LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 6, 2017
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Sat., Nov. 18--- HAWAI’I, 1 p.m. (Spectrum)
• Utah State’s football team (5-5, 3-3 MW) continues its 2017 season next weekend with its final home game of the year as it hosts Mountain West foe Hawai’i (3-6, 1-5 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Spectrum Sports PPV and available to watch on Stadium.com. USU is 8-6 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors, including a 4-2 home record.
W, 24-10 --- at New Mexico
• Senior running back LaJuan Hunt rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Utah State’s defense forced four turnovers, as the Aggies posted a 24-10 Mountain West road win New Mexico last weekend. Hunt eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the third time in his career and second time this season, doing so on just 14 carries. The Aggies held the ball for just 20:53, gaining 243 yards of total offense. Conversely, New Mexico had 340 yards of offense and crossed midfield on 10 of their 13 possessions, including four trips into the red zone. Defensively, junior safety Gaje Ferguson led the way with a game-high eight tackles, including his first career sack, while redshirt freshman linebacker Kevin Meitzenheimer added a career-best seven stops. Utah State’s defense forced four fumbles in the first half - two each by sophomore defensive end Devon Anderson and sophomore linebacker Justus Te’i. The Aggies recovered three of them, including one by Anderson and Te’i, and the other by sophomore cornerback Cameron Haney. Anderson finished with a career-best seven tackles, while Te’i’s two forced fumbles were both inside the 10-yard line. Utah State’s defense put the exclamation point on the victory when redshirt freshman linebacker David Woodward recovered a fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to give the visitors a 24-3 lead with 8:56 to go in the game. It was the fifth defensive score of the season for Utah State and its sixth non-offensive touchdown. Woodward ended his day with a career-high five tackles.
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Fri., Nov. 10 --- at UC Irvine, 8 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women’s basketball (0-0) begins its 2017-18 season with a road game at UC Irvine (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 4-7 all-time against the Anteaters.
W, 72-55 --- WESTMINSTER (Ex.)
• Utah State posted a 72-55 home win against Westminster last weekend in its only exhibition game of the season. Junior guard Rachel Brewster and sophomore guard Olivia West led the Aggies with 15 points apiece, while junior center Deja Mason added 13. Mason and sophomore forward Shannon Dufficy were the top rebounders for the Aggies with eight each. All 12 USU players saw time on the floor, with all but one recording an offensive statistic. Overall, USU shot 40.6 percent (26-of-64) from the field, 10.5 percent (2-of-19) from the 3-point line and 60.0 percent (18-of-30) from the free throw line. Westminster shot 40.0 percent (22-of-55) from the floor, 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from behind the arc and 50.0 percent (5-of-10) from the free throw line.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Fri., Nov. 10 --- at Weber State, 7 p.m.
• Utah State men’s basketball (0-0) begins its 2017-18 season with a road game at Weber State (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. USU is 42-27 all-time against the Wildcats, including a 16-17 road record.
W, 98-54 --- UNIVERSITY of PROVIDENCE (Ex.)
• Utah State posted a 98-54 victory against the University of Providence in its only exhibition contest this season. Every player that dressed scored as USU shot 50.0 percent (31-of-62) from the floor, 39.5 percent (15-of-38) from behind the 3-point line and 70.0 percent (21-of-30) at the free throw line. Sophomore guard Koby McEwen led the Aggies in scoring with 17 points and added five rebounds, four assists and team bests of three steals and one block. Junior forward Quinn Taylor led the Aggies on the glass, collecting seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Sam Merrill led the team with eight assists. Providence finished the game shooting 32.7 percent (17-of-52) from the floor, 20.0 percent (3-of-15) from behind the 3-point line and 63.0 percent (17-of-27) at the free throw line.
