Final Women's Basketball Notes
April 17, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
LOGAN, Utah - TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball closed out the 2011-12 season in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The Aggies fell in the first round around at Utah 69-58.
USU ended the historic season with a 21-10 record, which was it first 20-win season in program history. Last season, the Aggies set the school record with 18 wins. That record was surpassed this season with 21 wins.
WNIT HISTORY - USU defeated Arizona, 103-95, last season for the first USU win in a postseason game since the AIAW Championship in 1977. The Aggies' 103 points were the most points scored USU since a 96-39 win against Southern Idaho in 1984. The Aggies fell in the second round to BYU 102-63 in Provo, giving USU a 1-1 WNIT record.
USU was the only team from the WAC to earn a spot in the WNIT. Utah is one of five Pac-12 teams to make the WNIT along with Colorado, Washington, Arizona State and Oregon State.
AGGIES IN THE WNIT 2010-11 First Round USU 103, Arizona 95 (at Logan, Utah) Second Round BYU 102, USU 63 (at Provo, Utah) 2011-12 First Round Utah 69, USU 58 (at Salt Lake City, Utah) Overall Record 1-2AGAINST THE BEEHIVE STATE - Utah State ended the season with a 2-2 record against teams from the Beehive State after falling to Utah in the WNIT, 69-58. USU earned a 73-63 win against Weber State on Nov. 16. The Aggies then fell to BYU 73-65 on Dec. 17. USU improved to 2-1 against the state of Utah with a 61-43 win against Utah Valley on Jan. 7.
BROWN NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM - Utah State senior forward Ashlee Brown was named to the Western Athletic Conference Women's Basketball all-Tournament team, which was announced Saturday evening after the WAC Championship at the Orleans Arena at Las Vegas, Nev.
Brown, a native of Chandler, Ariz., becomes the first USU women's basketball player to collect WAC all-Tournament accolades in the Aggies' seven years in the conference. The senior forward posted a pair of double-doubles with 17 points and 12 assists in second-seeded USU's first-round win over Nevada on Wednesday. In the Aggies' loss to third-seeded Louisiana Tech Friday, Brown notched 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Joining Brown on the all-Tournament team was Idaho's Alyssa Charlston, Louisiana Tech's Jasmine Bendolph, along with Rosie Moult and Ki-Ki Moore from WAC Tournament champion Fresno State. Moore was also named the Tournament MVP, becoming the fourth Fresno State player to earn the honor in the five years. Fresno State defeated LA Tech, 89-61, in the championship game.
BROWN AND CHRISTENSEN NAMED TO ALL-REGION SQUAD - Utah State women's basketball players Ashlee Brown and Devyn Christensen were named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region 7 Team. They were nominees for the 2012 WBCA Division I Coaches' All-America Team.
Brown, a senior forward, and Christensen, a junior guard, are the only two Western Athletic Conference players to be honored. They are also the first two Aggies to earn all-Region honors since the re-instatement for the 2003-04 season. The Aggies were led this season by senior forward Ashlee Brown, who earned first-team all-WAC and was the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Brown had 12 double-doubles this season, averaging 15.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.
A first-team all-WAC honoree, Christensen led all players in scoring (20.6 ppg) and three-pointers per game (2.9 pg) in WAC play. She currently ranks sixth nationally in free throw percentage (89.8) and 22nd in three-point field goal percentage (38.3).
AGGIES IN THE NCAA STATS - Utah State ended the season fourth in the country in three-point field goal percentage, according to the final NCAA statistics. Utah State was third in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (38.4 percent). The Aggies were 173-of-451 from beyond the arc. Richmond was first in the nation (38.8). USU was also third in the NCAA statistics in free throw field goal percentage (79.6 percent). Delaware was first in the country (80.5 percent). The Aggies also ended the season 21st in scoring offense (72.4), 19th in field goal percentage (43.6) and 23rd in assists (15.5).
AGGIES EARN POSTSEASON HONORS - Utah State women's basketball players senior forward Ashlee Brown and junior guard Devyn Christensen both earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors as the league office announced its postseason honors. Brown was also the WAC Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the all-Defensive team.
Brown was the first Utah State player to earn first-team all-WAC honors two-straight seasons. In 2009, current assistant coach Danyelle Snelgro was the first Aggie to be named to the first team. Brown ended WAC action sixth in the league in scoring (14.4 ppg) and fourth in assists (4.07 apg).
Christensen was the fifth Aggie to earn all-WAC honors and the third to earn first-team accolades after Brown and Snelgro. Senior forward Amber White was named to the all-WAC second-team in 2010, while Ana Pares earned second-team honors in 2009. Christensen led the league in scoring in WAC games, averaging 20.6 points per game and along with San Jose State's Brittany Johnson are the only two players averaging over 20.0 ppg.
