WAC Play Up Tour Heads to Logan as Aggie Women Host New Mexico State Saturday
The WAC's Play Up tour comes to Logan as USU faces NMSU Saturday.

The WAC's Play Up tour comes to Logan as USU faces NMSU Saturday.

Jan. 22, 2010

LOGAN, Utah -

GAME #19
New Mexico State (12-7, 2-3) at Utah State (10-8, 2-3 WAC)
Saturday, Jan. 23, 1:00 p.m. (MT) • Logan, Utah • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio Broadcast: 1390 AM •  www.UtahStateAggies.com

TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball (10-8, 2-3 WAC) returns home after a tough road trip looking to break a three-game losing streak. The Aggies will meet the Aggies of New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. The game is a stop on the Western Athletic Conference's Play Up Tour. The first 100 fans will receive a free USU rally towel. New Mexico State (12-7, 2-3 WAC) has also lost three-straight WAC games after losing to Idaho, 68-65, at home on Jan. 20.

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THE OPPONENT - In its last game, a game-tying three-point shot at the final buzzer bounced off the rim for New Mexico State as the Aggies fell to the Vandals 68-65 at the Pan American Center Wednesday evening.

Junior guard Danisha Corbett led the Aggies with 19 points. Corbett knocked down five from long range, tying her career high from beyond the arc. Junior guard Jasmine Lowe added a dozen, including nine in the first half. Sophomore forward Tabytha Wampler posted eight points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Aggies posted a season-high 22 assists, while committing a season low 12 turnovers in the contest. NM State also was whistled for a season low 13 fouls in the game. The Aggies finished the game at 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the floor and scored four more threes than the Vandals, clinching the stat 11-7.

New Mexico State leads the overall series 15-11, but Utah State leads the series 5-3 since both schools joined the WAC for the 2005-06 season. Utah State won both games last season. It was the second time that the blue Aggies swept the series against the crimson Aggies also taking both games during the 2006-07 season.

NMSU has four players averaging in double digits this season, as the Aggies out-score their opponents 71.2 to 66.6. Jasmine Lowe is NMSU's leading scorer, bringing down 14.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Crystal Boyd averages 14.5 ppg, while Madison Spence, daughter of head coach Darrin Spence, averages 11.8 ppg. Danisha Corbett rounds out the quartet, averaging 10.4 ppg.

NMSU 55, USU 48 (in Logan)
USU 55, NMSU 45 (in Las Cruces)

2006-07 USU 68, NMSU 51 (in Las Cruces) USU 70, NMSU 67 OT (in Logan)

2007-08 NMSU 71, USU 58 (in Las Cruces) NMSU 78, USU 51 (in Logan)

2008-09 USU 72, NMSU 58 (in Logan) USU 69, NMSU 52 (in Las Cruces) Overall Record 5-3

AGGIES VERSUS AGGIES - Both Aggies are entering the game on Saturday with three-game losing streaks. Utah State has lost road games to Fresno State and Hawai`i and a home game to Nevada. New Mexico State lost home games to Fresno State and Idaho and a road game to Louisiana Tech. USU has one the last two games in the series.

WITH WILLIAMS STARTING - Senior guard Tahara Williams has started 10 of USU's 18 games this season at the point guard position. Utah State is 6-4 in games that she has started. In games that she has started, Williams has averaged 6.8 points per game, shooting .429 from the field (21-of-49). She averages 20.3 minutes and 2.3 assists per game in her starts.

KEYS TO THE GAME - In order to get back in the winning column this week, the Aggies will look to get their starters back on the scoreboard. Alice Coddington was the leading scorer in the last two games, averaging 9.0 points per game, while the Aggies leading scorer, Amber White, averaged only 3.0 ppg. The usually steady three-point shooting of the Aggies has also suffered the last two games. Utah State has shot only 20 percent (7-of-35) from three in its last two games.

CODDINGTON BREAKS WAC RECORD FOR STEALS - Junior guard Alice Coddington set a new Western Athletic Conference record with 13 steals in the Aggies win over Weber State on Dec. 21. Her previous career high was eight against Idaho State on Dec. 5. The 13 steals was also a Utah State record. She broke Carol Garrison's record of 12 steals against Northern Arizona in 1981. It was one shy of tying the NCAA record for steals in a game. The last player in the nation to reach 13 steals was IUPUI's Jernisha Cann against Gardner Webb on Nov. 24, 2007. The last player to reach 14 grabs was Georgia Tech's Jillian Ingram against Virginia Tech on Feb. 20, 2008. The 13 steals also bested the Western Athletic Conference record by two. Nevada's Cherlanda Franklin had 11 steals during the 2007-08 season and BYU's Tomika Young had 11 during the 1991-92 season.

LOOKING AROUND THE LEAGUE - With Fresno State beating Nevada on Jan. 21, there is only one unbeaten team in the WAC. The Bulldogs are now 5-0, while the Wolf Pack falls to 4-1. There is just one team without a win in WAC play yet, San Jose State (0-4). Idaho has won its last two conference games and is now fourth with a 2-2 record. Louisiana Tech is 3-1 and stands alone in third place. The Aggies are tied for fifth with New Mexico State with a 2-3 mark.

