March 18, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Utah State women's basketball (18-13, 14-4) will find out on Monday, Mar. 18 if it will continue its season with an invitation for the Women's Postseason National Invitation Tournament. If the Aggies do receive a WNIT bid, it would be its third-straight WNIT appearance.
2013 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 78-65 --- vs. Denver
L, 82-84 --- vs. Idaho
Utah State posted a 1-1 record in the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament last week as it defeated seventh-seeded Denver (78-65) in the quarterfinals and lost to third-seeded Idaho (84-82) in the semifinals. Against the Pioneers, junior guard Jennifer Schlott scored 21 points and dished out eight assists, while senior guard Devyn Christensen and freshman guard Makenlee Williams each scored 16 points. Senior guard Jenna Johnson also scored in double-figures with 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 54.7 percent (29-53), including 52.0 percent from three-point range (13-25) and 77.8 percent at the free throw line (7-9). Denver shot 42.6 percent (23-54), including 12.5 percent from three (2-16) and 68.0 percent at the line (17-25). Against the Vandals, Christensen scored a career-high 37 points, while Johnson posted her ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Williams also scored in double-figures with 12 points. USU finished the game shooting 43.9 percent (29-66), including 42.4 percent from three-point range (14-33) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (10-13). UI shot 40.0 percent (28-70), including 41.7 percent from behind the arc (10-24) and 78.3 percent at the charity stripe (18-23).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Sat., Mar. 23 --- LAMAR, 11 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (4-7, 0-1) will continue its 2013 season on Saturday, Mar. 23 when it hosts Lamar at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club at 11 a.m.
L, 3-4 --- at Montana State
W, 5-0 --- vs. MSU-Billings, Bozeman, Mont.
Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at Montana State (4-3) and won against Montana State-Billings (5-0). Against the Bobcats, senior Sven Poslusny posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-4) and sophomore Sean Levesque won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-4, 7-6). In doubles play, junior Fredrik Peterson teamed with Levesque for a 9-8 win at the second position, while junior Andrew Whiting and sophomore Curran Wearmouth notched an 8-4 win at the third position as USU claimed the doubles point. Against the Yellowjackets, Poslusny posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-3), Peterson won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-2, 6-3), sophomore Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (7-5, 6-2) and Wearmouth won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (7-5, 6-4). USU also won the doubles point as Poslusny and Sweet posted a 9-7 win at the first position, Peterson and Levesque notched a 9-8 win at the second position, and Wearmouth and Whiting won 9-7 at the third position.
Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340
Sat., Mar. 23 --- at WAC Championships, Cedar City, Utah, 6 p.m.
Utah State gymnastics (3-11, 0-5) will compete in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championships hosted by Southern Utah on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 6 p.m. USU finished fifth at last year's WAC Championships.
L, 194.125-195.300 --- BOISE STATE
Utah State scored a 194.125 in a home dual loss to No. 23 Boise State last weekend as the Broncos scored a 195.300. Utah State scored a 48.425 on vault, 48.700 on bars, 47.675 on beam and a season-best 48.975 on floor. Boise State notched a 49.100 on bars, 49.175 on vault, 49.325 on floor and 47.700 on beam for their total of 195.250. In all-around competition, sophomore Sarah Landes finished second, but still set a new season-high with an overall score of 39.225. Junior Paige Jones matched her season-best with a 39.100 to finish fourth. Boise State's Caitlin Mann took home the all-around title with a 39.325. Landes and sophomore Kaitlyn Betts tied for second on vault, each notching 9.875. Landes and Jones tied for fifth-place on bars with a score of 9.800. Freshman Stefanie Daley tied for fourth-place on beam with a 9.700. Landes also finished fourth on floor with a 9.875.
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
Tue., Mar. 19 --- at Weber State, 11:30 a.m.
Sat., Mar. 23 --- at UT Arlington, 2 p.m. (MT)
Utah State women's tennis (3-5, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season at Weber State on Tuesday, Mar. 19 at 11:30 a.m., and at Western Athletic Conference foe UT Arlington on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 2 p.m. (MT).
L, 0-4 --- at UNLV
W, 5-1 --- vs. UC Riverside, Las Vegas, Nev.
Utah State posted a 1-1 record last week as it lost at UNLV (4-0) and defeated UC Riverside (5-1). Against the Highlanders, sophomore McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-1), senior Jaci West won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-1, 7-6), senior Kristina Voytsekhovich won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-2), freshman Kallie Sperry won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-3, 6-3), and sophomore Hillary Hays won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-2, 6-1). Senior Julie Tukuafu and freshman Amber Stuhlmann also competed during the weekend.
