Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's fall and winter sports continue this week with men and women's basketball, men and women's cross country, and volleyball all in action.

Nov. 11, 2013

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 11, 2013

FOOTBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Sat., Nov. 23 --- COLORADO STATE, 1:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
• Utah State's football team (6-4, 5-1) will continue its 2013 season with a Mountain West home game against Colorado State (5-5, 3-2) on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1:30 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221). USU is 31-36-2 all-time against the Rams, including a 16-19-1 home record.

Last Week
W, 28-24 --- at UNLV
• Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Natson had two rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner with 3:56 to play, and Utah State's defense held UNLV out of the end zone with four-straight incomplete passes from its own 16-yardline in the final minute to cap a hard-fought 28-24 road win Saturday night. With the win, Utah State improves to 6-4 on the season including a 5-1 mark in the Mountain West, to become bowl eligible for the third-straight year as the Aggies have never played in three-straight bowl games. UNLV falls to 5-5 on the season and 3-3 in league play with the loss. Natson finished the game with a career-high nine rushes for a career-best 71 yards, including two touchdown runs, to go along with two receptions for 30 yards. Senior wide receiver Travis Reynolds recorded his third 100-yard receiving game in his last four outings for Utah State as he finished with seven receptions for 129 yards, while fellow senior wide receiver Travis Van Leeuwen added a career-best 112 receiving yards on four receptions. Freshman quarterback Darell Garretson improved to 3-0 as Utah State's starter and finished 16-of-28 passing for 288 yards to go along with one touchdown pass, while senior running back Joey DeMartino added 75 rushing yards on 19 carries and his 10th rushing touchdown of the season. The linebacker tandem of senior Jake Doughty and junior Zach Vigil each recorded 11 tackles for USU, as Doughty added a career-high tying 2.5 tackles for loss. Senior cornerback Nevin Lawson added four tackles and three passes defended in the game, including his fourth interception of the year in the end zone early in the third quarter. Utah State finished the game with 441 yards of total offense (288 passing, 153 rushing) as compared to 402 yards of total offense for UNLV (252 passing, 150 rushing).

SOCCER
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

Last Week
Mountain West Tournament, Albuquerque, N.M.
W, 2-0 --- vs. Nevada
T, 0-0 (4-2 PK) --- at New Mexico
L, 2-3 --- vs. San Diego State
• Utah State women's soccer (10-7-5, 5-3-2) concluded its 2013 season last week at the Mountain West Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., as it defeated eighth-seeded Nevada, 2-0, in the first round and New Mexico, 4-2, in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals as the match was tied 0-0 at the end of the second overtime. USU then lost to top-seeded and eventual tournament champion San Diego State, 3-2, in the semifinals. Against the Wolf Pack, junior forward Ambryn McCallson and senior forward Mari Miyashiro each scored goals. Against the Lobos, senior forward Jennifer Flynn, sophomore midfielder Jamie Duke, sophomore defender Sara Lorscheider and McCallson all scored penalty kicks. And against the Aztecs, senior midfielder Shay Haddow and Flynn each had goals.

VOLLEYBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Thur., Nov. 14 --- SAN JOSE STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 16 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
• Utah State's volleyball team (16-9, 9-5) will continue its 2013 season with two Mountain West matches this week at it hosts San José State (8-17, 5-9) on Thursday, Nov. 14 and Fresno State (16-10 10-4) on Saturday, Nov. 16 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m. USU is 14-19-1 all-time against the Spartans and 12-10 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Last Week
W, 3-1 --- at Air Force
L, 0-3 --- at New Mexico
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 3-1 win at Air Force and a 3-0 loss at New Mexico. Against the Falcons, senior outside hitter Tumua Etimani had 15 kills and 13 digs, while junior outside hitter Rachel Orr and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff each added 11 kills. USU hit .388 (61-14-121) in the match and AFA hit .178 (52-28-135). Against the Lobos, sophomore opposite side hitter Elle Brainard and Orr each had 10 kills, while junior libero Ashlan Rogers-Court lead the team with 13 digs. USU hit .161 (37-18-118) in the match and UNM hit .217 (46-23-106).

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Tues., Nov. 12 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m. (ROOT Sports)
Sat., Nov. 16 --- at UC Santa Barbara, 8 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men's basketball (1-0) will continue its 2013-14 season this week with a home game against Southern Utah (1-0) on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m., and a road game at UC Santa Barbara (1-0) on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. (MT). The game against the Thunderbirds will be televised regionally on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) and live streaming will be available via the Mountain West Network. USU is 6-0 all-time against the Thunderbirds, including a 3-0 home record, and 39-24 all-time against UCSB, including a 15-13 road record.

