Final Women's Basketball Notes
May 2, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - TIP OFF - Utah State women's basketball ended another successful season with a, 77-69, loss to South Dakota in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational on March 21. Utah State ended the season 18-14 overall and 14-4 in Western Athletic Conference play. In addition to a school-record 10-game home winning streak, USU also finished with a 10-3 home ledger, posting double-digit home wins for the third-straight season.
PILING UP THE POINTS - Utah State ended the season scoring 2,448 points in 32 games. The Aggies broke the Utah State record for points scored in a single season. The 2011-12 team knocked in 2,243 points.
THIRTY POINT THREATS - Devyn Christensen and Jennifer Schlott both added their names to the 30-point scoring list this season. Christensen scored at least 30 points three times, including a career-high 37 against Idaho in the WAC Tournament. The 37 points was one shy of the USU record set by Pat Montgomery in 1979. Jennifer Schlott had her 30-point performance against Seattle, scoring 32 points.
LOOKING AHEAD - Despite losing four seniors, including program changers Jenna Johnson and Devyn Christensen, the future is bright for Utah State. The Aggies return six letterwinners and three starters from last year's squad that won 18 games. Jennifer Schlott, who started 25 games, will be a senior next season. The guard was second on the team in scoring (14.3 ppg), free throw percentage (83.8 percent) and was first in assists (4.5 apg). Makenlee Williams had a solid freshman campaign, averaging 7.2 ppg. She was third on the team in field goal percentage (47.5 percent). Franny Vaaulu is the third starter that will be back for the Aggies. Vaaulu, who will be a junior next season, was first on the team in field goal percentage (55.3 percent).
POSTSEASON AGGIES - This was the third-straight season that Utah State advanced to the postseason with back-to-back Women's National Invitation Tournament berths. Last season, the Aggies fell in the first round of the WNIT to in-state rival Utah, 69-58. In 2011, USU defeated Arizona, 103-95, for the first USU win in a postseason game since the AIAW Championship in 1977. The Aggies fell in the second round to BYU, 102-63, in Provo, giving USU a 1-2 WNIT record. This was the first time that Utah State played in the WBI. This was USU's second-ever home postseason game with USU falling to South Dakota, 77-69.
AGGIES IN THE POSTSEASON 2011 - WNIT USU 103, Arizona 95 BYU 102, USU 63BIG NUMBERS AT THE BIG TOURNAMENT - In two games at the WAC Tournament, Utah State had four players averaging in double figures led by senior Devyn Christensen scoring 26.5 points per game. Freshman Makenlee Williams scored 14.0 ppg to go along with 6.0 rebounds per game as the Aggies went 1-1. Junior Jennifer Schlott added 13.5 ppg with senior Jenna Johnson adding 12.0 ppg. USU averaged 80.0 ppg, while allowing 74.5.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES - Utah State really turned its season around when the calendar changed from 2012 to 2013. The Aggies struggled in November and December with a 5-8 record. With the turn of the calendar, USU began to heat up and has a 12-3 record in the 2013 portion of the regular season. The Aggies were a stellar 6-2 in January and 4-1 in February. USU is already 3-2 in March.
SINGLE-SEASON SENSATIONS - Several Utah State players found a spot in the Aggie single-season record book. With 144 assists this season, Jennifer Schlott is third in single-season assists. She passed Alice Coddington for third (138), as Coddington achieved the feat in 2011. With 96 steals this year, Jenna Johnson passed Carol Garrison for the single-season record. Garrison had 94 steals in 1981. Devyn Christensen set the record for points in a season with 643 this season. Johnson's 142 free throws made is currently third as Ashlee Brown set the record with 166 last season.
GETTING IT DONE - Utah State's eight three pointers made in the first half of its WAC Tournament quarterfinal game tied the most this season with San Jose State on Feb. 9. USU ended the game with 13 three pointers which was just two shy of the WAC Tournament record of 15 set by Fresno State against Louisiana Tech last season.
CHRISTENSEN HONORED FOR GREAT PERFORMANCE - Devyn Christensen was named to the WAC all-Tournament team, which was announced after the WAC Championship in Las Vegas, Nev.
