Jan. 4, 2013
MOSCOW, Idaho - TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball (5-9) travels to Moscow for the second of three-straight Western Athletic Conference road games on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. (MT). The Aggies look to rebound after a tough 71-68 overtime loss at Seattle on Jan. 3. USU now falls to 2-1 in league action.
This was the second-straight season that Utah State has won its first two road games and fallen in the third. Last season, the Aggies beat both New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech before losing to Fresno State at home.
JOHNSON RECORDS BACK TO BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES - In USU's win against Texas State, both Makenlee Williams and Jenna Johnson recorded double-doubles. It was the first time this season that more than one Aggie reached double figures in points and rebounds. Williams ended the game with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Johnson had 19 points and a career-high 11 boards. Johnson followed that performance with her second-straight double-double with 15 points and 10 boards in a loss to Seattle.
SCOUTING IDAHO - Idaho and Utah State have a storied history, dating back to when both teams were in the Big West Conference. The Vandals hold an all-time 12-10 record against Utah State in 22 meetings. Last season, the Aggies swept the series with a 78-70 win in Moscow and an 85-63 win in Logan.
Idaho is 4-9 overall this season with an even 1-1 WAC record. The Vandals lost their WAC opener to Seattle, 76-71 and bounced back with a commanding 82-65 win against San Jose State. The Vandals will play their first three WAC games at home.
The Vandals have two players have two players averaging in double figures this season. Alyssa Charlston leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Christina Salvatore is second in scoring with 11.1 ppg. Idaho scores 64.2 ppg, while allowing 70.7 ppg. Idaho is second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.330). The Vandals are also first in the league in offensive rebounds with 14.46 per game.
AGGIES VS IDAHO IN THE WAC 2005-06 Idaho 54, USU 51 (in Moscow) USU 63, Idaho 53 (in Logan) 2006-07 USU 78, Idaho 70 (in Logan) USU 57, Idaho 53 (in Moscow) 2007-08 Idaho 70, USU 64 (OT) (in Moscow) Idaho 67, USU 55 (in Logan) 2008-09 Idaho 71, USU 63 (in Moscow) USU 70, Idaho 64 2OT (in Logan) USU 59, Idaho 58 OT (in Reno, Nev. @ the WAC Tournament) 2009-10 USU 57, Idaho 55 (in Moscow) Idaho 54, USU 53 (in Logan) 2010-11 USU 70, Idaho 64 (in Logan) USU 67, Idaho 51 (in Moscow) 2011-12 USU 78, Idaho 70 (in Moscow) USU 85, Idaho 63 (in Logan) Overall Record: 10-5AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS - Utah State is 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference openers winning the last four at home against UTSA this season and on the road against New Mexico State in 2011. In 2010, USU won at home against Boise State and in 2009, USU earned its first ever win against Louisiana Tech. This was the first time since USU joined the league that the Aggies faced a WAC newcomer to start the season. Utah State is now 3-2 in WAC openers at home.
USU IN WAC OPENERS (5-3) 2005-06 L, vs. San Jose State, 51-63 2006-07 L, vs. Boise State, 70-80 2007-08 W, vs. San Jose State, 68-58 2008-09 L, at Idaho, 63-71 2009-10 W, at Louisiana Tech, 69-66 2010-11 W, vs. Boise State, 69-57 2011-12 W, at New Mexico State, 74-56 2012-13 W, vs. UTSA, 79-66 (OT)CHRISTENSEN HOLDS SECOND PLACE ALONE - Despite a season-low nine points in an overtime loss to Seattle on Jan.3, senior guard Devyn Christensen is now in sole possession of second place on the all-time Utah State career scoring charts with 1,200 points. She passed Brenda House (1978-81) for second place with 1,192 points. Jerrie McGahan (1977-80) is the all-time scoring leader at USU with 1,353 points scored during her time at Utah State. Christensen is now 153 points away from tying McGahan.
