Aggie Women to Play In Quarterfinal Round As Third Seed At WAC Tournament Thursday
March 9, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - GAME #30
2011 WAC TOURNAMENT Utah State (16-13, 10-6 WAC) Broadcast: 1390 AM www.UtahStateAggies.com
UTAH STATE AGGIES (16-13, 10-6 WAC) USU Probable Starters Ht. Pos. Cl. PPG RPG 22 Ashlee Brown 6-0 F RS-JR 15.7 8.6 42 Banna Diop 6-6 C SO 8.7 5.9 13 Alice Coddington 5-10 G SR 7.3 4.0 21 Amber White 5-10 G/F SR 6.7 3.2 12 Jenna Johnson 5-10 G SO 5.9 2.8
USU Bench Ht. Pos. Cl. PPG RPG 4 Devyn Christensen 5-6 G SO 11.2 2.2 1 LaCale Pringle-Buchanan 5-10 G SR 3.9 0.9 2 Jennifer Schlott 5-6 G FR 3.4 1.2 54 Maddy Plunkett 6-2 F JR 2.5 1.9 20 Chelsea Burns 5-10 G/F RS-SO 2.4 1.8 11 Stacey Howard 6-0 F SR 2.0 1.4 24 Pualei Furtado 5-5 G SO 0.9 0.6 34 Reyneisha Mays 6-3 F JR 0.7 0.5 15 Kamie Imai 5-8 G FR 0.4 1.0
TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball (16-13, 9-6 WAC) enter the Western Athletic Conference tournament as the third seed, which is the highest seed USU has earned since joining the WAC in 2005. USU will take on the winner of the first round game between No. 7 Hawai'i and No. 6 New Mexico State at 9:30 p.m. on Wed., Mar 9.
LAST TIME OUT - All 14 Aggies checked in and three scored in double-digits in USU's, 75-39 win at San Jose State on Mar. 5. The win solidified the Aggies' third seed at the WAC tournament March 9-12. The third seed is the highest seed ever for USU. Senior Alice Coddington nabbed 11 points while junior Ashlee Brown and sophomore Jenna Johnson both added 10 points.
AGGIES IN WAC TOURNAMENT 2005-06 Idaho 70, USU 59 (at Reno, Nev.) 2006-07 Nevada 61, USU 60 (at Las Cruces, N.M.) 2007-08 Boise State 61, USU 47 (at Las Cruces, N.M.) 2008-09 USU 59, Idaho 58 (at Reno, Nev.) Fresno State 57, USU 54 2009-10 Louisiana Tech 82, USU 65 (Reno, Nev.) 2010-11 USU vs. #7 Hawaii/#6 New Mexcio State (Las Vegas, Nev.) Overall Record 1-5
#1 Louisiana Tech (23-6, 15-1 WAC): Louisiana Tech lost only one game during conference action to Nevada, 71-66, on Feb. 28. The Lady Techsters are led by WAC Player of the Year Adrienne Johnson who averages 21.9 points per game and 9.6 rebounds per game. LTU also has two other players averaging double figures including Tarnisha Waysinger-Mackey 11.4 ppg and 5.8 rpg and Whitney Jones adding 10.3 ppg.
#2 Fresno State (23-7, 14-2 WAC): The Bulldogs only lost to Louisana Tech during conference action and both games went to overtime. Fresno State is led by all-WAC honoree Jalessa Ross averaging 16.3 ppg and Hayley Munro with 12.8 ppg. Rosie Moult also contributes 11.9 ppg earning second-team honors.
#4 Nevada (20-9, 9-7 WAC): The Aggies swept Nevada for the first time since joining the WAC in 2005. Nevada was the only team to beat Louisiana Tech during conference action as it defeated the WAC leader, 71-66, on Feb. 28. Nevada's Tahnee Robinson leads the team with 21.7 points per game and averages 5.8 rebounds per game. Shavon Moore adds 11.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg, but will miss the tournament with an injury. Moore was the WAC's Defensive Player of the Year.
#5 Idaho (14-14, 7-9 WAC): USU swept Idaho this season for the first time since the 2006-07 season. UI has three players scoring in double-digits including Yinka Olorunnife with 14.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg for a double-double. Rachele Kloke averages 11.5 ppg, while Derisa Taleni adds 10.1 ppg.
