Women's Basketball Plays At Idaho State On Wednesday
Nov. 26, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME #5 - Utah State (0-4) at Idaho State (3-2)
QUICKLY - Utah State opens 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).
ADMISSION - 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 - The Utah State - Idaho State women's basketball game will be tape delayed 30 minutes and will follow the Utah Jazz on 610 AM, while all other 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. The Utah State - Idaho State game can also be followed through GameTracker.
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 0-4 overall after falling to Utah Valley, 89-74, Saturday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
In the WAC statistics, Utah State leads the conference in free throw percentage (.784), as well as sixth in scoring offense (63.5 ppg), fifth in scoring defense (71.2 ppg), to rank sixth in scoring margin (-7.8). The Aggies are also fifth in field goal percentage (.365) and three-point field goal pct. (.295). Utah State is also third in turnover margin (+1.75), fourth in steals (10.75 spg), tied for fourth in rebounding margin (-2.0), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (0.50) and eighth in assists (8.75 apg).
Senior guard Taylor Richards (5-4, West Valley City, Utah), leads Utah State with 12.5 ppg, dishing out 1.8 apg and swiping 2.25 spg. Richards ranks seventh in the WAC in steals and 10th in scoring.
Danyelle Snelgro (JR, G, 5-5, Altadena, Calif.) nets 12.0 ppg and pulls down 3.0 rpg. Snelgro is also .947 from the free throw line (18-of-19). In the league stats, Snelgro ranks third in free throw pct., is tied for fifth in three point FG pct. (.400) and is 11th in scoring. In the loss to Utah Valley, Snelgro tallied a season-high 16 points and four rebounds.
Senior center Jenny Gross (6-2, Caldwell, Idaho) is third on the team with 8.5 ppg and posts a team-high 6.8 rpg. Gross grabbed four boards against Utah Valley to go along with 14 points. Gross is sixth in the WAC in FT Pct. (.842, 10-of-14) and 10th in rebounding.
Lindsey Shipley (JR, F, 6-0, Provo, Utah) nets 9.3 ppg and tallies 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg and 1.0 spg. In the league, Shipley ranks ninth in three point FG pct. (.364) and 11th in FG pct. (.364).
LAST TIME OUT - LOGAN, Utah - Senior guard Danyelle Snelgro scored a game-high 16 points as Utah Valley defeated the Utah State women's basketball team, 89-74, Saturday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The loss was the fourth in a row to open the season for Utah State as the Aggies fell to 0-4 on the year, while Utah Valley remains undefeated at 6-0 overall. The series against Utah Valley is now tied at 2-all with the Wolverines picking up their first win in Logan.
Sandy Marvin scored 21 points for Utah Valley, while Robyn Fairbanks tallied 20 points and added five rebounds. Julie McMurray scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds for the Wolverines.
Senior center Jenny Gross scored 14 points and added four rebounds for Utah State, while senior guard Jamelah Brown scored a season-high 12 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds, as USU was outrebounded by UVU, 36-31.
Utah State scored the first bucket of the game, as the Aggies controlled the game for the first 10 minutes of the first half. Fairbanks scored on a layup as the Wolverines went up 9-5 with 16:12 left to play. Utah State took a 14-0 run to go up 19-9 with 13:31 left before Asumi Nakayama scored on a jumper to break the streak. The Aggies held the lead until the 6:09 mark of the half when Fairbanks scored on a layup and tied up the game at 31-all. The first half saw five lead changes and was tied twice, as the Wolverines took a 47-39 lead at the half.
Utah Valley went on a 19-4 run to open up the second half to extend their lead to 21 points at 66-45 with 12:40 left to play. The Wolverines continued to control the half and took their largest lead of 27 points at 86-59 with 4:44 left and lead through the rest of the game.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 39.4 percent from the field (26-of-66) including 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from three-point range. Utah Valley shot 58.6 percent from the field (34-of-58) and 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE - The Bengals are 3-2 on the season after falling to Texas Tech, 86-72, on Thursday and then defeating Alcorn State, 61-53, and Kennesaw State, 87-68, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. ISU finished 2-1 in the Basketball Travelers Classic in Lubbock, Texas.
Natalie Doma, a 6-3 senior center, leads the Bengals with 21.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and has tallied four double-doubles on the season, including 21 points and 10 rebounds in the loss against Texas Tech along with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win against Alcorn State. She also notched 23 points and six rebounds on Saturday in the win versus Kennesaw State. Doma earned Big Sky Conference Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 21 after notching 25 points and 15 rebounds in ISU's 93-62 win against Montana Tech.
