Jan. 13, 2012
RUSTON, La. - TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball has now won five-straight games after a 74-56 win over New Mexico State on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Aggies now conclude the brief two-game road trip at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. (MT) at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game is the first half of a doubleheader with the Utah State men's team. This is the third-straight doubleheader for the Aggies. USU opened up its seventh season in the Western Athletic Conference with a win for the fourth time.
AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS - Utah State is now 4-3 in WAC openers winning the last three on the road at New Mexico State in 2012 and at Louisiana Tech in 2010 and at home against Boise State in 2011. This was the first time since USU joined the league that the Aggies of Utah State faced the Aggies of New Mexico State in a league opener. Utah State is now 2-1 in WAC openers on the road.
USU IN WAC OPENERS (4-3) 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, 74-56THE OPPONENT - Louisiana Tech (8-8, 1-0 WAC) is 12-1 against Utah State in 13 meetings. Last season, the Lady Techsters won both meetings with the Aggies. Utah State's only win against Louisiana Tech came in Ruston in, 69-66, in 2010.
In their last time out, the Lady Techsters began WAC action with a convincing 66-54 win over Idaho on Jan. 12. Thirteen different players scored in the win for Louisiana Tech led by 12 points by Shantale Bramble-Donaldson. Angie Felton added 11 points, while Tavasha Anderson scored 10. Despite 15 blocks by the Vandals, the Lady Techsters were able to secure their first WAC win of the season.
Jasmine Bandolph is one of two Lady Techsters to average in double digits through the first 16 games of the season, averaging 10.8 points per game. Bramble-Donaldson is second on the team in scoring with 10.1 ppg. She is also first on the squad in rebounds, bringing down 6.8 boards per game. As a team, LTU scores 68.0 ppg, while allowing 67.8.
AGGIES VS LOUISIANA TECH IN THE WAC 2005-06 Louisiana Tech 73, USU 56 (Logan) Louisiana Tech 88, USU 54 (Ruston) 2006-07 Louisiana Tech 69, USU 54 (Ruston) Louisiana Tech 71, USU 58 (Logan) 2007-08 Louisiana Tech 71, USU 56 (Logan) Louisiana Tech 62, USU 46 (Ruston) 2008-09 Louisiana Tech 90, USU 82 (Logan) Louisiana Tech 53, USU 46 (Ruston) 2009-10 USU 69, Louisiana Tech 66 (Ruston) Louisiana Tech 74, USU 54 (Logan) Louisiana Tech 82, USU 65 (Reno, Nev. WAC Tournament) 2010-11 Louisiana Tech 91, USU 74 (Ruston) Louisiana Tech 78, USU 70 (Logan) Total 1-12
THAT VOICE SOUNDS FAMILIAR - When Utah State travels to Louisiana Tech, Aggie fans will hear a familiar voice on the radio. Al Lewis the voice of the Utah State men's basketball and football teams will be doing the first two WAC games for the USU women's team. Lewis will be busy as he will be calling both doubleheaders with the Aggie men and women's teams.
PEBLEY NEARING A MILESTONE - USU head coach Raegan Pebley is nearing milestone as she now has 99 career wins. She is now just one win away from the 100 win plateau. Pebley is in her ninth season at Utah State and is first in career wins for a women's basketball coach at USU.
REBOUNDING RENAISSANCE - After struggling on the boards early in the season, Utah State is now 6-0 when winning the rebound battle. In wins against, Utah Valley, Asbury, Boise State, Weber State, UC Irvine and Northern Arizona, the Aggies have out-rebounded their opponent. The win against Utah Valley was also the second time this season that USU has reached the 40-rebound mark. The Aggies had a season-high 47 rebounds.
STREAKING THIS SEASON- The Aggies have been streaking of late, winning their last five games. It is the second lengthy winnings streak this season for USU as it won four-straight earlier this season. USU also has a one long negative streak, losing four-straight games to end November and begin December. Utah State is still undefeated in 2012 with three wins to begin the new year.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE - Both games of this WAC road trip are doubleheaders with the USU men's team also making a trip to Las Cruces and Ruston. By the end of this week, the teams will have played three-straight doubleheaders.
GIVING A HELPING HAND - For the third time this season sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott dished out five assists in a game in USU's win against New Mexico State on Jan. 12. One difference in this game was that the guard played only five minutes. She is first on the team in assists with 39 in 15 games so far this season.
AGAINST THE BEEHIVE STATE - Utah State ended non-conference play with a 2-1 record against teams from the Beehive State USU earned a 73-63 win against Weber State on Nov. 16. The Aggies then fell to BYU 73-65 on Dec. 17. USU improved to 2-1 against the state of Utah with a 61-43 win against Utah Valley on Jan. 7.