#6 New Mexico State (13-17, 7-9 WAC): The battle of the Aggies was a split this season as USU won 72-61 in Logan but fell early in conference action, 75-71, Jan. 22 in Las Cruces. NMSU has four players averaging in double figures, including Madison Spence 14.3 ppg and Jasmine Lowe with 13.0 ppg while, Tabytha Wampler adds 12.3 ppg and Danisha Corbett contributes 10.9 ppg.
#7 Hawai'i (11-18, 5-11 WAC): The Rainbow Wahine handed the Aggies an overtime, 72-71, loss in Honolulu on Mar. 3. USU defeated UH in Logan, 52-41, on Jan. 27. Hawai'i is led by all-freshman team honoree, Kamilah Jackson who averages a double-double with 11.9 ppg and 12.0 rpg.
#8 Boise State (12-18, 3-13 WAC): USU swept the Broncos for the first time since 2008-09. BSU's Kati Isham averages 12.9 ppg and Lauren Lenhardt adds 12.4 ppg. The Aggies and the Broncos have met only once in the tournament with BSU winning 61-47 in Las Cruces in 2008.
THIRD SEED - Utah State earned a first-round bye as the third seed which is the highest seed for USU since the reinstatement season of 2003-04 season. The previous high was the fifth seed in 2009.
WAC TOURNAMENT - For the first time since 1999 the Western Athletic Championships will return to Las Vegas, Nev., where Utah State women's basketball will compete as the third seed in the four day tournament March 9-12 at the Orleans Arena. The last time the tournament was in Las Vegas, SMU defeated Colorado State 65-49 in the championship game.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Ashlee Brown is just the fourth Aggie to earn all-WAC honors and the second to earn first-team accolades and she was also named Newcomer of the Year which is the first time an Aggie has earned that honor. In 2009, current assistant coach Danyelle Snelgro was the first Aggie to be named to the first team. Senior forward Amber White was named to the all-WAC second-team in 2010, while Ana Pares was earned second-team honors in 2009.
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM - For the second-straight year Coddington was named to the all-defensive team. Coddington leads the Aggies in steals with 73 this season and is second in the WAC averaging 2.52 steals per game behind all-WAC first-team honoree Jaleesa Ross who averages 2.73.
COACH OF THE YEAR - It is the first time in head coach Raegan Pebley's career that she has earned the Coach of the Year accolade. Pebley is also the first female to earn the award since 2004-05 when Rice's Cristy McKinney was named Coach of the Year.
NEUTRAL COURT - The game on Mar. 10 will be USU's first game on a neutral court this season.
DOUBLE COACH OF THE YEAR - It is the first time since the reinstatement in 2003-04 of women's basketball at USU that both men's and women's coaches were named Coach of the Year. The last time in WAC history that the same school had both Coaches of the Year was in 1990-00 when Tulsa's Bill Self and Kathy McConnell-Miller were both named WAC Coach of the Year. In 1998-99 Utah's Rick Majerus and Elaine Elliott both earned the honor in the Pacific division of the WAC.
BATTLE OF THE BENCH - Utah State's bench has out scored opponents 659 to 506 this season. The Aggie's bench averages 22.7 points per game.
STEALING A SCHOOL RECORD - Alice Coddington is now the Utah State career steals leader as she nabbed a steal at Idaho Feb. 19 putting her at 217 steals in her career, above current USU assistant Danyelle Snelgro (216). She now has 226 steals. Coddington is closing in on another Utah State record as she is third in USU history for most assists with 320 currently, also behind Snelgro in second with 336 and Taylor Richards (2005-08) with 371.
SWEEPING THE COMPETITION - USU has swept Boise State, Idaho, San Jose State and Nevada this season. It is the first time the Aggies have swept the Wolf Pack. Nevada defeated WAC-Champion Louisiana Tech on Feb. 28, 71-66. The last time USU swept Boise State was the 2008-09 and the last time Utah State the Vandals was the 2006-07 season. Utah State has swept SJSU three years in a row.
WAC WINS - The Aggies have 10 WAC wins so far this season which is the most since the 2008-09 team that had a 9-7 record. The nine wins in 2008-09 is the most for Utah State since joining the WAC in 2005-06.
