USU Women's Hoops Continues Road Swing at San Jose State on Thursday
Jan. 31, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball remains on the road for a pair of games at San Jose State and Hawai`i. The Aggies (13-6, 4-1 WAC) have won two-straight games after a win at Idaho, 78-70, on Jan. 28. The Aggies will take on the Spartans on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. (MT) and conclude the three-game road trip at Hawai`i on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. (MT). Utah State is still led offensively by senior forward Ashlee Brown who averages 14.3 points per game and is the only Aggie to have started all 19 games so far this season.
ROAD WARRIORS - Utah State has won its first three road WAC games with wins against Idaho, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State. Last year, USU ended WAC action 4-4 in on the road. Overall, the Aggies are 6-4 on the road in 10 games. USU ended the 2010-11 season with a 7-8 record away from the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. THE OPPONENT - San Jose State (8-12, 3-2 WAC) is 4-9 overall against Utah State in 13 meetings. The Spartans are 3-9 against the Aggies since USU joined the WAC. Last season, Utah State swept both meetings last season with a 72-57 win in Logan and a dominating 75-39 win on the road in San Jose State.
The Spartans have won five of their last seven games with their only losses coming on the road against Fresno State and at home to Louisiana Tech. Last week, SJSU split games, defeating Nevada and falling to Fresno State.
Brittany Johnson is first on the team and first in the WAC in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game.
AGGIES VS SAN JOSE STATE IN THE WAC 2005-06 San Jose State 61, USU 53 (in Logan) San Jose State 70, USU 49 (in San Jose) 2006-07 USU 58, San Jose State 50, (in Logan) San Jose State 65, USU 57 (in San Jose) 2007-08 USU 68, San Jose State 58 (in Logan) USU 61, San Jose State 60, (in San Jose) 2008-09 USU 64, San Jose State 54 (in San Jose) USU 62, San Jose State 51 (in Logan) 2009-10 USU 65, San Jose State 54 (in Logan) USU 66, SJSU 46 (in San Jose) 2010-11 USU 72, San Jose State 57 (in Logan) USU 75, San Jose State 39 (in San Jose) Overall Record: 9-3DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE - Utah State has had its share of doubleheaders in WAC play. All three of USU's conference road games have been road games. Next week when the Aggies host Louisiana Tech (Feb. 9) and New Mexico State (Feb. 11) both of those games are doubleheaders as well. Overall, USU has four home doubleheaders with the Aggie men's team.
RECORD SETTING AGGIES - In Utah State's win over Nevada on Jan. 21, the Aggies set a school record for field goal percentage in a game, shooting 58.6 percent from the field (34-of-58). The record was previously held by the 1982 Aggie squad that shot 58.3 percent against New Mexico State in 1982. In that game, Utah State defeated New Mexico State, 105-98.
BEST WAC START - The Aggies are off to their best WAC start since joining the league for the 2005-06 season. Utah State is off to a 4-1 start through the first five conference games. Last year, USU began league action with a 2-3 record. The Aggies have wins over Idaho, New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech on the road and a win over Nevada at home. USU's only loss game against first-place Fresno State.
AGGIES IN THE WAC STATS - Ashlee Brown is fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game. Brown is third in the league in rebounding with 8.6 rpg. Senior Maddy Plunkett is first in the league in three-point shooting (.492). Brooke Jackson is still first in free throw percentage (.871). Devyn Christensen is still second in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 85.0 percent.
As a team, USU is second behind Fresno State in scoring offense, averaging 71.7 points per game. The Aggies and the Bulldogs are the only two teams in the league with positive scoring margins with Fresno State standing +11.3 and USU holding a +6.2. The Aggies are still first in free throw percentage (77.4). USU is still first in field goal percentage, shooting 44.4 percent this season. Utah State is also first in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc.
HIGH FLYING AGGIES - In Utah State's win against Nevada on Jan. 21, USU scored a 91 points which was its second-highest scoring performance of the season for the Aggies after scoring 97 points against Boise State on Nov. 23. For the first time this season, six different players scored in double figures led by 22 points from Devyn Christensen. Ashlee Brown (12), Maddy Plunkett (11), Jennifer Schlott (11), Banna Diop (10) and Franny Vaaulu (10) all scored in double digits. This was only the second time this season that USU has scored 90 or more points this year. BRINGING DOWN THE O BOARDS - Ashlee Brown is first in the WAC in offensive rebounds, averaging 3.68 per game. Overall she has brought down 70 offensive rebounds this season. She just ahead of Hawai`i's Kamilah Jackson who averages 3.20 offensive boards per game. Overall, Brown averages 8.6 rpg with a total of 164 rebounds this season.