JOHNSON AND JOHNSON - The top two blockers in the WAC share the same last name. Louisiana Tech's Adrienne Johnson is first in the WAC, averaging 1.93 blocks per game. She has 29 blocks in 15 games this season. USU's Nicole Johnson is second in blocks with 1.89 bpg. Johnson has a WAC-leading 34 blocks in 18 games this season.

WAC ANNOUNCES PLAY UP TOUR DATES - The WAC has announced its dates for the women's basketball Play Up Tour for the 2009-2010 season. WAC giveaway items will be distributed and fans will have a chance to enter a drawing for a WAC Basketball Tournament package that includes two tickets to the tournament, airfare and hotel accommodations. The winner will be announced at the end of February.

CLOSING IN ON A RECORD - Senior forward Nicole Johnson is eight blocks away from tying Jessica Freeman in career blocks at Utah State. Freeman, who played from 2003-06, had 127 career blocks as an Aggie. Johnson's 34 blocks this season have given her 119 total blocks at USU.

HOME SWEET HOME - Utah State lost only its second home game with a loss to Nevada on Jan. 13. With the loss, the Aggies fell to 7-2 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU's only other loss was a, 61-48, loss to BYU on Dec. 19. Utah State has wins against Weber State, Utah, Montana Western, Utah Valley, UNLV, San Jose State and North Dakota State. The Aggies have 37-point win over Montana Western and a 21-point win over Weber State. USU is only one win away from tying last season's home win total as USU was 8-7 at home last season.

BLOCK PARTY - Utah State is having a stellar blocking season so far this season. The Aggies have 92 blocks compared to 38 by its opponents. USU is first in the league in blocks, averaging 5.1 blocks per game. The Aggies' 92 blocks is the most by any team in the WAC. USU has three players in the top 10 in blocks. Senior forward Nicole Johnson is second in the league, averaging 1.89 bpg. Senior center Lydia Whitehead is tied for fifth, averaging 1.33 bpg. Red-shirt freshman Banna Diop is seventh, averaging 1.12 bpg, coming off the bench.

WAC ACTION BEGINS - The Aggies concluded non-conference play against UNLV on Jan. 2. Utah State opened its fifth season in the WAC against Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in Ruston, La. The Aggies are now 2-3 in WAC 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
2009-10 W, at Louisiana Tech, 69-66
UP NEXT - After the brief homestand against New Mexico State, Utah State travels to Idaho for two games, taking on Idaho on Jan. 27 and Boise State on Jan. 30.

AMONG THE TOP IN THE WAC - Senior Lydia Whitehead is still second this week in the WAC in rebounding. The center has 142 total rebounds this season for an average of 7.9 rebounds per game. Junior guard Alice Coddington is tops in the league in steals for the sixth-straight week, averaging 2.94 steals per game. The junior has 513 steals in 18 games. Junior guard Amber White is still in the top 20 in scoring. She stands 13th in the WAC in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per game. She is the only Aggie averaging in double digits on the team.

TOP 20 IN THE NATION - Junior guard Alice Coddington is 20th in the NCAA in steals per game averaging, 3.00 spg. As a team, Utah State is 79th in the nation in steals, averaging 9.8 spg. USU is also 27th in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 5.2 bpg.

PRIMETIME PLAYERS - This season, Utah State was on television two times. The game against Utah on Nov. 13 was on the CW30. Another game against an instate rival will also be on television for Aggie fans to enjoy. USU's match up with BYU on Dec. 19 was also on the CW30. Talent was Rob Flygare doing play by play with Brooks Hansen as the color commentator.

AGGIES SET RECORD IN WIN AGAINST BISON - Utah State's 11 blocks against North Dakota State set a new USU record. Both Nicole Johnson and Banna Diop swatted five shots each, while TJ Goddard added one block. The previous record was 10 blocks against Northern Arizona in 1984.

GETTING INVOLVED - Every Utah State player capable of playing saw time in the Aggies win over Montana Western on Nov. 28. There were 12 different Aggies that scored of the 13 that played. Only freshman guard Pualei Furtado didn't score, but she contributed in different ways adding four rebounds and two steals in her first action of the season. Redshirt-freshman Banna Diop scored a career-high 13 points in a career-high 21 minutes. USU scored more points off the bench than the Montana Western did in the game with the Aggies edging the Bulldogs 35-34. Senior guard Tahara Williams started her first game as an Aggie and scored a career-high six points. Junior forward Stacey Howard had a career-high nine rebounds off the bench for Utah State.

AGGIE INCENTIVE PLAN - Utah State continues its Aggie Incentive Plan which allow fans to earn points for attending women's basketball games. Fans can earn 10 points for attending the game against Utah on Friday. Aggie fans can accumulate points throughout the season and earn prizes like USU water bottles, clothing and a USU women's team autographed basketball. Attend as many USU women's basketball games as possible and accumulate points, for a chance to win great prizes!!

