Women's Basketball Hosts Utah Valley On Saturday
Nov. 23, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
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.
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).
The Wolverines are 5-0 on the season after Utah Valley earned a come-from-behind 78-73 overtime win over Seton Hall in a battle of two unbeatens on Wednesday. UVU also defeated Southern Utah, 75-55, last Thursday and beat UC Irvine, 103-83, on Saturday.
Robyn Fairbanks, a 6-1 junior center, leads the Wolverines with 24.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, including a season-high 39 points in Wednesday's win.
Sandy Marvin, a 5-6 junior guard, is second on the team with 18.2 points, 4.4 assists and 3.2 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 17.2 points and 7.4 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.
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. UVU 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.
All the 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 Athletic home page at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the Yahoo! Sports link in the right hand column.
Fans can also follow Aggie home games through the USU web site via GameTracker, a free service, which updates play-by-play and statistics throughout the game.
Utah State's athletics department is offering a two-for-one night for fans to watch the women's basketball team on Saturday.
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."
Next week the Utah State women's basketball team 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).