Nov. 14, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Brockeith Pane has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. Pane was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 13, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week and the third time he has received USU student-athlete of the week honors overall.
Pane, a 6-1 senior point guard from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Midland JC) led Utah State to a 69-62 home win against in-state rival Brigham Young in both team's season opener Friday.
Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action.
Utah State returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 when it plays its first road game of the season at in-state rival Weber State at 7 p.m.
Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior forward Ashlee Brown (Chandler, Ariz.) recorded a pair of double-doubles as Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last weekend with a win at Wyoming (62-56) and a loss at South Dakota State (84-73). Against the Cowgirls, Brown scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-19 shooting to along with 13 rebounds. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and added two assists. Against the Jackrabbits, Brown set a new career high with 31 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds. The senior was also 15-for-19 from the free throw line against the Jackrabbits. For the weekend, Brown averaging 24.5 points and 12.0 rebounds, and shot 46.7 percent from the field (14-for-30) and 84.0 percent (21-25) from the free throw line.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Senior Brian McKenna (Farmington, Utah) led Utah State to a seventh-place team finish at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championship hosted by BYU as he finished the 10-kilometer course in 10th-place out of 115 runners with a time of 30:43.3 to earn all-Region honors.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Junior redshirt Ruth Hilton (St. George, Utah) finished in 56th-place out of 130 runners at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championship hosted by BYU with a time of 22:43.5 on the six-kilometer course in helping Utah State finish in 18th-place as a team.
FOOTBALL - Junior running back Robert Turbin (Fremont, Calif.) totaled 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Utah State's 34-33 come-from-behind win against San Jose State Saturday. Turbin passed the 1,000 yard mark in rushing against the Spartans and tied his own single-season school record as he has now scored 18 total touchdowns on the season. Turbin also tied the school record for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 16 during the game.
SOCCER - Sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton (North Salt Lake City) scored Utah State's first NCAA Tournament goal in the Aggies 2-1 loss at third-seeded Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Pemberton's second half goal cut the Tiger lead to 2-1 with less than 30 minutes remaining in the half.
VOLLEYBALL - Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) helped Utah State to a 1-1 road record last week as it won at Nevada (3-1) and lost at Fresno State (3-2). Against the Wolf Pack, Sorensen had 14 kills and six block assists as she hit .524 (14-3-21). Against the Bulldogs, she had 14 kills and four block assists and hit .226 (14-7-31). For the week, Sorensen hit .346 (28-10-52) and averaged 3.11 kills and 1.11 blocks per set.
2011-12 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 29 - Shantel Flanary, Soccer
Sept. 5 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 12 - Robert Turbin, Football
Sept. 19 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country
Sept. 26 - Marcus Fritz, Men's Tennis
Oct. 3 - Robert Turbin, Football
Oct. 10 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Oct. 17 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
Oct. 24 - Jennifer Flynn, Soccer
Oct. 31 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country
Nov. 7 - Molli Merrill, Soccer
Nov. 14 - Brockeith Pane, Men's Basketball
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