SOCCER: BYU TV and KBYU will broadcast a second game for the BYU women's soccer team (1-0-1) who will face off against No. 7 Tennessee (2-0-0) at South Stadium. Friday night is Cosmo Kid's Club and senior citizens night. All members of the Kid's Club get in free and senior citizens get in for $1. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Kim Smith, the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Year, is one of 35 preseason candidates for the 2003-04 State Farm Wade Trophy and NCAA Division I Player of the Year. Smith is one of just three sophomores on the list.The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members comprised of leading basketball coaches, journalists and basketball administrators. Members of the committee were asked to name top female players who are most likely to be in contention for the award."We are extremely proud to produce for the first-time ever, the State Farm Wade Trophy preseason list, which boasts the most talented women's basketball players in the nation," Women's Basketball Coaches Association CEO Beth Bass said. "This year's State Farm 'Wade Watch' will once again be competitive and full of excitement."The State Farm Wade Trophy, now in its 27th year, is named after the late Lily Margaret Wade, the legendary three-time national champion Delta State University coach. The award debuted in 1978 as the first-ever women's national player of the year award in college basketball.This most prestigious award, regarded as "the Heisman of women's basketball," is organized by the WBCA in conjunction with the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).
VOLLEYBALL: The Utah women's volleyball team (1-2) opens its 2003 home season tonight with a game against Washington State at 7 p.m. at Crimson Court. The game is part of the Hampton Inn Classic, which features four teams playing round robin.The Utes will play two games Saturday against Utah Valley State College at noon and against 18th-ranked Missouri at 7 p.m. UVSC (1-3) opens at 5 p.m. against Missouri (3-0). UVSC then plays two games on Saturday, the first against host Utah (1-2) at noon and then against Washington State (1-2) at 5 p.m.
ATHLETICS: Utah State University's athletics program is ranked among the top 10 in the nation in graduation rate of its student-athletes according to the most recent report published by the NCAA. According to the report, which measures all freshman student-athletes that entered in the fall of 1996 and had six years to graduate, the Aggies have a graduation rate of 81 percent to tie for 10th place with Syracuse and Rice. Notre Dame leads the country with a 92 percent rate with Tulsa (89%), Duke and Wisconsin (88 %) and Northwestern (87%) rounding out the top five. Boston College (86%), Stanford (84%), Western Michigan (83%) and Michigan (82%) are the only other schools ahead of the Aggies.
SOCCER: Lacy Gustaveson scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute as Utah State (2-1-0) defeated Weber State (0-2-1) 2-1 Thursday. The win extends Utah State's unbeaten streak against Weber to three games. The Aggies next face Idaho State in their home opener on Sunday. The match begins at 1 p.m.