WBB Notes – Utah Point out Women’s Basketball Travels To Arizona To Open up MW Play

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LOGAN, Utah – Utah State women’s basketball (2-3, – MW) guidelines off the meeting portion of its 2020-21 campaign as the Aggies head on the road for a two match series from San José Condition (1-, – MWC) on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 1 p.m. Games will be performed at GCU Arena on the campus of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., due to a Santa Clara County ban on general public gatherings.

HOW TO Follow
Radio coverage for the match will be offered by 92.3 KBLU-LP with Jaden Johnson on the phone. The contest can be found on The Mountain West Network. Live stats and enjoy-by-play data will be accessible via StatBroadcast. Hyperlinks to every choice will be accessible on line prior to the match.

Utah Point out potential customers the all-time series, 18-13, with the two groups conference every single of the previous 15 seasons. San José Condition swept the series in 2019-20, winning in Logan, 76-61, and in San Jose, 76-38. The Spartans completed the 2019-20 campaign with a 19-12 overall mark, and a 12-6 report in league play to end the year third in the Mountain West. This period, San José Condition performed just one video game before having its remaining 4 non-conference contests canceled. 

In 2019-20, the Spartans averaged 74.7 factors for every game, taking pictures 41.5 percent (832-of-2006) from the subject, 36.5 percent (244-of-669) from driving the 3-stage line and 76.5 percent (408-of-533) at the free of charge toss line. Junior guard Ayzhiana Basallo led SJSU’s scorers, averaging 18.5 factors for each match, even though also leading the squad with 133 assists on the year. Senior ahead Tyra Whitehead led all gamers on the glass with 10.1 rebounds for every video game.

Defensively final time, the Spartans authorized 70.9 factors for every game, with opponents capturing 39.5 p.c (819-of-2076) from the industry, 29. percent (208-of-717) from at the rear of the arc and 69.2 % (353-of-510) at the free throw line. Whitehead led the group in equally steals and blocks with 68 and 36, respectively. 

Utah State’s 68-65 get around UTEP arrived down to a extraordinary end at the buzzer. With just above 30 seconds remaining, junior forward Bre Mathews strike a layup to put the Aggies up by two. Then, as the clock ticked down to zeroes senior guard Emmie Harris recorded what was just the 12th block of her job to protect against a shot that could have perhaps compelled extra time.

Home SWEET…Dwelling?
Thanks to COVID-19 community well being protocols set by Santa Clara County which have put a restriction on community gatherings in San Jose, this week’s series in opposition to the Spartans will be played in Phoenix on the campus of Grand Canyon University, where the San José State men’s and women’s applications have relocated for the forseeable long term. 

Letting ‘EM FLY
Utah Point out has scored 8 3-ideas in every of its earlier two game titles, and is coming off of a period-finest shooting functionality of 40. per cent from outdoors the arc. Past time, the Aggies had eight or extra threes just 6 situations.

I’ll Take THAT
The Aggies at the moment rank first in the Mountain West and 19th in the nation in defensive rebounds with 32.8 defensive boards for each activity. They also rank third in the conference in total rebounds for each activity (43.8). Against UTEP, Utah State had a year-ideal rebounding margin, outrebounding the Miners, 37-24.

In its historical past, USU has played just 20 online games in the point out of Arizona. The Aggies have a report of 11-9 in people online games, even though this will be the first time the team has ever manufactured a journey to Phoenix.

UTAH Point out IN Meeting OPENERS
This week’s game titles from San José State will be the initially of meeting enjoy for the Aggies. Historically in convention openers, USU is 13-15 all-time, though just 2-5 due to the fact joining the Mountain West. Utah Point out opened conference perform in 2019-20 in opposition to San José Point out as effectively, a 76-61 reduction.

Utah Condition graduate forward Jessica Chatman has produced an rapid impression on the team, transferring in from Southern Utah back in April. By way of the to start with 5 online games of the season, Chatman leads the crew in each scoring (14.2) and rebounding (8.8), and has recorded at least 10 factors and seven boards in each and every game.