USU Women Sixth-Seed For WAC Basketball Tournament, Will Face Third-Seed Nevada

March 4, 2007

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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's women's basketball team will be the sixth-seed for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament and will take on third-seed Nevada in the quarterfinals, Wednesday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. (MT) at Las Cruces, N.M.

Utah State's sixth-seed matches the Aggies' highest seeding for a conference tournament under head coach Raegan Pebley. Utah State was a sixth-seed for the Big West Tournament in 2005, after being an eight-seed for the Big West Tourney in 2004. Last season in the WAC Tournament, the Aggies were the ninth-seed, losing to eighth-seeded Idaho in the play-in game.

Utah State has never won a conference tournament game under Pebley, and the last time an Aggie team won a conference postseason game was 1977 in the AIAW Playoffs.

However, the Aggies are unbeaten at NMSU's Pan American Center, winning both regular season meetings with New Mexico State the past two seasons.

Utah State ended regular-season action with an 11-17 overall and 7-9 WAC record, falling at Fresno State, 71-60, in Saturday's regular-season finale, as USU ended with four losses in the last five games after winning the previous three in the row.

Nonetheless, the Aggies surpassed last season's overall win total (3-24) and last year's WAC victory total (2-14), as well as exceeding preseason expectations as USU was picked ninth in both WAC preseason coaches and media polls.

Utah State just lost at Nevada, 61-49, on Thursday, as the Aggies split the regular-season meetings after USU beat Nevada, 59-44, at Logan on Feb. 15. The all-time series between the Aggies and Wolf Pack is tied, 3-3.

Nevada is 16-13 overall and 10-6 in WAC play. The Wolf Pack had their four-game win streak snapped with a 68-57 loss at New Mexico State Saturday night.

The WAC Tournament opens Tuesday, March 6, with eighth-seed San Jose State meeting ninth-seed Idaho in the play-in game. The winner of that game will meet top-seed Boise State on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday's action opens with fourth-seed Fresno State taking on fifth-seed Hawai'i at Noon. The afternoon session features second-seed Louisiana Tech facing host, seventh-seed New Mexico State at 6 p.m., followed by USU-Nevada at 8:30 p.m.

The quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals on Friday, with the Fresno State-Hawai'i winner meeting the Boise State-8/9 winner at Noon, followed by the La Tech-New Mexico State winner taking on the Utah State-Nevada winner at 2:30. The semifinal winners advance to the championship game Saturday at 1 p.m., on national television on CSTV.

Tickets for the WAC Tournament are still 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.

Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and Clair Anderson providing color commentary. They can also be heard on the web by going to the women's basketball home page at and clicking on the LISTEN link.

Live Stats will be available through New Mexico State's website:

All of the WAC Tournament games are available through All-tournament passes on will be available for $14.95 and all men's and women's games with the exception of the men's final on Saturday, March 10th will be available live on The men's championship game will be available exclusively on ESPN2. Individual tournament games may be purchased for $7.95 each.

WAC Tournament Schedule - Pan American Center - Las Cruces, N.M.

Tuesday, March 6
8-San Jose State vs. 9-Idaho	5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7
4-Fresno State vs. 5-Hawai'i	Noon
1-Boise State vs. 8/9 winner	2:30 p.m.
2-Louisiana Tech vs. 7-New Mexico State	6 p.m.
3-Nevada vs. 6-UTAH STATE	8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9
4/5 Winner vs. 1/8-9 Winner	Noon
2/7 Winner vs. 3/6 Winner	2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10
Championship Game {CSTV}	1 p.m.




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