Aggie Women's Basketball Closes Out Road Trip At Louisiana Tech Saturday
Jan. 25, 2013
RUSON, La. - TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball (9-10, 6-2 WAC) will conclude its brief two-game road trip on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Ruston, La., against Louisiana Tech. Tip off is set for 6 p.m. (MT). The Aggies began the road trip with a solid, 93-83, win over UT Arlington on Jan. 24. The win was the third-straight for Utah State which matches its season high.
Utah State has now won seven of its last nine games, dating back to a win against South Dakota on Dec. 20. The Aggies will now play three of their next six games on the road.
CONQUERING ANOTHER MOUNTAIN - Senior guard Devyn Christensen is nearing another career Utah State record. The current all-time USU leader in three-point field goals attempted and free throw percentage is now nearing the record for free throws made. She has passed Ali Marchant (2003-06) who made 262. Her 287 made free throws is now second behind Ashlee Brown (2011-12) who made 289 in just two seasons in an Aggie uniform. Christensen needs only three more to break the record. The senior is currently first in the WAC and 10th in the nation, shooting 90.7 percent from the charity stripe.
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH - After playing back-to-back games against teams it has never faced, Utah State will take on a familiar rival in Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters hold a commanding 14-2 record against USU. Utah State's only wins against LA Tech have come in Ruston. Last season, the Aggies stopped the Lady Techsters, 79-62, in Ruston. Louisiana Tech bounced back with a win in Logan (82-76) and in the WAC Tournament semifinals (73-69).
The Lady Techsters are an even 9-9 this season, having won four of its last six games. On Jan. 24, LA Tech defeated San Jose State, 94-80. The Lady Techsters are 5-3 in WAC play with wins against Denver, UT Arlington, Texas State, Idaho and San Jose State.
LA Tech has three players that average in double figures, led by Keila Shleton who scores 12.7 points per game. In conference games, Shelton is 10th in scoring with 13.4 ppg. Brittany Lewis scores 11.1 ppg, while Whitney Frazier is third in scoring with 10.1. As a team, the Lady Techsters score 59.8 ppg, while allowing 65.3.
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) 2011-12 USU 79, Louisiana Tech 62 (Ruston) Louisiana Tech 82, USU 76 (Logan) Louisiana Tech 73, USU 69 (Las Vegas, Nev. WAC Tournament) Total 2-14FABULOUS FRANNY - After not scoring in the Aggies' loss to San Jose State on Jan.12, sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu has rebounded splendidly. She has scored in double-figures in three-straight games, including a 18-point performance against UT-Arlington on Jan. 24. During that stretch, she has also averaged 3.0 blocks and 4.3 rebounds per game. Despite coming off the bench, Vaaulu's scoring production has gone up.
HEATING UP - With the win against UT Arlington on Jan. 24, the Aggies won their third-straight game. This is the second three-game winning streak of the season which is USU's longest of the year. USU has now seven of its last nine games, heading into the second half of WAC action.
LIKE THIEVES IN THE NIGHT - The WAC has several teams among the nation's best in steals this season. Seattle is fourth in the nation behind North Carolina, averaging 13.7 steals per game, while Utah State is fifth with 13.7 spg. San Jose State is 16th in the nation with 12.4. The three teams are the only ones in the WAC in double digits in steals per game. The Aggies are first in total steals with 256 this season. USU tied a season high with 19 steals against UTA on Jan. 24.
STEALING HISTORY - Senior guard Jenna Johnson moved up to third in career steals with seven in the Aggies' loss to San Jose State on Jan. 12. She now has 189 career steals. She is just 27 steals from tying Danyelle Snelgro for second place. Former teammate Alice Coddington is the all-time leader in steals with 236. Johnson's eight steals against Montana State on Dec. 1 were the most by an Aggie this season.
BEST START - The Aggies 6-2 WAC start matches its best in the eight years that USU has been in the league. This is the second-straight season that Utah State has begun conference play with a 6-2 record. This season, the Aggies only losses were an overtime loss on the road to Seattle and another road loss to San Jose State.
WAC STARTS THROUGH EIGHT GAMES 2005-06 0-8 2006-07 3-5 2007-08 2-6 2008-09 4-4 2009-10 3-5 2010-11 5-3 2011-12 6-2GAME WINNER - Freshman guard Makenlee Williams' three pointer with one second left on the clock lifted Utah State over New Mexico State, 65-63, on Jan. 17. Williams continues to have a very strong rookie season, averaging 7.6 points per game. In WAC games, she scores 11.1 ppg. She has started 16 of 19 games this season and seven of eight in league play.
