USU Women's Basketball Opens Season Against Utah Friday
Utah State opens 2009-10 season against Utah on Friday.
Utah State opens 2009-10 season against Utah on Friday.

Nov. 11, 2009

LOGAN, Utah -

Utah (0-0) vs. Utah State (0-0)
Friday., Nov. 13, 7 p.m. • Logan, Utah • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Radio Broadcast: 1390 AM • TV Broadcast: CW30 (Tape Delay) •

TIP OFF - After a 64-56 exhibition win against Montana Tech, Utah State women's basketball begins the 2009-10 season at home against Utah on Friday, Nov. 13 against instate rival Utah at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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THE OPPONENT - Utah State and Utah resume their series for the first time since the 2007-08 season. In that meeting, Utah defeated Utah State, 70-38, on Dec. 15, 2007 in Salt Lake City. The first meeting between the two teams was the Aggies best result. On Jan. 22, 1975, Utah State won its only game against Utah with a 69-58 win in Logan. The Utes hold a convincing 27-1 series advantage over the Aggies.

The two teams met almost yearly from the 1970s to the 1980s. The teams have only played once since Utah State's reinstatement for the 2003-04 season. This is the first meeting in Logan since the 1986-87 season when the Utes won, 74-52.

The Utes are led by Kalee Whipple who was a three-time all-Mountain West Conference. She already ranks 10th all-time at Utah in scoring with 1,389 career points. Last year, she ranked second in the MWC in scoring (17.0 ppg) and was 10th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) as well as ranking in the top 10 in several other categories. Whipple scored in double figures in all but two games. She had three games with 30 or more points. She was on the MWC all-Tournament team after scoring 21 points with seven rebounds and five assists against San Diego State in the title game last season.

UP NEXT - After the game against Utah, the Aggies will play their next two games on the road and in the pacific time zone. On Monday, Nov. 16, Utah State will take on Portland in Portland, Ore. at 8 p.m. (MT). The following week, the Aggies will meet San Francisco on Sunday, Nov. 22 before taking a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday. USU is 1-2 against Portland after falling to the Pilots to open the 2008-09 campaign, 64-51, in Logan. The Aggies and the Dons have not met in over 20 years. In their only meeting the Dons topped the Aggies 81-61 on Dec. 4, 1985 in San Francisco.

LAST TIME OUT - Behind four starters in double-figures, a 17-2 run overlapping halftime and a 16-2 burst, Utah State pulled away from a pesky Montana Tech squad, 64-56, in women's basketball exhibition action Monday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Junior forward Amber White netted a team-high 15 points, while classmate, guard Alice Coddington netted 14, including draining two three-pointers. Senior forward Nicole Johnson added 11 points and senior center Lydia Whitehead tossed in 10 to go with a game-high nine rebounds, helping USU to a 34-26 rebounding advantage.

Utah State finished the night at 41.1 percent (23-of-56), draining five three-pointers in the second half on eight attempts (62.5 percent) to end up 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) behind the arc for the game. USU netted 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) at the free throw line.

USU dished out 17 assists, swiped nine steals, including three by Coddington, and had four blocks while committing 20 turnovers. MT Tech had 11 assists, seven steals, one blocked shot and had 24 turnovers.

READY FOR MY CLOSE UP - This season, Utah State will be on television at least two times. The game against Utah on Nov. 13 will be on the CW30. The Utah game will be shown on tape delay at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Another game against an instate rival will also be on television for Aggie fans to enjoy. USU's match up with BYU on Dec. 19 will also be on the CW30. The announcers for the game against Utah are Rich Winter and Rob Flygare.

ADMISSION - Admission to Utah State's women's basketball games is $5 for adults, $1 for youth. Fans can buy a women's sport pass for $75 which will gain admittance to women's basketball, volleyball and gymnastics. 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

TURNING 22 - The 2009-10 season marks the 22nd year of women's basketball at USU, and just the sixth 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 fifth season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) after playing its first two seasons in the Big West Conference.

AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - Utah State games can be heard on KLGN (1390 AM) in Logan with Evan Nyman calling the play-by-play. They can also be heard on the web by going to the Utah State Athletics home page at and cling on the Yahoo Sports link in the right hand column.

GAMETRACKER - Fans can follow Aggie home games through the USU web site at 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 USU fans can also listen to every game both home and away, via USU's web site.

FAMILIAR FACES - Head coach Raegan Pebley and the Aggies have three starters among seven letterwinners returning from last season's squad that posted an 16-15 overall record and a 9-7 record in the WAC in senior center Lydia Whitehead, senior forward Nicole Johnson and junior guard Alice Coddington.

BLOCK PARTY - With 85 career blocks,senior forward Nicole Johnson is now second in the Aggie record book for career blocks. The all-time block leader is Jessica Freeman (2003-06) who swatted 127 balls for Utah State. Last season, Johnson had 56 blocks. Last season, the Aggies knocked down 128 blocked shots. In 2009-10, 87 of the 128 blocks return this season in seniors Nicole Johnson and Lydia Whitehead.

AROUND THE COURT - News and Notes from around the Aggie basketball court.

Utah State said goodbye to four seniors, Danyelle Snelgro, Ana Pares, Ndoumbe Diop and Shawnta Pope. Snelgro ended her career as one of the most decorated Aggies. She had 1,043 points as an Aggie and is the sixth player to reach the 1,000-point plateau.

The 2009-10 season marks the 22nd year of women's basketball at USU, and just the seventh since the program was restarted prior to the 2003-04 season.

The Aggies return three starters and seven letterwinners from the 2008-09 team that went 16-15 and 9-7 in Western Athletic Conference action which tied for fifth. The nine WAC wins was the most won by Utah State since joining the league for the 2005-06 season.

Last season, USU won its first WAC Tournament game with a 59-58 win over Idaho in Reno, Nev.

The 16 wins that the Aggies had last season were the most in Pebley's career as a head coach. It was the third time that the Aggies registered double-digit wins.

Danyelle Snelgro and Ana Pares became the first Aggies to earn all- WAC honors under Pebley when both were honored last season.

COACH PEBLEY - Head coach Raegan Pebley is entering her seventh season as head coach at Utah State, which is the longest tenure in the program's history. Five games into the 2007-08 season, Pebley overtook the lead for the most games coached in Utah State history (116). She has now coached 171 games for the blue and white and has 58 wins as Aggie head coach which is first ahead of Fern Gardner (55) on the all-time win list.

IN THE CLASSROOM - Four Aggies were named to the Academic all-WAC team last season. Alice Coddington, Nicole Johnson, Ana Pares and Lydia Whitehead all earned honors.

NEWCOMERS - This season, the Aggies welcome five newcomers this season, including LaCale Pringle-Buchanan a junior guard from College of Southern Idaho and fellow junior forward Ashlee Brown, a transfer from UC Santa Barbara. Due to transfer rules, Brown will have to sit out the 2009-10 season. Utah State also added three freshman guards from all around the country. Jenna Johnson is freshman guard from Wasilla, Alaska, while Pualei Furtado is a freshman guard from Kaneohe, Hawaii. Devyn Christensen is another freshman guard from Caldwell, Idaho.

SPANNING THE GLOBE - The 2009-10 Utah State team is an international group. There are Aggies from three different countries and all across the United States. Juniors Stacey Howard and Alice Coddington hail from Australia, while redshirt freshman Banna Diop hails from Senegal. The players from the states hail from one end to the other. Pualei Furtado is from Hawaii, while fellow freshman Jenna Johnson is from Alaska. But there is only one player from the Beehive State, senior center Lydia Whitehead hails from Nibley, Utah.



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