Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with men's basketball, gymnastics, men's golf, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's outdoor track & field all in action.

March 19, 2012

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament, Logan, Utah
Wed., Mar. 21 --- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 7 p.m.
• Utah State men's basketball (19-15, 8-6) will continue its postseason run by hosting Loyola Marymount on Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m., in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. USU is 6-0 all-time against the Lions with all six of those games being played at home.

Last Week
2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament
W, 76-56 --- IDAHO
• Utah State posted a 2-0 home record last week with wins in the first two rounds of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament against CSU Bakersfield (75-69) and Idaho (76-56) snapping an 11-game postseason losing streak for the Aggies. Against the Roadrunners, sophomore guard Preston Medlin scored 24 points, while junior forward Kyisean Reed added 16 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Brockeith Pane and senior forward Morgan Grim both finished with 15 points and six rebounds. USU shot 50.0 percent for the game (23-46), including 20.0 percent from three-point range (3-15) and 72.2 percent at the free throw line (26-36). CSUB shot 39.7 percent overall (23-58), including 31.8 percent from three (7-22) and 72.7 percent at the line (16-22). Against the Vandals, Medlin scored 17 points and Reed added 15 points and five rebounds, while Pane scored seven points and dished out a career-high 11 assists. USU finished the game shooting 49.2 percent (29-59), including 37.5 percent from three-point range (6-16) and 85.7 percent at the free throw line (12-14). UI shot 40.8 percent overall (20-49), including 28.6 percent from three (4-14) and 66.7 percent at the line (12-18).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Mar. 24 --- WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS, 6 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (5-12, 1-2) will host Denver, Sacramento State, San Jose State and Southern Utah in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships on Saturday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Boise State won the WAC Championship last year, while USU finished in fifth-place.

Last Week
3rd, 192.975 --- at Arizona / vs. Air Force / vs. Bridgeport
• Utah State finished in third-place in a quad meet at No. 18 Arizona with Bridgeport and Air Force as the Aggies scored a 192.975. The host Wildcats of Arizona won the meet with a 196.525, followed by the Purple Knights of Bridgeport with a 193.525. USU's 192.975 was good for third, just ahead of Air Force's 192.175. Sophomore Paige Jones tied for second on bars with a 9.850, while redshirt-freshman Samantha Wagner had a career-best 9.800 on beam to tie for fifth. Freshman Sarah Landes tied for fifth on the vault with a 9.775 and junior Amelia Montoya scored a 9.775 on floor to tie for 10th. In the all-around, Jones tied for fourth with a 38.500, just ahead of senior teammate Rebecca Holliday, who was fifth with a 38.375 and Landes tied for eighth at 37.975. USU's 192.975 total came from its second-best bars score of the season with a 49.050, along with a 48.250 on vault, 48.150 on beam and a 47.525 on floor.

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

Last Week
2012 Women's National Invitational Tournament
L, 58-69 --- at Utah
• Utah State (21-10, 11-3) finished its season with a 69-58 loss at Utah in the first round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament last week. Senior forward Ashlee Brown had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead USU, while senior guard Brooke Jackson had nine points and eight rebounds to go along with three assists and three steals. USU finished the game shooting 30.3 percent (20-66), including 28.6 percent from three-point range (4-14) and 93.3 percent at the free throw line (14-15). UU shot 45.6 percent for the game (26-57), including 28.6 percent from three (6-21) and 64.7 percent at the line (11-17). For USU, it was its first-ever 20-win season and second-straight appearance in the WNIT.

Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Wed., Mar. 21 --- vs. Alabama-Birmingham, Boise, Idaho, 9:30 a.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (4-7, 0-1) will continue its 2012 season this week in Boise, Idaho as it plays Alabama-Birmingham on Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 9:30 a.m.

Last Competition
L, 0-7 --- at UNLV
L, 2-5 --- vs. Northern Arizona, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Utah State posted a 0-2 record last week as it lost at UNLV, 7-0, and then fell to Northern Arizona, 5-2. Against the Lumberjacks, junior Sven Poslusny notched a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (3-6, 6-3, 6-1), and fellow junior Lenny Whiting posted a three-sets win at No. 6 singles (3-6, 6-2, 10-6). Other Aggies to compete during the weekend include senior Nate Ballam, sophomores Fredrik Peterson and Andrew Whiting, and freshmen Marcus Fritz, Matt Sweet and Curran Wearmouth.

Contact: Megan Allen - (307) 707-5340

This Week
Fri., Mar. 23 --- SAN FRANCISCO, 12 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 24 --- LOUISIANA TECH, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (5-5) continues its 2012 season this week as it hosts San Francisco on Friday, March 23 at 12 p.m., and Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. inside the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Competition
L, 2-5 --- MONTANA
• Utah State lost at home to Montana, 5-2, in its only match of the week. Both of the Aggies points came in singles competition as junior Jaci West won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-4) and freshman McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-4). West and Davis also teamed for an 8-3 win at the first doubles position. Other Aggies to compete against the Grizzlies include seniors Romina Nedakovic and Brianna Rowland, juniors Julie Tukuafu and Kristina Voytsekovich, and freshman Kimberly Watts.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 23-24 --- at UC Irvine Invitational
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will continue its 2012 season on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 23-24 when it competes in the UC Irvine hosted Spring Break Invitational.

