Nov. 28, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball hits the road for the first time this season at the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Cal State Northridge. The Aggies open the tournament with Hampton on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. (MT).
USU will then face either host Cal State Northridge or Santa Clara on Saturday, Nov. 30.
This is the first time since the 1978-79 season that USU has begun the season 4-0. That season, the Aggies began 5-0. Last week, the Aggies earned home wins against in-state rival Utah and border-foe Idaho State.
Hampton and Utah State will be meeting for the first time in Northridge. The Aggies have faced both Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara. Utah State is 3-1 all-time against the host Matadors. The last time that CSUN and USU met was in 2005 when both schools were in the Big West. The schools split games that season. Santa Clara is 2-1 against Utah State, but the team's have not met since 1984 when the Broncos won 68-66.
So far this season, the Lady Pirates of Hampton are 3-2, last losing to UC Santa Barbara, 66-62, on Nov. 26 before taking on the Aggies. Hampton has wins against Texas State, Southern Mississippi and St. Peter's and a loss against LSU. The Lady Pirates average 65.2 points per game, while allowing 59.4 ppg. Three players average in double figures led by Alyssa Bennett, who averages 18.8 points per game. Malia Tate-DeFreitas scores 17.2 ppg, while Nicole Hamilton scores 13.4 ppg.
USU senior guard Jennifer Schlott and sophomore guard Makenlee Williams are the first two players in the Mountain West to score 30 points in a game this season. Williams was the first, scoring 35 against Black Hills State on Nov. 9, while Schlott scored a conference-best 37 against Utah on Nov. 19. USU's 103 points is also the most scored in the MW this season. USU has reached triple digits twice, while San Jose´State is the only other team in the MW to reach that point when it scored 100 against San Francisco State on Nov. 8. Schlott is first in the league in scoring, averaging 24.3 points per game, while Williams is second with 23.8 ppg.
All USU home games are streamed on the Aggie Digital Network in conjunction with the Mountain West Digital Network. Fans can watch the streaming by going http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/. Fans can follow USU women's basketball at www.twitter.com/UtahStateWBB, as well as on facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at facebook, at www.facebook.com/USUAthletics. Utah State women's basketball is now also on instagram at www.instagram.com/USUWbasketball.
Aggie women's basketball tickets will be available by contacting 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 athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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