Aggie Women Travel to Moscow to Take Idaho on Wednesday
Jan. 26, 2010
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME #20 Utah State (10-9, 2-4 WAC) at Idaho (4-14, 2-3 WAC) Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:00 p.m. (MT) Moscow, Idaho Cowen Spectrum (7,000) Radio Broadcast: 1390 AM www.UtahStateAggies.com
TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball (10-9, 2-4 WAC) takes to the road for two games in the Gem State. USU will first travel to Moscow to take on the Vandals of Idaho (4-14, 2-3 WAC). The Aggies are looking to break a season-high four-game losing streak. The Vandals had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 58-53 road loss to San Jose State on Jan. 23. The last time these two teams met was in the WAC Tournament when USU earned its first WAC Tournament win with a, 59-58, overtime win in the quarterfinals in Reno, Nev. last March.
THE OPPONENT - In its last game, Idaho lost 58-53 to San Jose State in a Western Athletic Conference game Saturday night at The Event Center.
The Vandals (4-14 overall, 2-3 WAC) led in the early going but trailed 29-25 at the half. San Jose State opened leads of as many as 10 points before the Vandals battled back to take a 50-49 lead on Rachele Kloke's jumper with 2:28 to play.
Kloke turned in a consistent effort with 19 points (7-of-15 from the field) and Shaena Kuehu contributed another 11. Scrappy guard Charlotte Otero led Idaho's rebounding effort with six (and contributed nine points) as the Vandals controlled the boards 35-29. Yinka Olorunife, who struggled with foul trouble, had five rebounds and two points.
Idaho leads the overall series 11-5, but Utah State leads the series 5-4 since both schools joined the WAC for the 2005-06 season. Utah State was 2-1 last season, winning at home and winning at the WAC Tournament. Both teams were in the Big West together from 2003-2005. Idaho won six of the seven meetings.
Idaho has two players averaging in double digits this season. Rachele Kloke averages 13.6 points per game, while Shaena Kuehu brings down 11.4 ppg. One of the Vandals leading scorers from last season Derisa Taleni will miss the whole season with an injury. Idaho's four wins this season came against Boise State, New Mexico State, UC Santa Barbara and Louisiana-Lafayette.
AGGIES VS IDAHO IN THE WAC 2005-06 Idaho 54, USU 51 (in Moscow) USU 63, Idaho 53 (in Logan)EXTRA TIME - Utah State and Idaho have met nine times since both teams joined the WAC prior to the 2005-06 season. Three of those games have gone into overtime, including two of the three match ups last season. The Aggies are 2-1 in overtime games against the Vandals.
BREAKING THE LOSING STREAK - The Aggies look to snap one of its longest losing streaks in recent years against with road games against Idaho and Boise State this week. The last time that Utah State lost four games was the end of the 2007-08 season. That season, USU had three losing streaks of four or more. USU started the season losing five- straight games. The Aggies also lost eight-straight during the WAC season in 2008.
KEYS TO THE GAME - In order to get back in the winning column this week, the Aggies will have to reach the 60-point mark. During the current four-game losing streak, USU has not scored 60 points. The last time Utah State has reached that point was its last win, a 65-54 win over San Jose State on Jan. 9. The Aggies are 2-9 in games that they score less than 60 points this season. CLOSING IN ON A RECORD - Senior forward Nicole Johnson is five 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 37 blocks this season have given her 122 total blocks at USU.
JOHNSON AND JOHNSON - The top two blockers in the WAC share the same last name. USU's Nicole Johnson is first this week in blocks with 1.95 bpg. Johnson has a WAC-leading 37 blocks in 19 games this season. Louisiana Tech's Adrienne Johnson is second in the WAC, averaging 1.82 blocks per game. She has 31 blocks in 17 games this season.
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 6-0, while the Wolf Pack falls to 4-1. Louisiana Tech fell to 3-2 after losing to Fresno State on Jan. 23. San Jose State defeated Idaho on Jan. 23 on the road for its first WAC win this season. Utah State is in seventh place now ahead of both Hawai`i and San Jose State.
