Weekly Aggie Update

Nov. 9, 2009

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Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., Nov. 14 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State (2-7, 1-4) will continue WAC play on Saturday, Nov. 14 as it hosts San Jose State (1-7, 0-4) at 1 p.m. (MT). USU is 10-19-1 all-time against the Spartans, which includes a 7-8 record at home.

Last Week
L, 36-49 --- at Hawai'i
• After Utah State scored first, Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points and went on to beat the Aggies, 49-36, Saturday evening at a humid Aloha Stadium. The Aggies rang up 446 yards of total offense, but allowed 697 to Hawai'i, including 431 in the first-half. Junior QB Diondre Borel was 23-of-38 passing for 344 yards and two TD's, but threw two interceptions, snapping his streak of passes without an INT at 228, the longest active streak in the nation entering Saturday. Sophomore RB Robert Turbin had 60 yards rushing on 13 carries with two TD's, while senior WR Omar Sawyer had six catches for 86 yards and Turbin had six catches for 51 yards. Defensively, sophomore LB Bobby Wagner led the Aggies with nine tackles. Senior CB Kejon Murphy snared his third interception of the season on the first Hawai'i pass of the game, setting up USU's opening score on a 7-yard Turbin run, and the PAT by senior K Chris Ulinski gave USU an early 7-0 lead. But then the flood gates opened and Hawai'i erupted for 35 unanswered points, taking a 35-7 lead into halftime.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon., Nov. 16 --- No. 3 HAWAI'I, 7 p.m.
Thur., Nov. 19 --- NEVADA, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (14-13, 5-9) will conclude its regular season next week with a pair of WAC matches as it hosts No. 3 Hawai'i (23-2, 13-0) on Monday, Nov. 16 and Nevada (9-17, 5-7) on Thursday, Nov. 19 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 8-37 all-time against the Rainbow Wahine and 10-19 all-time against the Wolf Pack.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- at San Jose State
L, 0-3 --- at No. 3 Hawai'i
• Utah State went 1-1 on the road last week as it defeated San Jose State in four sets and lost at third-ranked Hawai'i in three sets. Against the Spartans, sophomore outside hitter Liz McArthur had 20 kills and hit .304 (20-6-46) in the match, while junior middle blocker Shantell Durrant had seven kills and four block assists, and hit .538 (7-0-13). Junior libero Christine Morrill added a career-high tying 29 digs. USU hit .229 (50-18-140) in the match as compared to a .210 (58-25-157) hitting percentage for SJSU. Against the Rainbow Wahine, McArthur had seven kills, while junior middle blocker Katie Astle had six kills and three block assists, and hit .500 (6-1-10). USU hit .153 (24-11-85) in the match and UH hit .426 (52-12-94).

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Fri., Nov. 13 --- at Weber State, 7:30 p.m.
• Utah State's men's basketball team will officially begin the 2009-10 season on Friday, Nov. 13 at Weber State at 7:30 p.m. USU is 35-25 all-time against the Wildcats which includes a 13-16 record on the road. USU has won seven of the last eight games played in the series.

Last Week
W, 65-40 --- TRINITY WESTERN (Ex.)
• Senior guard Jared Quayle hit five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points, while junior forward Tai Wesley added 17 points to lead Utah State to a 65-40 win against Trinity Western in its final exhibition game of the preseason Saturday night in front of 8,962 fans. Quayle, who finished the game making 6-of-11 field goals including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, also had four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers, while Wesley was 4-of-6 from the field and 9-of-12 at the charity stripe. Junior forward Matt Formisano came off the bench to score eight points and grab four rebounds for Utah State, while fellow junior forward Nate Bendall had four points, two blocks and a team-high seven boards. In all, Utah State had 11 players who played at least 10 minutes each while nine of those 11 players scored. Trinity Western was led by Calvin Westbrook's 11 points as he finished the game shooting 5-of-14 from the field. Utah State made six of its first seven field goals and scored the first 15 points of the game before Trinity Western got on the board at the 14:47 mark. USU's lead ballooned to 31 points at 42-11 with just under a minute to play in the half following a layup by Wesley and the home team went into the locker room up 30 at 44-14. Utah State shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first-half (15-24), including 75.0 percent from three-point range (6-8). Conversely, USU's defense held Trinity Western to 18.2 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes of play (6-33). Junior guard Tyler Newbold hit a three-pointer to start the second-half to give Utah State a 47-14 advantage and the Aggies took its biggest lead of the game at 59-25 following a layup by Formisano with 12:06 to play. USU scored just six points during the final 12 minutes as Trinity Western finished the game on a 15-6 run to make the final margin 25 points. In the second-half, Utah State shot just 27.3 percent (6-22) while Trinity Western shot 40.0 percent (10-25). Utah State finished the game by shooting 45.7 percent overall (21-46), while holding Trinity Western to only 27.6 percent (16-58). USU was also 8-of-20 (.400) from three-point range and 15-of-20 (.750) from the free throw line, while TWU was 6-of-26 (.231) from behind the arc and just 2-of-4 at the charity stripe. Utah State also out rebounded Trinity Western, 40-31.