FRIENDLY CONFINES - With a 85-69 win against Denver on Jan. 19, Utah State improved to 5-2 at home this season and a perfect 4-0 in WAC games. At home games this season, USU out-scores its opponents 73.7 to 68.3. At the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, the Aggies double up their opponents in blocks with 4.7 bpg compared to 2.1 bpg by their opponents. Utah State also has played well defensively at home, averaging 11.4 spg, compared to 7.4. The Aggies have five more home games left during the regular season against Idaho, Seattle, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and UT Arlington.
MAGIC NUMBER - The Aggies continue to have a magic number this season which is 70. When keeping opponents to under 70 points, USU is a stellar 7-0 this year. In four of USU's five WAC wins this season, the Aggies have allowed under 70 points. Utah State is 2-10 when allowing more than 70 points with the wins on the road against Idaho (91-85) on Jan. 5 and UT Arlington (93-83) on Jan. 24.
STREAK STOPPED - Senior guard Jenna Johnson had her double-double streak halted at five after only bringing down eight boards in USU's win against Denver. She still leads the in double-doubles this season with seven. She is one of three Aggies to post double-doubles this season along with sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu and freshman guard Makenlee Williams. Johnson has scored in double figures in the last six games. The senior is now averaging 13.9 points and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds per game. Her 12 rebounds against San Jose State tied the season high with Williams who had 12 against Texas State on Dec. 31.
HELPING OUT THE TEAM - Jennifer Schlott had a career-high nine assists in USU's win against Denver. It was the seventh time this season that she has had five or more assists in a game which leads the Aggies. Her season high is nine in a win against Denver on Jan. 19. Schlott is still third in the WAC with 4.11 assists per game.
AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS - Utah State is 5-3 in WAC openers winning the last four at home against UTSA this season and on the road against New Mexico State in 2011. In 2010, USU won at home against Boise State and in 2009, USU earned its first ever win against Louisiana Tech. This was the first time since USU joined the league that the Aggies faced a WAC newcomer to start the season. Utah State is now 3-2 in WAC openers at home.
USU IN WAC OPENERS (5-3) 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, 74-56 2012-13 W, vs. UTSA, 79-66 (OT)LOOKING AROUND THE LEAGUE - There are no unbeaten teams left in the WAC after UTSA defeated Seattle, 65-55, in San Antonio on Jan. 24. The Redhawks still hold control of first place with a 7-1 record. The Aggies still control second place with a 6-2 league record, while three teams are tied for third place. Louisiana Tech, UTSA and Idaho are all tied with 5-3 records. San Jose State now has a 4-4 league mark which places it in sixth place, while New Mexico State and Denver are tied for seventh with 3-5 records. UT Arlington and Texas State round out the standings with 1-7 records which are good for ninth.
SCHLOTT EARNS HONORS - Utah State junior guard Jennifer Schlott was named Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 14-20.
She was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week. This was Schlott's first WAC Player of the Week honor and second USU Student-Athlete of the Week award, having earned the award on Dec. 31.
The Mesa, Ariz., native helped Utah State to a 2-0 record last weekend with a pair of wins over New Mexico State (65-63) and Denver (85-69). Against NM State, Schlott scored 21 points and had a career-high-tying seven rebounds, to go along with seven assists and four steals. She also had the assist on Makenlee Williams' game-winning three-pointer with one second remaining in the game. Against Denver, Schlott scored 15 points and tied her career high with nine assists, while grabbing six rebounds. For the week, she averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals, while shooting 47.8 percent from the field (11-of-23) and 86.7 percent at the free throw line (13-of-15).
The Aggies have now won two-straight games and six of their last eight. For the season, Schlott is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game. She is now third in the league in assists, averaging 4.17 apg.
WINNING THE FIRST HALF - Utah State has a solid record when out-scoring its opponents in the first 20 minutes of action. The Aggies are 7-1 when scoring more in the first half. The only game that Utah State lost when leading at half time was an overtime loss to UC Irvine on Dec. 18. USU was ahead 41-36 at halftime and lost in overtime, 71-70. The Aggies have been leading at halftime in three of their four WAC games. The only game they didn't have the lead was an overtime loss to Seattle on Jan. 3. USU trailed at halftime, 38-34, and lost the game 71-68.
CHRISTENSEN STANDS ALONE IN SECOND - Senior guard Devyn Christensen is now sole possession of second place on the all-time Utah State scoring charts. After a 21-point performance against UT Arlington on Jan. 24, she has 1296 points. Jerrie McGahan (1977-80) is the all-time scoring leader at USU with 1,353 points scored during her time at Utah State. Christensen is now 57 points away from tying McGahan.
