Break up the Aggies ? the Aggie women’s basketball team that is.
Utah State won its third straight game for the second time this year Sunday with an upset win over first-place Fresno State, 44-40.
The Aggies (9-16) started the run with a win over San Jose State and followed it up with a win over Nevada, and then Fresno State.
“A lot of things came together at the right time and the right place for us. It was huge,” Utah State coach Raegan Pebley told the Logan Herald Journal.
The Aggies held the Bulldogs to just 22 percent shooting in the first half Sunday and 26.9 percent for the game. Utah State shot just 32.7 percent but it was good enough to get the win.
Jenny Gross poured in a game-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Jamelah Brown added 12 – four in waning seconds – to give the Aggies the victory.
Brown also had a seven rebounds as did Alice Coddington.
The Aggies now sit in fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings with three games to play.
Mathematically, the Aggies can’t finish any higher than fourth, and sitting in fourth place right now is Louisiana Tech (12-13 6-6), which the Aggies play Thursday in Ruston, La.
The Lady Techsters won the first game between the two teams, 71-56, on Jan. 26 in Logan.
“It was a huge win (over Fresno State),” said Brown told the HJ. “Hopefully, that helps us build confidence going into the rest of the games that we have to play, knowing we can hang with anybody.”
ADDRESSING THE A.D. ISSUE: Utah State administration is in the process of interviewing replacements for departed athletic director Randy Spetman, who left for Florida State earlier this month.
Ken White, Associate Director of Research in the Center for Integrated BioSystems, and a professor in the Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences Department, was named the interim director.
Scott Barnes, former AD at Eastern Washington and Senior Associate Athletics Director for Advancement at the University of Washington, will interview for the position this week as well as Curt Aspey, Senior Associate Athletic Director or Advancement at Boise State University.
Former Northern Iowa AD Rick Hartzell, who resigned from that post on January 31, is also on Utah State’s short list.
CARROLL MOVING ON UP: Jaycee Carroll, who is already Utah State’s leader in scoring, three-point field goal percentage, three-point field goal attempted, 10-point games, games started, and total minutes played, added another to the list in Utah State’s 72-59 victory over Santa Barbara Friday night.
He is now the leader in field goals attempted (1,612) and he tied Tony Brown in games played with 127.
MORE ON CARROLL: He has made a three-pointer in 49 straight games. He hit only one against the Gauchos and in came in the final five minutes of the contest…He has played all 40 minutes in four straight games…He has 617 points this season, which is ninth all-time…He has scored in double figures in 32 straight games and in 114 career games He scored just 15 in the win over Santa Barbara, and it was the first time in five game he didn’t score at least 20 points.