Aggies Hit the Road to Take On San Jose State and Hawai`i This Week
Jan. 19, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME #19 Utah State (8-10, 2-3 WAC) at SJSU (2-15, 1-3 WAC) Friday, Jan. 23, 8:00 p.m. MT San Jose, Calif. The Event Center (31,906) Broadcast: KLGN 1390 AM www.UtahStateAggies.com
TIP OFF - Utah State concluded its homestand with an even 2-2 record. The Aggies now take to the road for the long trip to San Jose State and Hawai`i. USU will take on the Spartans on Friday, Jan. 23 and then face the Rainbow Wahine on Sunday, Jan. 25. The Aggies have won two of their last four games, including beating Boise State for the first time since joining the WAC. In WAC games, senior guard Danyelle Snelgro leads the league in assists, averaging 7.20 apg. Fellow senior guard Ana Pares is third in scoring in league games, averaging 16.2 ppg.
SCOUTING SAN JOSE STATE - Kelly Blair got her first double-double of the season, 17-points and 11 rebounds, and Chasity Shavers added 17 points. But the San Jose State Spartans were unable to get a win against a team, Louisiana Tech, which they have never beaten, in now 15 tries. The Lady Techsters (9-9, 2-2 WAC) downed the Spartans (2-15, 1-3 WAC) 70-53. Blair, a junior transfer from Cuesta College, set season and career highs in both points and rebounds. Shavers 17 points are also a career high. USU has an even 3-3 record against San Jose State since joining the WAC, including winning both games last season. The Spartans are 2-15 and 1-3 in WAC play in their second season under head coach Pam DeCosta. San Jose State earned a win against Hawai`i and also defeated Sacramento State earlier in the season. The Spartans are led by Chasity Shavers, who is the only SJSU player averaging in double figures in scoring (10.4 ppg). Natalie White is also among the leaders for San Jose State, averaging 9.8 ppg. As a team, the Spartans average 53.3 points per game, while allowing 72.5 points per game. San Jose State is third in the WAC in three-point field goals made by making 4.76 per game. Junior Shaunna Ridge is first in the WAC in blocked shots (2.18 bpg) just ahead of USU's Nicole Johnson (1.94 bpg).
AGGIES VS SAN JOSE STATE IN THE WAC
LEAVING ON A JET PLANE - USU finished its homestand 2-2. With a wins against New Mexico State and defending WAC champion, Boise State. The Aggies had close losses to Louisiana Tech and WAC frontrunner, Nevada. This is the Aggies longest homestand of the season since starting the season with four at home.
IT'S ALL IN THE BOARDS - In USU's 56-49 loss to Nevada, the Aggies were out-rebounded 39-28 and lost by seven points. In the loss, Utah State only had seven offensive rebounds. The Aggies turned things around in the win over Boise State. USU out-rebounded the Broncos 42-33, including 17 offensive boards. It was the first time since the defeating Weber State on Dec. 22 that the Aggies had broken the 40 rebound plateau.
SWATTING THE RECORD BOOKS - Several Aggies are forging their way into the Utah State record book, with 35 blocks this season, junior forward Nicole Johnson is already fifth in the all-time single season list. She is only four blocks away from fourth, passing Ali Marchant who had 38 blocks in the 2005 season. With 40 steals and 75 assists, senior guard Danyelle Snelgro is nearing the top 10 in both categories. Junior forward Lydia Whitehead is also close to making the top 10 in blocks her 22 blocks this season is tied for 11th with Johnson last season and Sharon Epps during the 82 season.
NEWCOMER KNOCKOUTS - The Aggies have relied on newcomers to provide support for the four seniors, Danyelle Snelgro, Shawnta Pope, Ana Pares and Ndoumbe Diop. Junior transfer Lydia Whitehead is third on the team in scoring, averaging 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Freshman Chelsea Burns has come on strong as of late. She averages 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore Stacey Howard had also provided some punch off the bench.
LAST TIME OUT - USU women's basketball broke a two-game losing streak with a, 58-44, win over defending Western Athletic Conference regular season champions, Boise State, giving the Aggies their first win against the Broncos since joining the WAC. With the win USU improves to 8-10 and 2-3 in the WAC, while Boise State falls to 9-9, 2-2 in conference play. Boise State still holds the series lead 12-5 and 1-7 in WAC play. The last time that USU defeated Boise State was during the 1978-79 season. The Aggies were led by senior guard Ana Pares who scored 20 points in the win. Pares has now scored in double figures nine-straight times and has scored at least 20 points three times this season. She was the only Aggie to reach double figures as juniors Lydia Whitehead and Nicole Johnson both added seven points. Johnson was solid on the boards adding 10 boards, while Whitehead brought down nine. Pares overtakes senior guard Danyelle Snelgro as the team's leading scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game. She has made 40 three-pointers this season and is shooting 36.4 percent from the three-point line. USU now takes to the road for one of its longest road trips of the season. The Aggies will take on San Jose State on Friday, Jan. 23 before traveling to Honolulu to face Hawai`i on Sunday, Jan. 25. USU will look to make up some ground in the WAC standings as both the Spartans and the Rainbow Wahine are under .500 so far this season.
