Utah State women's basketball (3-13, 1-4 MW) returns to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum this weekend as it hosts Nevada (9-6, 2-2 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m.
Nevada opens the weekend with a 9-6 overall record, including a 2-2 Mountain West ledger. Last week, the Wolf Pack fell at Wyoming, 66-60, but defeated Air Force at home, 70-60. Nevada comes to Logan off its first bye of the conference season.
Nevada returned seven letterwinners, including three starters, to the floor this season from a team that went 11-19 overall and 5-13 in conference play a year ago. Senior forward Teige Zeller leads the Wolf Pack on both ends of the floor, as she is averaging 13.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Overall, Nevada is averaging 69.5 points per game, just outscoring its opponents, who average 68.4 points per game. As a team, the Wolf Pack is shooting 41.6 percent (380-of-913) from the field, 35.2 percent (83-of-236) from the 3-point line and 69.2 percent (200-of-289) from the free-throw line. Amanda Levens is in her first season as the head coach at Nevada.
Longtime rivals, the series between Utah State and Nevada dates back to the 1979-80 season. The Aggies lead the series, 16-11, including a 9-4 advantage in home games. Utah State has won the last five contests against Nevada, sweeping the meetings in the last two seasons.
Sophomore guard Olivia West is the leading scorer for the Aggies, averaging 14.3 points per game, while sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy is the top rebounder, averaging 8.4 boards per game. As a team, Utah State is shooting 39.2 percent (360-of-918) from the field, 26.6 percent (75-of-282) from the 3-point line and 67.2 percent (166-of-247) from the free-throw line.
Megan McCuistion is an Assistant Media Relations Coordinator at Utah State.