CHANGING IT UP - In 14 games this season, Utah State has had five different starting lineups. The lineup of Jennifer Schlott, Devyn Christensen, Jenna Johnson, Makenlee Williams and Franny Vaaulu have started six games this season. Elise Nelson, Christensen, Johnson, Cristal Turner and Vaaulu have been the starters for two games. Stephanie Bairstow, Christensen, Johnson, Williams and Vaaulu have been the starters for a trio of games. The group of Nelson, Christensen, Johnson, Williams, Vaaulu and Schlott started one game, while Christensen, Johnson, Williams and Bairstow have been the combination of starters for two games.
BATTLE WITH THE VANDALS - Even though the Aggies won both games against Idaho last season by at least eight points, the games between Idaho and Utah State have historically been very close. Since both teams joined the WAC for the 2005-06 season, the two teams have played three overtime games, including two in the 2008-09 campaign. Thirteen of the 15 games played between the two teams since 2005 have been decided by 10 points or less.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING - In all 14 games this season, at least one Aggie has reached double figures in scoring. Devyn Christensen has scored in double digits in 13 of 14 games. Junior guard Jennifer Schlott's 32-point performance against Seattle on Jan.3 was tops this season. Christensen scored 31 against Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 21.
FINDING THE MAGIC NUMBER - The Aggies seemed to have found their magic number. Utah State is 5-0 this season when allowing under 69 points. In both of USU's conference wins, the Aggies have kept their opponents under the magic number. UTSA scored 66, while Texas State scored 69. During USU's current three-game winning streak, the Aggies have not allowed over 69 points. USU just missed this number in a 71-68 loss to Seattle on Jan. 3.
AGGIES SET SCHOOL RECORD - Against UTSA, Utah State set a school record, shooting 96 percent from the free throw line, making 24-of-25. The previous record was 95.6 against Colorado in 1980. In overtime, Utah State took control, making 12-of-13 free throws.
AGGIES CLIMBING THE NCAA STATS - In the most recent NCAA statistics release, senior guard Devyn Christensen is 14th in points per game (20.9 ppg). Christensen is also third in the nation in free throw percentage (94.8 percent) and fourth three-pointers made (3.50). Senior guard Jenna Johnson is 26th in the country in steals per game (3.21 spg).
As a team, Utah State is still second in the country in free throw percentage, shooting 81.3 percent from the charity stripe. USU is eighth in the country in steals (13.5 spg), while its last opponent Seattle leads the country, averaging 15.7 spg.
LOOKING AROUND THE LEAGUE - Seattle is now the only school in the WAC that is undefeated with a 2-0 record. New Mexico State, Denver and Utah State are all 2-1, while Louisiana Tech, Idaho and UT Arlington are all 1-1. UTSA and San Jose State both hold 1-2 records. Texas State is the only team without the WAC a WAC win with an 0-2 mark.
SHARP-SHOOTING SCHLOTT - Junior guard Jennifer Schlott has become an offensive force to be reckoned with of late. She has scored in double figures the last eight games, including scoring a career-high 32 points in an overtime loss to Seattle on Jan. 3. She has topped her career high twice this season. She is one of three Aggies to average in double figures thru the first 14 games of the season. She is tied for second with senior guard Jenna Johnson (12.9 ppg). Christensen is first in scoring with 20.9 ppg.
REBOUNDING ON REBOUNDING - In Utah State's win against South Dakota, there was one very glaring statistics. The Aggies were out-rebounded, 63-26, which was its biggest rebound margin deficit of the season. The Aggies have been out-rebounded in 11 games this season. In USU's win against UTSA, the Aggies improved on that statistic. USU and UTSA were tied in rebounds with 26. The Aggies were led by 10 boards from sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu.
WHERE THEY STAND IN THE WAC - Devyn Christensen is second in the WAC scoring, averaging 20.9 points per game. Jenna Johnson and Jennifer Schlott are tied for 11th, averaging 13.5 ppg. Christensen, who broke the WAC's single-season record for free throw percentage, is first in this season, shooting 94.8 percent. She has only missed three of the 58 free throws that she has attempted. Johnson is third in steals, averaging 3.21 spg, while Christensen is fifth with 2.71 spg. Jennifer Schlott is still third in assists with 3.71 apg.
As a team, USU is first in free throw percent (81.3 percent) and tied for second in blocked shots (4.07 bpg). The Aggies are second in scoring, 72.3 ppg and field goal percentage (39.7 percent).
