Women's Basketball Hosts Utah Valley Saturday Night

Nov. 20, 2007

LOGAN, Utah -

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GAME #4 - Utah Valley (4-0) at Utah State (0-3)
Sat., Nov. 24, 7 p.m. • Logan, Utah • Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270)
Broadcast: 1390 AM • www.UtahStateAggies.com

QUICKLY - Utah State returns home to host Utah Valley on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Pebley has coached 115 games and will take over the lead for the most games (116) coached in USU history after playing against Utah Valley. Cindy Perkins (1978-82) coached 115 games in her tenure at Utah State.

ADMISSION - Utah State's Athletic Department is offering a two-for-one night for fans to watch Saturday's action. Fans can buy one ticket and get the second ticket free. Admission to all home 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 web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com and click on "Tickets" in the left hand column.

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 - 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 Utah State Athletics home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the Yahoo! Sports link in the right hand column.

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

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.

ABOUT UTAH STATE - The Aggies are 0-3 overall after falling at Portland State, 61-59, Friday evening and at Portland, 68-55, Sunday afternoon.

In the WAC statistics, Utah State leads the conference in free throw percentage (.780), as well as sixth in scoring offense (60.0 ppg), third in scoring defense (65.3 ppg), to rank fifth in scoring margin (-5.3). The Aggies are also fifth in field goal percentage (.354) and sixth in three-point field goal pct. (.216). Utah State is also third in both steals (11.33 spg) and turnover margin (+1.33), fifth in rebounding margin (-1.0), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (0.33) and eighth in assists (6.67 apg).

Senior guard Taylor Richards (5-4, West Valley City, Utah), leads Utah State with 15.3 ppg, dishing out 1.3 apg and swiping 3.0 spg. Richards ranks fifth in the WAC in scoring and tied for fifth in steals. Richards had a team-high 12 points in Friday's game at Portland State and led the team in scoring again in Sunday's game at Portland with 16 points.

Danyelle Snelgro (JR, G, 5-5, Altadena, Calif.) nets 10.7 ppg and pulls down 2.7 rpg. Snelgro is also .941 from the free throw line (16-of-17). In the league stats, Snelgro ranks third in free throw pct. and is tied for 15th in scoring. In the loss to Portland State on Friday, Snelgro tallied 11 points and two rebounds.

Senior center Jenny Gross (6-2, Caldwell, Idaho) nets 6.7 ppg and posts a team-high 7.7 rpg. Gross grabbed 11 boards against Portland State on Friday night to go along with seven points. Gross is seventh in the WAC in FT Pct. (.769, 10-of-13).

Lindsey Shipley (JR, F, 6-0, Provo, Utah) is third on the team with 9.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.0 spg. Shipley tallied seven points against Portland State and Portland while leading the team with seven rebounds at UP. In the league, Shipley ranks eighth in three point FG pct. (.375) and 11th in FG pct. (.440).

LAST TIME OUT - PORTLAND, Ore. - Senior guard Taylor Richards scored a game-high 16 points but was the only Utah State player to finish in double-figures, as Portland cruised to a 68-55 win at the Chiles Center in women's basketball action Sunday afternoon in Portland.

The loss was the third in a row to open the season for Utah State as the Aggies fell to 0-3 on the year, while Portland improved to 3-1 overall. Sunday was USU's first trip to Portland, as the series is now tied at 1-1 with both teams taking the win at their respective home courts. The Aggies beat the Pilots last season, 68-58, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Kendra Morris scored 14 points and added seven rebounds to lead Portland, while Laura Thomas tallied nine points and added eight rebounds.

Freshman center Ndoumbe Diop scored a career-high nine points while junior forward Lindsey Shipley and junior guard Danyelle Snelgro each tallied seven points. Shipley added a team-high seven rebounds, as USU out-rebounded UP, 39-38.

Portland scored the first bucket of the game, as the Pilots controlled most of the first half. Utah State freshman guard Amber White scored USU's first four points before Portland took a 10-5 run to go up 14-9 with 8:57 left to play. USU pulled to within one point as junior forward Lindsey Shipley hit a jumper to bring the score to 20-19 with 1:38 left in the half. UP then hit two free throws and two layups in the last 30 seconds to take their largest lead of the half and take a 29-21 at the half.

The Pilots scored the first nine points of the second half to extend their lead to 17 before Utah State scored at the 16:24 mark on a jumper by senior center Jenny Gross. UP responded with a 10-4 run to extend its margin to 21 at 48-27 with 10:20 left to play. Portland kept the lead up through the rest of the game.

In all, Portland had a 31-15 run during a 14 minute stretch of the game that went from the 3:44 mark of the first half to the 9:45 mark of the second half.

Utah State finished the game by shooting 35.0 percent from the field (21-of-60) including 2-of-6 (33.3 percent) from three-point range. Portland shot 42.2 percent from the field (27-of-64) and 6-of-17 (35.3 percent) from behind the three-point arc.