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Tues., Nov. 7 --- at Boise State, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 11 --- AIR FORCE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State’s volleyball team (14-12, 6-8 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches at it plays at Boise State (13-13, 6-8 MW) on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m., and hosts Air Force (11-16, 4-9 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. USU is 19-23 all-time against the Broncos and 6-2 all-time against the Falcons. Both matches will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
L, 0-3 --- at #20 Colorado State
W, 3-1 --- at Wyoming
• Utah State split Mountain West results on the road last week, losing 3-0 at No. 20 Colorado State before posting a 3-1 victory at Wyoming. Against the Rams, senior outside Lauren Anderson led the Aggies with 10 kills, while USU hit .161 (29-14-93) to CSU’s .404 (52-10-104). Against Wyoming, Anderson tied a career high with 23 kills as USU hit a season-high .336 (57-15-125) to Wyoming’s .189 (53-25-148).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Nov. 10 --- NCAA MOUNTAIN REGIONAL, 10:15 a.m.
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will continue their 2017 season on Friday, Nov. 10, when they host the NCAA Mountain Regional on the Steve and Dona Reeder Cross Country Course, which is located at 1498 N. 800 East in Logan. The women will run at 10:15 a.m., while the men will race at 11 a.m. At last year’s NCAA Mountain Regional Meet, also hosted by Utah state, USU’s men and women both finished eighth.
W: 3/10; M: 4/8 --- at MW Championship, Albuquerque, N.M.
• Utah State had four Aggies earn all-conference honors at the annual Mountain West Championships, held two weeks ago at the University of New Mexico. The Aggie women placed third overall, while the men took fourth. Senior Dillon Maggard recorded the best finish for an Aggie at the meet as he placed third overall in the men’s 8-kilometer race, finishing in 23:54.45. His third-place finish, good for first-team all-MW honors, is the highest for USU since it joined the MW, topping his fourth-place finish last year. On the women’s side, junior transfer Alyssa Snyder picked up first-team all-MW honors with a sixth-place finish, completing the 6-kilometer run in 20:55.40. Joining Snyder with all-conference honors, senior Tylee Skinner and junior Kashley Carter each earned second-team all-MW accolades as they finished in 10th and 13th place with times of 21:19.67 and 21:22.02, respectively. For Carter, it is her third cross country all-conference honor, having been on the first team last year and the second team as a freshman. For Skinner, it is her first-career cross country all-conference honor. Overall, the four all-conference honors are the most for Utah State in a single season since joining the Mountain West. Colorado State claimed the men’s team title with 31 points, while Utah State placed fourth with 93 points. On the women’s side, New Mexico won its 10th-straight conference title with 22 points, ahead of USU’s 73 points to place third. It is the highest finish for the women in Mountain West competition, while the men tied their highest finish, also set last season. Also finishing well for the men’s team, sophomore James Withers just missed out on all-conference honors as he finished 16th with a time of 24:33.41. Joining Withers in the top-25, fellow sophomores J.D. Thorne and Luke Beattie took 23rd and 24th in times of 24:44.48 and 24:44.86, respectively. For the women, senior Tori Parkinson claimed 18th with a time of 21:31.89, while junior Tavia Dutson recorded a time of 21:51.05 to take 27th.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
NTS --- at Arizona Invite
• Utah State women’s tennis concluded its fall season last week at the Arizona-hosted Wildcat Invitational. Freshman Sasha Pisareva won the first singles draw after going 3-0 in singles play. Senior Sabrina Demerath won the second singles consolation draw after recording a 2-1 singles record. Sophomores Lucy Octave and Sophia Haleas each went 2-1 in singles to place third in the first and second draws, respectively. Senior Maggie O’Meara went 2-2 in singles play, junior Jenna Kane and sophomore Hannah Jones each went 1-2 in singles, and sophomore Rhoda Tanui finished with an 0-3 singles record. Haleas and O’Meara finished 2-1 in doubles play. Demerath and Pisareva finished with a 1-2 doubles record, as did Kane and Tanui.
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