COME FROM BEHIND - For the first time this season, Utah State came back from and won a game that it was trailing at half time when USU defeated South Dakota on Dec. 20. The Aggies had been 0-6 when trailing at the half. USU's first two wins of the season came when the Aggies entered the locker room at half time with a lead. USU is now 1-7 when trailing at half time.
CHRISTENSEN REACHES LANDMARK - In the game against PVAMU, Devyn Christensen became the seventh Aggie to break the 1,000-point plateau. She now has 1,200 points in her Utah State career, which places her second on the all-time scoring list. Utah State's all-time leader in scoring is Jerrie McGaham (1977-80) who scored 1,353 points as an Aggie. The last two to reach this plateau were Danyelle Snelgro (2006-09) with 1,043 and Taylor Richards (2005-08) with 1,138 points.
HOME OPENERS - Utah State fell to 3-7 in home openers after its 71-65 loss to Montana State on Dec. 1. The Aggies home wins came against Weber State (2011), Utah (2009) and Idaho State (2006).
AGAINST THE BEEHIVE STATE - Since the re-instatement, the Aggies are now 15-16 against the Beehive State, including this season's losses to BYU, Utah Valley and Utah. The Aggies now gone winless against the state for just the third time in the last 10 years. In USU's first season back in 2003, the Aggies went 0-2 against the state with losses to Southern Utah and Weber State. The 2006-07 season was the only other season where the Aggies went winless against the state with losses to both Utah Valley and Weber State.
WHAT'S NEXT - After road games against Seattle and Idaho, the Aggies will travel to San Jose to face the Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 12.Utah State will then return home to face New Mexico State onJan. 17 and Denvr on Jan. 19 both games at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum tip off at 7 p.m.
FAREWELL - USU enters its eighth and final season in the WAC. Next season, the Aggies will be heading to the Mountain West Conference along with San Jose State. Last season, the Aggies finished third in WAC play with an 11-3 conference record which was its best finish since joining the league.
AGGIES ON SCHOOL DAY - Utah State improved to 4-0 when packing the house with local elementary and middle schoolers for School Day. With a win against South Daktota on Dec. 20, the Aggies are now 4-0 on School Day when local elementary and middle schools pack the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In 2009, USU won the inaugural School Day game with a 58-46 win over North Dakota State. In 2010, edged South Dakota State, 60-57. Last season, USU improved to 3-0 on School Day with a 70-51 win over Northern Arizona.
BEING SOCIAL WITH THE AGGIES - Fans can follow USU women's basketball at http://twitter.com/USUwbb and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Fans can follow along with the games and keep up with what the Aggies are up to.
SEASON OPENERS - This is the 10th season since Utah State women's basketball was re-instated for the 2003-04 season. The Aggies are 2-8 in season openers after a 78-62 loss to Utah Valley on Nov. 12. Last season, USU started the season with a win last season at Wyoming, 62-56. USU's other season opening win came to begin the 2009-10 season against in-state rival Utah in Logan, 67-58.
FREAKY FRANNY - In the tough overtime loss to UC Riverside on Nov. 15, sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu had a breakout game for the Aggies. The Los Angeles native scored a team-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for her first double-double of her USU career. She also played a career-high 34 minutes. Playing in front of a lot of family in the Golden State, Vaaulu banked in a three in the waning seconds that sent the game to regulation.
ADMISSION - Admission to Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. A woman's sports pass is also available for $50. Contact 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 athletic web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
SILVER ANNIVERSARY - The 2012-13 season marks the 25th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the 10th since the program was restarted prior to the 2003-04 season. The women's hoops program at USU had been disbanded following the 1987 season due to budget cuts. USU is playing in its eighth season in the WAC after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
ALASKA - THE FINAL FRONTIER - The Aggies headed to the Final Frontier for the Great Alaska Shootout and returned with their first ever tournament win. With wins against Prairie View A&M and host Alaska Anchorage, Utah State captured the Great Alaska Shootout title. Senior guard Devyn Christensen was named MVP of the tournament, while sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu was also named to the all-tournament team. Vaaulu set the record for highest field goal percentage, shooting 81.8 (9-of-11).
