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Weekly Aggie Update (March 10)

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March 10, 2003

LOGAN, Utah - BASKETBALL - Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

March 5 - VS. CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE*, W 69-58
March 7 - VS. PACIFIC*, W 75-70
March 13-15 - at Big West Tournament, Anaheim, Calif.
March 13 - vs. Cal State Fullerton, 9:30 p.m.

** Utah State (21-8, 12-6) is looking for its fifth Big West Tournament Championship in its 25th appearance. USU won the tournament in 1988, 1998, 2000 and 2001.

** Utah State is 21-20 (.512) all-time in the Big West Conference Tournament, and 10-14 (.417) all-time in the first round of the tournament. In the last seven years, USU is 6-1 in the first round of the tournament.

** Utah State is 8-1 in the Big West Tournament since 2000 and 11-2 over the last five years with three championships.

** Utah State defeated three teams this year that won their conference's regular season championship. USU beat Utah (Mountain West Conference co-champions), Weber State (Big Sky) and UC Santa Barbara (Big West).

** Utah State is 13-12 (.520) versus current members of the Big West in tournament play.

** Utah State has won four tournament championships, the most among active members of the Big West. Long Beach State has three tournament championships, while Pacific has two, and Cal State Fullerton and UC Santa Barbara have each won one.

** Stew Morrill is 8-2 (.800) in the Big West Conference Tournament as Utah State's head coach with two tournament championships in four appearances. Overall, Morrill is 15-13 (.536) in conference tournaments.

GYMNASTICS - Contact: Lis Erickson - (435) 797-2066

March 6 - at BYU vs. BYU, Central Michigan, So. Utah, 4th/4 (195.225)
March 14 - VS. NORTH CAROLINA STATE, 7 p.m.
March 22 - at Ohio State, 5 p.m.

** No. 24 Utah State gymnastics (6-9) hosts its final two home meets of the season. Monday, March 10, USU takes on No. 25 Central Michigan and Southern Utah at 7 p.m. Autograph night follows the meet. On Friday, March 14, USU will honor its 2003 seniors following a 7 p.m. meet against NC State.

** USU's RQS of 195.20 is up 0.47 from last week, and the Aggies moved from No. 27 last week to No. 24. The RQS is determined by a team's top six scores, three of which must be from away meets. The high score is thrown out and the remaining five are averaged. With a 195.225 at BYU on March 7, USU replaced a road score of 192.875 from Jan. 19.

** USU is averaging 195.675 at home through its first four meets of the year. The Aggies' lowest home score is 195.275, which came against Ohio State on Feb. 28.

** Senior Nicole Kilpatrick hasn't scored below 9.80 on floor this season, and has been above 9.90 in the last five meets. She is averaging a team-best 9.881.

** Never before has USU scored better than 195.00 six times in a season. In both 1997 and 1999, the Aggies reached the 195.00 mark twice in their first eight meets, but it took at least 11 before they managed to post four. Last year, USU had just two team scores of 195.00 or better.

SOFTBALL - Contact: Jeremy Seeley - (435) 797-2066

March 7-9 - at UNLV Tournament
	March 7 - vs. New Mexico State, W 7-0
	March 7 - at UNLV, W 4-3
	March 8 - vs. Nevada-Reno, L 1-4
	March 8 - vs. Nevada-Reno, L 0-6
	March 9 - vs. New Mexico State, L 4-6
March 14 -  at Brigham Young (DH), 1 p.m.
March 15 - at Brigham Young, 1 p.m.
March 20-23 at Sacramento State Tournament
	March 20 - vs. Iowa, 6 p.m.
	March 21 - vs. Long Island, 4 p.m.
	March 22 - vs. Eastern Kentucky, 1:30 p.m.
	March 23 - vs. Sacramento State, Noon

** Utah State (2-11) travels to BYU this weekend to face the Cougars in a three-game series.

** Freshman Quela Henderson is hitting .314 this season and currently has a six-game hit streak.

** The Cougars are 12-7 this season, coming off three straight wins at the Fresno State Tournament last week.

** The Aggies have not beaten the Cougars since BYU softball became a Division I sport in 2000.

MEN'S TENNIS - Contact: Todd Johnson - (435) 797-2066

March 5 - VS. WEBER STATE, W 5-2
March 8 - vs. St. Mary's at Pacific, L 1-6
March 10 - vs. Creighton at Pacific, 1 p.m.
March 11 - at Cal Poly, Noon
March 15 - VS. NEVADA, Noon
March 24 - VS. MONTANTA, 1 p.m.

** Utah State men's tennis (3-8) faces Creighton (4-3) on Monday, March 10 at noon. Monday's match-up will be the first time the two schools have met.

** Utah State then travels to Cal Poly (5-6) on Tuesday, March 11. Cal Poly will be just the second Big West opponent the Aggies have faced this year. In their only other Big West match-up the Aggies lost to Pacific at the UNLV Invitational. Last year the Aggies dropped their match with Cal Poly, 1-6.

** The Aggies then return home for a match with Nevada (1-10) on Saturday, March 15. Last year the Aggies defeated Nevada 4-3, in Logan.

WOMEN'S TENNIS - Contact: Jeff Burton - (435) 797-2066

March 8 - vs. UCSB at Pacific, L 0-7
March 10 - at Pacific, Noon
March 11 - at Cal Poly, 1:30 p.m.
March 27 - VS. MONTANA, 1 p.m.
** Utah State women's tennis (2-3) plays at Cal Poly on Tuesday, March 12. Last season the Aggies lost to Cal Poly 5-2.

*Sophomore Carolyn Larsen posted one of USU's victories last season against Cal Poly. She won at the No. 5 spot in two sets, 7-6, 7-5.

*The Aggies have another break before returning to the courts at home against Montana on Thursday, March 27 at 1 p.m.

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