ON THE BOARDS - Utah State is 6-1 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. USU earned its sixth win when out-rebounding its opponents against Boise State on Jan. 17. In the win over the Broncos, USU had 17 offensive boards.
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. She took sole possession of first place with her first steal against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 10. Snelgro now has 183 career steals and 40 this season.
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 283. Taylor Richards is the all-time assists leader with 371. Snelgro is second in the league in assists, averaging 4.17 apg. In WAC games, Snelgro is first in assists with 36 helps for an average of 7.20 apg.
DEUCES WILD - Danyelle Snelgro is second in the WAC in three categories. She is second in the league in assists (4.17 apg) and steals (2.22 spg). The senior is also second in minutes played (37.72 mpg).
BREAKING THE TOP FIVE - Ana Pares broke into the top five in scoring. She is tied for fifth in scoring averaging 13.7 ppg. Pares is also fifth in three-point goal percentage (.364). The guard is also third in three-point field goals made behind Fresno State's sharp-shooting Jalessa Ross and Bailey Amundsen.
ON THE HORIZON: HAWAI`I - After taking on San Jose State on Jan. 23, the Aggies continue the long road trip by traveling to Hawai`i. The Rainbow Wahine hold a 5-1 lead since USU joined the WAC and an overall lead of 6-4. Hawai`i is currently 3-14 this season with wins against Northern Arizona, Utah Valley and Washington State. Northern Arizona and Utah Valley are the only common non-conference opponents between the two teams, USU went 1-1 against the two teams and 2-0 against those two squads. The Rainbow Wahine are in search of their first conference wins, holding a 0-4 record so far in conference play.
AGGIES VS HAWAI`I IN THE WAC
AGGIES IN OPENERS- Utah State began its fourth season in the WAC on 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
EIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH - Senior guard Ana Pares has had an explosive senior season. With a late layup in the loss to Nevada, Pares scored 11 points. She now has had eight-straight double-digit scoring games. The guard has had two 20-point games this season. 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.
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.
USU VS. HAWAI`I REWIND - Senior center Jenny Gross scored a game-high 15 points and added seven rebounds as Utah State women's basketball fell to Hawai'i, 69-42, Thursday evening at UH's Stan Sheriff Center in Western Athletic Conference action. Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro scored 10 points for Utah State and was the only other player to score in double-figures as junior guard Ana Pares posted eight points. Senior guard Taylor Richards was held scoreless for the first time this season, while she tallied a season-high seven rebounds, as USU out-rebounded UH, 35-33. Utah State fell in its seventh-straight game and is now 6-15 overall and 2-7 in conference action, while Hawai'i snapped a two-game losing streak and is now 9-13 on the season with a 3-6 league record.
FAMILIAR FIVE - Utah State has been nothing if not consistent. In 18games 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 18 games for USU this season.
SNELGRO REACHES CAREER HIGH AGAIN - Senior guard Danyelle Snelgro tied her career high with 19 points in the loss to Louisiana Tech on Jan. 10. She also scored 19 points as the Aggies defeated Weber State for the first time since 1984 on Dec. 22. 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.
HERE COME THE SCORERS - When Nevada's Dellena Criner came to town the Aggies have now faced the top five scorers in the WAC in the last three games. Louisiana Tech's Shanavia Dowdell leads the WAC in scoring, averaging 15.9 ppg, while teammates Whitney Jones (13.8 ppg) and Adrienne Johnson (13.7 ppg) are fourth and fifth, respectively. New Mexico State's Madison Spence is third in scoring (15.0), while Criner is second (15.2 ppg).
NIFTY NIKKI - Junior Nicole Johnson is having a solid season. The forward is second in the WAC in blocks, averaging 1.94 blocks per game, just behind Louisiana Tech's Shanvia Dowdell and San Jose State's Shaunna Ridge. She now has 35 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 5.3 points per game well above her career average of 2.1 entering this season. Johnson is now fourth all-time in career blocks with 64.
ENDURANCE AGGIES - Four of the Aggies' five starters are among the leaders in the WAC in minutes played. Danyelle Snelgro is still second behind Idaho's Charlotte Otero, averaging 37.72 minutes per game. Ana Pares is third in the WAC in minutes played, averaging 37.50. Nicole Johnson averages 31.50 mpg which places her 12th, while Alice Coddington rounds out the quartet of fit Aggies. Coddington averages 30.56 mpg, which places her 17th 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 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.
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 158 games for the blue and white. Pebley now has 50 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.
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
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).
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.
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 18 games this season.
4B-The number of overtime games that Utah State has played this season in eight total games. USU is 2-2 in games last longer than 40 minutes wins over Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington and a losses to BYU and Louisiana Tech. USU is 2-1 in overtime games at home.
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.
11A-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.
11B-The number of conference games that the Aggies have remaining this season.
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.
50-Head coach Raegan Pebley's win total at the helm of the USU team.
57.1-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.
183-Snelgro now stands alone as the all-time steals leader, passing Margaret Johns (1980-83) with 176th steal in the overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Jan. 10.
283-Number of career assists that Aggie Snelgro has.
1,028-Total number of points that the Aggies have scored this season.
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