BROWN DISHES OUT CAREER-HIGH ASSISTS - Ashlee Brown dished out a game and career-best 12 assists, tying for second in school history, becoming the ninth Aggie player to distribute 12 helpers in a game. The last player to have 12 assists in a game was LaRonda Poydras in 1986 against Pepperdine. Brown has had 29 assists in the last three games for USU. The senior forward also missed a triple-double with a team-best eight rebounds. Brown's double-double was her 11th of the season, breaking last year's season-best of 10. She ended the season with 12 double-doubles.
JOHNSON TIES CAREER HIGH - Junior Jenna Johnson tied her career high with 17 points in the WAC Tournament quarterfinal. She had previously scored 17 points on the road against Fresno State on Feb. 18. She has scored in double-figures in six of the last eight games.
HIGH IN THE 80S - USU's win against San Jose State on March 3 was the Aggies' third-straight 80-point outing and fourth in the last five, after scoring 85 in the previous two contests, moving to 7-0 when scoring more than 80 points. RECORD-SETTING SEASON - With the win against the Spartans on March 3 to end the regular season, Utah State improved to 20-8 over to become the first Aggie women's basketball team to earn 20 wins. Last season, USU set the record for wins with 18. The Aggies now have improved to 21-9 this season.
JOHNSON EARNS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE - After a scoring surge of late, junior guard Jenna Johnson topped of the regular season with her first collegiate double-double, scoring 10 points and bringing down 10 rebounds in a win against San Jose State on March 3.
KEEP THE RECORDS COMING - In addition to USU's team record setting, Ashlee Brown improved on her own marks in the Aggie record books, as she became the program's single-season record holder for free throws made, now with 166 free throws made, passing Sharon Epps' record of 148 from the 1982 season. Brown's 14 rebounds against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament also give her 521 for her career, moving into No. 7 on USU's career rebounds leader. She ended her career with 526 boards.
BROWN SETS CAREER RECORD FOR FREE THROWS MADE - After going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line against Hawai`i on March 1, senior forward Ashlee Brown broke the Utah State career record for free throws made. With 266 free throws made in an Aggie uniform, she passes Utah State great Ali Marchant who made 262 free throws from 2003-06. Going 8-for-9 against SJSU, Brown now has 289 career free throws.
RECORD-BREAKERS - Utah State broke several school records during the 2011-12 season. USU currently had a free throw percentage of 79.6 percent. The school record was 76.0 percent in 1978. The WAC record for free throw percentage in a season was 76.8 by Hawai`i during the 1997-98 season. Last season, Devyn Christensen set the school record for free throw percentage (86.1). This season, she had a free throw percentage of 89.8 percent, while Brooke Jackson would also break the record as of now, shooting 89.1 percent from the charity stripe. The WAC record for free throw percentage in a season was 88.9 percent by SMU's Kim Brandl during the 1996-97 season before Christensen broke it.
LENDING A HELPING HAND - In the win against the Rainbow Wahine, Utah State came close to tying the school record for assists in a game with 27 led by 10 by Ashlee Brown. Both the 1982 and 1983 teams had 28 assists. The 10 assists by Brown was a career high and the most since Alice Coddington had 11 against Utah Valley in 2011.
FREQUENT FLYERS - Utah State ended WAC road play with a 6-1 record which was its best ever since joining the league. The Aggies only loss came against first-place Fresno State on Feb. 16. Overall, the Aggies won seven-straight road games which is a Utah State record before falling to Fresno State. Last year, USU ended WAC action 4-4 in on the road. Overall, the Aggies are 9-5 on the road in 14 games. The nine road wins breaks an Aggie record as the 1975-76 team went 8-6 on the road. USU ended the 2010-11 season with a 7-8 record away from the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
BRINGING THE DEFENSE - Utah State was 8-0 when it opponents score under 60 points or less. The Aggies have wins against Wyoming, Northern Arizona, Boise State, Asbury, Utah Valley, New Mexico State (twice) and Hawai`i. USU is 15-2 when allowing less than 69 points in a game.
FREQUENT FLYERS - Utah State ended WAC road play with a 6-1 record which was its best ever since joining the league. The Aggies only loss came against first-place Fresno State on Feb. 16. Overall, the Aggies won seven-straight road games which is a Utah State record before falling to Fresno State. Last year, USU ended WAC action 4-4 in on the road. Overall, the Aggies are 9-5 on the road in 14 games. The nine road wins breaks an Aggie record as the 1975-76 team went 8-6 on the road. USU ended the 2010-11 season with a 7-8 record away from the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. BRINGING THE DEFENSE - Utah State was 8-0 when it opponents score under 60 points or less. The Aggies have wins against Wyoming, Northern Arizona, Boise State, Asbury, Utah Valley, New Mexico State (twice) and Hawai`i. USU is 15-2 when allowing less than 69 points in a game.
