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    VOLUME 9 | ISSUE 2 February 2011     

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USU Alumni Spotlight - Rick Haskins Rick Haskins

Spotlight by Liz Wilson

Rick Haskins is one of the most prominent names in television marketing today. Since his graduation from Utah State in 1979, he has had continual professional success. For Rick, Utah State was a natural choice when it came to choosing a school. "I chose Utah State because my dad is actually from here and both my parents went to Utah State," Haskins said, "I always really liked the setting, I like campus and I thought it would be a great place for an education."

Logan proved a great place to learn the skills necessary to be successful in a career. Haskins also credits his participation in a fraternity with helping him gain the full college experience. "I was Sigma Chi [and] I really loved it. It was a great addition to the overall curriculum and education that I got because I think it provided the people part of education ... having a degree is half the battle," Haskins said, "knowing how to interact with other people is the other half of the battle."

After finishing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Haskins had a goal to work for a Fortune 500 Company. With a degree in psychology, Haskins proceeded to pursue his dream." His 27 year career in marketing began with his first job at Proctor and Gamble, number 23 on the Fortune 500 list. While with Proctor and Gamble Haskins was able to explore his interests in the field of marketing. Haskins explained, "as soon as I was into it, it really did fit my personality and the skills that I was good at. From then on I was definitely hooked."

From there, he continued to work for several other prominent companies including The Walt Disney Company. During his 8 years with Disney's Buena Vista Television Haskins worked on promoting many popular programs like "Regis and Kathy Lee", "Golden Girls", and "Home Improvement". "Mr. Haskins has also served as Executive Vice President for Lifetime Television. He is currently the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for the CW television station. Under his direction, CW has been awarded two Lions at the International Cannes Media Festival and named number two Mobile Marketer of the year by Mobile Marketing Daily in 2009.

Along with a career in marketing Rick has also authored a book about how to brand yourself. The book highlights how people can create an identity of their own that will help market themselves to potential employers. With this method, Haskins has launched himself into a varied and successful multi-corporation career.

Mr. Haskins has also made a philanthropic effort to share what he has with others by helping build several schools in Ghana, China and India. He travels frequently between those three places. On working to build the schools he said, "That was the best decision I ever made."

Haskins has pursued a variety of jobs and pursuits that allowed him to branch out into many fields. For those Aggie's who would like to have similar success Rick says, "Don't limit your dreams, and be willing to sacrifice for your career."

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2011 Aggie Founders Day Celebration

2011 Aggie Founders Day Award Recipients:

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Tony A. Kinninger
Don J. Wang

Distinguished Service Awards

C. Mark & Mary M. Bold
Janice J. Dee
Kay L. & Judy Toolson

Come and clebrate the 123rd Founders Day with President Stan L. Albrecht and the Utah State University Alumni Association.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011

Time: Reception 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:45 pm

Location: Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom

Cost: $35 per person

RSVP: Monday, February 28, 2011

Register Online Here

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USU Merit Citation - Jack Keller Jack Keller

Dr. Jack Keller has a unique blend of engineering experience that includes teaching, research, consulting and humanitarian service. His more than 90 technical papers, 50 major reports, 9 handbooks, and two textbooks in the areas of irrigated agricultural development, water management, water resource planning and engineering, on-farm water management, and irrigation systems design indentify him as a leader in the field.

He has provided technical assistance for irrigation projects in over 60 countries, bringing thousands of hectares (acres) under cultivation. Each time he visited a project he made it a point to interview individual farmers, those who benefited from having water for their parched ground or who would like to benefit from a dependable supply of water. Through these interviews he developed an understanding of the needs of the small-plot farmer. When he learned of a group that was supplying small-plot farmers with irrigation components they needed, he quickly became associated with them. When the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation learned that Jack was part of the group they made their first-ever grant for agriculture water, and they continue to support these projects.

Jack used his knowledge and skill to improve all components of the low-cost systems sold to farmers. These changes have produced systems that are more reliable under local conditions, such as sediment-laden water with low pressure. These changes include drip line emitters, supply lines, treadle pumps, and rope and washer pumps. He developed a small, low volume and low pressure sprinkler that is effective in small plots.

His work has been on-going in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh where 1.5 million farmers have been helped. A total of one-half million more water systems have been installed in countries in Asia, Africa, and Central America. The water makes additional cash crops possible. With higher income from their small-plot systems the farmers are able to improve their living quarters, provide education for their children, better nutrition and medical care for their families.

