USU’s Pane and Brown named WAC basketball players of the week

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball player Brockeith Pane has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and USU’s Ashlee Brown has been announced the WAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week it was announced by the league office Monday. Pane was also named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Nov. 13, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel. It is the first time in his career that Pane has been named WAC Player of the Week and the third time he has received USU student-athlete of the week honors overall. Pane, a 6-1 senior point guard from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Midland JC) led Utah State to a 69-62 home win against in-state rival Brigham Young in both team’s season opener Friday. Against the Cougars, Pane scored a game-high 21 points as he was 6-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 at the free throw line for his 23rd career double-figure scoring game and fourth-career 20-point outing. Along with his 21 points, Pane also had five assists, four rebounds and three steals in 30 minutes of action. Utah State returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 15 when it plays its first road game of the season at in-state rival Weber State at 7 p.m.Senior forward Ashlee Brown earned the season’s first Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for Nov. 6-13. This is the first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season for Brown and the third of her Aggie career.Brown was also named College Sports Madness WAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. The Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and one from each conference in their weekly feature.The Chandler, Ariz., native recorded a pair of double-doubles as Utah State went 1-1 on the road last week with a 62-56 win at Wyoming and an 84-73 loss at South Dakota State. In the win against the Cowgirls, Brown scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her 11th career double-double. She also added two assists and a block and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Against the Jackrabbits, a team that has made three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Brown scored a career-high 31 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds and nabbing six steals for her second-consecutive double-double and the 12th of her career. For the week, Brown shot 47 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line, and averaged 24.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals per game.Brown and the Aggies will open the home portion of their schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 16 against Weber State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m. Utah State is 7-14 in home openers and 2-6 under Coach Pebley. The last time the Aggies won a home opener was a 67-58 win against in-state rival Utah in 2009. Aggie basketball tickets will be available by contacting the USU Athletics Ticket Office at (435) 797-0305 or at 1-888-U-STATE-1 (1-888-878-2831) for more information or visit the Utah State athletics web site at www.UtahStateAggies.com.Fans can follow USU women’s basketball at http://twitter.com/Aggiehoops and Utah State athletics at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics. Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included: WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Senior forward Ashlee Brown (Chandler, Ariz.) recorded a pair of double-doubles as Utah State posted a 1-1 road record last weekend with a win at Wyoming (62-56) and a loss at South Dakota State(84-73). Against the Cowgirls, Brown scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-19 shooting to along with 13 rebounds. She was also a perfect 6-for-6 from thecharity stripe and added two assists. Against the Jackrabbits, Brown set a new career high with 31 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds. The senior was also 15-for-19 from the free throw line against the Jackrabbits. For the weekend, Brown averaging 24.5 points and 12.0 rebounds, and shot 46.7 percent from the field (14-for-30) and 84.0 percent (21-25) from the free throw line. MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Senior Brian McKenna (Farmington, Utah) led Utah State to a seventh-place team finish at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championship hosted by BYU as he finished the 10-kilometer course in 10th-place out of 115 runners with a time of 30:43.3 to earn all-Region honors. WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Junior redshirt Ruth Hilton (St. George, Utah) finished in 56th-place out of 130 runners at the 2011 NCAA Mountain Region Championship hosted by BYU with a time of 22:43.5 on the six-kilometer course in helping Utah State finish in 18th-place as a team. FOOTBALL – Junior running back Robert Turbin (Fremont, Calif.) totaled 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Utah State’s 34-33 come-from-behind win against San Jose State Saturday. Turbin passed the 1,000 yard mark in rushing against the Spartans and tied his ownsingle-season school record as he has now scored 18 total touchdowns on theseason. Turbin also tied the school record for most rushing touchdowns in aseason with 16 during the game. SOCCER – Sophomore midfielder Kendra Pemberton (North Salt Lake City) scored Utah State’s first NCAA Tournament goal in the Aggies 2-1 loss at third-seeded Auburn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday. Pemberton’s second half goal cut the Tiger lead to 2-1with less than 30 minutes remaining in the half. VOLLEYBALL – Junior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) helped Utah State to a 1-1 road record last week as it won at Nevada (3-1) and lost at Fresno State (3-2). Against the Wolf Pack, Sorensen had 14 kills and six block assists as she hit .524 (14-3-21). Against the Bulldogs, she had 14 kills and four block assists and hit .226 (14-7-31). For the week, Sorensen hit .346 (28-10-52) and averaged3.11 kills and 1.11 blocks per set. 2011-12 Utah State Athlete of the Week WinnersAug. 29 – Shantel Flanary, SoccerSept. 5 – Chuckie Keeton, FootballSept. 12 – Robert Turbin, FootballSept. 19 – Brian McKenna, Cross CountrySept. 26 – Marcus Fritz, Men’s TennisOct. 3 – Robert Turbin, FootballOct. 10 – Chuckie Keeton, FootballOct. 17 – Liz McArthur, VolleyballOct. 24 – Jennifer Flynn, SoccerOct. 31 – Brian McKenna, Cross CountryNov. 7 – Molli Merrill, SoccerNov. 14 – Brockeith Pane, Men’s Basketball – USU –

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