STAYING IN THE GAME - One major difference between this season and last is that the Aggies are staying in the game. Last season at this point, Utah State had fouled out of games 10 times, lead by senior center Lydia Whitehead's seven disqualifications. This season, only three players have fouled out of games this season, Alice Coddington, LaCale Pringle-Buchanan and TJ Goddard.
COMPARING THIS AND THAT - After 19 games last season, the Aggies were 9-10, while USU holds a 10-9 mark this season. Despite its current four-game losing streak, USU has scored more points this season (1,127) than last (1,092). The Aggies have also allowed less points than last season 1,096 compared to 1,105. During the 2008-09 season, the Aggies held a 3-3 WAC record, compared to USU's 2-4 conference record this season.
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 96 blocks compared to 42 by its opponents. USU is first in the league in blocks, averaging 5.05 blocks per game. The Aggies' 96 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 first 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, 69-66UP NEXT - After the two-game road trip at Idaho (Jan. 27) and at Boise State (Jan. 30), the Aggies open the month of February hosting Louisiana Tech on Feb. 6. The game against the Lady Techsters begins the second half of the WAC schedule. After the single-game homestand, USU takes to the road to face San Jose State (Feb. 11) and Nevada (Feb. 13). USU will play four of its next five on the road.
AMONG THE TOP IN THE WAC - Senior Lydia Whitehead is third this week in the WAC in rebounding. The center has 148 total rebounds this season for an average of 7.8 rebounds per game. Junior guard Alice Coddington is now second league in steals, averaging 2.89 steals per game. The junior has 55 steals in 19 games. Junior guard Amber White is still in the top 20 in scoring. She stands 12th in the WAC in scoring, averaging 11.5 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 28th in the NCAA in steals per game averaging, 2.9 spg. As a team, Utah State is 26th in the nation in blocks, 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 2/6/10 vs. Louisiana Tech 3:00 p.m.- 2 points 2/17/10 vs. Fresno State 3:00 p.m.- 5 points 2/27/10 vs. Idaho 3:00 p.m.- 2 pointsCAREER 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 IDAHO - Utah State women's basketball continued its season of firsts as the fifth-seeded Aggies defeated fourth-seeded Idaho in overtime, 59-58, in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Reno, Nev.
It was USU's sixth overtime game this season. The Aggies fourth overtime win led USU to the WAC Tournament semifinals for the first time since joining the league during the 2005-06 season. It was also USU's first tournament of any kind, including two Big West Tournament games.
With 43 second remaining in the second half, freshman Chelsea Burns drilled a three-pointer to give the Aggies a 52-51 lead. Idaho's Derisa Taleni tied the score 52-52 with a free throw with 23 seconds left. USU would get the ball back one more time, but could not end the game in regulation.
This was the second time that the Aggies and the Vandals gave the fans free basketball. On Feb. 22, Utah State edged Idaho, 70-64, in double overtime. USU is now 4-2 in overtime games this season. With wins against Idaho, Northern Arizona.
LAST TIME OUT - Despite being down seven points with 4:20 remaining in the game, the Utah State women's basketball fought back and fell just short against New Mexico State, losing 56-55 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday afternoon.
Red-shirt freshman Banna Diop sank a three pointer with 16 seconds left to give USU its first lead since the 2:16 mark of the first half, 55-54. With nine seconds remaining Diop fouled Jasmine Lowe, who sunk both free throws to give the crimson Aggies the 56-55 lead. Junior guard Alice Coddington gave USU one more chance when she went coast-to-coast and just missed a layup with one second left on the clock.
With the loss the Aggies have now lost four-straight games. NMSU snaps its three-game losing streak with the win. Utah State is now 10-9 overall and 2-4 in Western Athletic Conference action. New Mexico State improves to 13-7 overall and evens its WAC record to 3-3.
USU junior guard Amber White recorded the first double-double of her career with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow junior guard Alice Coddington was the only other Aggie in double figures in scoring, bringing down 13 points and adding seven rebounds.
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.