Aggies Stun North Dakota 82-81; Wamper And Spence Each Score 20 Points

The Aggie women's basketball team won their first game of the 2010-2011 season in dramatic fashion as they rallied from a 15-point first half deficit and an 11-point second half deficit as they trailed 49-38 with 14:07 left in the game but chipped away over the final 14 minutes and took the lead for the very first time when Tabytha Wampler hit a layup out of a timeout with under 10 seconds left to go ahead 82-81. The Aggie defense would hold giving the Aggies the comeback victory.

The Aggies had five players in double-figures as Madison Spence and Tabytha Wampler each scored 20 points. Ariella McGhee would add 14 points while Jasmine Lowe would score 13 and Danisha Corbett would add 10.

The Aggies fell behind 7-1 just four minutes into the game as they would miss their first eight shots from the field, however, they would trail by just one point, 9-8 after a free throw by Tabytha Wampler with 13:25 left in the first half. The Aggie offense would be unable to generate much offense as the Fighting Sioux would outscore them 31-17 to take a 15 point lead with one minute left in the half.

The Aggies would get back-to-back threes from Madison Spence and Erica Sanchez in the final minute of the half to cut their deficit to nine points and went into halftime down 40-31.

Opening the second half the Aggies would cut the deficit to six points on a three pointer by Jasmine Lowe but North Dakota would build the lead to 11 points just two and a half minutes later.

Aggies would still trail by 11 points, 49-38 with 14:46 left to play but would again cut the lead to six points at 54-48 with 12:13 left to play. The Fight Sioux would once again push their lead back out to 11 points with 7:19 left in the game as they lead 68-57 after a three pointer by Nicole Smart.

Trailing by 10 with 6:40 left in the game, the Aggies would start to cut into the deficit one final time. The Aggies would get a three pointer from Madison Spence to cut the lead to seven points at 70-63. With 4:58 left to play the Aggies would cut the lead down to four points as Danisha Corbett was fouled by Mallory Youngblut while shooting a three pointer. Jasmine Lowe would get a steal and a layup on the next play cutting the deficit to just two points at 72-70.

The Fighting Sioux would answer with a three pointer by Corey Lof to push their lead back to five points at 75-70 with 4:36 left in the game. The Aggies would trim the deficit down to two points with 2:07 to go as Madison Spence would hit a pair of free throws. North Dakota would counter with two free throws from Charnise Mothershed to give the Fighting Sioux a four point lead at 81-77 with 1:41 left in the game. Madison Spence would bury her fourth trey of the night to cut the deficit to just one point at 81-80 with 53 seconds remaining.

The Aggie defense would force Nicole Smart to turn the ball over and with just eight seconds left, Tabytha Wampler would get a layup to give the Aggies their first lead of the game at 82-81. The Fighting Sioux would put up a pair of shots but neither would find the bottom of the basket and the Aggies would hold on for the one point victory.

The Aggies finished the game shooting 37.3 percent from the field but shot 45.2 percent in the second half after a poor performance, 30.6 percent in the first half.

The Fighting Sioux shot 48.8 percent in the game but hit just eight buckets in the second half, four of them three pointers. The Aggies and Fighting Sioux put on a showcase from the charity stripe as the Aggies finished 24-of-27 including 19-of-20 in the second half shooting 88.9 percent for the game. North Dakota was equally impressive hitting 31-of-35 free throws including 21-of-23 in the second half and 88.6 percent for the game.

The Aggies were outrebounded by just one, 35-34 but limited UND to just eight offensive boards. The Aggies had just 15 turnovers and forced 23 turnovers by the Fighting Sioux.

Megan Lauck led UND in scoring with21 points as the Fighting Sioux also had five players score in double-figures. Mallory Youngblut, Charnise Mothershed and Corey Luf each scored 12 points while Katie Houdek scored 11.

With the victory the Aggies improve to 1-1 on the season and will travel to El Paso to take on I-10 rival UTEP next Saturday night.