AGGIES IN THE PRESEASON POLLS - Utah State women's basketball was selected first in both the Western Athletic Conference coaches' poll media poll. This is the first time that the Aggies have ever been picked first in a preseason poll. Last season, USU was second in the coaches' poll and third in the media poll. In 2010-11, the Aggies were picked seventh in both the coaches' and the media poll.
Senior guard Devyn Christensen became the second-straight Utah State women's basketball player to earn WAC Preseason Player of the Year honors when she was awarded the honor by both the coaches and the media. Last season, forward Ashlee Brown was named preseason all-WAC. Last season, Christensen was named to the second-team in the coaches' poll.
The league will have a new champion as Fresno State captured the regular season and tournament titles. The Aggies received 78 points in the WAC coaches' poll, including seven of the 10 first-place votes. Louisiana Tech was a close second with 75 points and the three remaining first-place votes. In its first season in the WAC, Denver was picked third with 55 points, while fellow newcomer Seattle U was fourth with 48 points. Idaho was just behind Seattle U in fifth place with 47 points. Texas State, another new team to the WAC, is sixth with 41 points, while San Jose State. Rounding out the coaches' poll is New Mexico State in eighth (27), and newcomers UTSA (26) and UT Arlington (17) in ninth and 10th, respectively.
In the media poll, Utah State was voted first with 165 points, including nine first-place votes. Louisiana Tech was also second in the media poll with 145 overall points and four first-place votes. Six different teams earned at least one first-place points.
LAST TIME OUT - Despite junior guard Jennifer Schlott's new career-high 32 points, Utah State women's basketball dropped it Western Athletic Conference road opener, 71-68, to Seattle in overtime at the Connolly Center on Thursday.
Schlott and senior guard Jenna Johnson accounted for 47 of the Aggies 68 points. This was the fourth double-double for Johnson this season, which leads the team.
The Aggies had their three-game winning snapped by Seattle, falling to 2-1 in WAC play and 5-9 overall. Seattle improves to 2-0 in league play and 5-6 overall. The Redhawks are the only undefeated team remaining in the WAC.
Kacie Sowell and Brenda Adhiambo both had double-doubles for the Redhawks. Sowell had 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Adhiambo had 14 points and 15 boards, as SU out-rebounded USU 48-33. The nations leaders in steals had 15 steals, while Utah State had16. Seattle scored 40 points in the paint, compared to 26 by the Aggies.
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - All Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Craig Hislop in his second season as the voice of the Aggies. They can also be heard on the web by going to the Utah State Athletics home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clink on the "Listen Live" link in the right hand column.
GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
ON THE INTERNET - All of Utah State's home games are available to watch live through Utah State TV via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. USU fans can also listen to every game both home and away, via USU's web site.
THE NEWBIES - This season, Utah State welcomes nine newcomers, including four transfers, Kelsey Corcoran (Winthrop), Mariah Miles (Oral Roberts), Jasmine Porter (San Diego State) and Kali Roche (Utah Valley) that will have to sit out the 2012-13 season. Freshmen Makenlee Williams, Haylee Thompson, Stephanie Bairstow, junior Tanja Steed and senior Cristal Turner also join the Aggies this season and will be eligible to play in 2012-13.
AROUND THE COURT - News and Notes from around the Aggie basketball court.
Christensen led the league in scoring in WAC games, averaging 20.6 points. She also set the Utah State single-season free throw percentage record (86.1).
Utah State ranked third in the nation in free throw percentage (79.6), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (38.4), 19th in field goal percentage (43.6), 21st in scoring (72.4).
Utah State welcomes nine newcomers, including four transfers that will have to sit out the 2012-13 season. Freshmen Makenlee Williams, Haylee Thompson and Stephanie Bairstow, junior Tanja Steed and senior Cristal Turner also join the Aggies this season and will be eligible to play in 2012-13.
Jerry Finkbeiner - Jerry Finkbeiner took the reigns as Utah State's ninth head women's basketball coach. Finkbeiner added assistant coaches Micha Thompspon and Robert Donaldson. Stu Sells enters his second season as an assistant at Utah State.
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