Sixth-Seeded Aggie Women's Hoops Faces Third-Seeded Nevada Wednesday
March 5, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME #29 - 6-Utah State (11-17, 7-9 WAC) vs. 3-Nevada (16-13, 10-6 WAC)
QUICKLY - Utah State (11-17, 7-9 WAC) will enter the Western Athletic Conference Tournament as the sixth-seed and will take on third-seeded Nevada (16-13, 10-6) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. at New Mexico State's Pan American Center (13,071), at Las Cruces, N.M.
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.
The sixth-seed matches USU's 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, 70-59, 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.
USU, which was picked ninth in the WAC preseason poll, finished sixth in the conference standings, succeeding in one of the Aggies' goals at the beginning of the season to not play in the 8-9 play-in game of the WAC Tournament.
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.
Utah State finishes February with a 4-3 record, the Aggies' first winning record for a month since January of the 2004-05 season.
Senior forward Brittany Phillips is tied for the No. 6 spot on USU's career scoring list, currently with 877 career points, tying April Hatch's 877 points (1984-85). Phillips passed former teammate Ali (Aird) Marchant (2003-06) at No. 7 with 874 points.
Junior guard Taylor Richards has also eclipsed the 800 point milestone, and currently has 833 career points, holding the No. 11 spot on the career scoring list and she needs four points to pass Pat Montgomery's (1977-80) 836 points at the No. 9 spot.
Richards, who is the career assists record holder with 291 assists, also has sole possession of the No. 9 spot on USU's career steals list with her 110 career steals needing 14 more steals to crack the top three on the steals list.
SEASON XIX - The 2006-07 season marks the 19th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the fourth 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 second season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
ADMISSION - Available all-session tickets range from $20 to $200. Individual session tickets, if available, will be placed on sale beginning March 5, through the New Mexico State University ticket office at (505) 646-1420 or (866) 672-8524. Individual session tickets may also be ordered through Ticketmaster by calling (505) 532-2060 or at ticketmaster.com.Contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435)797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information.
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 and Clair Anderson providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web by going to the women's basketball home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the LISTEN link.
Note-1: Fans can now listen to archived broadcasts of Aggie women's basketball games, also by going to the women's basketball home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the LISTEN link.
GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow Aggie home games through the USU website at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
WAC TOURNAMENT - Live Stats for the WAC Tournament will be available through New Mexico State's website: www.nmstatesports.com.
WAC TV - WAC.tv is the Internet-based distribution system of WAC content. WAC.tv streams video with accompanying audio from the home team at a bit rate of 539 kilo bits per second. This bit rate is the equivalent to cable television resolution.
All of the WAC Tournament games are available through wac.tv. All-tournament passes on WAC.tv 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 WAC.tv. The men's championship game will be available exclusively on ESPN2. Individual tournament games may be purchased for $7.95 each.
CSTV - The WAC had seven regular-season women's basketball games on College Sports Television (CSTV) this season, including Utah State's game at New Mexico State on Feb. 5. The WAC Championship game on March 10 will also be televised on CSTV. Check with cable operator for local listings.
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