Aggie Women's Basketball Opens Homestand Against New Mexico Wednesday
Feb. 25, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball returns home for its final two regular-season home games this week. The Aggies open the homestand against New Mexico on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Overall, Utah State is 11-15 overall and 5-10 in Mountain West action. New Mexico is currently 9-16 overall and 4-10 in league play. The Lobos have lost four of their last five games, including a 53-48 loss to San Diego State on Feb. 22.
New Mexico holds a 9-4 lead over Utah State overall with USU capturing the last meeting, 75-69, in Albuquerque in January. The Lobos are tied for 10th in the league standings with San José State with 4-10 conference marks. UNM is 0-6 in road games in conference action.
New Mexico is third in the Mountain West in rebound margin (+4.1) and blocked shots (4.0). Antiesha Brown is eighth in the conference in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game. Khadijah Shumpert is 17th in the MW in rebounding, averaging 5.9 rebounds per game. In league games, Shumpert is 10th in field goal percentage (48.4 percent).
Despite the loss against Fresno State on Feb. 22, history was made as Jennifer Schlott broke Kim Smith of Utah's Mountain West record for single-season scoring. Smith scored 655 points during the 2005-06 season, while Schlott now has 664 points this season. She broke the record with a jumper in the second half. Schlott also set the Utah State single-season, passing Devyn Christensen who scored 643 last season.
Schlott set the MW record for points in conference games with already has 391 points, averaging 26.1 ppg. Schlott is one of just four other players in MW history to score over 300 points during Mountain West games, along with Smith, Wyoming's Aubrey Vandiver (2010-11) and UNLV's Kelli Thompson (2012-13). The senior is also on pace to break the scoring record in league contests, averaging 26.1 points per game. UNLV's Linda Fröhlich currently holds that record, averaging 21.1 ppg in 14 MW games.
New Mexico senior forward Cameron Bairstow is the brother of Utah State women's basketball starting sophomore guard Stephanie Bairstow. Blocking shots must be a family trait from the Brisbane, Australia natives, as part of good basketball skills, as Cameron is sixth in the men's MW stats in blocked shots at 1.5 blocks per game, while Stephanie is 11th in the women's stats with 0.9 blocks per game. Cameron and Stephanie are two of seven Bairstow children of Ian and Penny Bairstow.
Utah State concludes the home portion of the regular-season schedule against San José State on Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. On Saturday, the Aggies will honor Schlott and fellow senior guard Cristal Turner on Senior Day.
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.