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Probably not.

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At 6 PM PT, the Utah State Aggies will attempt to defeat the greatest women’s basketball team in the world, the undefeated #1 Oregon Ducks.

SEASON THUS FAR

RECORD: 1-1, 0-0

BEST WINS: Seattle University

WORST LOSSES: Portland

COMMON OPPONENTS: N/A

LAST 5 GAMES:

  • L (3/11) MW Champinship, Quarterfinals, Wyoming, 41-64
  • W (3/20) WBI, First Round, UC Riverside, 68-60
  • L (3/26) WBI, Second Round, North Texas, 54-56
  • L (11/7) Portland, 64-70
  • W (11/9) Seattle University, 70-63

SEASON RECAP

After a 17-15 season that ended in the second round of the WBI, the Utah State Aggies have a 1-1 record and are traveling to Eugene to take on the #1 team in the country.

Things got off to a rocky start with a loss to the Portland Pilots at home, 70 to 64, but a couple days later the Aggies were able to regain some composure by beating Seattle University, 70 to 63.

Oregon is the beginning of a four-game road slate for Utah State, and they will be without their head coach Jerry Finkbeiner who is on a medical leave of absence for a non-life threatening health condition.

AGGIE STARTERS

#4 Steph Gorman

6’0, Guard, Sophomore

(2 GP - 34.0 MPG - .412 FG% - .412 3PT% - .500 FT% - 20.0 PPG - 5.5 REB)

Against Portland, Gorman stole the ball a career-high six times, and against the Redhawks she scored ten points in the first quarter. She’s been the best player for the Aggies so far and will look to test her skills against Oregon’s talented guards.


#11 Lindsey Jensen-Baker

5’9, Guard, Senior

(2 GP - 29.5 MPG - .308 FG% - .000 3PT% - .714 FT% - 13.0 PPG - 3.5 REB)

Jensen-Baker started the season with a career-high five rebounds against the Pilots and then a career-high 15 points against the Redhawks. She missed the first 15 games of last season due to injury.


#24 Marlene Aniambossou

6’1, Forward, Senior

(2 GP - 21.5 MPG - .611 FG% - .000 3PT% - 1.00 FT% - 12.5 PPG - 6.5 REB)

She scored a career-high 13 points against Seattle. Transferred from Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas.


#12 Hailey Bassett

6’2, Forward, Senior

(2 GP - 22.5 MPG - .391 FG% - .000 3PT% - 1.00 FT% - 11.0 PPG - 5.0 REB)

Bassett has appeared in all 97 games during her Aggie career. She’s ranked 10th in career blocked shots (64). A solid example of this team’s senior leadership.


#0 Faith Brantley

5’7, Guard, Freshman

(2 GP - 28.0 MPG - .214 FG% - .167 3PT% - 1.00 FT% - 4.5 PPG - 3.5 REB)

The lone freshman starter for the Aggies, Faith Brantley has looked promising in her first couple of games. The Tacoma native has yet to miss a free-throw (2-of-2).


PANIC LEVEL

2 out of 18 Triple-Doubles

Should be good practice for the Utah State seniors and the Oregon freshmen.

SCORE PREDICTION

DUCKS 92 - AGGIES 48