MASTER THIEF - Junior guard Jenna Johnson has been an incredible thief for USU the last four games. During that span, she has 16 steals, including a career-high six against Utah Valley on Jan. 7. Johnson added five more in the Aggies' WAC-opening win against New Mexico State on Jan. 12. This season, the junior has 22 steals which is second on the team behind Ashlee Brown's 33 take aways.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE WAC - Ashlee Brown is still fourth in the WAC in scoring behind San Jose State's Brittany Johnson, Fresno State's Ki-Ki Moore and Nevada's Kate Kevorken. Johnson is averaging 19.3 points per game, while Brown averages 15.1 ppg. Brown is second in the league in rebounding with 8.9 rpg. Senior Maddy Plunkett is first in the league in three-point shooting (.511). Brooke Jackson is still first in free throw percentage (.867). Brown and Jackson are among the leaders in made free throws in the conference with Brown sinking 79 and Jackson making 52. Devyn Christensen is now second in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 85.4 percent.
As a team, USU is second behind Fresno State in scoring offense, averaging 69.6 points per game. The Aggies and the Bulldogs are the only two teams in the league with positive scoring margins with Fresno State standing +6.9 and USU holding a +6.2. The Aggies are still first in free throw percentage (78.8). USU is now first in scoring defense, allowing only 63.7 points per game.
CAREER HIGHS FOR THE HAWAIIANS - In the Aggies win against Asbury on Jan. 3, the two Hawaiians on the team Pualei Furtado and Kamie Imai had career-best performances. Imai had a career-high nine points, while Furtado added a career-high eight points. Imai also added a career-high five rebounds in the win.
UP NEXT - The Aggies will open the home portion of the WAC schedule next week. Utah State will take on first-place Fresno State on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. USU concludes the brief road trip against Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST - Utah State is now 3-0 against the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming was the first of two Mountain West Conference teams that the Aggies faced this season. The Aggies earned home and road wins against former WAC foes and current MWC rivals Boise State. USU defeated the Broncos, 97-86, in Logan on Nov. 23 and won in Boise, 64-52, on Dec. 22.
SINKING IT FROM THE STRIPE - Utah State continues to be stellar from the free throw line. The Aggies are still in the top 10 in the nation in free throw percentage, standing in seventh this week. USU has made more free throws (248) than its opponents have attempted (256). USU is first in the WAC, shooting 78.8 percent from the free throw line (256-of-325). The Aggies opponents are shooting 68.9 percent from the charity stripe (163-of-237).
AGGIES IN THE NCAA STATS - In the most recent NCAA Statistics (Jan. 8), Utah State was seventh in the nation in free-throw percentage, shooting 78.8 percent from the charity stripe. Delaware leads the nation, shooting 83.8 percent. The Aggies are 23rd in the country in three-point field goal percentage (36.3 percent). Vanderbilt still leads the nation, shooting 44.1 percent from three.
In the latest RPI the Aggies are ranked 160 which is second in the WAC behind Fresno State which is 64.
JACKSON EARNS HONOR - Utah State women's basketball player Brooke Jackson has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 8, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
Jackson was also named College Sports Madness WAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week. The Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and one from each conference in their weekly feature. Jackson is the second Aggie to win the award with senior forward Ashlee Brown being honored three times. This is Jackson's first career USU award, and she is the first women's basketball player to earn USU Athlete of the Week honors this season.
The senior guard from Mesa, Ariz., led Utah State to a pair of home wins last week against Asbury (83-53) and Utah Valley (61-43). Against the Eagles, Jackson had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals as she was 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Against the Wolverines, she added 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal. For the week, Jackson averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field (7-14), 44.4 percent from three-point range (4-9), and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
STARTING FIVE- In 15 games this season, Utah State has used five different lineups. Ashlee Brown is the only Aggie to have started all 15 games this season. Jennifer Schlott has started nine out of 15 games, while Brooke Jackson has been in the starting five eight times. Chelsea Burns started the first four games of the season until an injury ended her season. Freshman Elise Nelson earned her first career start against BYU on Dec. 17. Nine different players have started at least one game this season for USU.
BRINGING THE DEFENSE - Utah State is 6-0 when it opponents score under 60 points or less. The Aggies have wins against Wyoming, Northern Arizona, Boise State, Asbury, Utah Valley and New Mexico State. Utah State has allowed less than 56 points in its last five games all of which are USU wins.
AGGIES LOSE BURNS TO INJURY - Utah State women's basketball junior guard/forward Chelsea Burns has been medically disqualified due to a knee injury. The injury is similar to the one that kept her out of the entire 2009-10 season.
Burns, a native of Carlsbad, Calif, started the first four games of the season and played in five this season. She averaged 10.8 minutes. 0.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. The junior has been diagnosed with an osteochondral defect and a meniscus tear and will have knee surgery on December 15. Burns graduated at the end of the fall semester with a degree in law and constitutional studies and will begin her master's of education next semester.