AGGIES IN THE NCAA STATS - In the most recent NCAA statistics release, senior guard Devyn Christensen is 15th in points per game (20.4 ppg). Christensen is down to 10 in the nation in free throw percentage (90.7 percent) and eighth in three-pointers made (3.16). Senior guard Jenna Johnson is now 18th in the country in steals per game (3.17 spg) after having four steals against New Mexico State on Jan. 17.
As a team, Utah State is still third in the country in free throw percentage, shooting 80.s percent from the charity stripe. USU is up to fifth in the country in steals (13.5 spg). Utah State is also 14th in scoring offense, averaging 75.1 ppg.
TOPS IN THE WAC - Devyn Christensen is still third in the WAC scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game. Jenna Johnson is eighth, averaging 14.1 ppg, while Jennifer Schlott is ninth in scoring with 13.8 ppg. Christensen, who broke the WAC's single-season record for free throw percentage last season, is first in this season, shooting 90.7 percent. She has only missed eight of the 78 free throws that she has attempted. Freshman Makenlee Williams is first in the league in three-point free throw percentage, shooting 43.9 percent from beyond the arc. Johnson is second in steals, averaging 3.42 spg, while Christensen is fourth with 2.84 spg. Jennifer Schlott is still third in assists with 4.11 apg. Franny Vaaulu is second in field goal percent, shooting 56.6 percent from the field.
As a team, USU is first in free throw percent (80.2 percent). The Aggies are second in blocked shots (4.05 bpg). Utah State has moved into first in scoring (75.1 ppg) and second field goal percentage (40.5 percent). Utah State is also second in steals (13.47 spg) and assists (13.84 apg).
CHANGING IT UP - In 19 games this season, Utah State has had seven different starting lineups. The lineup of Jennifer Schlott, Devyn Christensen, Jenna Johnson, Makenlee Williams and Franny Vaaulu have started eight games this season. Elise Nelson, Christensen, Johnson, Cristal Turner and Vaaulu have been the starters for two games. Stephanie Bairstow, Christensen, Johnson, Williams and Vaaulu have been the starters for a trio of games. The group of Nelson, Christensen, Johnson, Williams, Vaaulu and Schlott started one game, while Christensen, Johnson, Williams and Bairstow have been the combination of starters for two games. Against New Mexico State on Jan. 17, the Aggies had another group of starters in Schlott, Christensen, Johnson, Nelson and Haylee Thompson. Yet another lineup was unveiled on Saturday, Jan. 19 when Schlott, Christensen, Williams and Thompson started. This group has started two games.
AGGIES SET SCHOOL RECORD - Against UTSA, Utah State set a school record, shooting 96 percent from the free throw line, making 24-of-25. The previous record was 95.6 against Colorado in 1980. In overtime, Utah State took control, making 12-of-13 free throws.
HOME OPENERS - Utah State fell to 3-7 in home openers after its 71-65 loss to Montana State on Dec. 1. The Aggies home wins came against Weber State (2011), Utah (2009) and Idaho State (2006).
AGAINST THE BEEHIVE STATE - Since the re-instatement, the Aggies are now 15-16 against the Beehive State, including this season's losses to BYU, Utah Valley and Utah. The Aggies now gone winless against the state for just the third time in the last 10 years. In USU's first season back in 2003, the Aggies went 0-2 against the state with losses to Southern Utah and Weber State. The 2006-07 season was the only other season where the Aggies went winless against the state with losses to both Utah Valley and Weber State.
WHAT'S NEXT - USU hits the road again to take on new WAC member, UT Arlington, on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Aggies conclude the road trip at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 26 in Ruston, La. The Aggies then return home for three-straight home games against Idaho (Jan. 31), Seattle (Feb. 2) and San Jose State (Feb. 9). All three home game begin at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
FAREWELL - USU enters its eighth and final season in the WAC. Next season, the Aggies will be heading to the Mountain West Conference along with San Jose State. Last season, the Aggies finished third in WAC play with an 11-3 conference record which was its best finish since joining the league.
AGGIES ON SCHOOL DAY - Utah State improved to 4-0 when packing the house with local elementary and middle schoolers for School Day. With a win against South Dakota on Dec. 20, the Aggies are now 4-0 on School Day when local elementary and middle schools pack the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In 2009, USU won the inaugural School Day game with a 58-46 win over North Dakota State. In 2010, edged South Dakota State, 60-57. Last season, USU improved to 3-0 on School Day with a 70-51 win over Northern Arizona.
