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Utah State women’s basketball: Ashlee Brown leads Aggies into conference tournament after being named WAC player of the week

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Senior forward Ashlee Brown has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 27-March 4. Brown helped guide the Aggies to the second seed of the upcoming WAC Tournament Wednesday-Saturday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

This is the fourth WAC Player of the Week honor for Brown this season and the sixth of her career. The senior becomes the first Utah State women's basketball player to earn WAC Player of the Week honors four times in one year.

The Chandler, Ariz., native led the Aggies to a pair of wins over Hawaii and San Jose State to give Utah State the most wins in program history.

She opened the week with a double-double of 21 points and a career-high 10 assists against the Rainbow Wahine. She also added seven rebounds, two blocks and a steal.

Brown closed out the week with her 10th double-double of the season of 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, nearing a triple-double for the second game in a row with seven assists.

For the week, she nearly averaged a triple-double with 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. She also shot an amazing 93.8 percent (15-16) from the free-throw line, becoming the program’s single-season record holder for free throws made (151). Brown’s 17 rebounds on the week also give her 497 in her career, moving her into eighth place on USU’s career rebounding list after just two seasons.

Utah State will now take on seventh-seeded Nevada on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. This is the first time the Aggies have ever been a second seed in the WAC Tournament.

In other quarterfinal games on Wednesday, third-seeded Louisiana Tech (15-14, 8-6 WAC) will play sixth-seeded Hawaii (11-18, 6-8 WAC) in the first game of the day at 1 p.m. In the second session of the day, top-seeded Fresno State (25-5, 13-1 WAC) plays eighth-seeded New Mexico State (6-23, 3-11 WAC) at 7 p.m., followed by fourth-seeded Idaho taking on fifth-seeded San Jose State at 9:30 p.m.

The first semifinal will be played on Friday at 1 p.m. The other semifinal game will be played at 3:30 p.m. The men's semifinals will follow at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively. All four semifinal games will be televised live throughout the state of Utah on KMYU-TV (Comcast Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Dish Network Ch. 12, Over-the-Air Ch. 2.2).

The championship game of the WAC Tournament will be played on Saturday at 4 p.m. and will televised live on the WAC Sports Network and in Utah on KMYU-TV.

Utah State is 2-6 in the WAC Tournament, advancing to the semifinals last year and losing to eventual champion Fresno State. The Aggies are 0-1 against Nevada in the tournament, falling to the Wolf Pack 61-60 in Las Cruces, N.M. in the 2007 WAC Tournament.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.