Aggie Women's Basketball Looks For Second-Straight Win Against Louisiana Tech, Saturday
Jan. 9, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - GAME #16 Louisiana Tech (7-8, 0-1 WAC) at Utah St. (7-8, 1-1 WAC) Saturday, Jan. 10, 7:00 p.m. Logan, Utah Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270) Broadcast: KLGN 1390 AM www.UtahStateAggies.com
TIP OFF - Utah State broke a three-game losing streak after defeating New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 8. The Aggies will take on Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Lady Techsters hold a 6-0 series advantage over Utah State. The Aggies are led by Danyelle Snelgro who is now tied for the all-time steal lead with Margaret Johns who now has 175. Snelgro also leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game. Fellow senior guard Ana Pares has had six-straight double-digit scoring games and averages 13.0 ppg.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH - Cherlanda Franklin scored 17 points to lead three Nevada players in double figures as the Wolf Pack downed Louisiana Tech 64-57 Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center. Franklin received offensive help from teammates Brandi Jones with 15 points and Dellena Criner with 12 points but it was LA Tech's inability to keep the Wolf Pack (7-7, 1-0 WAC) off the offensive glass that was the deciding factor in the game. Nevada outrebounded Tech 49-36 in the game, including pulling down 26 offensive rebounds. For the game, Tech outshot Nevada as the Lady Techsters hit 40 percent (23-58) of its field goals while the Wolf Pack connected on 37 percent (23-62) of their shots. However, Nevada made 16-of-26 free throws compared to 7-of-18 for Louisiana Tech. Jones led Tech with 14 points while Shanavia Dowdell added 11 points and 10 rebounds and Adrienne Johnson added 11 points.
AGGIES VS LADY TECHSTERS IN THE WAC
LAST TIME OUT - Four players in double-digits, paced by Chelsea Burns' career-high 15 points, led Utah State to a 72-58 win over New Mexico State in Western Athletic Conference women's basketball action Thursday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The victory snapped USU's three-game losing skein, as the navy-clad Aggies improved to 7-8 overall and 1-1 in WAC play. NMSU lost its seventh-straight game, dropping to 4-11 overall and 0-1 in WAC action. The northern Aggies also snapped a two-game losing streak to the southern Aggies and USU is now 10-15 vs. NMSU, including 4-3 in WAC games. Thursday marked the first time this season that four Aggies posted double-digits, as Burns' 15 points was matched by senior guard Ana Pares and junior forward Lydia Whitehead while senior guard Danyelle Snelgro netted 13 points to go with a career-high nine assists, part of USU's season-best 20 helpers, as sophomore guard Alice Coddington added six assists. Pares has now scored in double-figures six-straight games. Snelgro matched a season-high with five steals, which gives her 175 for her career, tying Margaret Johns (1980-83), for the USU career steals record.
ON THE HORIZON: NEVADA - After taking on Louisiana Tech on Jan. 8, the Aggies will take on the team that just defeated the Lady Techsters, Nevada on Jan. 14 in Logan. The Wolfpack are 1-0 in conference play and have evened out their record to 7-7. Nevada is led by Dellena Criner who is second in the WAC in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game. Criner leads the WAC in assists (4.50 apg). The defensive-minded Criner is also tops in the league in steals per game, averaging 2.57 spg. Nevada leads the all-time series 5-4.
TOP THIEF - With a season-high five steals, senior guard Danyelle Snelgro tied all-time steal leader Margaret Johns (1980-83) with 175 steals. In the win against New Mexico State, Snelgro passed former teammate Taylor Richards (2005-08) who ended her storied Aggie career with 172 steals.
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS - The Aggies had a season-high 20 assists in the win against New Mexico State on Jan. 8. Danyelle Snelgro had a season-high nine assists, while sophomore Alice Coddington had six assists. Snelgro is now second all-time in assists with 256. Taylor Richards is the all-time assists leader with 371. Snelgro is second in the league in assists, averaging 3.60 apg.
AGGIES IN OPENERS - Utah State began its fourth season in the WAC on Monday, Jan. 5 with a loss at Idaho. This was the first year that USU will start WAC play on the road. It is also the first time that the Aggies begin with the Vandals of Idaho. In its first season, USU fell to San Jose State in Logan, 63-51, while losing to Boise State in 2006-07, 80-70. Last season, the Aggies earned their first WAC opener win with a 68-58 win over San Jose State. While this is the first WAC opener against Idaho, USU has opened conference play against the Vandals when both teams were in the Big West. Idaho defeated the Aggies to open the 2003-04 season with a loss to Idaho, 62-51. Since the reinstatement of the program in the 2003-04 season, the Aggies are 1-5 in conference openers.
