The Daily Aggie :: 02/08/10

It's a big day of basketball for Aggie fans as the women's and men's Aggie basketball teams host a doubleheader in the Pan Am. We can't remember the last time the Aggie basketball teams had a doubleheader at home, we kind of wish it would happen more often!

The women's team takes on Boise State at 4:00 p.m. to kick things off. The Aggies defeated the Broncos 87-83 in overtime to start conference play back in January. That sent the Broncos into a three game slide to start conference play. They've righted the ship a little bit and had won three of four but are coming off a beating at the hands of Louisiana Tech earlier this week.

In conference play Tasha Harris leads the Broncos in scoring averaging 16.0 points per game. Fellow senior Jessica Van Hoogen is averaging 10.9 points per game and center Janie Bos is averaging 10.0 points per game. During WAC play the Broncos are averaging 69.1 points per game and giving up 70.4 points per game. The Broncos have not shot the three ball particularly well hitting just 29 percent of their attempts but they have heaved up 169 three point attempts in conference play, third most in the league.

The Aggies are averaging 67.5 points per gam in league play and giving up 65.5 points per game. The Aggies are led in scoring by Jasmine Lowe who is averaging 16.9 points per game while Crystal Boyd is averaging 16.0 points per game. Madison Spence is third on the team averaging 10.0 points per game in WAC play. The Aggies are the league's second best three point shooting team hitting 37.0 percent of their attempts. Madison Spence has reasserted herself as the team's best three point shooter percentage wise having hit 48.0 percent of her attempts in league play (16-of-33). Danisha Corbett has launched the most three point attempts with 48 and has hit 31.0 percent of her attempts (15). Both Jasmine Lowe and Crystal Boyd are hitting 38.0 percent of their three point attempts.

Today's game tips off at 4:00 p.m. and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with Kyle Doperalski calling the action. Streaming audio and video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

We encourage all men's basketball fans to come out and see the Aggie women in action. If you have not seen the ladies play this season, you owe it to yourself to get out and watch them play.

The Aggie men's basketball team follows the women's team at 7:00 p.m. as they host the dynamic Adrian Oliver and the San Jose State Spartans. SJSU is riding a two-game losing streak after having won three in a row. They sit at 5-5 in league play and tonight's game ends a road gauntlet that saw them play at Utah State and at Louisiana Tech.

San Jose State defeated the Aggies earlier this season in San Jose, a game that the Aggies were up by 18 points in the first half. Tonight also marks the return of Troy Gillenwater to the Aggies' lineup, an addition that has to make them one of, if not the favorite to win the league, especially with the Aggies sitting just a half game out of first place entering tonight's contest.

San Jose State is led by the aforementioned Adrian Oliver, who if you haven't figured it out yet from reading The Daily Aggie, is probably our most respected non-Aggie. Oliver was named the National Player of the Week last week after his performance in wins over Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State.

Oliver is averaging 24.2 points per game in league play, tops in the league. Chris Oakes is averaging 12.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and Robert Owens is averaging 10.2 points per game in league play. The Spartans have three other players averaging just shy of 10 points per game in WAC play. They are also a very good free throw shooting team hitting 73.8 percent of their attempts, second best percentage in the league.

The Spartans are also the WAC second best three point shooting team hitting 39.2 percent of their tries. They make an average of 6.7 threes per game. The Aggies shot a school record 38 three pointers against the Spartans in San Jose and we'd expect that number to come down a bit tonight. The Aggies are the fourth best three point shooting team in the league hitting 35.7 percent of their attempts. The Aggies average a league best 8.75 made threes per game.

Tonight's game should once again be a very high scoring affair with the distinct possibility of the winner reaching the 90-point plateau.

Tonight's game will be televised on AggieVision as well as ESPN Full Court and online via The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network across New Mexico with Jack Nixon calling the action. Streaming audio and video will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

Finally, Kevin at Parsing The WAC has dug up a nice highlight video of Wendell McKines prior to joining the Aggies.
On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game and talks about the return of Troy Gillenwater.

Kevin McCarthy of Parsing The WAC and Inside Sparta previews tonight's game.

The San Jose State athletic website previews tonight's game.

The Sports Network previews tonight's game. has our weekly WAC recap and preview.

Aggie Women's Basketball
The NM State athletic website previews today's game.

The Boise State athletic website previews today's game.

Aggie Track and Field
The NM State athletic website previews the track and field team's final meet in Albuquerque.

Aggie Men's Tennis
The NM State athletic website recaps yesterday's match against UNLV.

Aggie Women's Tennis
The NM State athletic website recaps yesterday's match against San Diego State.

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