Weekly Aggie Update

Nov. 28, 2010

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - NOVEMBER 28, 2010

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

This Week
Sat., Dec. 4 --- at #9 Boise State, 1 p.m., CW30
• Utah State (4-7, 2-5) will play its final game of the 2010 season on Saturday, Dec. 4 when it plays at No. 9 Boise State (10-1, 6-1) at 1 p.m. The game will be televised live on CW30. USU is 4-12 all-time against the Broncos, which includes a 2-6 road record. BSU won the last meeting between the two teams, 52-21, on Nov. 20, 2009 in Logan.

Last Competition
L, 6-28 --- IDAHO
• Utah State's final home game for its seniors was spoiled by Idaho, as the Vandals pulled away from a 7-6 game with 21 unanswered points for a 28-6 victory. One of the Aggie seniors, placekicker Peter Caldwell scored USU's only points of the day on a 44-yard field goal in the first quarter and on a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter. USU was 6-of-18 on third-down and 2-of-3 on fourth-down, finishing the game with 242 yards of total offense, as senior quarterback Diondre Borel was 14-of-35 passing for 103 yards. Borel topped the 8,000 yards of total offense milestone, becoming just the second Aggie QB to reach the 8K plateau, joining Jose Fuentes (1999-2002), as Borel now has 8,038 yards. The Aggies had a total of 139 rushing yards, getting a game-high 80 yards from senior running back Derrvin Speight. Sophomore wide receiver Dontel Watkins had four catches for 32 yards. Idaho totalled 355 yards of total offense (243 passing, 114 rushing). The Aggie defense was led by junior Bobby Wagner's game-high 16 stops, one shy of his career-high. Junior linebacker Kyle Gallagher totalled 11 stops and senior cornerback Curtis Marsh snared his second interception of the season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Jackie Banda - (661) 713-4424

This Week
Mon., Nov. 29 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 1 --- at Utah Valley, 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 4 --- at Northern Arizona, 7:30 p.m.
• Utah State (1-4) will play three games this week as it hosts Southern Utah (2-3) on Monday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., followed by a pair of road games at Utah Valley (1-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., and at Northern Arizona (3-3) on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Last Week
L, 52-84 --- at Brigham Young
W, 66-54 --- at Weber State
• Utah State went 1-1 last week in a pair of road games as it lost at Brigham Young (84-52) and defeated Weber State (66-54). Against the Cougars, sophomore center Banna Diop was the only Aggie to score in double-figures as she finished with 12 points. Senior forward Stacy Howard finished with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. USU shot 30.3 percent for the game (20-66), including 13.3 percent from three-point range (2-15) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line (10-16). BYU shot 44.9 percent overall (35-78), including 41.7 percent from behind the arc (10-24) and 40.0 percent at the charity stripe (4-10). Against the Wildcats, junior forward Ashlee Brown led five Aggies in double-figures as she finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for her first career double-double. Senior guards Amber White and LaCale Pringle-Buchanan each scored 12 points, while fellow senior guard Alice Coddington finished with 10 points. Sophomore guard Jenna Johnson also scored in double-figures with a career-high 11 points. USU finished the game shooting 48.9 percent (22-45), was 5-of-14 (.357) from three-point range and 17-of-24 (.708) at the free throw line. WSU shot 38.0 percent overall (19-50), including 33.3 percent from behind the arc (5-15) and 84.6 percent at the charity stripe (11-13).

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Wed., Dec. 1 --- at Denver, 7 p.m., FSN Rocky Mountain
Sat., Dec. 4 --- at #16 Georgetown, 10 a.m., ESPNU
• Utah State (4-1) will hit the road this week as it plays at Denver (1-5) on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., and at No. 16 Georgetown (6-0) on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. (MT). USU's game against the Pioneers will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain, while its game against the Hoyas will be televised nationally on ESPNU. USU is 53-34 all-time against DU including a 12-9 record in known road games. The Aggies and Hoyas will be meeting for the first time ever.