Last Week
W, 78-65 --- USC
• Senior guard Preston Medlin led four players in double-figures and Utah State used a 12-0 first-half run to propel the Aggies to a 78-65 win against USC last weekend in the season opener for both teams. Medlin netted four three-pointers on the way to a team-high 17 points, while fellow senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and senior center Jarred Shaw scored 12 points apiece. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis notched 10 points in his Aggie debut, adding seven rebounds, three blocks, three assists and one steal. Junior forward Danny Berger tied a career-high with eight rebounds to go along with five points and four assists. Senior guard TeNale Roland added eight points, hitting a pair of three-pointers, while junior center Jordan Stone scored eight points off the bench, helping USU to a 19-8 bench-points advantage. USU shot 48.3 percent (29-60) from the field, including 8-of-21 (.381) from three-point range, as well as 12-of-19 (.632) at the free throw line. USC shot 36.9 percent (24-65) from the field, making 16.7 percent (4-24) behind the arc and 81.3 percent (13-16) at the charity stripe.

CROSS COUNTRY
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri., Nov. 15 --- at NCAA Regionals, Riverdale, Utah, 12 p.m.
• Utah State's men's and women's cross country teams will conclude its 2013 season on Friday, Nov. 15 when it travels to Riverdale, Utah to compete in the NCAA Mountain Regional.

Last Competition
W: 5/11; M: 6/8--- at Mountain West Championships, USAFA
• Utah State's men and women's cross country teams put in a strong effort in their first Mountain West Championships, held at the Eisenhower Blue Course at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., last weekend as the women's team finished fifth, while the men's team brought home a sixth-place finish. The Aggie effort was spurred on by a pair of juniors. Eric Shellhorn was the top men's finisher for USU, crossing the finish line in 24:44.46, good for sixth-place and a spot on the first-team all-conference team. The catalyst for the women's team was Ashley Robison (22:11.96), who earned second-team all-conference honors with a 14th-place finish. It was the first time all year that either had finished first for their respective Utah State squads. Additionally, freshman Colby Wilson was awarded the Mountain West Freshman of the Year along with Wyoming's Michael Kesy. Wilson's time of 25:24.30 was good enough for 33rd-place. As a team, the Aggie women came in fifth-place with 121 points and the USU men finished in sixth with 130 points. Other top-20 finishers for the Aggie men included senior Kyle McKenna, who garnered the 17th spot with a time of 24:44.26. For the women's squad, sophomore Jacqueline Winterton (22:20.46) and senior Alex Litzsinger (22:21.67) finished 17th and 18th, respectively.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Wed., Nov. 13 --- LOYOLA MARYMOUNT, 7 p.m.
• Utah State women's basketball (1-0) will continue its 2013-14 season with a home game against Loyola Marymount (0-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. USU is 1-2 all-time against the Lions.

Last Week
W, 81-65 --- NORTHWEST NAZARENE (Ex.)
W, 103-46 --- BLACK HILLS STATE
• Following its 81-65 exhibition win against Northwest Nazarene last week, Utah State officially began its season with a 103-46 home win against Black Hills State as sophomore guard Makenlee Williams scored a career-high 35 points, which is tied for the fourth-most points in a single-game in school history. Senior guard Cristal Turner tied a school record with eight blocked shots set by Banna Diop in 2011 and Jill Swainston in 1987. All 12 Aggies that saw the court scored, as senior guard Jennifer Schlott added 24 points. Both Schlott and Williams made two three-pointers each, as USU was 7-of-24 (.292) from three-point range. USU shot 36-of-72 (.500) from the field, as well as 24-of-34 (.706) at the free throw line. The Aggie defense limited Black Hills State to 25.0 percent (15-60) field goal shooting, as well as 0-of-15 behind the arc. The Yellow Jackets were also 16-of-32 (.500) at the charity stripe. USU had a dominating 60-39 rebounding advantage, led by 10 from junior guard/forward Ingrida Strikas in her Aggie debut. Turner added eight boards, while Williams, junior guard Elise Nelson and sophomore forward Tijana Djukic all snared six boards. Djukic was one of six Aggie newcomers to make their Aggie debuts Saturday night, while the only one of the seven newcomers to not see action was freshman guard Liz Landreth, who was held out with an injury. Schlott also dished out a game-high six assists and Nelson notched four helpers, part of USU's 18 assists on the night, as nine different Aggies had at least one helper. In addition to Turner's eight blocks, Strikas added two, while Williams and junior forward Franny Vaaulu swiped four steals apiece, as USU had 20 steals, part of forcing 25 BHSU turnovers.

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