March 12, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Second-seeded Utah State women's basketball is set to take on seventh-seeded Denver in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. (MT) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Pioneers (14-16, 9-10 WAC) defeated 10th-seeded Texas State, 73-63, in the first game of the tournament. Denver was led by 17 points from Kailey Edwards, as the Pioneers out-scored the Bobcats 40-31 in the second half.
The Aggies finished the regular season with a 17-12 record, including a 14-4 WAC mark. The 14 WAC victories for USU is the most wins in a season since joining the league for the 2005-06 season.
Denver is one of five teams playing in its first WAC Tournament. Utah State is 2-0 all-time against the Pioneers with both wins coming this season. USU stopped Denver in Logan, 85-69, while the Aggies fought to a double overtime win in Denver, 92-89. The Pioneers entered the tournament second in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage (.322) and third in field goal percentage (.407).
The Aggies are playing in their eighth and final WAC Tournament. Utah State is 3-7 in the tournament with an overtime win in the quarterfinals against Idaho in 2009 and a quarterfinal win over New Mexico State in 2011. USU's third win came against Nevada last season. Six of the eight WAC Tournaments that USU has played in have been in the state of Nevada, playing three in Reno and three in Las Vegas. The other two tournaments in which the Aggies participated were in Las Cruces on the campus of New Mexico State. Utah State has had the dubious distinction of having lost to the eventual champion three of the last four seasons, losing to Fresno State in 2009 and 2011 and Louisiana Tech in 2010.
The other first-round game will pit eighth-seeded New Mexico State and ninth-seeded UT Arlington. Third-seeded Idaho will take on sixth-seeded San Jose State in the first quarterfinal on Wednesday 1 p.m. (MT). In the second session, top-seeded Seattle will meet the winner of the game between NMSU and UTA at 7:30 p.m. (MT). In the final game of the day, Fourth-seeded UTSA will battle fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech at 9:30 p.m. (MT).
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at http://twitter.com/USUWBB and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Fans can also follow all the WAC Tournament action through the "Watch Live," "Listen Live" and "Live Stats" links at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
For tickets contact 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 athletic web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
AGGIES IN THE WAC TOURNAMENT 2005-06 #8 Idaho 70, #9 USU 59 (at Reno, Nev.) 2006-07 #3 Nevada 61, #6 USU 60 (at Las Cruces, N.M.) 2007-08 #2 Boise State 61, #7 USU 47 (at Las Cruces, N.M.) 2008-09 #5 USU 59, #4 Idaho 58 (OT) (at Reno, Nev.) #1 Fresno State 57, #5 USU 54 2009-10 #2 Louisiana Tech 82, #7 USU 65 (at Reno, Nev.) 2010-11 #3 USU 72, #6 NMSU 67 (at Las Vegas, Nev.) #2 Fresno State 86, #3 USU 76 2011-12 #2 USU 75, #7 Nevada 66 (at Las Vegas, Nev.) #3 Louisiana Tech 73, #2 Utah State 69 (at Las Vegas, Nev.) Overall Record 3-7
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