March 23, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Jared Quayle has been 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, March 22.
It is the fourth time this year that Quayle has garnered Utah State's Athlete of the Week honors.
Quayle, a 6-1 junior guard from Perry, Utah (Western Wyoming CC) scored a team-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists in Utah State's 58-57 loss to Marquette in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Quayle finished the game by shooting 7-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range.
On the season, Quayle finished second on the team in scoring and rebounding as he averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 boards per game. He also led the team with 131 assists and 50 steals, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field. 38.8 percent from three-point range and 76.4 percent from the free throw line.
Quayle finished the season ranking third in the Western Athletic Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.05), sixth in assists (3.74), sixth in steals (1.43), seventh in free throw shooting (.764), eighth in three-point shooting (.388), 11th in scoring (13.1) and 12th in rebounding (6.0).
Utah State finished the season by setting a new school record for wins (30-5), along with winning its first WAC Tournament championship and its second-straight regular season league title.
Nominees from other sports for USU Athlete of the Week honors included:
GYMNASTICS - Sophomore Nicole Simoneau (Manchester, N.H.) earned second-team all-WAC accolades on both beam and bars by finishing fifth on each apparatus at the WAC Gymnastics Championships last weekend. As a team, Utah State finished sixth overall. Simoneau notched a career-high 9.825 on beam to go along with a 9.850 on bars. She was also 35th on vault with a 9.350.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Sophomore Hailey Swenson (North Salt Lake City, Utah) went 1-1 in singles action last weekend as Utah State lost to Montana, 5-2, and Montana State, 6-1. Against the Grizzlies, Swenson defeated Liz Walker, 6-7, 7-6, 1-0. And against the Bobcats, she lost, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to Stephanie Jasper. Swenson and doubles partner Bridgette Strickland went 1-1 in number one doubles action as well, winning against MSU, 8-7, and losing to Montana, 9-7.
SOFTBALL - Junior catcher Simone Hubbard (Medford, Ore.) hit .625 during the weekend as Utah State was swept by Boise State in both teams Western Athletic Conference series opener. In the first game on Friday, Hubbard went 1-for-2 in a 2-0 loss to the Broncos. In the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Hubbard went 2-for-3 with one RBI in USU's 12-6 loss. And in the finale, Hubbard went 2-for-3 with another RBI as the Aggies dropped the last game 7-3. On the week, Hubbard went 5-for-8 with one double and two RBI.
MEN'S TRACK - Senior Nick Karren (Duchesne, Utah) posted an NCAA regional qualifying mark for Utah State in the 400-meter hurdles winning the event with a WAC-best time of 50.78 at Arizona's Willie Williams Classic last weekend. Karren also won the 400-meters, breaking the tape in 47.67.
WOMEN'S TRACK - Senior Krista Larson (Kaysville, Utah) won the hammer throw with an NCAA regional qualifying mark of 183-06.00 (55.94m) this past weekend at the Arizona hosted Willie Williams Classic, and now leads the Western Athletic Conference with that distance. Larson also took ninth in the discus with a toss of 138-01.00 (42.09m).
2008-09 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners Sept. 1 - Jessie Chugg, Cross Country Sept. 8 - Shantel Flanary, Soccer Sept. 15 - Melissa Osterloh, Volleyball Sept. 22 - Diondre Borel, Football Sept. 29 - Christine Morrill, Volleyball Oct. 6 - Ben Kessen, Cross Country Oct. 13 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer Oct. 20 - Sydne Porter, Soccer Oct. 27 - Candice Clark, Soccer Nov. 3 - Diondre Borel, Football & Jason Holt, Cross Country Nov. 10 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer Nov. 17 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball Nov. 24 - Ana Pares, Women's Basketball Dec. 1 - Ben Calderwood, Football Dec. 8 - Lydia Whitehead, Women's Basketball Dec. 15 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball Dec. 22 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball Dec. 29 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball Jan. 5 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball Jan. 12 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball Jan. 19 - Sonia Grabowska, Women's Track Jan. 26 - Ana Pares, Women's Basketball Feb. 2 - John Strang, Men's Track Feb. 9 - Danyelle Snelgro, Women's Basketball Feb. 16 - Alex Thatcher, Men's Tennis Feb. 23 - Danyelle Snelgro, Women's Basketball Mar. 2 - John Strang, Men's Track Mar. 9 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball Mar. 16 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball Mar. 23 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
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