Jack has donated thousands of hours and personal resources to this important activity. More significant has been the contribution of his professional knowledge and understanding. While others have honored him for a productive and distinguished career, we are proud to honor Dr. Jack Keller with this Alumni Merit Citation for his selfless service to millions of the world's citizens and for his vision of the tremendous change only a few can accomplish.

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Featured Alumni Benefit - Aggie Deals Aggie Deals

Save Money and Raise Money - Utah State Alumni Association has partnered with Utah Sports and Utah Golf Deals to create great offerings for its sustaining members while raising money for The Association. Every time you buy one of the great deals we bring you, not only will you get great deals on everything from Jazz Tickets to Golf Rounds, Your USU Alumni Association receives a percentage from the organization.

This week's deal is The REAL Salt Lake Real Deal:

All for only $85!

Order online here. Offer expires Feb 12th.

Coming Soon - Our own "Aggie Deals Site"

Click here to discover more benefits available to USU Alumni and Alumni Association Sustaining Members!

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2011 Alumni Association Calendar

The 2011 Alumni Association Calendar is available for $6.99 on the USU Bookstore website.

Purchase your calendar today!

Alumni Association Sustaining Members receive the Alumni Association Calendar as a free gift.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Sustaining Member and get your 2011 Calendar.

View pictures from the 2011 calendar here.

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Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver Alumni Legacy Nonresident Waiver

Keep the Aggie tradition alive!

Did you earn a degree from USU? You can now send your child to Utah State and their out-of-state tuition differential will be waived. Stay connected through the next generation of Aggies. We'd love to have them here!

To qualify for the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship, a future Aggie must:

* Be admitted to Utah State University.
* Have at least one parent who earned an associate degree or higher from Utah State University (verification required).
* Enroll at USU as a first-time student.


Fall Semester: August 1, 2011

*Note: Awarding of the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship for fall semester will start on December 1 and will continue to be awarded monthly until the August 1 deadline.

Time spent in Utah on the Alumni Legacy Nonresident Scholarship cannot be counted towards establishing resident student status. If you would like to discuss other options, please email Corey Mikkelsen at

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Back to the Buzzer


1964 Winter Carnival Ski Race

Buzzers are now available online! Click here to go to the Buzzer Yearbooks Collection at the USU Digital Library.

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Utah County Sweetheart Dinner with Dr. Craig Jessop

Come and enjoy an evening with other Aggies from Utah County at the Annual Sweetheart Dinner. Dr. Craig Jessop will be speaking after the dinner as he shares with us his past experiences and recent happenings as Dean of the new Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University.

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2011

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Historic Courthouse, 51 South University Avenue, Provo

Cost: $45 for couple, $25 for individual

RSVP:Only 150 seats are available.

Register Online Here.

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ESPN Bracketbuster Game Pre-Game Party

Celebrate the ESPN BracketBuster Game with the Utah State University Alumni Association as we cheer for the Aggies vs. the Gaels of Saint Mary's College.

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Time: 4:00-5:30 pm (game time: 6:00 pm)

Location: Soda Activity Center, Orinda Room
                 Saint Mary's College Campus
                 Moraga, California

Cost: Pregame Party: Alumni Association Sustaining Members - $17
          Non-Sustaining Members & Friends - $23
          Game Tickets: $15

RSVP: February 16, 2011.

Register Online Here

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Box Elder County Pre-Game Dinner

Come and enjoy dinner with friends and Aggies from Box Elder County before the last home men's basketball game on February 26, 2011.

Dinner for Box Elder Alumni will be available at the David B. Haight Alumni House at 5 pm.

Tickets for the game should be purchased through the USU Ticket Office at or by calling (888) UTSTATE1. Because this is the last home game, it will sale out quickly. Don't delay!

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: David B. Haight Alumni House

Cost: $10 for adults. $6 for children

RSVP:Thursday, February 24, 2011

Register Online Here

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The 123rd Annual Founders Day Celebration

Come and clebrate the 123rd Founders Day with President Stan L. Albrecht and the Utah State University Alumni Association.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011

Time: Reception 6:00 pm - Dinner 6:45 pm

Location: Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom

Cost: $35 per person

RSVP: Monday, February 28, 2011

Register Online Here

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USU History Emeriti & Alumni Reunion Breakfast

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011

Time: Reception 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Location: Evan N. Stevenson Ballroom

Cost: $15 per person

RSVP: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Register Online Here

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Aggie-to-Aggie Networking Luncheon

Get Fiscally Fit! Financial Consultants Travis Morgan, Zions Investment Services Group and Jared Horner, Sterling Financial Group will discuss financial planning at an Aggie-to-Aggie Networking Lunch sponsored by the USU Alumni Association.

