the No. 5 spot (7-5, 6-3).

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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