Utah State women’s basketball (2-2, 0-0 MW) continues its 2023-24 campaign this week with a pair of games. The Aggies first travel to Riverside, California, to face UC Riverside on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. (MT), then return home to host Warner Pacific on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m., at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
How to Follow
Radio coverage for all games will be provided on 107.7 FM, with Ajay Salvesen on the call. Live stats and streaming information will be available on utahstateaggies.com, while updates will also be provided through the team’s social media outlets.
Scouting the Highlanders
• UC Riverside is off to a 1-3 start to the 2023-24 campaign, with a win over Antelope Valley and losses to SMU, UCLA and Boise State.
• The team returns three starter and six letterwinners from last year’s squad.
• Senior guard Jordan Webster is the team’s top scorer this year at 18.8 points per contest. Redshirt senior forward Matehya Bryant leads the team on the glass with 8.8 boards per game, while fifth year guard RyAnne Walters averages a team-high 6.0 assists per game.
Scouting the Knights
• Warner Pacific is off to a 1-1 start to the year after defeating Pacific Lutheran and falling to Lewis & Clark College.
• The team returns four starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s squad.
• Senior guard Teirra Hicks is the team’s top scorer at 10.5 points per game. Junior forward Alexa Mee leads the Knights on the glass (9.0 rpg), while senior forward Larsa Guzman averages a team-best 2.5 assists per game.
• After opening the season with a pair of losses, the Aggies are back to .500 after picking up back-to-back wins last week, defeating Kansas City and Weber State.
• In a back-and-forth game against the Roos, USU picked up a 62-60 road win at the buzzer as junior guard Cheyenne Stubbs hit a layup as time expired to give the Aggies the win.
• Versus Weber State, Utah State earned a wire-to-wire victory, coming out on top 72-62. The Aggies never trailed in the contest to earn their second-straight win.
Lights Out Shooting
In USU’s win over Weber State on Friday, the Aggies had one of the most efficient shooting performances in program history. USU shot 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from the floor, the sixth-best shooting percentage ever by a Utah State team, and the best in nearly a decade. This was also the 25th-best shooting performance by any Division I team so far this season.
She’s not Chey
• USU junior guard Cheyenne Stubbs has emerged as the team’s top scorer after a pair of stellar outings last week.
• Against Kansas City, she went for a team-high 19 points, including scoring the game-winning layup at the buzzer, along with three assists, three rebounds, four steals and a block. She followed that performance with 18 points, three assists, three boards and four steals against Weber State.
• Stubbs was named the AFCU Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week.
Skye’s The Limit
Junior guard Skye Miller has proven to be a versatile player on both ends of the court for Utah State. While being the only Aggie player to score in double-figures in all four outings this season, she also averages a team-best 2.8 assists to go along with 4.8 rebounds and one steal per outing.
Bridge-ing the Gap
• Utah State junior forward Bridget Mullings got off to a strong start to her Aggie career, putting up big performances in each of her first two games.
• Against CSUN, Mullings led the team with a 17-points, 10-rebound double-double, team-highs in both categories. She followed that performance with a 19-point, eight-rebound showing in just 19 minutes against Eastern Washington.
Lights Out Shooting – Pt. II
• Making 44.0 percent (88-of-200) of its shots this season, Utah State ranks as the third-most efficient shooting team in the Mountain West.
• Individually, Stubbs ranks fourth in the league in shooting percentage, connecting on 21-of-43 shots (48.8 percent) from the floor this year.
New Year, New Faces
• Utah State welcomes in 12 newcomers this year, tied for the most in NCAA Division I. The 12 new faces include nine transfers and three freshmen.
• Incoming transfers include guard Ivory Finley (UMass Lowell), guard Livia Knapp (College of Southern Idaho), guard Skye Miller (Eastern Arizona College), forward Bridget Mullings (UC San Diego), guard Macy Smith (CSUN), guard Taylia Stimpson (Utah Tech), guard Cheyenne Stubbs (Canisius), guard/forward Samiana Suguturaga (Snow College) and forward Allyzee Verdan (Salt Lake CC).
• Incoming freshmen include forward Lauren Crocker (Calgary, Canada), forward Gracie Johnson (Nyssa, Oregon) and guard Ali Wetta (Castle Rock, Colorado).
Along with the 12 new faces, USU also welcomes back a trio of players. Sophomore guard Isabella Tañedo is the team’s lone returning letterwinner after making 27 appearances last season. Junior forward Lillian Harris appeared in 13 games in 2022-23, while sophomore forward Tiairra Hill-Brown played two contests before missing the remainder of the season due to injury.
It Runs in the Family
This year’s team has a pair of players with family ties to Utah State. Junior guard/forward Samiana Suguturaga is the daughter of former Aggie football player who played tight end at USU from 2000-01. Additionally, freshman forward Gracie Johnson’s older brother, Isaac, is currently a redshirt sophomore on the Utah State men’s basketball team.
Reunited and it Feels so Good
There is a reunion of former teammates happening this year in Logan, as junior guards Skye Miller and Livia Knapp are on the same team once again. The duo played club ball together in Portland, Oregon, before going their separate ways and each having a strong start to their collegiate career at the junior college level.