Join us and network with fellow Aggie professionals. Bring your own lunch and business cards and we will bring the Aggie Ice Cream!

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.

Location: Zions Bank Building 18th Floor
                One South Main Street
                Salt Lake City

Cost: Free

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WAC Basketball Tournament Save the Date

Save the date for the WAC Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas! The Alumni Association will be hosting a special Tournament Party.

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: Orleans Hotel Ballroom
                 4500 W Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV

Cost: $15 for Alumni Association Sustaining Members, $20 for all others. $25 at the door, so please register early.

RSVP: Monday, March 7, 2011

Register Online Here

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Las Vegas Golf TournamentSave the Date

Save the date for the Las Vegas Golf Tournament!

Date: Friday, March 11, 2011

Time: 8:00 am check in, 8:30 shotgun start

Location: Las Vegas National Golf Course
                1911 E. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, NV

Cost: $110 per player. Includes greens fees, cart, and luncheon

RSVP: Monday, March 7, 2011

Register Online Here

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Save the DateSave the Date

Davis County 5K - April 29, 2011

Weber County Scholarship Dinner - May 21, 2011

More information on the Events page




FREE Practice Test

On Saturday February 12th at 10:00am, Kaplan is providing a FREE opportunity for students to take a practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, or PCAT. The event will be held at Weber State University in the Shepherd Union Building. This event is open to anyone who would like to take a practice test, even if you are not a current WSU student.

Each test will last up to 3 hours and will be proctored like an actual exam. After the test, one of our amazing instructors will give a short workshop on test-taking strategies and will answer any questions that you may have.

This is a great opportunity for students to see how they might score on the real thing, and also to get an idea of the kinds of questions that will be on the real test. The exams will be scored and returned to students later that afternoon with comprehensive feedback about their individual performance on the test.

To register for this free event, fill out the following web form:

For additional information, visit or call one of Kaplan’s test experts at 1-800-KAP-TEST. Before the event, we will send you an e-mail confirming your registration and providing you with instructions for checking in on Saturday morning.

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Discover Career Success Discover Career Success

"My first experience with Career Services was during my English 1010 class when one of the career coaches spoke to us about the importance of completing a professional resume and looking for internship opportunities. They told us about Career AGGIE and the opportunities it provides for students. I soon created my profile and uploaded my resume to Career AGGIE and started applying for internships. Over the last two years I have participated in several interviews with prospective employers because of Career AGGIE contacts. My latest interview was with Monsanto. The interviews were held at Career Services, and I thought mine went very well. I sent the employer a follow-up email describing my interest in the organization and also my interest in obtaining real-world engineering experience. A few days later I received a call from Monsanto offering me the position with a competitive salary and I accepted. He said I interviewed well and was impressed with my efforts to follow up with him. If it were not for Career Services, there is no way I would have been able to have this opportunity and I am truly grateful for their hard work."

Eric Malstrom
BS, Mechanical Engineering, May 2012

Connect with Career Services to:Discover Career Success

- Hire USU students and graduates for internship and permanent positions.

- Share your career success as an alumni mentor.

- Connect with your career coach for personalized assistance in your career search.

Visit Career Services at:; (435) 797-7777; University Inn, 102.

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Tips from Liberty Mutual, USU Alumni Association Affinity PartnerLiberty Mutual

Winter's Last Blast

You may be dreaming of spring, but don't forget the cold, hard facts: Old Man Winter still has plenty of time to deliver a deadly blizzard or ice storm. Follow these tips if you lose power in your home or are stranded in your car.

At Home

In Your Vehicle

For more information, please visit us at © 2009 Liberty Mutual Group.  All rights reserved.

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Share Photos with the Utah State Flickr GroupFlickr

Show your Aggie pride by sharing your USU related pictures on the Utah State Flickr group!

Flickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications available. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

Click here to view and add photos.

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Update Your Records Update Your Records (laptop photo courtesy of fotocromo)

Have you recently moved, changed your email address, or gotten married? Whatever the change might be, it's easy to keep your USU records current!

