USU women's basketball hosts BYU in televised game on Saturday

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Dec. 16 2011 5:38 p.m. MST

LOGAN – Utah State women's basketball returns home to take on in-state rival Brigham Young in a televised game on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. The game is one of two televised games on KCSG-TV this season, as the Aggies game against New Mexico State on Feb. 11 will also be shown live.

Saturday's game will be televised live on KCSG-TV (Comcast Ch. 116, DirecTV Ch. 44, Dish Network Ch. 37) with Mychal Clanton (play-by-play) and Brooks Hansen (analyst) calling the action. The game will also be available via the internet at ESPN3.com and is part of the ESPN Full Court Package.

Fans who bring a canned or non-perishable food item to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday will receive free admission to the women's game and will have the opportunity to buy a $10 non-priority ticket ($7 discount) to the men's game. All food items collected on Saturday will be donated to the Cache Community Food Pantry.

The Cougars lead the all-time series with Utah State, 29-3. The last time the Aggies defeated the Cougars was Dec. 7, 1978 when USU handed BYU an 80-72 loss in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Last season, the Aggies and the Cougars met twice, in the regular season and in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament, both in Provo. On Nov. 23, 2010, BYU defeated Utah State 84-52. In that game, USU was led by 12 points from Banna Diop. BYU had six players in double figures in scoring, including a double-double from Kristen Riley. In the loss in the tournament, Devyn Christensen was USU's leading scorer with 14 points. Once again, BYU had six players in double figures, led by 19 points from both Haley Hall and Kim Parker.

This season, the Cougars are off to a hot start with a 9-2 record. In their last outing, the Cougars defeated former conference rival Utah, 63-58 in Provo. BYU's only losses this season came against Duke and Kansas State. The always-tough Cougars have won eight straight games, including back-to-back games against Beehive State schools with wins over Utah and Southern Utah.

Senior forward Ashlee Brown is still third in the Western Athletic Conference in scoring behind San Jose State's Brittany Johnson and Fresno State's Ki-Ki Moore. Johnson is averaging 18.4 points per game, while Brown averages 17.2 ppg. Brown is still first in the league in rebounding with 10.1 rpg. Senior forward Maddy Plunkett is tied for first in the league in three-point shooting (.500) with Moore. Senior guard Brooke Jackson is up to second in free throw percentage (.896). Brown and Jackson have scored the most free throws by far in the conference with Brown sinking 53 and Jackson making 43.

After taking on the Cougars, Utah State will have two more games before the Christmas holiday.

The Aggies will host Northern Arizona on Dec. 19 at noon, which is School Day, when local elementary school kids will be in attendance to cheer on the women's team. On Dec. 22, Utah State will travel to Boise to take on the Broncos of Boise State at 3:30 p.m.

Live stats will be available for most Utah State women's basketball games through the women's basketball page at utahstateaggies.com by clicking on GameTracker in the current events box. All home games can be viewed by clicking on "Watch Live," while they can be heard by clicking on "Listen Live."

For tickets, contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office at 435-797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831). Fans can follow USU women's basketball at twitter.com/UTAHSTATEofmind and Utah State athletics at twitter.com/USUAthletics or UtahStateAggies.com.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

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