Aggie Women's Basketball Opens Homestand Against Boise State Saturday
Jan. 17, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - - Utah State women's basketball looks to snap a two-game losing streak as the Aggies return home to open a two-game homestand. USU begins the homestand against a familiar foe, taking on Boise State on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
After a 2-0 start in Mountain West action, the Aggies have lost their last two conference games. Following the game against the Broncos, USU remains in Logan to take on UNLV on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.
Utah State and Boise State were both members of the Western Athletic Conference for six years before the Broncos left for the Mountain West during the 2011-12 season. The last two times that USU and BSU met was during the 2011-12 season when the teams met twice, once in Boise and once in Logan. The Aggies won both of those games. USU has won the last four meeting between the teams. Overall, Boise State holds a 16-8 record with the first meeting taking place on February 15, 1975 when BSU stopped USU, 62-49 in Logan.
Boise State is one of many teams, including Utah State, tied for fifth in the current Mountain West standings. New Mexico and San Diego State are also part of the log jam with 2-2 MW records. Overall, the Broncos are 7-8 after defeating Nevada, 67-64, on Wednesday. BSU is 0-6 on the road this season, while holding a solid 7-2 record at home.
The Broncos have three players who average in double figures with Deanna Weaver leading the way, averaging 16.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.Miquelle Askew scores 13.9 ppg, while Lexie Der scores 10.6 ppg. Askew is sixth in the league in scoring (13.9 ppg), while in league games Weaver is second in scoring (17.0 ppg).
When Boise State comes to town, head coach Jerry Finkbeiner will see a familiar face on the Broncos' bench. Finkbeiner's son Ben is an assistant coach under BSU head coach Gordy Presnell. Ben Finkbeiner is in his third season as an assistant for Boise State. Finkbeiner's primary responsibilities are to serve as recruiting coordinator, a well as defensive coordinator. This is the first time that the two have met on opposite sides of the bench.
With the change of line up against Colorado State on Jan. 15, senior guard Jennifer Schlott is the only Aggie to have started all 15 games. Junior forward Ingrida Strikas, junior forward Franny Vaaulu, senior guard Cristal Turner, sophomore Stephanie Bairstow and junior guard Elise Nelson have played in all 15 games. Sophomore guard Makenlee Williams started the Aggies' first 11 games before injury kept her out the next three games. Freshman guard Shelby Cloninger has played in 14 games, starting four. Turner made her first start of the season against Colorado State.
Live stats will be available this week by going to www.utahstateaggies.com. Live audio for both games is available by going to the "Listen Live" link on the front page of the Utah State web site at www.utahstateaggies.com. 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- -STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.