To update your records, simply complete the online form and we will make the necessary changes so you can continue to receive the Utah State University Magazine; invitations to our many alumni events; and information about our other exciting promotions and publications.

Click here to update your records.

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Civil War Battlefields with Dr. F. Ross Peterson: April 9-15, 2011 Photo by Margan Zajdowicz

Limited Space Available!

Join USU Alumni and Dr. F. Ross Peterson on a tour of Civil War Battlefields and much more. Highlights include visiting the Washington, DC area; Gettysburg; and much more!

A native of Montpelier, Idaho, and a graduate of USU with a PhD from Washington State University, Dr. Peterson taught history for 33 years at USU. In 2004 he became President of Deep Springs College in California. He has returned to Utah State University where he currently serves as Vice President for Advancement. Dr. Peterson established a distinguished reputation as a teacher, scholar, and historical guide. He has led many tours to Civil War battlefields, the nation’s capital and numerous other historical areas. Each of his tours features great stories, amazing facts, humor, wonderful interaction with the sites, and a commitment to the history of the nation.

Click here for more information.

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Explore Gorongosa National Park: September 9-21, 2011Photo Courtesty of The Carr Family

Explore Gorongosa National Park in beautiful Mozambique!

One Aggie family from Idaho Falls, ID is busy making a difference in Mozambique. Brothers Ken, Steve, and Greg Carr have become major contributors to the restoration of Gorongosa National Park. In 1999, Greg founded The Carr Foundation---a non-profit organization dedicated to "the environment, human rights, and the arts". The Carr Foundation has partnered with the Government of Mozambique to rebuild, restore, and preserve the 4,000 square kilometer park.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience Gorongosa National Park.

Click here to watch an interview with Greg Carr on 60 Minutes.

Click here to watch other videos about the Gorongosa National Park.

Click here for a brochure with complete details and itinerary.

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Have you received a recent promotion or participated in a community event? Do you ever wonder what other Aggies from your graduating class are up to?

Click here to add your own Class Note today!

Read all of the recent Class Notes to find out what's going on in the lives of successful Aggie Alumni everywhere!

Alumnus Notes

Eldon Drake

LTC James S. Williams
BS '63


January 26, 2011

An Aggie Poem

As an Aggie true and through
We ponder the meaning of Aggie blue

As we look up at Old Main
We the Aggie A thru the mist and rain

From the Wasatch mountain to the east
Wellsville mountain to the west
We know as an Aggie we are best

As we walk down the old main hill
We listen to the shrill song of the whippoorwill

In strolling down Old Main hall
We hear the whisper of past and present
Of Aggies coming from the walls

Many men and women with stature have come from Aggieland
Able to meet the challenges of society with a lasting hand

Contributions both big and small
Mark the readiness and commitment of us all

One cannot deny the swell of pride for the stature of being an Aggie blue
For the spirit of the campus and traditions is alive as an Aggie, not one
Can deny.


This month's obituaries can be found here.

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Utah State Men's Basketball Ranked 17th In Latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and 21st In Associated Press PollMen's Basketball

USU is 22-3 on the season and 11-1 in WAC play.

LOGAN, Utah - For the second straight week, Utah State's men's basketball team is ranked in both national polls and is now 17th in the nation in the latest ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll released Monday and 21st in the latest Associated Press poll. USU was ranked 21st in last week's coaches' poll and 22nd in the AP poll.

The No. 17 ranking in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll is the highest-ever ranking for Utah State in that poll which expanded from 20 to 25 teams prior to the 1990-91 season. USU was also ranked 17th in coaches' poll during the 2008-09 season.

The No. 21 ranking in this week's AP poll is the highest by an Aggie team since the 2008-09 team was also ranked 21st. USU was also ranked 19th in the weekly AP poll during the 2003-04 season. Overall, it is the second time in the last three years and the third time in the past eight seasons that Utah State has been ranked in both polls.

The last time a Utah State team was ranked higher than 17th in any poll was at the end of the 1974-75 season when it was ranked 13th in the final United Press International Coaches' poll.


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Former USU Football Player Jarrett Bush And Assistant Coach John Rushing Are Super Bowl Champs Chandra Salmon

Cornerback Bush And Assistant Coach Rushing Help Packers To Super Bowl XLV Win

LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State football player Jarrett Bush and assistant coach John Rushing are Super Bowl champions after helping the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Bush is one of five players with ties to the Western Athletic Conference on the Packers' rosters, joining G Daryn Colledge (Boise State), FB Korey Hall (Boise State), WR James Jones (San Jose State) and CB Tramon Williams (Louisiana Tech).

