USU Women's Basketball Opens Season With Exhibition Against Northwest Nazerene Tuesday
The 2013-14 USU women's basketball team begins action in an exhibition against Northwest Nazerene on Tuesday.

The 2013-14 USU women's basketball team begins action in an exhibition against Northwest Nazerene on Tuesday.

Nov. 4, 2013

LOGAN, Utah - After weeks of practice the Utah State women's basketball team will take to the court for its one and only exhibition against Northwest Nazerene on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. This will also be the first exhibition of the season for the NCAA Division II Crusaders.

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Northwest Nazerene begins the 2013-14 season against Utah State on Nov. 5. The Crusaders were picked to finish fourth in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. NNU shares that spot with Simon Fraser, as both schools garnered 69 points in the poll. The Crusaders enter the 2013-14 season having lost just one player from last year's team, which advanced to the NCAA Division II national tournament for the fifth time in program history.

Utah State does have some connections to Northwest Nazerene which is based out of Nampa, Idaho, which is a suburb of Boise. Assistant coach Stu Sells attended Northwest Nazerene before living in Boise and heading to Logan. Head coach Jerry Finkbeiner was a head coach for the Crusaders in 1986, which was his first full-time coaching experience.

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.

USU welcomes back three starters in senior guard Jennifer Schlott, junior forward Franny Vaaulu and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams. Schlott was a second-team all-WAC honoree last season, averaging 14.3 points and 4.5 assists per game. Vaaulu averaged 8.8 ppg to go along with 5.6 rpg, while as a freshman Williams averaged 7.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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

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