SCOUTING UTAH VALLEY - The Wolverines are 4-0 on the season after winning at Southern Utah, 75-55, on Thursday and beating UC Irvine, 103-83, on Saturday. All four of Utah Valley's wins are by 20 points or more.

Robyn Fairbanks, a 6-1 junior center, leads the Wolverines with 21 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, including a season-high 36 points in Saturday's win. Fairbanks scored with 28 points in the first half and pulled down 15 rebounds in the game.

Sandy Marvin, a 5-6 junior guard, is second on the team with 20 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 steals per game. Marvin scored 21 points in the win against Southern Utah and scored 22 points in the win against UC Irvine.

Julie McMurray, a 6-0 sophomore guard, tallies 18.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. McMurray netted a team-high 23 points in Thursday's win and added six rebounds.

Fairbanks is a 2006-07 WBCA Honorable Mention All-America selection and is Utah Valley's leading returning scorer, posting 23.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season. The Wolverines returned four starters among 13 letterwinners from last year's 15-13 campaign.

Utah Valley head coach Cathy Nixon is in her 12th season at the helm of the Wolverines' women's basketball program. At UVU, Nixon has compiled a 235-137 record.

THE SERIES - Utah State leads the series 2-1 against Utah Valley, winning 73-59 at Orem on Nov. 23, 2004 and 74-51 on Dec. 10, 2005 at Logan, before falling 68-60 on Nov. 14, 2006 in the season-opener last season at Orem.

In last year's meeting sophomore guard Danyelle Snelgro led the Aggies in scoring, netting a career-high 18 points, along with four assists and a season-high four steals. Senior forward Brittany Phillips tallied 10 points, while junior forward Jenny Gross posted 10 points along with tying a game-high nine rebounds, as Utah State was slightly outrebounded, 38-37.

The Aggies shot just 32.8 percent from the field (20-of-61) including 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range. UVSC shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field but just 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) from behind the three-point arc.

The Wolverines were led by Robyn Fairbanks with 31 points and nine rebounds, including 19 points in the first half, while Julie McMurray added 11 points for the game.

RICHARDS IS USU CAREER ASSISTS RECORD HOLDER/TOP 10 STEALS AND POINTS LIST - Senior guard Taylor Richards now has 300 assists for her career, topping Pam Shirley last season for the top spot on USU's Career Assist List, as Shirley had 245 assists from 1977-79.

Richards also has 119 career steals to rank tied for sixth on the USU Career Steals List with Brenda House (1978-81), and needing five to crack the top three.

She is also tied for the No. 6 spot on the USU Career Points List with Brittany Phillips (2004-07) with 892 points, and needing 130 points to crack the top four.

Richards also holds the No. 6 slot in career free throw percentage (174-of-256, .680).

THREE-POINTERS MADE LIST - Senior guard Taylor Richards, junior forward Lindsey Shipley and junior guard Danyelle Snelgro all hold a spot on the USU Career Three-Pointers Made List. Richards holds the No. 3 spot with 70, while Snelgro is tied for sixth and Shipley holds No. 8 spot with 30 and 26 three-pointers made, respectively.

GAMES PLAYED - Richards and senior center Jenny Gross are ninth and tenth in career games played. Richards has appeared in 87 career games, while Gross has played in 78 games.

TIME SHARES - Six Aggies are averaging at least 15 minutes a game with Taylor Richards leading the way with 33.7 minutes per game.

SCORING SPREAD - Richards has led the Aggies in scoring so far this season, scoring a game-high 18 against Pacific on Nov. 9... Two different players have led in rebounding, with Gross leading the way with two games and pulling down a season-high 11 against Portland State on Nev. 16.

- Pebley is entering her fifth season as head coach at Utah State, which is the longest tenure in the program's history... Pebley has coached 115 games and will take over the lead for the most games (116) coached in USU history after playing against Utah Valley. Cindy Perkins (1978-82) coached 115 games in her tenure at Utah State.

- With 33 careers wins, Pebley is second on USU's coaching wins list. Fern Gardner is the current leader with 55 career wins from 1972-1976.

- Four players earned academic all-conference honors in 2007 which include Jenny Gross, Brittany Hagen, Brittany (Tressler) Phillips and Taylor Richards.

- With a total of seven newcomers (four 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 129 career assists, needing six 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.

UP NEXT - Utah State will open a four-game road swing, first heading to Pocatello, Idaho to take on Idaho State on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (MT) at ISU's Reed Gymnasium (3,040).

The Aggies continue action on the road facing two more Big Sky Conference schools in Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona. USU faces EWU on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. (MT) in Cheney, Wash. at the Eagles' Reese Court (5,000). Utah State heads South to battle Northern Arizona on Sunday, Dec. 8. Game time is set for 3:05 p.m. in NAU's J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome (7,000).

USU then heads closer to home as it faces the second of five in-state foes this season against Utah on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip is set for 3 p.m. (MT) in the Utes' Jon M. Hunstman Center (15,000).



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