Contact: Kara Irving - (435) 797-1361

Last Week
L, 0-1 --- at Boise State, WAC Tournament Semifinals
• Second-seeded Utah State lost to third-seeded Boise State, 1-0, on its home field in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament Friday to end its season with a 10-9-2 record. The Broncos went on to win the tournament championship with a 1-0 win against Nevada. USU had two players named to the all-tournament team in sophomores Shantel Flanary and Molli Merrill.

Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., Nov. 14 --- at NCAA Regionals, Albuquerque, N.M., 11 a.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 14 when it travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the NCAA Regionals. The Aggie women finished eighth at last year's regional meet, while the men placed 10th.

Last Competition
M-1st/7; W-2nd/9 --- at WAC Championships, Reno, Nev.
• Utah State's men's cross country team won the 2009 Western Athletic Championships Saturday for the fifth-straight year as sophomore Brian McKenna was named WAC Athlete of the Year for tabbing first-place overall on the 8k course in 26:00.1. The Aggie women finished in second place behind New Mexico State. Following close behind McKenna was sophomore Daniel Howell (26:04.4), finishing in third-place overall and earning first-team all-WAC accolades. The Aggie men all finished in the top 25 runners of the race with senior Steve Strickland tabbing sixth and earning first-team all-WAC honors as he clocked in at 26:34.5. Junior Nick Bolinder (26:36.8) took seventh and was also named first-team all-WAC. Sophomore Steve Atkinson (26:39.0) was eighth and earned second-team all-WAC honors along with senior Jason Holt (26:51.8) who finished 12th. Junior Chio Lopez (27:15.4) finished 18th overall. Juniors Eric Larson (27:20.9) and Casey Snider (27:35.9) rounded out the Aggie finishers tabbing 19th and 23rd, respectively. Utah State took first with 25 points, while Fresno State came in second with 67 points and Boise State followed close behind with 69 points. In fourth place was New Mexico State (87 points), followed by Idaho in fifth (123 points) and San Jose State in sixth (190 points). Louisiana Tech (208 points) finished in seventh-place. Leading for the Aggie women was sophomore Jessie Chugg who finished the 5k course in 19:34.5, tabbing fourth-place overall and earning first-team all-WAC honors. The next USU finisher was junior Alicia Holt, clocking in at 20:06.6 in 13th-place earning second-team all-WAC honors. Freshman Alex Litzsinger (20:13.9) took 16th, and freshman Kaylee Campbell (20:23.1) finished 18th. Juniors Kim Quinn (20:23.8) and Justine Baugh (20:27.7) finished 19th and 23rd, respectively. Freshman Amber Rasmussen (20:55.9) placed 25th and fellow Aggie freshman Stephanie Burt (20:59.6) was 38th. Rounding out the Aggie finishers was senior Erin Stratton (21:02.0) in 39th place. On the women's side, New Mexico State took the title with 29 points, while Utah State followed with 70 points. Nevada took third with 76 points, and Idaho followed with 99 points. Fresno (135 points) finished fifth, followed by Boise State (151 points) in sixth and Hawai'i (170 points) in seventh. San Jose State (216 points) finished eighth and Louisiana Tech was ninth (295 points). USU head coach Gregg Gensel earned WAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year honors. It is the fifth time Gensel has earned the honor in the WAC and the eighth time in his career. The men's streak of five-straight WAC titles is the longest since former WAC member UTEP captured the title from 1973-83. It is also the longest streak of any current WAC member. The five total titles is the third-most ever, as UTEP won 17 total titles and BYU won seven.

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Mon., Nov. 9 --- MONTANA TECH (Ex.), 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 13 --- UTAH, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's women's basketball team will play two games this week as it hosts Montana Tech in an exhibition game on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., before hosting Utah on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., in its first game of the 2009-10 season. The game against the Utes will be televised live on CW30. USU is 1-28 all-time against the Utes and this will be the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 15, 2007.

Preseason Notes
Utah State senior center Lydia Whitehead was named to the WAC preseason all-conference second-team, voted on by the league's coaches. Overall, Utah State returns three starters from last year's team that went 16-15 overall and 9-7 in WAC action, which was the Aggies' best record since joining the WAC. Senior forward Nicole Johnson and junior guard Alice Coddington join Whitehead as returning starters for USU from last season.

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