Dec. 18, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball returns to action, traveling to UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. (MT). The Aggies are currently 5-3 this season, but have lost two-straight games.
The game against the Gauchos will be the first that will be web streamed only. Aggie fans can find play-by-play announcer Craig Hislop by going to www.utahstateaggies.com or www.1390klgn.com.
UC Santa Barbara holds the series lead against Utah State, 5-2. The two teams have not met since both teams were in the Big West Conference. During the 2004-05 season, the Gauchos won both games. UCSB has won the last five meetings dating back to a 60-54 win in Santa Barbara on Dec. 19, 1986. The Aggies won the first two meetings in the series, winning in 1983 on the road, 72-56. Utah State captured the first game of the series in 1976 at the UNLV Tournament, 77-68.
UC Santa Barbara is currently 4-5 with back-to-back losses to Northern Arizona and Kansas State. The Gauchos have three players, averaging in double figures, led by Nicole Nesbit who scores 18.0 points and has 3.0 rebounds per game. Destini Mason averages 13.9 ppg, while Melissa Dorning scores 13.0 ppg. UCSB is 2-3 at home this season and 2-2 on the road.
The Gauchos are coaches by Carlene Mitchell, who is a 1996 Kansas State graduate. She is in her third season at the helm of UC Santa Barbara, entering this season with a 32-31 record.
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 22.6 points per game, while Williams is second with 20.3 ppg.
USU will end the road swing against in-state rival BYU on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m., on a game that will be nationally televised on BYU TV (Ch. 21 / Ch. 647 HD Comcast; Ch. 9403 on Dish Network; Ch. 68 or 374 on DirecTV in Cache Valley).
Live stats will be available for both games this week by going to www.utahstateaggies.com. Live audio for both games is available by going to the "Listen Live" link on the front page of the Utah State web site at www.utahstateaggies.com.
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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