The Aggie women's basketball team will return to action tonight at 8:00 p.m. MT in the Pan Am as they take on the North Dakota State Bison. The Aggies are 4-3 on the season while the Bison are 5-3 and are already 2-0 in conference play in the Summit League. The Aggies have not played a game in 10 days but don't expect too much rust from Darin Spence's squad. The team has traditionally done well after long breaks. The Aggies hold a 5-3 record in non-conference games after a seven day or longer break.
The Bison have won four games in a row and have won the past three by double-digit margins including a 26-point victory over Western Illinois. The Bison have three players averaging double-figures in scoring as they're led by 6'5" freshman Janae Burich with 11.8 points per game. She's also averaging 5.0 rebounds per game. Burich has only played in four games and has missed the last four games with an injury. Senior guard Inger Hodgson is second on the team in scoring averaging 11.4 points per game. She's hitting 46.3 percent of her shots and 45.7 percent of her three point attempts and is the leading three point shooter for the Bison in both attempts and makes.
The Aggies are led by Jasmine Lowe who has exploded for 26 and 29 points in the past two games and is averaging 14 points per game. Three other Aggies are averaging double-figures in scoring as Crystal Boyd is averaging 12.6 points, Danisha Corbett is averaging 12.3 point and Madison Spence is averaging 11.4 points per game. Kaitlyn Soto and Tabytha Wampler are averaging 9.4 and 8.3 points per game. The Aggies have been strong three point shooting team and are led Danisha Corbett who leads the team in three pointers made hitting 19-of-56. Jasmine Lowe is hitting 58.3 percent of her three point attempts (14-of-24). Madison Spence has been in a bit of a shooting slump has hit just 8-of-29 three point attempts.
The Aggies have been an outstanding three point shooting team and have made 77 percent of their attempts this season. Five players for the Aggies are hitting 80 percent of their free throws. North Dakota State is also a good free throw shooting team as they're hitting 72.7 percent of their free throw attempts, however, the Aggies have made more free throws (134) than the Bison have attempted (132).
Tonight's game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. tipoff and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. Streaming video and audio are available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
Neither Wendell McKines nor Troy Gillenwater will play in Sunday night's Battle of I-10 Round II, this according to a report by the Las Cruces Sun-News' Jason Groves. Groves reported that as of Friday night, not enough information was available to make a determination by the coaches on either player's grades.
And thanks to reader Roberto who has confirmed that the Aggies' game against UCLA will indeed be televised by Fox Sports Arizona, however, the game will be tape delayed at 11:00 p.m.
On to today's links...
Aggie Women's Basketball
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.
The North Dakota State athletic website previews today's game.
Aggie Men's Basketball
Kevin at Parsing The WAC shares each WAC coach's Christmas wish list.
The NM State athletic website reports that the Aggies' associate head coach Cat Heifner will speak at the NFCA's National Convention today. The Aggies led the nation in batting this past season.
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