Jan. 3, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - After winning its first-ever Mountain West game, the Utah State women's basketball team takes the show on the road, opening the road portion of the MW schedule against San José State on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. (MT). The Aggies won their conference opener against Air Force, 88-78, in Logan on New Year's Day.
USU is currently 7-5 this season, while SJSU holds a 6-6 record.
Utah State and San José State are familiar foes. Both teams moved to the Mountain West from the Western Athletic Conference this season. Overall, Utah State holds a 12-5 record against the Spartans. Last season, the teams split games with both teams winning on their home floor. Prior to the loss last season in San Jose, the Aggies had won 10-straight games against the Spartans.
San José State is 6-6 overall and dropped its Mountain West opener to Nevada, 101-74. This season, SJSU is under the direction of first-year head coach Jamie Craighead. In the opener against the Wolf Pack, the Spartans had four players score in double figures led by 17 points from Ta'Rea Cunnigan. Nevada countered, shooting 43.0 percent from the field. The Wolf Pack out-rebounded the Spartans, 66-46.
San José State has four players averaging in double figures, led by Cunnigan who is second in the MW in scoring with 19.1 points per game. Rebecca Woodberry is second in scoring (14.7 ppg), while Classye James (13.6 ppg) and Jasmine Smith (12.4 ppg) are third and fourth, respectively. The Spartans are a high-scoring team, averaging 83.5 ppg which leads the conference, but they also allow the most points in the conference (91.3 ppg).
Head coach Jerry Finkbeiner is reaching a milestone in his 25th season. Finkbeiner has an overall record of 499-260 just six wins away from the 500-win mark. He is the 48th winningest active NCAA Division I coach by winning percentage .657. By victories, Finkbeiner started the season 30th.
Senior guard Jennifer Schlott is tied for third in the Mountain West with three double-doubles. Boise State's Jasmine Smith leads the league in double-doubles with five. Wyoming's Fallon Lewis is second with four double-doubles.
Schlott is also the only player in the conference with three double-digit assist performances. The guard and Wyoming's Marquelle Dent are the only two players in the MW with 11-assist games. Schlott's came against Hampton, while Dent's came against SIU Edwardsville.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/. Live stats will also be available by clicking on the "Live Stat" link on the USU web site.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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