Upcoming Events
Point Breakdown for Each Game
1/23/10 vs. New Mexico State	1:00 p.m. - 2 points
2/6/10 vs. Louisiana Tech	3:00 p.m. - 2 points

Non-Conference Weekday Games - 10 points Non-Conference Weekend Games - 4 points Conference Weekday Games - 5 points Conference Weekend Games - 2 points

Prizes for Points Accumulated 20 points - USU Water bottle 40 points - USU T-Shirt 60 points - USU Sweatshirt 80 points - USU Women's Team Autographed Basketball

CAREER DAY- A trio of juniors had career days for Utah State in the Aggies' win against Utah on Nov. 13. Guard/forward Amber White scored a career-high 25 points in the win. Her previous high was 10 points in a loss to Fresno State last season. Guard Alice Coddington also had a banner day, scoring a career-high 18 points. Her previous high was 12 points against San Jose State last season. Forward Stacey Howard also added a career-high seven points. Last season, she set a career-high with five points against UNLV.

ADMISSION - Admission to Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. Fans can buy a women's sport pass for $75 which will gain admittance to women's basketball, volleyball and gymnastics. 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.

This season, Utah State introduces the Aggie Incentive Plan which allow fans to earn points for attending women's basketball games. Fans can earn 10 points for attending the game against Utah on Friday. Aggie fans can accumulate points throughout the season and earn prizes like USU water bottles, clothing and a USU women's team autographed basketball. Parents of Jr. Aggies will also receive free admittance to the game against Utah. Aggie women's basketball will also welcome schools on Dec. 14 for School Day against North Dakota State at 12 p.m. With the Aggie Incentives Plan fans can attend as many USU women's basketball games as possible and accumulate points, for a chance to win great prizes!!

SEASON OPENER - The Aggies win against Utah on Nov. 13 was Utah State's first season-opening win since Nov. 17, 1981 with a 78-59 win against Southern Utah in Cedar City. It was the third season-opener that the Aggies have won since 1974.

LAST TIME AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE - Utah State women's basketball achieved something that had not been done since the 1981-82 season when the Aggies won their fourth-straight game, 69-52, against New Mexico State in Las Cruces. With the win head coach, Raegan Pebley became the all-time winningest Aggie coach earning her 56th win. Pebley is in her sixth season at Utah State.

With the win, Utah State improves to 14-12 and 8-5 in the Western Athletic Conference, while New Mexico State drops to 9-19 and 5-9 in league play. The 14 USU wins is the most since 2004-05 team went 14-14 in the final season in the Big West. The eight WAC wins is the most conference wins since bringing the program back. The most ever league wins by a Utah State squad is 11 when the 1974-75 team went 11-2 in the Internountain Athletic Conference.

For the second-straight game senior guard Danyelle Snelgro was dominating. The reigning WAC Player of the Week scored 26 points for her third 20-point performance in her last four games. Fellow senior guard Ana Pares added 14 points, while junior forward Lydia Whitehead scored nine.

USU moved to 11-1 when it out-rebounds its opponent as the Aggies won the battle on the boards 41-32. Both junior Nicole Johnson and Whitehead brought down eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Alice Coddington had seven. This is the second-straight game that the Aggies have had over 40 rebounds after having 49 in the double overtime win against Idaho on Feb. 22.

LAST TIME OUT - Despite a career-high 12 rebounds from senior forward Nicole Johnson, the Utah State women's basketball team fell to Hawai`i, 69-56, at the Stan Sheriff Center. The loss was the Aggies' third-straight, and USU ends the road trip going 0-2 with a loss to Fresno State on Jan. 16.

It was the third-straight game that USU was held to under 60 points. The Aggies are now 2-8 when scoring under 60 points this season. With the loss, Utah State falls to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. Hawai`i improves to 8-10 and matches USU's 2-3 league record.

The Aggies were led by senior center Lydia Whitehead's fourth double-double of the season. Whitehead had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Alice Coddington led USU with 13 points, adding four rebounds and two steals.

Hawai`i had four players in double digits led by 13 points from Leilani Galdones. Dita Liepkalne added 12 points, while both Breanna Arbuckle and Allie Patterson dished in 11 apiece. On the boards, the Rainbow Wahine were led by 10 points from Galdones who had a double-double.

Johnson came one step closer to tying the all-time blocks record with one block in the game. The senior now has 119 blocks in her Aggie career just eight away from tying Jessica Freeman who had 127 in her USU career.

AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play. They can also be heard on the web by going to the Utah State Athletics home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and cling on the Yahoo Sports link in the right hand column.

TURNING 22 - The 2009-10 season marks the 22nd 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 fifth season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) 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.

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.

COACH PEBLEY - Head coach Raegan Pebley is entering her seventh 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 189 games for the blue and white and has 68 wins as Aggie head coach which is first ahead of Fern Gardner (55) on the all-time win list.

SPANNING THE GLOBE - The 2009-10 Utah State team is an international group. There are Aggies from three different countries and all across the United States. Juniors Stacey Howard and Alice Coddington hail from Australia, while redshirt freshman Banna Diop hails from Senegal. The players from the states hail from one end to the other. Pualei Furtado is from Hawaii, while fellow freshman Jenna Johnson is from Alaska. But there is only one player from the Beehive State, senior center Lydia Whitehead hails from Nibley, Utah.



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