Aggie Women's Basketball Plays At Utah, Hosts Montana State
Dec. 12, 2007
LOGAN, Utah -
GAME #8 - Utah State (2-5) at Utah (6-3)
GAME #9 - Montana State (3-4) at Utah State (2-5)
QUICKLY - Utah State wraps up its current four-game road streak and heads closer to home as it faces the second of four in-state foes this season, facing Utah on Saturday, Dec. 15. Tip is set for 3 p.m. (MT) in the Utes' Jon M. Hunstman Center (15,000). The Aggies have not faced the Utes since 1987.
USU opens up a three-game homestand, battling Montana State on Monday, Dec. 17. Tip is set for 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270).
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.
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.
AGGIES ON THE RADIO/WEB - The Utah State - Utah women's basketball game can be heard on KOOL 103.9 FM. All the other Utah State women's basketball 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.
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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 2-5 overall after picking up their second straight win, defeating Northern Arizona, 65-51, Saturday afternoon at NAU's J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Utah State ranks 10th in the nation in free throw percentage (.784, 87-of-111) and is 27th in three-point FG percentage (.381, 40-of-105).
In the WAC statistics, Utah State leads the conference in free throw percentage (.784), as well as ranking sixth in scoring offense (64.7 ppg), third in scoring defense (65.7 ppg), to rank sixth in scoring margin (-1.0). The Aggies are also third in field goal percentage (.396) and first in three-point field goal pct. (.381). Utah State is also third in turnover margin (+3.00), third in assist/turnover ratio (0.72), fourth in steals (9.71 spg), sixth in assists (11.14 apg) and eighth in rebounding margin (-4.9).
Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro (5-5, Altadena, Calif.) leads Utah State with 12.6 ppg, dishing out 2.9 apg and swiping 2.4 spg. Snelgro was one of three players to score in double-figures at Northern Arizona on Saturday, posting a team-high 13 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Snelgro leads the team with a .947 free throw percentage (18-of-19, (minimum of 2.5 FT pg)) and she is tied for eighth in the nation in FT pct. In the league stats, Snelgro ranks first in free throw pct., second in three-point FG pct. (.438), is tied for fourth in steals, seventh in assists, ninth in scoring and 11th in FG pct. (.429).
Taylor Richards (SR, G, 5-4, West Valley City, Utah), tallies 11.6 ppg and leads the Aggies with 3.0 apg and 2.4 spg. Richards posted a season-high seven assists on Saturday at NAU. She netted a season-high 18 points against Pacific on Nov. 9. Richards is tied for fourth in the WAC in assists and steals, seventh in FT Pct (19-of-25, .760 and 15th in scoring.
Senior center Jenny Gross (6-2, Caldwell, Idaho) nets 6.6 ppg and posts a team-high 5.9 rpg. Against Northern Arizona on Sunday, Gross pulled down a game-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points. Gross is fifth in the WAC in FT Pct. (.773, 17-of-22), 11th in offensive rebounds (2.6 pg) and 12th in rebounding.
Jamelah Brown (SR, G, 5-10, Phoenix Ariz.) posts 8.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. Brown scored 11 points and tallied seven rebounds at Northern Arizona on Sunday. She posted a season-high 16 points at Eastern Washington on Dec. 2. In the league stats, Brown is first in three-point FG pct. (.467), is tied for 17th in rebounding and 24th in scoring.
Junior forward Lindsey Shipley (6-0, Provo, Utah) nets 7.7 ppg and grabs 3.3 rpg. In the WAC stats, Shipley is fourth in three-point FG pct. (.429) and 27th in scoring. Shipley scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds on Idaho State on Nov. 28 and netted eight points at Eastern Washington on Dec. 2.
LAST TIME OUT - FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Utah State women's basketball picked up its second straight win after defeating Northern Arizona, 65-51, Saturday afternoon at NAU's J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Aggies improved to 2-5 overall. After winning at Eastern Washington last Sunday, 74-55, USU picked up its second straight double-digit win Saturday, which hasn't been done since 2005 when the Aggies won at Cal Poly, 71-60, and then defeated Pacific, 67-48. The victory moves USU to a 5-1 record at Northern Arizona. Utah State is now 12-4 all-time versus NAU.
Northern Arizona lost its second straight game as the Lumberjacks are now 4-6 on the season.