WAC WINING STREAK - The fifth-straight WAC win for the Aggies against Idaho (70-64) on Feb. 10 was their longest-conference win streak since the 1975-76 season when USU finished 10-3 in Intermountain Athletic Conference action. It is the first time since the 2004-05 season that USU has been three games over .500 in WAC action.
DEVYN DOMINATES - Despite starting only nine games, Christensen had logged over 650 minutes this season. She has 17 double-digit games including a career-high 25 points at Boise State on Feb. 5. In the seven games she has started the guard has averaged 17.1 points per game.
D FOR DEFENSE - The Aggies forced a season high 30 turnovers at Idaho Feb. 19. USU's defense forced 20 Hawai'i turnovers on Jan. 27 and forced 23 turnovers in the following win against San Jose State, Jan. 29, which is the 10th time this season USU has caused 20 or more miscues. The Aggies also forced 25 turnovers in their 84-69 win at Boise State and 28 turnovers in the 70-64 win over Idaho Feb. 10. The Aggies also forced 27 turnovers in an overtime loss (72-71) at Hawai'i.
2009 vs. 2010 - Last year heading into the WAC Tournament the Aggies were 13-16 and 5-11 in WAC play. This year's team who was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll, nabbed third in regular season and stands at 16-13 and 10-6.
PERFECT UNDER 59 - The Aggies are 8-0 when holding the opponent to 59 points or less. The fewest points USU allowed this season was Mar. 3 at San Jose State when the Aggies won 75-39.
THREE-POINTERS TO WIN - USU is 14-1 when shooting better than its opponents from behind the arc. This season, the Aggies are 81-of-274 (.296) from three-point range, which is seventh in the WAC. The Aggies defeated Nevada, 79-73 on Feb. 3, shooting 4-of-14 (28.6 percent) from behind the arc, while the Wolf Pack shot 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) and also defeated Idaho (70-64) on Feb. 10 shooting 33.3. (6-of-18), while Idaho shot (56.3 (9-of-16) from three-point range which are the only USU wins when the opponent shot better from three-point range. On Feb. 26 the Aggies shot 31.8 percent from behind the arc while Louisiana Tech shot 29.4 percent and USU fell, 78-70 to the first-place Lady Techsters.
RECORD-SETTING DAY - The Aggies set a school record shooting 60.8 percent from the field against Utah Valley on Dec. 1 in USU's 80-66 win over the Wolverines. The previous record was 58.3 percent against New Mexico State in 1982.
BLOCK PARTY - USU set a new school record with 14 blocks in a 69-57 win against Boise State (Jan. 6). The Aggies' 14 blocks topped their school record of 11 set twice last year vs. North Dakota State and San Jose State.
BROWN DOUBLE-TROUBLE - Junior Ashlee Brown nabbed her eighth double-doubles this season setting a modern-era record for more double-doubles in one season knocking off Ali (Aird) Marchant who nabbed second in 2003-04. Brown has ten 20+ point games including a career-high 26 points at Northern Arizona (Dec. 4). Brown now has nine double-doubles on the season.
PEBLEY'S 80TH WIN - In her eighth year at the helm of the Aggies, head coach Raegan Pebley notched her 80th win as the Aggies defeated Hawai'i, 54-41 on Jan. 27. Pebley is the winningest coach (87) above Cindy Perkins (51) on the all-time win list. NEXT UP - USU will play in the quarterfinal round at 9:30 p.m. MT against the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Hawai'i and sixth-seeded New Mexico State which will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 9:30 p.m. The winner of the quarterfinal will then take on second-seeded Fresno State in the semifinal round on March 11 at 3:30 p.m. Top-seeded Louisiana Tech earned a bye into the semifinal round Friday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. against the winner of the quarterfinal game between the fourth-seed Nevada and the winner of the first round game between fifth-seeded Idaho and eigth-seeded Boise State. The championship game will be on help Saturday, Mar. 12 at 2 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. The winner of the game will advance to the NCAA tournament.
FRIENDLY CONFINES - USU is 6-2 in WAC action in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and 9-6 overall on the season. The Aggies are 327-of-827 (39.5 percent) from the field at home and 65.8 percent (185-of-284) from the free-throw line. Utah State has 168 steals in the Spectrum compared to 138 by its opponents.