CHRISTENSEN TOPS IN THE WAC - Junior guard Devyn Christensen leads the conference in scoring in WAC games, averaging 19.6 points per game. She is just ahead of this week's opponent Brittany Johnson from San Jose State who scores 19.2 ppg. The junior has scored at least 20 points in the last four games and has scored 22 points in the last three games. The guard is second in field goal percentage (57.8 percent) behind teammate Brooke Jackson who is shooting 65.7 percent in league games. Overall, Christensen is ninth in the WAC in scoring, averaging 12.6 ppg.
DOMINATING DURING THE LAST FIVE - The Aggies have had a solid start to conference play. USU is 4-1 in its last five games due in part to strong shooting. During that five-game stretch, Utah State has shot 51.6 percent (149-of-289) from the field. From three, USU has been shooting 44.9 percent (31-of-69). The Aggies have been out-scoring their opponents by over eight points per game during the last five outings.
SWEET SATURDAY - The Aggies have played over a third of their games on Saturday's this season, as this Saturday's game against Hawai`i will be USU's ninth Saturday game, more than twice as many as any other day. Utah State is currently 6-2 in Saturday games and have only played three times on both Wednesday and Thursday, going 2-1 overall on both days.
Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat. 0-1 1-0 1-0 2-1 2-1 1-1 6-2SHARING THE LEAD ROLE - USU has had five different players lead the team in scoring, led by Ashlee Brown taking the honors eight times, followed by Devyn Christensen seven times and Brooke Jackson doing so in four games. Banna Diop and Maddy Plunkett have been leading scorers in one game each.
AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS - Utah State is now 4-3 in WAC openers winning the last three on the road at New Mexico State in 2012 and at Louisiana Tech in 2010 and at home against Boise State in 2011. This was the first time since USU joined the league that the Aggies of Utah State faced the Aggies of New Mexico State in a league opener. Utah State is now 2-1 in WAC openers on the road.
USU IN WAC OPENERS (4-3) 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, 74-56AGGIES IN THE NCAA STATS - In the most recent NCAA Statistics (Jan. 30), Utah State is up to ninth in the nation in free-throw percentage, shooting 77.4 percent from the charity stripe. Delaware is now first in the nation, shooting 83.1 percent. The Aggies are also up to seventh in the country in three-point field goal percentage (38.1 percent). Vanderbilt leads the nation, shooting 40.5 percent from three. The Aggies sharp shooting continues as they are 16th in the country in field goal percentage, shooting 44.4 perent.
In the latest RPI the Aggies are ranked 138 which is second in the WAC behind Fresno State which is 65.
AROUND THE WAC - Fresno State is still the only team in the WAC undefeated in conference action with a 5-0 record. Utah State is second with a 4-1 mark, while Hawai`i, Louisiana Tech and San Jose State are tied for third with 3-2 records. Louisiana Tech and Nevada and New Mexico State are tied for seventh with 1-4 records, while Idaho is the only team without a conference win with a 0-5 mark. The Bulldogs received votes in both the ESPN Coaches' poll and the AP poll this week, holding an overall record of 17-4.
PEBLEY REACHES A MILESTONE - USU head coach Raegan Pebley reached a milestone with her 100th career win against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 14. Pebley is in her ninth season at Utah State and is first in career wins for a women's basketball coach at USU.
AGAINST THE BEEHIVE STATE - Utah State ended non-conference play with a 2-1 record against teams from the Beehive State USU earned a 73-63 win against Weber State on Nov. 16. The Aggies then fell to BYU 73-65 on Dec. 17. USU improved to 2-1 against the state of Utah with a 61-43 win against Utah Valley on Jan. 7.
UP NEXT - After concluding a lengthy three-game road trip at San Jose State and Hawai`i this week, Utah State will return home next week for a pair of doubleheaders with the USU men's team. On Thursday, Feb. 9, the Aggies will host Louisiana Tech at 4 p.m. with the men's team taking on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 11, USU faces New Mexico State at 4 p.m. with the Aggie men taking on NMSU prior to the women's game at 1 p.m. The women's game against NMSU can be seen live on KMYU in Utah.
AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN WEST - Utah State is now 3-0 against the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming was the first of two Mountain West Conference teams that the Aggies faced this season. The Aggies earned home and road wins against former WAC foes and current MWC rivals Boise State. USU defeated the Broncos, 97-86, in Logan on Nov. 23 and won in Boise, 64-52, on Dec. 22.
SINKING IT FROM THE STRIPE - Utah State continues to be stellar from the free throw line. The Aggies are still in the top 10 in the nation in free throw percentage, standing in ninth this week. USU has made more free throws (308) than its opponents have attempted (301). USU is first in the WAC, shooting 77.4 percent from the free throw line (308-of-398). The Aggies opponents are shooting 68.9 percent from the charity stripe (205-of-301).
