Feb. 21, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - After snapping its four-game losing streak with a 79-69 win over San Diego State, the Utah State women's basketball team hits the road again to take on Fresno State on Saturday, Feb. 22. Tip off at the Save Mart Center is set for 3 p.m. (MT).
This is the first meeting this season between the Aggies and the Bulldogs. USU will only face Fresno State in Fresno, just as it only took on Air Force in Logan this season.
Overall, Utah State is 11-14 overall and 5-9 in Mountain West action. Fresno State is currently 15-10 overall and tied for third in league play with a 9-5 record. The Bulldogs prevented losing two-straight games with a 65-60 win over Wyoming on Wednesday in Fresno.
Fresno State is 14-2 all-time against Utah State, and have not met since the Bulldogs left the Western Athletic Conference after the 2011-12 season. The Aggies last win against Fresno State came during the 2007-08 season when USU won, 44-40 in Logan. USU's other win came during the 2006-07 year when the Aggies won 81-75 at home. Senior Jennifer Schlott and juniors Franny Vaaulu and Elise Nelson are the only Aggies' to have faced Fresno State before.
After winning four-straight conference games to start conference play, the Bulldogs have won every other game since then. Fresno State is the only team in Mountain West action this season to knock off first-place Colorado State, 60-50 in Fresno. Taylor Thompson is 10th in the MW in scoring, averaging 13.4 ppg. She is also second in steals behind USU's Elise Nelson with 2.7 spg. Bree Farley is 14th in scoring 12.2 ppg.
When the Aggies' travel to Fresno to take on the Bulldogs on Feb. 22, it will be a reunion as USU will take on former Aggie head coach Raegan Pebley for the first time. Pebley was the winningest women's basketball coach in Utah State history with a 110-155 record. She spent nine seasons as the Aggies' head coach after the program was reinstated in 2003. Utah State reinstated women's basketball on March 5, 2002, after the program had been dropped following the 1987 season.
Assistant coaches Danyelle Snelgro and Hanna Howard will also be facing Utah State for the first time. Snelgro, who also played at USU from 2006-09, was among the Aggie career leaders in assists and steals.
Utah State has a magic number when deciding wins and losses. USU is a perfect 8-0 when allowing less than 70 points in a game. The Aggies only have three wins this season when allowing more than 70 points in victories over UC Santa Barbara (81-70), Air Force (88-78) and Wyoming (80-75).
USU returns home to host New Mexico and San José State on Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, March 1, respectively, both at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting 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 athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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