Additionally, Bush is one of two players from a Utah school on the Packers' roster, but is the only active player as LB Brady Poppinga from BYU is on Green Bay's injured reserve list.

Bush becomes the first former USU football player to be Super Bowl champion since Rod Moore was on the Super Bowl XXIX winning San Francisco 49ers in 1994, helping the 49ers to a 49-26 win over the San Diego Chargers. Overall, Bush is the sixth former Aggie player to be on the Super Bowl winning team, joining Lionel Alderidge, who was a member of the Super Bowl I and II champions in 1966 and 1967, Jim Turner on the Super Bowl III winning New York Jets in 1968, Cornell Green of the Super Bowl VI champions in 1971, Solomon Miller of the Super Bowl XXI winning New York Giants in 1986 and Moore in 1994.


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Utah State Men And Women's Track And Field Teams Sweep WAC Athletes Of The Week

Aggie Track & Field

Allred And Silcock Win Men's Respective Track And Field Honors While Hirschi and Hawkins Garner Women's Awards

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men and women's track and field teams swept the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men and Women's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week as it was announced by the league office Tuesday, for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6, respectively. Receiving the awards for the men were seniors James Allred and Clint Silcock while freshman Kylie Hirschi and Chari Hawkins garnered the honors for the women.

Allred, a senior from Helena, Mont. (Capital HS), set a career-best mark in the 800-meters at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 4-5 in Albuquerque, N.M. Allred's altitude adjusted time of 1:50.06 was not only the best time of his career, it was also the best time in the WAC this season in the 800m event.

Silcock, a senior from Salmon, Idaho (Butte HS), remained undefeated in the high jump this season after winning the event at the New Mexico Classic over the weekend. Silcock's leap of 2.24 meters (7-04.25 ) set the Utah State school record, edging out Dave Hoffman's record of 2.23m set in 1999. His mark is the best in the WAC this season, automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Championships and ties him with Ricky Robertson from Mississippi for the best height in the high jump around the nation last week. Silcock ranks fifth in the nation this season in the high jump. Silcock also was named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 6, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.

Hirschi, a freshman from Sandy, Utah (Brighton HS), set a career best mark in the 800 meters at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 4-5 in Albuquerque, N.M. Hirschi's altitude adjusted time of 2:14.68 netted her second-place in the event, and is currently the best 800m time in the WAC this season. She was also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that claimed second-place with a time of 3:47.08, which is the second-fastest time in the WAC this year.

Hawkins, a freshman from Rexburg, Idaho (Madison HS), had a career-best day in the high jump at the New Mexico Classic. Her career-high leap of 1.73 meters (5-08.00) earned her a fourth-place finish in the high jump and also tied her with Sarah Saddleton of Hawaii for the best jump in the WAC this season.


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Aggie Women's Basketball Wins Fifth-Straight

Aggie Women's Basketball

Utah State uses 22-point performance from sophomore Banna Diop to secure the win.

LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore center Banna Diop scored a career-high 22 points, including 20 in the second half to lead the Utah State women's basketball team to a, 70-64, victory Thursday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The win was the Aggies' fifth-straight and the second five-game winning streak of the season. USU also won five-straight from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8.

With the win, Utah State improves to 13-10 overall and 7-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals fall to 12-10 overall and 5-5 in WAC action. The fifth-straight WAC win for the Aggies is their longest-conference winning streak since the 1975-76 season when USU finished 10-3 in Intermountain Athletic Conference action.

Along with 22 points from Diop, sophomore Devyn Christensen and junior Ashlee Brown both added 11 points. Brown also led the Aggies with eight boards. Senior Alice Coddington was crucial on the defensive end with six steals. Coddington has 214 steals in her career and is now two steals away from tying the USU record for held by assistant coach Danyelle Snelgro (2005-09) with 216 in her career.

Idaho had all five of its starters score in double digits and were lead by a 16 point, 14 rebounds performance from Yinka Olorunnife. Derisa Taleni also had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Utah State earned the first points of the game with a layup from sophomore Banna Diop at the 17-minute mark as neither team sunk a bucket for almost the first three minutes. The Vandals used aggressive offense to climb the scoreboard eventually going up by 14 points with six minutes left in the first half. USU halted Idaho and ended the half with an 11-2 run, leaving the Aggies down by five as the score at half was 29-24.


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