Three players scored in double-figures for Utah State, as junior guard Danyelle Snelgro led with 13 points and six rebounds. Senior guard Jamelah Brown tallied 11 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore center Nicole Johnson scored a career-high 11 points and tied her career-high with three blocks. Senior center Jenny Gross pulled down a team-high nine rebounds to go along with eight points and senior guard Taylor Richards recorded a season-high seven assists.
The first half moved along slowly as both teams were tied at 7-all with 11 minutes to go. Utah State took its largest first-half lead of four points, 20-16, with five minutes to play and the Aggies finished the half up by three at 24-21. The first half saw six ties and nine lead changes overall.
Brown netted three three-pointers within the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Aggies scored eight unanswered points as part of a 17-6 run and Utah State went up by 14 at 41-27 with 12:31 left to play. Northern Arizona came within 10 points, 43-33, at the 9:27 mark but USU continued to dominate the game and took its largest lead of the game with a 20-point margin at 65-45 with 1:15 left to go.
The Aggies shot 26-of-63 (41.3 percent) from the field, including 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from three-point range and finished 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from behind the free throw line. Northern Arizona was 19-of-50 (38.0 percent) field goal shooting, hitting 3-of-10 (30.0 percent) behind the three-point arc and the Lumberjacks went 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the charity stripe.
Ashley Ingle led NAU with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with six blocks, while Laura Dinkins scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
USU won despite being out-rebounded, 44-29.
SCOUTING UTAH - The Utes are 6-3 on the season after falling at USC, 62-45, on Dec. 3 and winning at Minnesota, 66-54, on Saturday. The loss at USC stopped a four-game winning streak.
Utah has three players averaging double-figures, led by 5-5 senior guard Leilani Mitchell's 16.0 ppg, hitting a team-high 46.4 percent (13-of-28) from three-point range. Mitchell is also 31-of-41 (.756) at the free throw line, as well as adding 7.2 assists per game. In the loss at USC Mitchell scored nine points, and netted 19 points in the win at Minnesota on Saturday to go along with eight assists and six rebounds.
Morgan Warburton, a 5-11 junior guard, posts 15.8 ppg and 5.7 rpg. She leads the team shooting 87.5 percent (21-of-24) from behind the charity stripe. At USC on Jan. 3, Warburton tallied 16 points and eight rebounds and added 17 points, three rebounds and three assists at Minnesota on Saturday.
Kalee Whipple, a 6-0 sophomore forward, nets 15.2 ppg and pulls down a team-high 7.1 rpg. She is shooting 53.2 percent (50-of-94) from the field goal range. Whipple scored 12 points at USC on Jan. 3 to go along with six rebounds and tallied 13 points at Minnesota on Saturday.
Warburton and Whipple are Utah's leading returner scores as Warburton posted 15.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season, while Whipple tallied 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last year. The Utes return three starters and seven letterwinners from last year's team that went 19-14. Utah went 10-6 to finish sixth in Mountain West Conference action and lost in the MWC Tournament semifinals.
Utah's head coach Elaine Elliott is in her 24th season at the helm of the Utes' women's basketball program. Elliott has compiled a 515-210 record while as the head coach at Utah.
THE SERIES VS. UTAH - Utah leads the series, 25-2, as the Aggies have not faced the Utes since 1987. USU won the twice at Logan in the 1974-75 season and fell in the next 12 seasons, last losing, 74-52, on Feb. 24, 1987.
SCOUTING MONTANA STATE - The Bobcats are 3-4 on the season after falling at Drake, 80-68, on Dec. 2 and then defeating Utah Valley, 79-69, on Dec. 5. MSU opened the season with two straight wins before falling in the next four road games, the last being at Drake.
Montana State has three players averaging double-figures, led by 5-9 senior guard Rebecca Mercer's 16.1 ppg, hitting a team-high 42.5 (17-of-40) from three-point range. Mercer is also 22-of-30 (.733) at the free throw line and pulls down 3.4 rpg. Against Drake on Dec. 2, Mercer scored 16 points, while scoring a career-high 30 points versus Utah Valley on Dec. 5 to go along with five rebounds and two assists.
Krislyn Wallace, a 6-1 senior forward, posts 11.7 ppg and a team-high 6.9 rpg. She also leads the team in hitting 78.3 percent (18-of-23) from behind the charity stripe. At Drake, Wallace scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds. Against Utah Valley, she netted nine points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Sara Strand, a 6-1 freshman forward, tallies 11.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Strand scored 11 points at Drake on Dec. 2 and added 12 points and nine rebounds against UVU on Dec. 5.
