Utah State Women's Basketball Hosts Mesa State Friday
Nov. 9, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State will host NCAA Division II Mesa State in women's basketball exhibition action Friday at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Admission is free.
This will be the Aggies' second and final exhibition in their last tune-up for the regular season which tips off Tuesday at Orem, Utah when Utah State takes on Utah Valley State.
Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play and Claire Anderson providing color commentary for home games. They can also be heard on the web by going to the women's basketball home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the LISTEN link.
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.
Tuesday's game at UVSC will also be available on GameTracker.
Head coach Raegan Pebley and the Aggies have three starters among eight letterwinners returning from last season's squad that posted a 3-24 overall record and 2-14 in the Western Athletic Conference. Junior forward Jenny Gross, junior guard Taylor Richards, and sophomore guard Danyelle Snelgro return, as well as seniors, forwards Brittany Hagen and Brittany Phillips, and guard Camille Brox.
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 in the team's first exhibition game of the season.
Backcourt mate Taylor Richards added 10 points for USU, who had all 13 players in uniform score.
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.
Mesa State is in Grand Junction, Colo., and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
The Mavericks return three starters among eight letterwinners from last season's 10-17 squad, including 8-11 in RMAC play. Brittany Fowler, a 5-8 junior guard is the Mavericks' leading returning scorer, tallying 14.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game last season. Junior center Cassie Hutto (6-2) recorded 10.0 ppg and 4.4 rpg, while 5-10 senior forward Allison Piekarski tossed in 7.7 ppg and snared 4.9 rpg.
Utah State holds a 1-0 edge, as the only other meeting between this two teams was on Jan. 8, 1987, with the Aggies winning 83-68.
Utah State's home opener is Nov. 17, when the Aggies open a two-game homestand, opening with Idaho State followed by Weber State on Nov. 21. Ticket prices for the regular-season games are $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.