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Wed., Mar. 20 --- UTAH, 4 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 22 --- at San Jose State, 4 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 23 --- at San Jose State (DH), 1 p.m. (MT)
Utah State softball (5-22, 0-0) will continue its 2013 season on Wednesday, Mar. 20 with its first home game of the season when it hosts Utah (13-10-1) at 4 p.m. USU will then begin Western Athletic Conference play with a three-game series at San Jose State (18-10, 0-0) over the weekend as the two teams will play a single game on Friday, Mar. 22 at 4 p.m. (MT), followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 23 at 1 p.m. (MT).
W, 2-1; W 11-3 --- at Weber State
at Boise State Invitational
W, 5-3 (8) --- at Boise State
W, 3-2 --- vs. Idaho State
W, 6-5 (8) --- vs. Portland State
L, 0-7 --- vs. Portland State
L, 0-9 (5) --- vs. Idaho State
Utah State went 5-2 last week as it swept a doubleheader at Weber State (2-1; 11-3) at then posted a 3-2 record at the Boise State hosted SpringHill Suites Invitational as it defeated Boise State (5-3 (8)), Idaho State (3-2) and Portland State (6-5 (8)), before dropping the final two games of the tournament to Portland State (7-0) and Idaho State (9-0 (5)). Senior infielder Christine Thomsen hit .476 (10-21) during the week with three doubles, three runs scored, two runs batted in and four bases on balls. Her best game of the week was in USU's come-from-behind 6-5 win against Portland State as she went 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and two runs batted in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Aggies trailed by five runs heading into the seventh.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Wed.-Sat., Mar. 27-30 --- at Texas Relays, All Day
Fri., Mar. 29 --- at Utah Valley Collegiate, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 29-30 --- at Stanford Invitational, All Day
Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will begin its 2013 season at the Texas Relays from Wednesday through Saturday, Mar. 27-30. USU will also have individuals competing at the Utah Valley Collegiate on Friday, Mar. 29 and at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 29-30.
NTS --- at Washington Qualifier
Senior distance runner Alex Litzsinger led a strong performance from the Utah State women and men's indoor track & field teams as she broke the school record in the women's 3,000m (9:41.22) to place fifth overall at the Washington hosted UW Final Qualifier. Freshman Tylee Newman followed Litzsinger close behind as she placed sixth with the third-fastest time in school history (9:44.61) in the women's 3,000m. On the men's side, freshman Briton Page and senior Tyler Killpack finished first and second in the men's 800m for the second-straight week with times of 1:50.36 and 1:50.85, respectively. Furthermore, Page now ranks third all-time in Aggie history as Killpack now ranks fifth in the school's top 10 list.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 28-29 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate, All Day
Utah State men's golf will continue its 2013 spring season on Thursday, March 28 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly hosted Cypress Ridge Match Play Championships. The tournament will conclude on Friday, Mar. 29.
6th/9 --- at Cal State Fullerton Invitational
Junior Tanner Higham carded a final round 1-under 71 to move into a tie for sixth-place with a 3-over 219 (75-73-71) at the Cal State Fullerton hosted Folino Invitational last week. Higham was tied for 13th after 36-holes before tying for the best final round of the day with his 1-over 71. Utah State also performed well as it carded the third-best team score of the final round with an 8-over 296 to move from eighth into sixth-place in the nine-team field with a 36-over 910 (309-305-296). During its final round, USU shot nine shots better than it did the previous day and 13 shots better than it did during its opening round. Long Beach State took the team title with an 8-over 872 (294-289-289), while Loyola Marymount's Tyler Torano (75-67-72) and Sacramento State's Ryan Williams (69-70-75) tied for medalist honors at 2-under 214. Freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 20th for Utah State with a 12-over 228 (78-78-72), while freshman Reed Platke tied for 22nd with a 13-over 229 (77-79-73). Senior Brendan Dennis tied for 42nd with a 22-over 238 (82-76-80) and fellow senior Kris Sayer tied for 45th with a 25-over 241 (79-78-84).
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066
2013 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 78-83 --- vs. UT Arlington
Utah State (21-10, 11-7) lost to fourth-seeded UT Arlington, 83-78, in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament last week to finish its season. Against the Mavericks, junior center Jarred Shaw scored 20 points and added nine rebounds, while junior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield had 19 points. Junior guard TeNale Roland scored a career-high 16 points and sophomore forward Ben Clifford also scored 16 points. USU finished the game shooting 58.1 percent (25-43), including 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-19) and 76.0 percent at the free throw line (19-25). UT Arlington shot 51.7 percent (31-60), including 43.5 percent from behind the arc (10-23) and 57.9 percent at the charity stripe (11-19).
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