Last Week
NTS --- at Arizona Invitational
• Utah State senior Lindsey Spencer shattered her second school record in as many days, capturing the discus title [53.10m (174-02.00)] on the final day of Arizona's Willie Williams Classic at Roy P. Drachman Stadium in Tucson. On Friday, Spencer set a school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 60.30m (197-10.00), passing former Aggie great and All-American Krista Larson. Additionally, USU collected 13 top-five finishes to cap off a tremendous start to the 2012 outdoor season. Finishing in second-place for the Aggies were sophomores Kylie Hirschi in the 800m (2:12.82) and Sam Nielson in the triple jump with a leap of 12.15m (39-10.50) to rank her third all-time in Utah State history. Senior Sonia Grabowska also placed second in the pole vault [4.06m (13-03.75)] as did junior Tyler Killpack in the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:54.23. Junior Aubrie Haymore collected a third-place finish in the 400m with a time of 56.37, while freshman Mariah Thompson took home fourth-place in the high jump clearing 1.63m (5-04.25). Junior Amber Thompson also finished fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 3.66m (12-00.00) to enter into a tie for seventh-place all-time in USU history. For the Aggie men, AJ Boully tied his personal-best time in the 110m hurdles, clocking in at 14.72 to garner third-place honors. Freshman Dallas Singley and junior Jon Goble both cleared 4.31m (14-01.75) in the pole vault with Singley placing fourth and Goble taking fifth-place on a judge's decision. Senior Joe Canavan ended the day in fourth-place in the shot put [15.94m (52-03.75)], while junior Silas Pimentel tabbed fifth-place in the 100m dash with a time of 10.57.

On the first day of competition, Spencer set a new school record in the hammer throw [60.30m (197-10.00)] while the men and women captured two event titles as part of 15 top-five finishes. Senior Camille Fehlberg broke the tape first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.73, while fellow senior Hunter Nelson crossed the finish line with a time of 3:50.07 in the 1,500m to win the event. USU also had four athletes take second-place in their respective event including Spencer in the hammer throw along with juniors Stephanie Burt and Kaylee Campbell in the 1,500m (4:40.73) and 3,000m steeplechase (11:38.60), respectively. Freshman Devin Wright also placed second in the javelin [63.61m (208-08.00)], a mark that ranks him at No. 8 in Aggie history. Burt's time of 4:40.73 in the 1,500m is a personal-best. Other top-five finishers for the USU women were sophomore Hannah Williams and senior Kim Quinn taking fourth and fifth-places in the 1,500m clocking in at 4:40.80 and 4:43.37, respectively. Senior Spela Hus placed fifth in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 14.89m (48-10.25) which moves her to No. 5 all-time in Utah State history, as sophomore Sam Nielson also placed fifth in the javelin with a mark of 41.35m (135-08.00), the 10th-best javelin mark in Aggie history. Seniors Aaron Clements and Daniel Howell finished third and fourth in the men's portion of the 1,500m crossing the finish line with times of 3:54.36 and 3:55.30, respectively. Sophomore Bryce Hall garnered fourth-place in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.25m (181-03.00), while junior Silas Pimentel and freshman Austin Neuner took home fifth-place in the 200m and 3,000m steeplechase with times of 21.37 and 9:53.44, respectively. Freshman Melanie Heslop and senior Spela Hus joined Spencer in Utah State top 10 for the hammer throw, ranking at No. 9 and 10 with tosses of 52.75m (173-01.00) and 50.65m (166-02.00), respectively.

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Fri., Mar. 23 --- at Louisiana Tech, 5 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 24 --- at Louisiana Tech (DH), 12 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (8-17, 0-0) will begin Western Athletic Conference play this week with a three-game series at Louisiana Tech (13-16, 0-0). The two teams will play a single game on Friday, March 23 at 5 p.m. (MT), and then a doubleheader on Saturday, March 24 beginning at 12 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 5-9 --- vs. Harvard, Los Angeles, Calif.
L, 1-5 --- at Loyola Marymount
at Boise State Invitational
L, 1-7 --- at Boise State
L, 5-11 --- vs. Portland State
Cancelled --- vs. Minnesota
Cancelled --- vs. Portland State
Cancelled --- vs. Idaho State
• Junior first baseman Christine Thomsen hit .308 (4-13) and had four runs batted in last week in four games as Utah State lost to Harvard (9-5) and at Loyola Marymount (5-1) before losing at Boise State (7-1) and to Portland State (11-5) in the weather shortened SpringHill Suites Invitational hosted by BSU. Against the Vikings, Thomsen blasted her second home run of the season and had two RBI in the contest.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Thur.-Fri., Mar. 22-23 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate, All Day
• Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2012 spring season on Thursday, Mar. 22 when it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate.

Last Competition
7th/16 --- at Washington State Getaway
• Utah State finished in seventh-place out of 16 teams at the Washington State hosted Snowman Getaway with a 34-over 898 (301-305-292). During its final round, USU shot a 4-over 292 which was the sixth-best team score in the field. USU's seventh-place team finish is also its best tournament finish this year, in this its seventh event. Freshman Andrew Paulson finished tied for 23rd-place with an 8-over par 224 (74-74-76) to lead USU. Freshman Tanner Jenson finished the tournament tied for 29th with a 9-over 225 (79-72-74), while freshman Brennan Coburn tied for 40th with an 11-over 227 (77-81-69) after carding his best collegiate round during his final 18 holes with a 3-under 69. Sophomore Tanner Higham tied for 44th with a 12-over 228 (71-83-74), and senior Chanse Godderidge tied for 68th with an 18-over 234 (81-78-75).

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