After one exhibition win, the Utah State women's basketball team will officially open the 2011-12 season on the road at Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m.
This is the first time since the 2006-07 season that the Aggies have started the season away from the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. In that game, USU fell to Utah Valley, 68-60, in Orem. Last season, the Aggies opened at home and lost to Dixie State, 71-67, in Logan. In 2009-10, Utah State started the season with one of its biggest wins of that season with a 67-58 win over in-state rival Utah in Logan.
Wyoming holds a 12-4 advantage over the Aggies in 16 meetings. This is the second-straight season that the two teams have met as the Cowgirls stopped the Aggies 80-50 on Dec. 23, 2010, in Logan. In that game, Wyoming played an even game scoring 40 points in each half. Utah State was led by 14 points from Alice Coddington, while senior forward Ashlee Brown added 12.
In its final exhibition, Wyoming defeated Western State, 61-46, in Laramie. The Cowgirls were paced by 14 points by Kaitlyn Mileto. Four different Wyoming players reached double digits in the game.
Freshmen forward/center Franny Vaaulu and guard Elise Nelson both had solid starts to their Aggie careers against Western New Mexico in USU’s only exhibition game. Vaaulu had 19 points in only 16 minutes of action. She added three rebounds and four blocks. Nelson scored six points with three assists and one steal.
This season, Utah State welcomes six newcomers, including senior transfer Brooke Jackson who comes to Logan from the University of Arizona. USU adds five freshmen in Brooke Beckstead, Xava Grooms, Addison Moore, Nelson and Vaaulu. Leading the Aggie returners is Preseason All-WAC Player of the Year Brown
Following the game against the Cowgirls, Utah State will remain on the road to face South Dakota State in Brookings on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. MST. The Jackrabbits received votes in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll last week.
Aggie 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 website atwww.UtahStateAggies.com.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.