CHRISTENSEN IN THE RECORD BOOKS - If Devyn Chirstensen continues the outstanding free throw shooting through the season, she will have the top single-season free throw shooting percentage in history as she currently averages 87.1 (74-of-85). She will top the list by almost five percent as Mary Danielson currently leads the catagory with 82.7 percent from the 1981 season. Christensen also currently stands in fifth place on the single-season record for three-point field goals percentage at 34.7 behind Amber White's fifth place 2009-10 season shooting 37.5 from behind the arc.
BATTLE OF THE BOARDS - Eight times this year, Utah State has out-rebounded its opponent and is 6-2 when winning the battle of the boards, taking the rebound advantage against Utah Valley, 27-24, while holding a 46-41 edge against Northern Arizona and against San Francisco the Aggies nabbed 41 to the Dons' 31 boards. The Aggies also out-rebounded South Dakota State 42-37. In a loss to Idaho State, USU out-rebounded the Bengals, 38-32 and fell to the Lady Techsters with one more rebound. On Feb. 3, Nevada led the WAC in rebounding with a 7.2 rebounding margin, the Aggies battled and won the battle of the boards, 40-36 and earned a 79-73 win in Reno, Nev. Most recently USU nabeed 42 rebounds over NMSU's 39 in a 72-61 win in Logan, Feb. 24.
AROUND THE COURT AGGIES IN THE WAC - Senior guard Alice Coddington is third in the WAC in in assists (4.37 apg) and second in steals (2.52 spg) behind NMSU's Jasmine Lowe with 2.69, while junior forward Ashlee Brown is fourth in the league in rebounding, averaging 8.6 rpg and fourth in scoring with 15.6 ppg. Christensen is first in the WAC in free-throw percentage at 87.1 and Diop leads the conference in blocked shots averaging 1.81 bpg.
DIOP ON THE BLOCK - Sophomore center Banna Diop in climbing the career blocks list as she has 90 blocks as an Aggie thus far landing her third in school history. Diop tied the school record of eight blocks in a single game against Boise State (Jan. 7) in Logann.
HOME SWEET HOME - Freshman guard Jennifer Schlott looked right at home playing in her home state of Arizona against Northern Arizona on Dec. 4. She upped her career high from two points to a stunning 13 in the Aggies 80-75 overtime win against the Lumberjacks. Playing in front of her family the freshman led the Aggies at the point adding three steals and rebounds to her final total in only 15 minutes of action.
Junior forward Ashlee Brown, who is also a native of the Grand Canyon State, also played well in front of family. The forward topped her career-high with 26 points against the Lumberjacks in the come-from-behind win. She also added 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. She now has nine double-doubles this season.
Hawaii native and sophomore Pualei Furtado sunk a three-point bucket in the Aggies overtime-heartbreaker loss at Hawaii. She also nabbed a rebound and an assist. Freshman Kamie Imai also added an assist at Hawaii in front of family and friends.
OTHER AGGIE TIDBITS - After coming off the bench for the first two games, while recovering from illness, junior forward Ashlee Brown made her first career start against Montana on Nov. 20.
Sophomore Devyn Christensen had her first-career start on Jan. 29 against San Jose State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In her first start she led the Aggies to a 72-57 win with a team-high 18 points. In Christensen's second start, on Thursday, Feb. 3 at Nevada she again led the team to a win, 79-73, with her first-career double-double including 18 points and career-high 11 boards.
The Aggies are an international team with players from three different countries, including Australia (Stacey Howard, Alice Coddington and Maddy Plunkett), Senegal (Banna Diop) and 11 players from United States, none of whom are from the state of Utah.
COACH PEBLEY - Head coach Raegan Pebley is in her eighth season as head coach at Utah State, which is the longest tenure in the program's history. Five games into 2007-08 season, Pebley overtook the lead for the most games coached in Utah State history (119). She has now coached 223 games for the blue and white. Pebley now has 86 wins as Aggie head coach which places her above Cindy Perkins (51) on the all-time win list.
NEWCOMERS - The Aggies add five newcomers this year from all around the country. Junior transfer Reyneisha Mays joins the squad from Moorpark College (Granada Hills, Calif.) Junior Maddy Plunkett is a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, following in the footsteps of team mate senior LaCale Pringle-Buchanan. The three freshman joining the Aggies this year include Kamie Imai ( Waiakea HS) comes to USU from Pahoa, Hawaii. Jennifer Schlott from Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View HS) and Stephanie Larson from Tustin, Calif. (Foothill HS).
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