Utah State in WAC Openers 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
SIX TIMES AND COUNTING - Senior guard Ana Pares has had an explosive senior season. With 15 points in a wing against New Mexico State on Jan. 8, she has had six-straight double-digit scoring games. Pares topped her career high in points when she scored 25 in a loss to Utah Valley on Jan. 3. Starting the season, her high was 10 points against Portland in 2006. To start this season, Pares scored 11 points once again against Portland for a new career high. This high would not stand long as the senior scored 18 points against Northern Arizona on Nov. 19.
LONG-ROAD HOME - After four-straight road games, Utah State returned home on Thursday, Jan. 8 against New Mexico State which is the first of four-straight games at the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
FAMILIAR FIVE - Utah State has been nothing if not consistent. In 15 games this season, the Aggies have started the same five for every game. Danyelle Snelgro, Ana Pares, Alice Coddington, Lydia Whitehead and Nicole Johnson have started all 15 games for USU this season.
CAREER DAY FOR SNELGRO - Senior guard Danyelle Snelgro kicked off the holiday season with a career day as the Aggies defeated Weber State for the first time since 1984. Snelgro scored 19 points, 13 in the first half, en route to a 44-41 win over the Wildcats. Her previous high was 18 points at Utah Valley in 2006. Snelgro's point explosion helped the Aggies capture their second road win of the season.
ON THE BOARDS - Utah State is 5-1 when out-rebounding its opponents. In the win against Southern Utah, the Aggies out-rebounded the Thunderbirds, 48-34, including a season-high 27 offensive rebounds. USU had 20 offensive rebounds in the win against Northern Arizona and 50 total.
JAMMIN' JOHNSON - Aside from having a stellar season swatting balls, Nicole Johnson is also having a solid season on the boards. In Utah State's win against Weber State, Johnson set a new career high with 10 rebounds, one offensive and nine defensive. This season, she has 95 rebounds, averaging 6.3 rpg. Johnson is currently tied for13th in the WAC in rebounding, while teammate Lydia Whitehead is tied for fourth, averaging 6.8 rpg.
NIFTY NIKKI - Junior Nicole Johnson is having a solid first half of the season. The forward is third in the WAC in blocks, averaging 2.07 blocks per game, just behind Louisiana Tech's Shanvia Dowdell and San Jose State's Shaunna Ridge. She now has 31 total blocks this season. She has already passed her block total from last season as Johnson ended the 2007-08 season with 22 blocks. The junior is also scoring almost 5.0 points per game well above her career average of 2.1 entering this season. Johnson is now fifth all-time in career blocks with 60. She is three now tied for fourth with Candy Cashell (1982-84).
ENDURANCE AGGIES - Four of the Aggies' five starters are among the leaders in the WAC in minutes played. Danyelle Snelgro is second behind Idaho's Charlotte Otero, averaging 38.00 minutes per game. Ana Pares is third in the WAC in minutes played, averaging 37.20. Nicole Johnson averages 31.80 mpg which places her 12th, while Alice Coddington rounds out the quartet of fit Aggies. Coddington averages 30.07 mpg, which places her 18th in the WAC.
AGGIES AGAINST EVERYONE - The Aggies rounded out non-conference play against Utah Valley on Jan. 3. Portland State was the fourth team from the Big Sky Conference that the Aggies have faced this season. USU is 2-2 against the Big Sky with a win against Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington and a loss to Idaho State. USU is 0-1 against the Northeast Conference after a loss to Monmouth, while the Aggies hold a 1-0 record against the Southland Conference with a win against Texas State. Finally, the Aggies are 0-1 against the West Coast Conference after a season-opening loss to Portland. USU is now 0-2 against the Mountain West Conference with a loss to BYU on Dec. 13 and a loss to UNLV on Dec. 30. USU played its fifth and final Big Sky Conference team when it defeated Weber State.
Aggies vs. Conferences Big Sky Conference 3-2 Mountain West Conference 0-2 Northeast Conference 0-1 Southland Conference 1-0 Summit League 1-0 Non-Division I Opponents 1-0 Provisional Division I 0-1 West Coast Conference 0-1 Total 6-7
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - All Utah State home games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and Ashley Rutledge providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web by going to the Utah State Athletics home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
ADMISSION - Admission to Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. Season tickets are also available $65 for adults and $10 for youth. 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.