BEING SOCIAL WITH THE AGGIES - Fans can follow USU women's basketball at http://twitter.com/USUwbb and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Fans can follow along with the games and keep up with what the Aggies are up to.
SEASON OPENERS - This is the 10th season since Utah State women's basketball was re-instated for the 2003-04 season. The Aggies are 2-8 in season openers after a 78-62 loss to Utah Valley on Nov. 12. Last season, USU started the season with a win last season at Wyoming, 62-56. USU's other season opening win came to begin the 2009-10 season against in-state rival Utah in Logan, 67-58.
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.
SILVER ANNIVERSARY - The 2012-13 season marks the 25th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the 10th 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 eighth season in the WAC after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
ALASKA - THE FINAL FRONTIER - The Aggies headed to the Final Frontier for the Great Alaska Shootout and returned with their first ever tournament win. With wins against Prairie View A&M and host Alaska Anchorage, Utah State captured the Great Alaska Shootout title. Senior guard Devyn Christensen was named MVP of the tournament, while sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu was also named to the all-tournament team. Vaaulu set the record for highest field goal percentage, shooting 81.8 (9-of-11).
AGGIES IN THE PRESEASON POLLS - Utah State women's basketball was selected first in both the Western Athletic Conference coaches' poll media poll. This is the first time that the Aggies have ever been picked first in a preseason poll. Last season, USU was second in the coaches' poll and third in the media poll. In 2010-11, the Aggies were picked seventh in both the coaches' and the media poll.
Senior guard Devyn Christensen became the second-straight Utah State women's basketball player to earn WAC Preseason Player of the Year honors when she was awarded the honor by both the coaches and the media. Last season, forward Ashlee Brown was named preseason all-WAC. Last season, Christensen was named to the second-team in the coaches' poll.
The league will have a new champion as Fresno State captured the regular season and tournament titles. The Aggies received 78 points in the WAC coaches' poll, including seven of the 10 first-place votes. Louisiana Tech was a close second with 75 points and the three remaining first-place votes. In its first season in the WAC, Denver was picked third with 55 points, while fellow newcomer Seattle U was fourth with 48 points. Idaho was just behind Seattle U in fifth place with 47 points. Texas State, another new team to the WAC, is sixth with 41 points, while San Jose State. Rounding out the coaches' poll is New Mexico State in eighth (27), and newcomers UTSA (26) and UT Arlington (17) in ninth and 10th, respectively.
In the media poll, Utah State was voted first with 165 points, including nine first-place votes. Louisiana Tech was also second in the media poll with 145 overall points and four first-place votes. Six different teams earned at least one first-place points.
LAST TIME OUT - With a 93-83 win over UT Arlington Thursday at the College Park Center in Arlington, the Utah State women's basketball team tied its season-high with its third-straight win. With the victory the Aggies are nearing the .500 mark with a 9-10 overall record and a 6-2 Western Athletic Conference mark. The win was only the third of the season on the road. UT Arlington has now lost seven-straight games, falling to 3-15 overall and 1-7 in league games.
Senior guard Devyn Christensen had her second-straight 20-point game with 21 points to go along with seven assists. She also matched her career-high with six steals. Sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu scored 18 points and brought down seven rebounds. Senior guard Jenna Johnson scored 16 points, while junior guard Jennifer Schlott added 10.
The Aggies ended the game with nine different players scoring at least one point.
UT Arlington had five players score in double figures led by 15 points from both Aron Garcia and Desherra Nwanguma. Both had double-doubles with 10 and 13 rebounds, respectively. Laila Suleiman scored 14 points, 11 of which came from the charity stripe.
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - All Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Craig Hislop in his second season as the voice of the Aggies. 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. USU fans can also listen to every game both home and away, via USU's web site.
THE NEWBIES - This season, Utah State welcomes nine newcomers, including four transfers, Kelsey Corcoran (Winthrop), Mariah Miles (Oral Roberts), Jasmine Porter (San Diego State) and Kali Roche (Utah Valley) that will have to sit out the 2012-13 season. Freshmen Makenlee Williams, Haylee Thompson, Stephanie Bairstow, junior Tanja Steed and senior Cristal Turner also join the Aggies this season and will be eligible to play in 2012-13.
Jerry Finkbeiner - Jerry Finkbeiner took the reigns as Utah State's ninth head women's basketball coach. Finkbeiner added assistant coaches Micha Thompspon and Robert Donaldson. Stu Sells enters his second season as an assistant at Utah State.