Mercer is MSU's leading returning scorer after posting 12.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg last season. Montana State has four returning starters among 10 letterwinners from last season's 13-16 campaign. The Bobcats went 8-8 to finish eighth in Big Sky Conference action.
MSU head coach Tricia Binford is her third season at the helm of the Bobcats' women's basketball program. At Montana State, Binford has compiled a 19-43 record. Binford was an assistant at USU from 2003-05, and helped Pebley revive the Aggies' women's basketball program after it had been discontinued from 1987-2003.
THE SERIES VS. MONTANA STATE - Montana State leads the series, 7-2, as Utah State won in 2004, 59-51, at Logan and Montana State won last season at Bozeman, Mont., 71-53. Utah State is 2-2 against Montana State in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
LAST MEETING VS. MONTANA STATE - Utah State was outscored 29-10 at the free throw line as MSU defeated USU, 71-53, on Dec. 6, 2006. Danyelle Snelgro led the Aggies with 16 points, while Lindsey Shipley tallied 10 points. MSU was led by Whitney Connolly who scored 16 point, going 12-of-15 at the free throw line. Rebecca Mercer was the only other Bobcat in double-digits with 13 points.
The difference in the game was at the free throw line, where Utah State was 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) compared to 29-of-39 (74.4 percent) for Montana State The Aggies were 20-of-59 (33.9 percent) from the field, while the Bobcats were 18-of-56 (23.1 percent). USU was 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from three-point range, as MSU was 37.5 percent (6-of-16).
Utah State scored the first bucket of the game, but then Montana State scored the next 11 points of the game, taking an 11-2 lead before junior guard Jamelah Brown hit a long jumper from the left wing at 13:43 to make it 11-4.
The Aggies' deficit grew to 22-6 with 9:19 left in the half after a bucket by MSU's Krislyn Wallace, and the margin was double-digits for the majority of the half until sophomore forward Shipley and senior forward Brittany Hagen hit back-to-back three pointers to close to 30-22 with 59 seconds left. Snelgro later hit a runner with 28 ticks on the clock to pull USU within 31-24 at the half.
Shipley spearheaded an Aggie rally by hitting consecutive shots to pull Utah State within 33-28 at 18:11. That would be the closest the Aggies would get as the Bobcats pushed the lead back up to 14 at 60-46 at the 3:35 mark and MSU cruised to the win.
RICHARDS IS USU CAREER ASSISTS RECORD HOLDER/TOP 10 STEALS AND POINTS LIST - Senior guard Taylor Richards now has 317 assists for her career as Richards holds the No. 1 spot on USU's Career Assists List.
Richards also has 130 career steals to rank third on the USU Career Steals List, topping Dorinda Carey (1978-81) and needs 15 to tie for second with Carol Garrison (145, 1980-81).
Richards is also No. 6 on the USU Career Points List with 931 points, and needs 90 points to crack the top four.
Richards also holds the No. 6 slot in career free throw percentage (184-of-269, .684).
SNELGRO MOVES INTO CAREER ASSISTS LIST - Junior guard Danyelle Snelgro entered the career assists list on Nov. 28 and currently holds the No. 10 spot with 146 helpers. Snelgro needs four assists to become tied for ninth with Carol Grimson (150 assists, 1980-81).
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 73, while Snelgro is sixth and Shipley is tied for seventh with 36 and 32 three-pointers made, respectively. Richards needs two three-pointers to tie for second in three-pointers made with Brittany Phillips (2003-07).
TIME SHARES - Eight Aggies are averaging at least 10 minutes a game with senior guard Taylor Richards leading the way at 31.1 minutes per game.
SCORING SPREAD - Four Aggies have led or shared the lead in scoring this season with senior guard Taylor Richards leading the way by scoring a team-high in four games, netting a season-high 18 points against Pacific on Nov. 9, while junior guard Danyelle Snelgro has scored a team-high in three games and tallied a season-high 16 points against Utah Valley on Nov. 24... Three different players have led in rebounding, with senior guard Jamelah Brown and senior center Jenny Gross leading the way with three games each, as Brown pulled down a season-high eight rebounds against Idaho State on Nov. 28, while Gross grabbed 11 boards at Portland State on Nov. 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 118 games and became the all-time leader in most games coached after the game at Idaho State on Nov. 28, topping Cindy Perkins (1978-82) who coached 115 games in her tenure at Utah State.
- With 35 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 their three-game homestand, battling Saint Mary's at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum (10,270). USU then faces the third of four in-state foes this season, hosting BYU on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 5 p.m.