RECORD SETTING AGGIES - In Utah State's win over Nevada on Jan. 21, the Aggies set a school record for field goal percentage in a game, shooting 58.6 percent from the field (34-of-58). The record was previously held by the 1982 Aggie squad that shot 58.3 percent against New Mexico State in 1982. In that game, Utah State defeated New Mexico State, 105-98.
CHRISTENSEN ENDS CONFERENCE PLAY ON TOP - Junior Devyn Christensen ended conference play, leading the WAC in scoring in league games, averaging 20.6 points. She was just ahead of San Jose State's Brittany Johnson who scored 20.1 ppg in league games. Her teammate Ashlee Brown was sixth in scoring in WAC games, averaging 14.4 ppg. Christensen is also first in free throw percentage (94.7 percent), fourth in field goal percentage (51.5 percent) and third in three point field goal percentage (44.1 percent).
HIGH SCORING AGGIES - Utah State's two meetings with Nevada were two of the Aggies' highest scoring games of the season. USU won the first game 91-69 and took the second game 84-72. The most points that USU has scored this season was in a 97-86 win against Boise State at home on Nov. 23. Two Aggies had season highs in scoring in the win against the Wolf Pack. Devyn Christensen tied a career high with 27 points, while Jenna Johnson added a then season-high 12 points.
AGGIES IN THE WAC STATS - Ashlee Brown ended the season fourth in the WAC in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game.Devyn Christensen was fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game. Brown was third in the league in rebounding with 8.9 rpg. Senior Maddy Plunkett was first in the league in three-point shooting (47.4 percent). Devyn Christensen overtook Brooke Jackson for first place in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 89.8 percent. Brooke Jackson was second in the WAC free throw shooting (88.7 percent.).
As a team, USU was second behind Fresno State in scoring offense, averaging 72.4 points per game. The Aggies, Louisiana Tech and the Bulldogs are the only three teams in the league with positive scoring margins with USU holding a +6.0 scoring margin. The Aggies were first in free throw percentage (79.6). USU were also first in field goal percentage, shooting 43.6 percent this season. Utah State was first in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc.
AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS - Utah State is now 4-3 in WAC openers winning the last three on the road at New Mexico State in 2012 and at Louisiana Tech in 2010 and at home against Boise State in 2011. This was the first time since USU joined the league that the Aggies of Utah State faced the Aggies of New Mexico State in a league opener. Utah State is now 2-1 in WAC openers on the road.
USU IN WAC OPENERS (4-3) 2005-06 L, vs. San Jose State, 51-63 2006-07 L, vs. Boise State, 70-80 2007-08 W, vs. San Jose State, 68-58 2008-09 L, at Idaho, 63-71 2009-10 W, at Louisiana Tech, 69-66 2010-11 W, vs. Boise State, 69-57 2011-12 W, at New Mexico State, 74-56STARTING FIVE- In 30 games this season, Utah State has used nine different lineups. Ashlee Brown is the only Aggie to have started all 30 games this season. Jennifer Schlott has started 11 out of 30 games, while Brooke Jackson has been in the starting five 14 times. The Aggies had the same starting lineup, Elise Nelson, Brown, Johnson, Devyn Christensen and Maddy Plunkett for 14-straight games. In its last game, Brown, Vaaulu, Christensen, Johnson and Jackson were in the starting lineup.
AGGIES LOSE BURNS TO INJURY - Utah State women's basketball junior guard/forward Chelsea Burns has been medically disqualified due to a knee injury. The injury is similar to the one that kept her out of the entire 2009-10 season. Burns, a native of Carlsbad, Calif, started the first four games of the season and played in five this season. She averaged 10.8 minutes. 0.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. The junior has been diagnosed with an osteochondral defect and a meniscus tear and will have knee surgery on December 15. Burns graduated at the end of the fall semester with a degree in law and constitutional studies and will begin her master's of education next semester.
HOME OPENERS - Utah State is now 8-14 in home openers and 3-6 under Coach Pebley after the Aggies defeated Weber State, 73-63 on Nov. 16. Prior to the win over the Wildcats, the last time the Aggies won a home opener was a 67-58 win against in-state rival Utah in 2009. Last season, USU fell to Dixie State in its home and season opener, 71-67. Under Coach Pebley, Utah State is 1-2 against Weber State in home openers.
LAST TIME OUT - Utah State women's basketball saw its historic season come to an end in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) with a 69-58 loss to Utah at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
With the loss, the Aggies end the season 21-10. This is the first time ever that USU has reached the 20-win plateau. The Utes improve to 16-15 and advance to the second round to take on Pac-12 rival Washington. This is the second-straight season that USU has reached postseason, advancing to the second round of the WNIT last season.
Junior guard Pualei Furtado made her first start in the blue and white uniform. She ended the game with eight points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists. The Aggies were led by 14 points from senior forward Ashlee Brown who ended her USU career with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Fellow senior Brooke Jackson closed out her Aggie career with nine points and eight rebounds.
TURNING 24 - The 2011-12 season marks the 24th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the ninth 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 seventh season in the WAC after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.