Last Week
W, 79-62 --- UTAH
W, 56-54 --- NORTHEASTERN
• Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Utah (79-62) and Northeastern (56-54) in a pair of home games. Against the Utes, junior forward Brady Jardine recorded his second career double-double as he had a career-high 20 points to go along with a career-high 13 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes. Senior forward Tai Wesley scored a season-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds and four blocks, and senior guard Pooh Williams scored a season-high 11 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists. Utah State finished the game by shooting 41.5 percent (22-53), including 33.3 percent from three (5-15) and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (30-39). Utah shot 37.9 percent (25-66), including 21.1 percent from behind the arc (4-19) and 61.5 percent at the charity stripe (8-13). Against the Huskies, Jardine posted his second double-double in as many games and the third of his career with 15 points and a career-high tying 13 rebounds as he played a career-high 34 minutes. Jardine also tied his career-high with three blocks. Wesley added 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks, while junior guard Brockeith Pane scored 13 points. Utah State finished the game by shooting 38.0 percent overall (19-50), including 16.7 percent from three-point range (3-18) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line (15-24). Northeastern shot 38.3 percent (18-47), was 9-of-16 from three-point range (.563) and shot 60.0 percent at the free throw line (9-15).

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

This Week
2010 NCAA Tournament, Berkeley, Calif.
Fri., Dec. 3--- at California, 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 4 --- vs. North Carolina/Mississippi, 7 p.m.
• Utah State (24-8, 9-7 WAC) will face seventh-seeded California (25-3, 15-3 Pac-10) on Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. (MT) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Berkeley, Calif. The other two teams in Berkeley as part of the Seattle Region are North Carolina (24-9, 15-5 ACC) and Mississippi (19-10, 13-7 SEC). The winners of the two first round matches will meet Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
2010 WAC Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 3-1 --- vs. Nevada
W, 3-2 --- vs. New Mexico State
W, 3-0 --- vs. #3 Hawai'i
• Utah State went 3-0 last week as it defeated sixth-seeded Nevada (3-1), second-seeded New Mexico State (3-2) and top-seeded and third-ranked Hawai'i (3-0) to win the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament. With USU's win, Hawai'i was swept for the first time in a match since the 2008 NCAA Regional final and was defeated in the WAC Tournament for the first time since 1997. For Utah State, it was its first win against a ranked opponent since Sept. 13, 2008 when it defeated No. 15 Purdue in five sets and it was its first win against a top 10 team since Nov. 12, 2007 when it defeated No. 10 Hawai'i in Honolulu in three sets. Utah State becomes just the third team in the history of the WAC to win the tournament championship as Hawai'i had won the previous 10 tournament titles, while BYU won the first two. The Rainbow Wahine entered the championship match against USU having won 31 straight WAC Tournament matches. USU also snapped UH's 23-match winning streak and 62 set winning streak dating back to Sept. 11, 2010. Against the Wolf Pack, junior outside hitter Liz McArthur had 16 kills and eight digs, while sophomore opposite side hitter Josselyn White added 14 kills, six digs and six blocks. Senior libero Christine Morrill finished the match with 28 digs, while senior setter Chelsea Fowles had 10 digs. USU hit .221 (52-18-154) in the match and UN hit .127 (48-28-158). Against NMSU, McArthur had 19 kills, nine digs and a career-high tying five blocks, while White tied her career-high with 16 kills to go along with eight digs and six blocks. Morrill finished with 23 digs, while sophomore libero Laurel Bodily added 12 digs and Fowles had 10 digs. USU hit .198 (56-23-167) in the match and NMSU hit .196 (77-39-194). Against the Rainbow Wahine, sophomore opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen had 13 kills and hit a career-high .684 (13-0-19), while McArthur had 12 kills and Morrill finished with 11 digs. USU hit .301 (45-11-113) in the match and UH hit .235 (50-22-119). McArthur was named the Most Valuable Player of the WAC Tournament, while senior middle blocker Shantell Durrant, joined Fowles and Sorensen on the all-tournament team.

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