STARTING FIVE- In 19 games this season, Utah State has used five different lineups. Ashlee Brown is the only Aggie to have started all 18 games this season. Jenna Johnson has been in the starting give for 13 of USU's 18 games. Jennifer Schlott has started nine out of 16 games, while Brooke Jackson has been in the starting five eight times. Chelsea Burns started the first four games of the season until an injury ended her season. Freshman Elise Nelson earned her first career start against BYU on Dec. 17. Nine different players have started at least one game this season for USU. The Aggies have had the same starting lineup, Nelson, Brown, Johnson, Devyn Christensen and Maddy Plunkett the last nine games.
BRINGING THE DEFENSE - Utah State is 6-0 when it opponents score under 60 points or less. The Aggies have wins against Wyoming, Northern Arizona, Boise State, Asbury, Utah Valley and New Mexico State. Utah State has allowed less than 56 points in its last five games all of which are USU wins.
AGGIES LOSE BURNS TO INJURY - Utah State women's basketball junior guard/forward Chelsea Burns has been medically disqualified due to a knee injury. The injury is similar to the one that kept her out of the entire 2009-10 season.
Burns, a native of Carlsbad, Calif, started the first four games of the season and played in five this season. She averaged 10.8 minutes. 0.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. The junior has been diagnosed with an osteochondral defect and a meniscus tear and will have knee surgery on December 15. Burns graduated at the end of the fall semester with a degree in law and constitutional studies and will begin her master's of education next semester.
HOME OPENERS - Utah State is now 8-14 in home openers and 3-6 under Coach Pebley after the Aggies defeated Weber State, 73-63 on Nov. 16.Prior to the win over the Wildcats, the last time the Aggies won a home opener was a 67-58 win against in-state rival Utah in 2009. Last season, USU fell to Dixie State in its home and season opener, 71-67. Under Coach Pebley, Utah State is 1-2 against Weber State in home openers.
LAST TIME OUT - Behind 22 points from junior guard Devyn Christensen, the Utah State women's basketball team stopped a tough Idaho squad, 78-70, in Moscow on Saturday night.
With the win, the Aggies improve to 13-6 overall and 4-1 in Western Athletic Conference action. This is the best start ever for Utah State since joining the WAC for the 2005-2006. This is also the first time that USU has won its first three WAC road games with wins against Idaho, Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State. With the loss, Idaho falls to 5-16 overall and 0-5 in league play.
For the third-straight game, Christensen has scored 22 points and has now scored at least 20 points in the last four games. Senior forward Maddy Plunkett also added 12 points for the Aggies. Senior forward Ashlee Brown added a team-high six rebounds. Utah State ended the game with 15 steals.
CAREER HIGHS FROM BROWN - Senior forward Ashlee Brown has had double-doubles in both of Utah State's games this season. She also added a career-high 31 points in the Aggies' loss to South Dakota State on Nov. 13. She also set a career high with six steals in the loss to the Jackrabbits.
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.
TURNING 24 - The 2011-12 season marks the 24th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the ninth 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 seventh season in the WAC after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
AGGIES IN THE PRESEASON POLLS - Utah State women's basketball was selected second in the Western Athletic Conference coaches' poll and third in the media poll. Both predictions are the highest for USU since joining the WAC. Last season, the Aggies were picked seventh in both the coaches' and the media poll.
Senior forward Ashlee Brown made Utah State women's basketball history by becoming the first Aggie to earn WAC Preseason Player of the Year honors when she was awarded the honor by both the coaches and the media. Brown, who averaged 15.2 points per game last season, is the top scorer returning in the WAC. Last season, Brown was the WAC's Newcomer of the Year and earned first-team all-WAC honors. The Aggies received 40 points in the WAC coaches' poll, including two of the eight first-place votes. Defending WAC regular season-champion, Louisiana Tech, was picked first with 47 points, including five-first place votes. Fresno State, the 2011 WAC Tournament champions, was picked third with 36 points and the final first-place vote. Nevada placed fourth with 33 points, followed by Hawai`i with 22 points. New Mexico State was picked to finish in sixth place with 18 points, while Idaho was just a point behind with 17 points to finish in seventh place. The coaches' poll was rounded out by San Jose State in eighth place with 11 points.
In the media poll, Utah State was voted third with 126 points, including three first-place votes. As with the coaches' poll, Louisiana Tech was picked first with 144 total points and 13 first-place votes. The only difference between the polls was that Fresno State took second-place in the media poll with 129 points and three first-place votes. Nevada earned the fourth spot with 80 points, followed by Hawai`i with 72. The media poll was rounded out with New Mexico State in sixth with 59 points, while Idaho (52 points) and San Jose State (22 points) were picked to finish seventh and eighth, respectively.
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - All Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Craig Hislop taking the reigns this season. 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.
HEAD COACH Raegan Pebley - Raegan Pebley is entering her ninth 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 253 games for the Blue and White and has 102 wins as Aggie head coach, which is first ahead of Fern Gardner (55) on the all-time win list.