Sept. 29, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Head coach Jerry Finkbeiner and the Utah State women's basketball team begin practice on Monday, Sept. 30. The Aggies will practice from 3-5:30 p.m. at the HPER (Health, Physical Educatuion and Recreation) Building.
NCAA women's basketball teams begin no earlier than 40 days before the first regular-season game, with a limit of 30 days of practice.
"I am looking forward to the second year of my tenure at Utah State as well as my staff. Crystal Robinson, is new to our staff as an assistant coach. She is right there with me as far as excitement of the new year, as are assistant coaches Stu Sells and Micha Thompson. The good thing about all this preseason training off the floor is that the girls are really excited to get on the floor, as we coaches are too. We have a little bit of experience returning as well as a little bit of newness coming to our program," Finkbeiner said.
Overall, Finkbeiner has a 492-257 (.657) record in 24 years as a collegiate head coach at USU, Oral Roberts (1996-2012) and Southern Nazarene (1991-96).
Utah State enters its first season in the Mountain West Conference, bringing back six letterwinners from last year's squad that finished the season 18-14, finishing second in the Western Athletic Conference with a 14-4 league record. USU also advanced to the postseason for the third-straight season playing in the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). The Aggies will have to replace all-WAC honorees Devyn Christensen and Jenna Johnson from the starting five, but do return senior guard Jennifer Schlott, junior center Franny Vaaulu and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams from the starting lineup.
USU has won at leas 12 games for five-straight seasons, including a program-high 21 games during the 2012 season.
This will be the Aggies first season in the Mountain West. This season, USU will play conference games on Wednesday and Saturday, unlike Thursday and Saturday in the WAC.
The Aggies have seven new players on the roster this season, including transfers guards Mariah Miles (Oral Roberts) and Jasmine Porter (San Diego State), who both sat out last season. USU welcomes three freshmen guards in Elizabeth Landreth, Shelby Cloninger and Lynette Johnson. International transfers forward Tijana Djukic and guard Ingrida Strikas both will be immediately available this season.
Utah State opens action on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in an exhibition against Northwest Nazerene at 7 p.m. The season officially begins on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Black Hills State at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting 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 athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball at http://twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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