HOME OPENERS - Utah State is now 8-14 in home openers and 3-6 under Coach Pebley after the Aggies defeated Weber State, 73-63 on Nov. 16.Prior to the win over the Wildcats, the last time the Aggies won a home opener was a 67-58 win against in-state rival Utah in 2009. Last season, USU fell to Dixie State in its home and season opener, 71-67. Under Coach Pebley, Utah State is 1-2 against Weber State in home openers.
LAST TIME OUT - With four players scoring in double digits, the Utah State women's basketball team captured its fifth-straight win with a 74-56 win against New Mexico State in USU's Western Athletic Conference opener on Thursday.
There was a crowd of 3,264 as it was Las Cruces School Day.
With the win, the blue Aggies improve to 10-5 overall and 1-0 in WAC play. USU is now 4-3 in WAC openers, winning its last three. Utah State is also now 2-1 in WAC road openers. This was the first time that USU and NMSU have met to begin conference action. New Mexico State falls to 3-13 overall and 0-1 in league play.
With 13 second-half points, senior guard Brooke Jackson led all scorers with 18 total points, while senior forward Ashlee Brown scored 15 points. Senior forward Maddy Plunkett added 13 points, while junior guard Devyn Christensen sunk 12 points. Sophomore guard Jennifer Schlott made the most of her minutes with five assists in five minutes of action. The five assists tied a career high for Schlott.
CAREER HIGHS FROM BROWN - Senior forward Ashlee Brown has had double-doubles in both of Utah State's games this season. She also added a career-high 31 points in the Aggies' loss to South Dakota State on Nov. 13. She also set a career high with six steals in the loss to the Jackrabbits.
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.
TURNING 24 - The 2011-12 season marks the 24th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the ninth 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 seventh season in the WAC after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
AGAINST THE BIG WEST - UC Riverside is the second Big West team that Utah State has faced this season. The Aggies defeated UC Irvine, 69-64, on the road on Nov. 19. UC Riverside is the second and final Big West team that USU will play this season when the Aggies and the Highlanders meet on Nov. 25.
AGGIES IN THE PRESEASON POLLS - Utah State women's basketball was selected second in the Western Athletic Conference coaches' poll and third in the media poll. Both predictions are the highest for USU since joining the WAC. Last season, the Aggies were picked seventh in both the coaches' and the media poll.
Senior forward Ashlee Brown made Utah State women's basketball history by becoming the first Aggie to earn WAC Preseason Player of the Year honors when she was awarded the honor by both the coaches and the media. Brown, who averaged 15.2 points per game last season, is the top scorer returning in the WAC. Last season, Brown was the WAC's Newcomer of the Year and earned first-team all-WAC honors.
The Aggies received 40 points in the WAC coaches' poll, including two of the eight first-place votes. Defending WAC regular season-champion, Louisiana Tech, was picked first with 47 points, including five-first place votes. Fresno State, the 2011 WAC Tournament champions, was picked third with 36 points and the final first-place vote. Nevada placed fourth with 33 points, followed by Hawai`i with 22 points. New Mexico State was picked to finish in sixth place with 18 points, while Idaho was just a point behind with 17 points to finish in seventh place. The coaches' poll was rounded out by San Jose State in eighth place with 11 points.
In the media poll, Utah State was voted third with 126 points, including three first-place votes. As with the coaches' poll, Louisiana Tech was picked first with 144 total points and 13 first-place votes. The only difference between the polls was that Fresno State took second-place in the media poll with 129 points and three first-place votes. Nevada earned the fourth spot with 80 points, followed by Hawai`i with 72. The media poll was rounded out with New Mexico State in sixth with 59 points, while Idaho (52 points) and San Jose State (22 points) were picked to finish seventh and eighth, respectively.
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - All Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Craig Hislop taking the reigns this season. 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.
AROUND THE COURT - News and Notes from around the Aggie basketball court.
Last season was the first time in head coach Raegan Pebley's career that she has earned the Coach of the Year accolade. Pebley is also the first female to earn the award since 2004-05 when Rice's Cristy McKinney was named Coach of the Year.
This season, Utah State welcomes six newcomers, including senior transfer Brooke Jackson who comes to Logan from the University of Arizona. USU adds five freshmen in Brooke Beckstead, Xava Grooms, Addison Moore, Elise Nelson and Franny Vaaulu.
The Aggies had 10 WAC wins last season which was the most since the 2008-09 team that had a 9-7 record.
HEAD COACH Raegan Pebley - Raegan Pebley is entering her ninth season as head coach at Utah State, which is the longest tenure in the program's history. Five games into the 2007-08 season, Pebley overtook the lead for the most games coached in Utah State history (116). She has now coached 248 games for the Blue and White and has 98 wins as Aggie head coach, which is first ahead of Fern Gardner (55) on the all-time win list.
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