She was the second USU women's basketball player to collect WAC all-Tournament accolades in the Aggies' eight years in the conference after Ashlee Brown was named to the team last season. The senior averaged 26.5 points and shot 51.3 percent from the field (20-of-39), including half of her three-pointers (13-of-26), in the Aggies' two games. She scored a career-high and the second-most point in USU's history with 37 points in USU's semifinal loss to eventual champion Idaho on March 15.
CRACKING OPEN THE WAC RECORD BOOKS - With 330 points during conference play, senior guard Devyn Christensen inked her name into the WAC record books. The 330 points is tied for 10th all-time in single-season points scored in WAC games, tying her with Amy Burnett of Wyoming (1995) and Amisha Carter of Louisiana Tech (2004). Her 50 three-point field goals made is seventh all time. Nevada's Ashley Bastian set the record with 57 treys during league play in 2003. She set the WAC record with three-point field goal attempts with 154, passing Bastian's record of 144 in 2003. Christensen's 91.2 percent free throw percentage during conference games is tied for fourth with Boise State's Lauren Lenhardt in 2011.
MOVING ON UP - With two steals against Idaho on March 15, senior guard Jenna Johnson now stands alone in second in career steals. She now has 219 career steals which passes Aggie-great Danyelle Snelgro (216) for second place. Former teammate Alice Coddington is the all-time leader in steals with 236. Johnson's eight steals against Montana State on Dec. 1 were the most by an Aggie this season.
HERE SHE GOES AGAIN - Senior guard Devyn Christensen broke yet another Utah State record. With her fifth point against Texas State on March 7, she broke the USU single-season scoring record. She now has 627 points this season. Sharon Epps set the record with 542 points in 1982. She has already set the USU record for field goals attempted in a season with 553. The previous record was 449 by Mary Danielson in 1982.
WAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY - The Aggies played in their eighth and final WAC Tournament. Utah State is 4-8 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 as well as the win against Denver on March 13. 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 four of the last five seasons, losing to Fresno State in 2009 and 2011, Louisiana Tech in 2010 and Idaho in 2013.
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.) 2012-13 #2 USU 78, #7 Denver 65 (at Las Vegas, Nev.) #3 Idaho 84, #2 USU 84 (at Las Vegas, Nev.) Overall Record 4-8SHARP SHOOTERS - In the Aggies win over Denver in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament, Utah State was sharp from beyond the arc. The Aggies made 13-of-25 threes in the game. It was second only to the 14 made in a loss to New Mexico State on Feb. 16. Devyn Christensen and Makenlee Williams both sunk four three pointers in the win. Jennifer Schlott went from fourth to eighth in the league in three-point free throw percentage from 34.7 percent to 35.6 after making two of three. After the loss to Idaho, Schlott is sixth (34.9), while Williams still maintains the top spot in the conference (42.7).
LAST TIME OUT - Utah State women's basketball could not overcome a 9-0 South Dakota run in the second half as well as 33 points by USD's Nicole Seekamp, as the Aggies lost to the Coyotes, 77-69, in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU ends its first season under head coach Jerry Finkbeiner with an 18-14 record, as Thursday's loss snapped the Aggies' 10-game home winning streak, the longest in school history. South Dakota improves to 18-15 overall and advances to play at Lamar in the second round on Sunday. The Coyotes also avenged a 70-69 loss to the Aggies on Dec. 20 in Logan earlier this season.
Aggie junior guard Jennifer Schlott netted a team-high 25 points, tallying 18 in the second half, as well as dishing out eight assists, one shy of her career-high, while senior guard Devyn Christensen tallied 16 points. Senior guard Jenna Johnson added eight points to go with 13 rebounds, two points shy of her 10th double-double of the season and 11th of her career. Johnson also had a career-high five blocked shots.
In addition to Seekamp's game-high 33 points, which included 28 in the second half, Polly Harrington chipped in with 15 points, while Tempestt Wilson added 12 points. Alexis Yackley distributed a game-high nine assists and snared a team-high 11 rebounds, while Lisa Loeffler snared nine and Harrington pulled down eight as USD had a 50-44 rebounding edge. In the meeting on Dec. 20 between the Aggies and Coyotes, USD had a 63-26 advantage on the glass.
USU finished the night shooting 35.6 percent (26-of-73) from the field, including 20.8 percent (5-of-24) behind the three-point arc, while making 80.0 percent (12-of-15) at the free throw line.
AGGIES TOPS IN THE NATION - Utah State women's basketball ended the 2013 season ranked second in the final NCAA Division I statistics, released this week by the NCAA after the completion of the season with Tuesday's National Championship game.
The Aggies made 495-of-618 free throws this season and their 80.1 percent was also tops in the Western Athletic Conference. USU also had three of the top four free throw shooters in the conference led by senior guard Devyn Christensen who shot a league-leading 92.4 percent, which was also a WAC record. She finished the season third in the nation from the charity stripe. Christensen missed only nine of the 119 free throws she attempted this season. Junior guard Jennifer Schlott was third in the WAC, shooting 83.8 percent (134-of-169), while senior guard Jenna Johnson was fourth, shooting 82.6 percent (142-of-172).
Utah State also ended the year fifth in the nation in scoring offense (76.5 ppg) and ninth in steals (12.0 ppg). Individually, Christensen was also second in three-point field goals per game, making 3.34 threes a game. Christensen was also among the nation's leaders in scorers, standing 17th with 20.1 points per game. Johnson was also 19th in the nation and third in the conference in steals per game (3.00 spg). USU's sharp-shooting from beyond the arc also placed it 17th in the country in three-point field goals made (7.7).
Freshman guard Makenlee Williams was first in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc, while sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu was second in the league in field goal percentage, shooting 55.3 percent.
PROTECTING THE HOME TURF - The Aggies and Seattle were the only two teams in the WAC that are undefeated in WAC play at home so far this season. Utah State and Seattle were both 9-0 in league play. The Redhawks are 8-0 with one home games remaining. Overall, Utah State is 10-2 at home this season. Last season, the Aggies were 12-3 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, which is a school record. Utah State's home losses were to Montana State and UC Irvine.
FREE BASKETBALL - With the double overtime win against Denver on Feb. 14, the Aggies played five overtime games this season. This was Utah State's first double overtime game since a 70-64 win against Idaho on Feb. 22, 2009 in Logan. USU improves to 4-1 in extra time. USU is 4-0 in overtime conference games this season. The five overtime games was the most since the 2008-09 squad played six overtime games. Last season, the Aggies did not have one overtime game.
BUZZER BEATERS - Utah State had several close calls this season. The Aggies have had six games this season with one team taking the final lead with 10 seconds or less. Senior guard Devyn Christensen has had a hand in three of these games with game-winning shots against Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12), South Dakota (Dec. 20) and Denver (Feb. 14). Freshman guard Makenlee Williams added a buzzer beater to lift USU over New Mexico State on Jan. 17. Senior guard Jenna Johnson also had late-game heroics, helping the Aggies to an overtime road win over Louisiana Tech on Jan. 26. USU felt the other end of the buzzer beater against UC Irvine on Dec. 18.
BEST OF THE BEST - This year's senior class has had the best four-year record since Utah State's re-instatement during the 2003-04 season. Devyn Christensen, Banna Diop, Pualei Furtado and Jenna Johnson have had a four-year record of 71-59.
HISTORY WAS MADE - Senior guard Devyn Christensen found another Utah State record to break. On her ninth point against San Jose State on Feb. 9, she became the Aggies' all-time scorer. Christensen's historic basket came off an assist from fellow senior guard Pualei Furtado, one of Furtado's three helpers on the night, and was three of Christensen's team-high 17 points. Christensen's three-pointer gave her 1,354 points, passing Jerrie McGahan (1977-80) with 1,353 points. Christensen ended her Utah State career with 1,551 career points.
TOPS IN THE WAC - Devyn Christensen finished the season in the WAC in scoring, averaging 20.2 points per game. She is behind Texas State's Diamond Ford (21.5 ppg). Jennifer Schlott was seventh in scoring with 14.3 ppg, while Jenna Johnson was eighth, averaging 14.1 ppg. Christensen, who broke the WAC's single-season record for free throw percentage last season, broke the record again, shooting 92.4 percent this season. She has only missed nine of the 119 free throws that she has attempted. Freshman Makenlee Williams was first in the league in three-point free throw percentage, shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. Johnson was third in the conference in steals, averaging 3.00 spg, while Christensen was fifth with 2.44 spg. Schlott was second in assists with 4.50 apg. Franny Vaaulu was second in field goal percent, shooting 55.3 percent from the field.
