Jared Quayle Named WAC Player Of The Week
Jan. 18, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Jared Quayle has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. Quayle was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week, which is voted on by a state media panel, for the period ending on Sunday, Jan. 17.
It is the first time this year and second time in his career that Quayle has been awarded the league's top weekly honor. It is also the second time this year that USU has earned WAC Player of the Week accolades as junior forward Tai Wesley was honored on Dec. 28.
As for USU Athlete of the Week honors, it is the second time this year and sixth time overall that Quayle has garnered USU's top weekly individual honor.
Quayle, a 6-1 senior guard from Perry, Utah (Box Elder HS/Western Wyoming CC), led Utah State to a 3-0 record last week with home wins against Hawai'i (98-54) and Boise State (81-59), and an overtime win at Nevada (79-72). His best game of the week was against Nevada as he scored 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and one steal in 42 minutes. Against the Wolf Pack, Quayle was 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-7 from three-point range. He also had 11 points, five assists, two rebounds and two steals against the Rainbow Warriors in just 22 minutes. He then finished his week with 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in just 28 minutes against the Broncos.
For the week, Quayle averaged 14.0 points, 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 55.2 percent from the field (16-29), 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13) and was 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
On the season, Quayle is averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, and is shooting 40.9 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from three-point range and 92.3 percent from the free throw line. He currently ranks first in the WAC and seventh in the nation in free throw shooting. He also ranks first in the WAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.18-to-1.00), is third in assists and sixth in three-point shooting.
Utah State (13-6, 3-2) will continue WAC play this week with a pair of road games at Fresno State (10-9, 3-2) on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. (MT) and at Idaho (8-8, 1-4) on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU's game against the Bulldogs will be televised on ESPN's Full Court Package as well as Altitude (Comcast Ch. 61 in Cache Valley), while its game against the Vandals will be televised throughout the state of Utah on CW30.
Nominees from other sports for USU Athlete of the Week honors include:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior center Lydia Whitehead (Nibley, Utah) averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds this past week as Utah State lost at home to Nevada (69-58) and at Fresno State (73-46). Against the Wolf Pack, Whitehead scored 13 points and added nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Against the Bulldogs, she had six points and four rebounds.
GYMNASTICS - Junior Lyndsie Boone (Winthrop Harbor, Ill.) was second in the all-around at the four-team New Hampshire Invitational on Sunday with a 37.825, helping Utah State finish third in the quad meet to record its first win of the season. At UNH, Boone placed tied for second on vault (9.750), tied for sixth on floor, tied for 12th on beam (9.550), and 22nd on bars (8.750). On Friday in a dual with Central Michigan, Boone was seventh in the all-around with a 36.675.
MEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Sven Poslusny (Loerrach, Germany) lost in three sets (6-4, 1-6, 6-3) at No. 2 singles in Utah State's opening match of the 2010 season at No. 64 ranked Brigham Young. Poslusny also teamed with senior Amit Maharaj in doubles play and the duo lost, 8-6, at the No. 2 spot.
MEN'S TRACK - Senior Dylan Nielson (Palm Desert, Calif.) won the 60-meter hurdles at the Idaho State Bengal Shoot Out last weekend clocking in at 8.15.
WOMEN'S TRACK - Senior Ashlee Cannon (Kaysville, Utah) won the 60-meter hurdles at the Idaho State Bengal Shoot Out last weekend with a time of 8.68, and placed fifth in the 200-meters (25.48).
2009-10 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners