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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Not only did the Aggies break a two-game losing streak, they also made history, as USU defeated San Jose State 66-46 Thursday in San Jose, Calif. In the win, junior forward Nicole Johnson tied the record for career blocks.

At the 9:42 mark of the first half, Johnson cemented her spot in Utah State history with a block of Sayja Sumler's shot. The block tied her with Jessica Freeman for career blocks in the Aggie blue. Johnson now has 127 career blocks in her four-year USU career.

Utah State improved to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in Western Athletic Conference action. San Jose State fell to 5-18 overall and 1-9 in WAC action. The Aggies swept the series with the Spartans and improved to 7-3 overall against the Spartans since joining the WAC.

The Aggies were led by junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan's first double-double in a USU uniform, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds. Fellow junior guard Amber White led all scorers with 12 points. Red-shirt freshman Banna Diop added eight points and five rebounds. San Jose State was led by Ashley Brown's 10 points and three assists. Samantha Marez and Shaunna Ridge both added nine points and five assists in the loss.

After a 3-pointer from Amber White to open the game, San Jose State went on a 7-0 run to take a 7-3 lead. A Nicole Johhnson jumper stopped the run and cut the lead down to 7-5. Despite early shooting troubles, the Aggies remained hot from beyond the arc, making three of their first four.

With neither team shooting well, Utah State used a 8-0 run of their own to take a 22-15 with 4:15 remaining in the half. The Aggies outscored the Spartans 13-1 in the final five minutes of the first half to build a 31-16 half time lead. The lead increased to 31 due in part to a Pringle-Buchanan three pointer as time expired. The 16 points allowed by the Aggies is the fewest allowed in a half this season.

USU was able to recover from such a slow start by scoring 17 points off of turnovers compared to the Spartans scoring only four points off of turnovers. SJSU turned the ball over 16 times compared to only seven first-half turnovers by the Aggies. SJSU did out-score USU in points in the paint, 12-4.

Utah State was led at the half by 10 points from White who also added two rebounds. Pringle-Buchanan also added eight first-half points, including two three pointers. USU ended the half, making five of seven three pointers. San Jose State was led by Chasity Shavers six points, while Sumler added three points in the first half.

With 10:51 left in the game, USU's lead expanded to 20 points, 46-26. With just under eight minutes remaining in the game, San Jose State reached the 30-point mark off of free throws from Shaunna Ridge.

Every Aggie who dressed in the game played in the win for USU. The win was the Aggies biggest since a 21-point victory over Weber State on Dec. 21. It was also Utah State's third win of 20 points or more this season along with wins over Weber State and Montana Western. It was the Aggies' first double-digit WAC win since the last time USU and SJSU met on Jan. 9.

For the game, the Aggies shot 37.9 percent from the field (22-of-58) and 54.5 percent from three (6-of-11). The Aggies shot 72.7 percent from the charity stripe (16-of-22). The Spartans shot 40.5 percent from the field (17-of-42), while shooting 14.3 percent from three (1-of-7). SJSU shot 78.6 percent from the free throw line (11-of-14).

Utah State remains on the road to take on second-place Nevada on Saturdayat 5:30 p.m. (MT). It is the first half of a doubleheader with the Nevada men's team. The Aggies next two games will be doubleheaders as their game against first-place Fresno State on Wednesday, Feb. 17 is a doubleheader with the USU men's team.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Aggies will send athletes to two locations Saturday in the fifth meet of the indoor season. Some Aggies will compete at the Boise State Open while the rest of the team willtravel to the Husky Classic in Seattle.

Both the Bronco Invitational and the Husky Classic are two-day meets. The Bronco Classic will begin Friday at 3:30 p.m. (MT) with the pentathlon and heptathlon events. The Bronco Classic is schedule to end Saturday with theevent, men's 4x400m relay schedule to begin at 2:25 p.m.

Host Washington has scheduled the Husky Classic for a 7 p.m. start with the distance medley relays. The final event Saturday is the 4x400m relay slated to start at 6:55 p.m.

This week in Aggie track and field junior Mike Pyrtle was named the WAC Track Athlete of the Week after his performance in the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 7. Pyrtle (Ocala, Fla.) set a new Utah State record in winning the 60m in a time of 6.69 (6.71 altitude venue adjusted). Pyrtle's time is an NCAA provisional mark, as well as the fastest in the WAC and anew personal-record. Pyrtle's mark betters the Utah State school record in the 60m by 0.03, as the previous mark was held by DJ Smith in 2006 of 6.72.The split weekend in Seattle and Boise will conclude the regular indoor season for the Aggies with their next action coming at the WAC Indoo championships Feb. 25-27 hosted by Boise State.

SOFTBALL: The Aggies (0-0, 0-0 WAC) officially opens the Carissa Millsap-Kalaba era when the Aggies take the field at the St. George Tournament to kick off the 2010 season. The three-day tournament, co-hosted by Utah Valley and BYU, will be held at the Canyons Softball Complex.

The Aggies open tournament action on Friday taking on Maine at 11 p.m. (MT), followed by a border-battle with Idaho State at 1:30 p.m. (MT). USU returns to the diamond on Saturday, Feb. 13 to face Tulsa at 11 a.m. (MT) and Northern Colorado at 1:30 p.m. (MT), before concluding play on Sunday, Feb. 14 against Seattle at 11 a.m. (MT).

Carissa Millsap-Kalaba is the eighth Aggie softball head coach and Kalaba is trying to become the fifth USU head coach to win their opening game at the helm of the Aggies, as USU is 4-3 in head coach openers.