March 9, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Utah State women's basketball is set to play in its first-ever Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships, earning the No. 8 seed. The Aggies will take on the No. 9-seeded New Mexico Lobos to open the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championships on Monday, March 10 at the Thomas & Mack Center hosted by UNLV at 3 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies enter the tournament winning three-straight games and closing out the regular season with a big road win at Wyoming, 84-80, on March 4. Overall, Utah State is 14-15 overall and 8-10 in Mountain West action. New Mexico enters the tournament on a winning streak as well, winning its last two games. The Lobos are 11-18 overall and 6-12 in MW contests.
New Mexico holds a 9-5 series record over Utah State. The Aggies have won both games since USU entered the Mountain West this season. In the first meeting in Albuquerque on Jan. 29, the Aggies held off a strong second half by the Lobos to take a 75-69 win. The game in Logan was another nail biter on Feb. 26 with USU winning, 67-65. This was a come from behind victory for USU, as the Aggies trailed, 36-28, at half time. Senior guard Jennifer Schlott scored at least 30 points in both wins over UNM.
UNM's Antiesha Brown is seventh in the Mountain West in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game. Khadijah Shumpert is 17th in the league in rebounding, averaging 5.9 rpg, as well as 12th in the MW in field goal percentage (45.1 percent). As a team, the Lobos are one of the best rebounding teams in the conference. They are third in rebound margin (+4.2) and average 35.5 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Jennifer Schlott was named the Mountain West Player of the Year on Sunday. She had one of the best seasons in Mountain West history, setting the conference record in points scored (489) and scoring average 27.2 points per game. She is the only player in league history to score over 400 points in 18 league games. She has scored at least 30 points in 10 league games this season. She is also first in the conference in assists in MW games, averaging 5.7 assists per game.
All 10 Mountain West Women's Basketball Championship games will be broadcast. The first round, quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network (TheMW.com). The championship game will air live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 8 p.m. (MT).
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- -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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