The Daily Aggie :: 12/13/10

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight. The Aggie women are in Ann Arbor to take on the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan is 5-4 but has played a tough schedule so far. Of their four losses, three have come to teams ranked in the Top 17 and two have come against teams in the Top 10 (No. 5 Xavier and No. 8 Texas A&M).

The Aggies have not played since last Sunday's game against Cal State-Northridge. They are still without starting point guard Madison Spence. The Aggies will need to have a better shooting night tonight than they've had the past couple games. Against UNM and CS-Northridge the Aggies shot 27.8 percent and 29.6 percent. One thing the Aggies did very well in those two games is play pretty solid defense. Northridge shot just 31.1 percent from the field and the Aggies forced 23 turnovers from UNM.

Last year in a 72-67 win against the Wolverines the Aggies got a huge game from Jasmine Lowe who finished with 24 points as she hit 5-of-6 three pointers. The Aggies will need a similar performance tonight. Tabytha Wampler also needs to continue her strong play this season. Wampler has been able to stay out of foul trouble and as a result has turned into a double-double machine.

Those two will need to carry much of the load tonight and if the Aggies can get 12 to 15 points from Danisha Corbett and points from Kaitlyn Soto and Erica Sanchez, the Aggies have a very good chance of winning.

Play-by-play man Kyle Doperalski notes that the Aggies are 4-0 this season in games decided by seven points or fewer. If the Aggies can keep the game close and as Coach Spence says, "Have the ball in hand at the end of the game with a chance to win," the Aggies have the past experience to pull out a close one.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. (MT) tipoff and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team returns to action tonight in the Pan Am as they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff for the first of three games this week. The Aggies could be shorthanded again tonight as Troy Gillenwater nurses his injured ankle.

One thing is for sure, the Aggie freshmen are getting valuable minutes early this season which will hopefully translate into good things down the road whether that is during conference play this season or next season.

The Aggies have never lost to Pine Bluff. They're 4-0 against them although UAPB did play to within eight points of the Aggies in 1997. Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 0-8 and rank near the bottom of the NCAA in points per game (54.6), rebounds per game (28.8) and field goal percentage (36.5%).

Pine Bluff has played just two games this season that have had margins in the single digits, a seven point loss against Hawai'i and a four point loss against Auburn. However, the Golden Lions led Hawai'i by three at halftime, trailed No. 12 Missouri by just two at halftime and led Auburn by four at halftime. This is certainly not a game that the Aggies can just walk on the court and win. While we expect that this will be the game that the Aggies end their seven game losing streak, it may not come as easy as most people expect.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling the action. Streaming audio and video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

On to today's links...

Aggie Women's Basketball
The Michigan athletic website has a game central page with stats, news and roster pages.

Aggie Men's Basketball
The NM State athletic website previews tonight's game.

Shaun Griswold of The Daily Lobo recaps the Aggies' loss to UNM on Saturday.

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