The Daily Aggie :: 11/20/09

The Aggie women's basketball team opens up their home schedule tonight against Long Beach State. The Aggies and 49ers are both 1-1 on the season and the Aggies lead the series 12-8 with the most recent meeting coming last season, a 74-61 loss at Long Beach. The Aggies and 49ers have started the season in almost identical fashions. Both earned close victories in their first game, the Aggies a seven point victory, LBSU an eight point victory. And in the second game each was dealt a close loss, the Aggies a four point loss, the 49ers a five point loss.

Long Beach State starts an experienced group that includes four seniors and a junior. The 49ers are led by senior guard Karina Figueroa who has led them in scoring in both games scoring 23 and 21 points respectively and is averaging 22 points per game and is averaging 7.5 assists per game to go along with her nine steals. She's shooting 50 percent from the floor and is 15-of-18 from the free throw line in two games. Her fellow senior guard Lauren Sims is averaging 17 points per game and is hitting 62 percent of her field goals including an outstanding 8-of-12 three point attempts, nearly 68 percent. She is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game which is second on the team.

In the post for the 49ers are 5'11" senior Ally Wade and 6'0" junior Ashley Bookman. Wade is third all-time in career three point attempts and ninth all-time in career made three point attempts. She along with Bookman, lead the team in rebounds per game at 6.5. Wade is hitting 43 percent of her shots from the field but has hit just two three point shots in 10 attempts this season. The Aggies will need to be aware of her three point shooting ability and not let her get hot.

Kaitlyn SotoThe Aggies are led by Madison Spence and Danisha Corbett. Corbett is averaging 18.5 points per game and is hitting 44 percent of her shots from the field and 45 percent of her three point attempts (9-of-20). Spence is averaging 17 points per game and is hitting 62 percent of her field goals and 4-of-8 three point attempts. Danisha Corbett is also averaging seven rebounds per game. Newcomer Crystal Boyd has yet to really get into a groove on offense and is still averaging 12.5 points per game, she has hit 10-of-32 field goal attempts and is 0-of-10 from behind the three point arc. She is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. Kaitlyn Soto is also averaging 12.5 points per game and is hitting 50 percent of her field goals. She's 11-of-18 from the free throw line, a number that she will need to improve as she leads the team in free throw shooting attempts. Jasmine Lowe leads the Aggies in assists with eight and also leads the Aggies in steals with five while averaging 9.5 points per game. She's converted 10-of-13 free throw attempts, good for 77 percent.

In the post the Aggies have had solid production from all six of their post players. Tabytha Wampler is averaging six rebounds per game but has also fouled out of both contests this season. Kelsie Rozendaal is seeing increased minutes averaging 19.5 minutes per game. She is averaging 3.5 rebounds per game. Freshman Malia Magazzeni is averaging 15.5 minutes per game and is averaging three rebounds per game and leads the team with three blocks.

The Aggies and 49ers will tip off at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed online via Aggie Access (subscription required) and streaming audio will also be available for tonight's contest. Fans in Las Cruces who can't make it out to the game can hear it on KGRT 103.9 FM.

The Aggie football team will play their final home game tomorrow against the Nevada Wolf Pack. We talked with the Wolf Pack beat writer for the Reno Gazette-Journal, Dan Hinxman and got hit thoughts in this week's edition of Know The Foe.

Kenton Brooks of the Muskogee Phoenix reports that Billy Waltrip, a 6'3" left-hander has signed to play with the Aggies. Waltrip hit .375 with two home runs, five doubles and 29 RBIs. On the mound he was 6-1 with 67 strikeouts in 42.1 innings a 2.48 ERA.

On to today's links...

Aggie Women's Basketball
The NM State athletic website previews the Aggies' home opener.

The Long Beach State athletic website previews tonight's game.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.

Aggie Football
Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal talks about Aggie head coach DeWayne Walker.

David Chavez of The Round Up talks about the Aggies' challenge against the Wolf Pack rushing attack.

Korey Middleton of The Round Up talks about the possible low attendance for the final home game.

Aggie Volleyball
Lisa Short of the Idaho Argonaut talks about the Vandals as they head to the WAC Volleyball Tournament.

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