Utah State women's basketball begins official competition for the 2017-18 season this weekend, as the Aggies are set to play at UC Irvine (0-0) on Friday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. MT.
Friday’s game will be streamed live through BigWestTV. All regular-season home and Mountain West games will continue to be broadcast as a USU Athletics Production on the Mountain West Network. Live stats and play-by-play information will be available through GameTracker, while updates will also be provided through the team’s social media outlets. Utah State women’s basketball games are also broadcast on the radio on 92.3 KBLU, with Jaden Johnson on the call. The games will be streamed on the air and online. Live stats will also be available for each game. Links to every option will be available online prior to every game.
UC Irvine welcomes the Aggies to town for both teams’ season openers. Last season, the Anteaters posted a 5-26 record, including a 3-13 Big West ledger. UC Irvine returns three starters and five total letterwinners from a year ago, while adding five newcomers to the team. Junior guard Andee Ritter is the top returner for the Anteaters, as she averaged 12.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game last season. Tamara Inoue is in her second season as the head coach at UC Irvine.
The all-time series between Utah State and UC Irvine dates back to the 1981-82 season, with the Anteaters leading, 7-4. The teams played together in the Big West for two seasons after the Utah State program was reinstated and before the Aggies joined the WAC. USU hosted UC Irvine in the Spectrum last season, topping the Anteaters, 68-52.
The Aggies return seven letterwinners from last year's roster, as well as two players who redshirted the 2016-17 season. Among those are all five starters, along with two other players who saw multiple starts a year ago. Headlining the returners is sophomore guard Eliza West, the 2016-17 Mountain West Freshman of the Year; junior guard Rachel Brewster, who led the Aggies in scoring last season en route to honorable mention all-Mountain West honors; and sophomore forward Shannon Dufficy, a member of the Mountain West all-freshman team last season.
Megan McCuistion is an Assistant Media Relations Coordinator at Utah State.