Andrea Lightfoot, a 5-8 senior guard, is second on the team with 14.2 points, 6.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Lightfoot scored 17 points and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds in the loss at Texas Tech. She also netted 23 points and grabbed nine boards in the win on Saturday against Kennesaw State.
Bianca Cheever, a 5-8 freshman guard, tallies 8.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Cheever made her first career start against Texas Tech on Thursday and pulled down five rebounds. She also tallied 20 points and seven rebounds in the win on Friday versus Alcorn State.
Doma and Lightfoot are 2006-07 all-Big Sky selections and are Idaho State's leading returning scorers. Doma posted 22.1 points and 12.0 rebounds per game last season, while Lightfoot tallied 17.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg. The Bengals return four starters among eight letterwinners from last season's 17-14 campaign. ISU went 11-5 in Big Sky action last year and finished tied for second in the regular season before claiming the Big Sky Conference Tournament Championship. Idaho State also made its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and fell to fifth ranked Stanford, 96-58, in the first round.
ISU head coach Jon Newlee is in his sixth season at the helm of the Bengals' women's basketball program. At Idaho State, Newlee has compiled a 76-74 record and has earned Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2005 and 2006. Newlee has some experience with the Western Athletic Conference, serving as assistant coach at Hawai'i from 2000-02.
THE SERIES - Utah State holds a 13-9 advantage over Idaho State with the Aggies going 2-1 over the last three years, winning 67-61 at Logan on Dec. 20, 2004, falling 96-73 at Pocatello on Dec. 2, 2005 and winning their second in a row at Logan, 85-83, on Nov. 17, 2006.
Last season at Logan, Utah State captured a thrilling 85-83 victory in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, as Richards posted a then-career high 26 points and hit two free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining to help get USU's first victory of the season.
The win snapped Utah State's seven-game losing streak dating back to Feb. 18, 2006, while the Aggies' captured its first home-opening victory since 1984, a span of five seasons, as the women's basketball program was discontinued after the 1987 season before being reinstated for the 2003-04 season.
Richards was followed by junior forward Jamelah Brown with a career-high 18 points, while sophomore forward Lindsey Freeze tallied a career-high 17 points. Senior guard Brittany Phillips added 14 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
Idaho State was led by Natalie Doma's career-high 33 points, including 25 in the second half, nearly single handedly leading the Bengals back from a 41-33 Utah State halftime lead. Andrea Lightfoot tallied 25 points, while Devin Diehl added 16 points.
The Bengals shot a scorching 67.9 percent (19-28) in the second half and finished the game 31-51 (60.8 percent) from the field, while Utah State was 33-73 (45.2 percent). Idaho State hit 50 percent of its three-pointers (8-16), including four by Lightfoot. The Aggies were 5-20 (25.0 percent) behind the arc.
A major difference was at the free throw line, where Utah State was 14-15 (93.3 percent) just off the school record of 95.6 percent set in 1980. Idaho State was 13-18 (72.2 percent).
The Aggie defense also forced 24 Bengal turnovers, which they converted into 27 points, while Utah State only committed 14 turnovers, which Idaho State turned into 13 points.
Utah State's bench had a dominating 40-4 advantage over its counterparts as well.
RICHARDS IS USU CAREER ASSISTS RECORD HOLDER/TOP 10 STEALS AND POINTS LIST - Senior guard Taylor Richards now has 303 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 122 career steals to rank tied for fourth on the USU Career Steals List with Pam Shirley (1977-79), and needing two to crack the top three.
Richards is also No. 6 on the USU Career Points List with 896 points, and needing 126 points to crack the top four.
Richards also holds the No. 6 slot in career free throw percentage (175-of-258, .678).
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 71, while Snelgro is sixth and Shipley holds the No. 8 spot with 32 and 27 three-pointers made, respectively.
GAMES PLAYED - Richards and senior center Jenny Gross are ninth and tenth in career games played. Richards has appeared in 88 career games, while Gross has played in 79 games.
TIME SHARES - Six Aggies are averaging at least 15 minutes a game with Taylor Richards leading the way with 32.8 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, while Snelgro tallied a season-high 16 points against Utah Valley on Nov. 24... Three different players have led in rebounding, with Gross leading the way in two games and pulling down a season-high 11 against Portland State on Nov. 16.
- 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.
- 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.
UP NEXT - 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).