USU VS. LOUISIANA TECH REWIND - Senior center Jenny Gross scored a team-high 14 points as Utah State women's basketball fell at Louisiana Tech, 62-47, here Thursday at the Thomas Assembly Center. Senior forward Jamelah Brown scored 10 points for the Aggies while senior guard Taylor Richards tossed in 10 and tied a career high with eight rebounds as USU was out-rebounded, 49-34. Louisiana Tech snapped USU's three-game winning streak, as the Aggies are now 9-17 on the season and 5-9 in Western Athletic Conference action. The Lady Techsters picked up their second straight win, evening their record to 13-13 and improving to 7-6 in the WAC.
TURNING 21 - The 2008-09 season marks the 21st year of women's basketball at USU, and just the sixth 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 fourth season in the Western Athletic Conference after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
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.
AGGIES IN THE WAC STATS - Utah State remains first in the WAC in scoring defense, holding teams to 57.4 points per game. The Aggies are also second in field goal defense (.357) just behind of Louisiana Tech (.338). The Aggies are tied for fourth in rebound margin (+0.0). USU is still second in blocks, averaging 4.50 blocks per game. Individually, junior Nicole Johnson is third in the WAC in blocks per game, averaging 2.14 bpg. Junior Lydia Whitehead is fourth in rebounding (7.3 rpg). Danyelle Snelgro is fifth in assists (3.00 apg) and tied for sixth in steals (2.08 spg).
UTEP THANKSGIVING CLASSIC - Both Danyelle Snelgro and fellow guard Ana Pares were named to the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team as voted on by the tournament's four coaches. Hawk Jennifer Bender was named both Defensive and tournament Most Valuable Player.
COACH PEBLEY - Head coach Raegan Pebley is entering her sixth season as head coach at Utah State, which is the longest tenure in the program's history. Five games into last season, Pebley overtook the lead for the most games coached in Utah State history (116). She has now coached 151 games for the blue and white. Pebley now has 49 wins as Aggie head coach which places her in third in wins just behind of Fern Gardner (55) and just behind Cindy Perkins (51) on the all-time win list.
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.
CLOSING IN - Utah State is only two wins away from tying last season's win total, as the Aggies went 9-20 last season. Last year, USU had to wait until the calendar changed to 2008 to get its fourth win, earning its fourth win on Jan. 2, 2008.
INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR - The Aggies are a very international team with players from five different countries, including Australia (Stacey Howard and Alice Coddington), Japan (Erika Guatavai), Canada (Zana Williams), Senegal (Banna Diop and Ndoumbe Diop) and the United States (10 players).
1-Total number of different starting lineups that the Aggies have started this season Danyelle Snelgro, Alice Coddington, Ana Pares, Nicole Johnson and Lydia Whitehead have started all 13 games this season.
3A-Where junior Nicole Johnson stands in the WAC in blocks per game (2.07) bpg.
3B-The number of overtime games that Utah State has played this season in eight total games. USU is 2-1 in games last longer than 40 minutes wins over Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington and a loss to BYU. USU is 2-0 in overtime games at home.
4B-The most consecutive road games that USU will play from Dec. 22 to Jan. 5 (Weber State, UNLV, Utah Valley and Idaho).
5-Total number of players on this year's roster standing 6-0 or taller.
8-Ana Pares had a career-high eight rebounds in a loss to Idaho State on Nov. 22.
10-The number of wins that it would take to pass the nine-win total from 2007-08.
11-Alice Coddington tied a career high with 11 points in the loss to BYU on Dec. 13. She also scored 11 points against Northern Arizona on Dec. 22, 2007.
14-Career high in points by senior Shawna Pope in the loss to Idaho on Jan. 5.
15-Freshman Chelsea Burns had a career-high 15 points in the Aggies win over New Mexico State on Jan. 8.
19-The career-high in points scored by Aggie senior Snelgro in the 44-41 win over Weber State on Dec. 22.
17-Both Ana Pares and Danyelle Snelgro came within one point of their career highs in points scored in the Aggies win against Texas State on Nov. 28. Snelgro duplicated this feat in the loss to Portland State on Dec. 16.
21-The career high number of points Lydia Whitehead scored in an overtime win against Eastern Washington on Dec. 6.
25-Pares scored a career-high 25 points in a loss to Utah Valley. The 25 points were the most scored by the Aggies this season.
49-Head coach Raegan Pebley's win total at the helm of the USU team.
57.4-The amount of points per game Utah State has allowed per game in eight contests this season which is first in the Western Athletic Conference.
175-Snelgro tied the all-time steals leader Margaret Johns (1980-83)with 175 steals in the win against NMSU on Jan. 8.
262-Number of career assists that Aggie Snelgro has.
839-Total number of points that the Aggies have scored this season.