WAILUKU, Hawaii - Utah State women's basketball (1-4) will begin competition at the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Classic, hosted by Oregon State, on Friday, Dec. 1, against Montana State (4-2) at 8 p.m. (MT).
Live stats and play-by-play information will be available, while updates will also be provided through the team’s social media outlets. Utah State women’s basketball games are also broadcast on the radio on 92.3 KBLU, with Jaden Johnson on the call. The games will be streamed on the air and online. Links to every option will be available online prior to every game.
Montana State enters the weekend with a 4-2 record, most recently defeating Wyoming at home, 50-46.
Montana State returns three starters and five total letterwinners from a year ago, while adding five new players to the team. Last season, the Bobcats went 25-7 overall, including a first-place finish in the Big Sky with a 15-3 ledger. Sophomore forward Madeline Smith leads MSU in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.3 points and 10.5 boards per game. As a team, the Bobcats are averaging 57.5 points per game, while allowing 56.2 from its opponents. Montana State is shooting 38.5 percent (125-of-325) from the floor, 29.9 percent (44-of-147) from the 3-point line and 66.2 percent (51-of-77) from the free throw line. A former Utah State assistant coach, Tricia Binford is in her 13th season as the head coach at Montana State, where she has an overall record of 200-168.
The series between Utah State and Montana State dates back to 1978, with the Bobcats leading the meetings, 10-3. All three of USU’s wins over MSU have come at home. Friday will be the first match-up between the teams on a neutral court. The two teams played in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum last season, with the Aggies taking the win, 64-56.
Sophomore guard Olivia West is the leading scorer for the Aggies, averaging 17.0 points per game, while sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy is the top rebounder, averaging 11.0 boards per game. As a team, Utah State is shooting 41.2 percent (124-of-301) from the field, 31.4 percent (27-of-86) from the 3-point line and 67.8 percent (61-of-90) from the free throw line.
Women's basketball tickets are available now. Fans can purchase season tickets, or on a game-by-game basis. A women's sports pass is also available for $75, giving fans access to all home volleyball, women's basketball and gymnastics events. Fans can purchase tickets at the Utah State ticket office, located on the first floor of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Tickets are also available online at utahstateaggies.com/tickets, or by calling the ticket office at (435) 797-0305 or (888)-USTATE-1.
Fans can follow USU women's basketball on Twitter, @USUWBasketball, on Instagram, @USUWBasketball, as well as on Facebook, at /USUWBB. Aggie fans can also follow Utah State Athletics on Twitter, @USUAthletics, on Instagram, @USUAthletics and on Facebook at /USUAthletics.
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