As a team, USU was first in free throw percent (80.1 percent). The Aggies were second in blocked shots (4.41 bpg). Utah State was first in scoring (76.5 ppg) and second in field goal percentage (41.0 percent). Utah State was also second in steals (11.97 spg).
MAGIC NUMBER - The Aggies had a magic number this season which was 70. When keeping opponents to under 70 points, USU was a stellar 14-0 this year. In 10 of USU's 14 WAC wins this season, the Aggies have allowed under 70 points. Utah State was 4-14 when allowing more than 70 points.
AGGIES IN WAC OPENERS - Utah State was 5-3 in WAC openers winning the last four at home against UTSA this season and on the road against New Mexico State in 2011. In 2010, USU won at home against Boise State and in 2009, USU earned its first ever win against Louisiana Tech. This was the first time since USU joined the league that the Aggies faced a WAC newcomer to start the season. Utah State is now 3-2 in WAC openers at home.
WINNING THE FIRST HALF - Utah State had a solid record when out-scoring its opponents in the first 20 minutes of action. The Aggies were 13-3 when scoring more in the first half. The only games that Utah State lost when leading at half time were an overtime loss to UC Irvine on Dec. 18 and an eight-point loss to UTSA on March 9. USU was ahead 41-36 at halftime and lost in overtime, 71-70. The third game was the WAC Tournament semifinal against Idaho on March 15 where USU led 34-32 at halftime.
AGGIES SET SCHOOL RECORD - Against UTSA, Utah State set a school record, shooting 96 percent from the free throw line, making 24-of-25. The previous record was 95.6 against Colorado in 1980. In overtime, Utah State took control, making 12-of-13 free throws.
HOME OPENERS - Utah State fell to 3-7 in home openers after its 71-65 loss to Montana State on Dec. 1. The Aggies home wins came against Weber State (2011), Utah (2009) and Idaho State (2006).
AGAINST THE BEEHIVE STATE - Since the re-instatement, the Aggies are now 15-16 against the Beehive State, including this season's losses to BYU, Utah Valley and Utah. The Aggies went winless against the state for just the third time in the last 10 years. In USU's first season back in 2003, the Aggies went 0-2 against the state with losses to Southern Utah and Weber State. The 2006-07 season was the only other season where the Aggies went winless against the state with losses to both Utah Valley and Weber State.
FAREWELL - USU finished its eighth and final season in the WAC. Next season, the Aggies will be heading to the Mountain West Conference along with San Jose State. During 2011-12 season, the Aggies finished third in WAC play with an 11-3 conference record which was its best finish since joining the league.
SEASON OPENERS - This was the 10th season since Utah State women's basketball was re-instated for the 2003-04 season. The Aggies are 2-8 in season openers after a 78-62 loss to Utah Valley on Nov. 12. Last season, USU started the season with a win last season at Wyoming, 62-56. USU's other season opening win came to begin the 2009-10 season against in-state rival Utah in Logan, 67-58.
BEING SOCIAL WITH THE AGGIES - Fans can follow USU women's basketball at http://twitter.com/USUwbb and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Fans can follow along with the games and keep up with what the Aggies are up to.
ADMISSION - Admission to Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. A woman's sports pass is also available for $50. 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.
SILVER ANNIVERSARY - The 2012-13 season marked the 25th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the 10th 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 played in its eighth season in the WAC after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
ALASKA - THE FINAL FRONTIER - The Aggies headed to the Final Frontier for the Great Alaska Shootout and returned with their first ever tournament win. With wins against Prairie View A&M and host Alaska Anchorage, Utah State captured the Great Alaska Shootout title. Senior guard Devyn Christensen was named MVP of the tournament, while sophomore forward Franny Vaaulu was also named to the all-tournament team. Vaaulu set the record for highest field goal percentage, shooting 81.8 (9-of-11).
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - All Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Craig Hislop in his second season as the voice of the Aggies. They can also be heard on the web by going to the Utah State Athletics home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clink on the "Listen Live" link in the right hand column.
GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow Aggie home games through the USU web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
ON THE INTERNET - All of Utah State's home games are available to watch live through Utah State TV via the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. USU fans can also liten to every game both home and away, via USU's web site.
Jerry Finkbeiner - Jerry Finkbeiner took the reigns as Utah State's ninth head women's basketball coach. Finkbeiner added assistant coaches Micha Thompspon and Robert Donaldson. Stu Sells enters his second season as an assistant at Utah State.