Women's Basketball Tips Off The 2007-08 Season With Exhibition Game Against Utah Pride Wednesday Night
Oct. 30, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
QUICKLY - Utah State (0-0, 0-0 WAC) will host Utah Pride on Wed., Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in the first exhibition game of the 2007-08 season and is a doubleheader with the men's team, who will host EA Sports at approximately 7 p.m... Utah Pride is a team made up of former college basketball players with Utah ties... The eight-player roster includes one former Utah State player, Ashley Rutledge, who graduated in 2006, and was a part of the first senior class since the program was disbanded in 1987... the Utah Pride roster also includes two of current Aggie junior forward Lindsey (Freeze) Shipley's sisters: Emily (Freeze) Walbruch and Cami (Freeze) Kesler.
ADMISSION - Admission to Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. 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 website at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
SEASON 20 - The 2007-08 season marks the 20th year of women's basketball at USU, and just the fifth 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 third season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - While Thursday's first exhibition of the season will not be, all the other Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and Clair Anderson providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web, through Yahoo Sports, by going to the women's basketball home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the LISTEN link.
GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow Aggie home games through the USU website 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 vai the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com. USU fans can also listen to every game both home and away, via USU's website.
RETURNING - Head coach Raegan Pebley and the Aggies have three starters among nine letterwinners returning from last season's squad that posted an 11-18 overall record and 7-9 in the WAC... Senior forward Jenny Gross, senior guard Taylor Richards, and junior guard Danyelle Snelgro return, as well as senior forward Jamelah Brown.
NEXT WEEK - USU will host its second exhibition game, taking on NAIA Division II College of Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum... The Aggies will officially tip off the regular-season on Friday, Nov. 9 battling Pacific at 5 p.m.
SCOUTING UTAH PRIDE - Utah Pride is a team made up of former college basketball players with Utah ties. The eight-player roster includes one former Utah State players, Ashley Rutledge, who graduated in 2006, and was a part of the first senior class since the program was disbanded in 1987.
Rutledge left her mark in the USU record books, as she is in the fourth spot on the career 3-pointers made list (53), fifth for 3-pointers attempted (167) and third for 3-pointer percentage (.317, 53-167). Nearly 68 percent of the shots Rutledge took from the field in her career were from behind the 3-point arc (167 3-point attempts/246 field goal attempts).
The Utah Pride roster also includes current Utah State junior forward Lindsey (Freeze) Shipley's two sisters. Emily (Freeze) Walbruch played two years at Ricks College, then two years at University of Denver, while Camille (Freeze) Kesler played four years at Mesa State (Colo.).
Former Salt Lake Community College (one), Utah (one), University of Califonia, San Diego (one) and BYU (two) players round out the roster.
THE SERIES - This is the third year that Utah State has faced Utah Pride, with the Aggies winning last season, 78-66, and falling, 66-65, in 2005.
Danyelle Snelgro scored 10 of her game-high 14 points in the first half as the Utah State women's basketball team defeated Utah Pride, 78-66, last season.
Backcourt mate Taylor Richards added 10 points for the Aggies who had all 13 players that saw action score. Kristin Kozlowski had 18 for Utah Pride.
The Aggies trailed 39-38 just into the second half, but went on a 24-6 run behind 10 baskets by eight different players to gain a 62-45 lead with under 13 minutes remaining. From there the visitors never got closer than 12 points.
USU's balanced offensive attack featured six points by eight different players as the Aggies shot 46.3 percent from the field. USU also hit 10-of-21 three-pointers (47.6 percent) as seven different players recorded made treys.
USU was out-rebounded 37-29 in the game, but had 13 offensive boards, including three by point guard Snelgro, who led the team with four total rebounds on the night. Snelgro, a sophomore from Atladena, Calif., also added a team-high four assists as well as two steals, while hitting five of 10 shots from the field.
The Aggies also forced 31 turnovers by the Pride, while committing just 17.
USU played four freshmen in the game and all four played solidly. Nicole Johnson, a 6-3, freshman from Vancouver, Wash. made three of five attempts for six points, while adding three rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes off the bench.
Indira Kaljo, a freshman from Sherman Oaks, Calif., drained both of her three-point attempts while also adding two rebounds, two assists and two steals in just seven minutes of play. LeeAnn Palo had three points in four minutes, while Sharvelle Hurd added one point in 13 minutes.
ABOUT UTAH STATE - This will be year three for USU in the WAC and it will the first time that Utah State has played for more than two years in a conference as they spent two years in the Big West before moving into the WAC. Utah State women's basketball finished its fourth season since reinstatement and its second season in the WAC with an 11-18 overall record and a 7-9 ledger in WAC play. The Aggies, who were picked ninth in the preseason poll, finished sixth in the standings. USU was the No. 6 seed for the WAC Tournament, falling to third-seeded Nevada, 61-60, in the quarterfinals.
Utah State returns three starters among nine letters from last season's squad.
RICHARDS IS USU CAREER ASSISTS RECORD HOLDER/TOP 10 STEALS LIST - Junior guard Taylor Richards now has 296 assists for her career, surpassing Pam Shirley for the top spot on USU's Career Assist List, as Shirley had 245 assists from 1977-79.
Richards also has 113 career steals, taking over sole possession for No. 9 on the USU Career Steals List, and needing 11 steals to crack the top three.
TIME SHARES - Six Aggies averaged at least 15 minutes per game with Taylor Richards leading the way with 32.5 minutes per game.
SCORING SPREAD - Four different players led or shared the lead for the Aggies in scoring, with Taylor Richards leading the way with 13 games... Eight different players led or shared the lead in rebounding, with Brittany (Tressler) Phillips getting the honors a team-high 13 games.
- With 33 careers wins, Pebley is second on USU's coaching wins list.
- With a total of eight newcomers (five freshmen, three transfers), this is the largest group of newcomer's since Pebley's first season in 2003-04.
- Danyelle Snelgro surpassed her season-total from 2006 in assists with 81 helpers, nearly doubling the 2005-06 season's 45 assists. Snelgro now has 126 career assists, needing nine assists to reach the top 10 USU career assists list.
- A total of 11 different players made appearances in over half of the games played in 2006-07, while eight players logged 400 or more minutes of playing time with five regular starters.
- Seven players scored 10 or more points in at least two games last season, with Taylor Richards leading the way with 22 games and Brittany (Tressler) Phillips in 21 games... Seven different players led or shared the lead in rebounding, with Phillips getting the honors a team-high 14 games.