Aggies Host Fresno State Monday at 6 PM
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/20/2011

Aggies Entertain Fresno State Monday

    The New Mexico State women's basketball team (11-14, 5-6 WAC) hosts two-time defending WAC champion Fresno State (18-7, 9-2) in its final contest of a four-game home stand. The WAC battle is a rescheduled game after a winter storm caused power outages in the Mesilla Valley and on the NM State campus in early February.

      The game will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Radio Network on KSNM 570 AM. Periodic live updates via Twitter are available by following @NMStateAggies. Links to live stats can be found on NMStateSports.com.

    The Aggies come into the game against the Bulldogs after a 54-29 dismantling of San Jose State on Thursday to snap a four-game losing skid. NM State dropped a 57-52 contest at home to Hawai''i last Tuesday at home and kicked off the quartet of home games with a loss to LA Tech 88-79 in Las Cruces on Feb. 12 in the second game of a home-and-home series with the Lady Techsters.

     Fresno State enters the contest on a three-game win streak. FS defeated Boise State for the second time in a week, 75-57 on the road on Thursday. Prior to that the Bulldogs swept a pair of home games. They defeated Utah State 81-63 Feb. 12 and topped BSU at home, 78-59 on Feb. 10.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

     In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) that was marked earlier this month, women and girls will receive free admission to Monday night's contest against Fresno State. The NM State volleyball team will be introduced at halftime of the contest.

  NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

Inside the Series

     Fresno State has won eight of the last nine contests between the schools including the last four match-ups. On Jan. 15, FS dealt NM State its largest defeat of the season after a 27-point decision in Fresno, 76-49.

     The Bulldogs swept both meetings last season winning in Las Cruces 77-67 on Jan. 13, a month before taking a 71-60 victory on Feb. 13 in Fresno. NM State's last win in the series was an 80-74 win at home on Jan. 18, 2009.

     FS holds a 12-6 advantage in the overall series. Perhaps the most important meeting came in 2008 when the teams met in the WAC Championship game in Las Cruces with the Bulldogs topping the Aggies 72-56.

    NM State's lone road win in Fresno came on Nov. 26, 2000 when the Aggies won 75-57 in a non-conference battle in the Fresno State Classic. Since then, the Bulldogs have won six straight at home with five double-digit victories. In Las Cruces, the teams have split eight games with four wins apiece.

     The Bulldogs and Aggies split the first four games of the all-time series in the early 1990s when both were members of the Big West. Since 2006 with both members of the WAC, the Bulldogs hold a 10-3 advantage.

Scouting the Bulldogs

     The Fresno State Bulldogs (18-7, 9-2) of the WAC have won 10 of their last 12 games including nine of 11 conference contests. The only setbacks in that span are two close losses to league leader Louisiana Tech.

     FS defeated NM State 76-49 on Jan. 15 in the first game of the 2010-11 season series.

     Fresno State leads the nation in three-point field goals made per game at a clip of 9.9 per contest. Senior guard Jaleesa Ross and sophomore forward Rosie Moult are a big reason for that with 3.2 and 2.9 treys per game, respectively, to rank Nos. 4 and 12 nationally.

     The Bulldogs score 75.4 points per game to rank No. 23 in the country while shooting 40.0 from the field. FS allows 66.0 points per game and 42.4 percent shooting from the floor. The 'Dogs also rank among the nation's best in assists (16.8 - No. 18) and steals (12.3 - No. 20) per game.

     Ross, now the program's all-time leading scorer, leads the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game. Senior forward Hayley Munro each average 12.9 points per game. Moult puts up 12.1 per game and leads the team on the boards with 6.5 rebounds per contest.

     The only player to start all 21 games is Ross while Moult has started 20 times for the Bulldogs this season.

Last Time against the Bulldogs

FRESNO, Calif. (Jan. 15) - The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 76-49 to two-time defending conference champion Fresno State at the Save Mart Center Saturday evening.

     NM State rallied early in the second half with 10 straight points to cut into the Bulldogs' 17-point halftime lead but Fresno State regrouped five minutes into the half to extend its lead back to double digits.

     NM State shot 28 percent in the game while Fresno State made 43 percent of their shots. The Bulldogs won the battle on the glass 43-38. NM State forced 18 FS turnovers but committed 17 of their own in the game.

     The senior guard tandem of Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe led the Aggies on the scoreboard on the night with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Freshman Jasmine Rutledge grabbed a career high 15 rebounds in the game to go along with two points.

     Junior forward Tabytha Wampler made her first four free throws of the game to extend her made free throw streak to 23. However, Wampler missed a pair of late free throws with 3:04 on the clock, her first misses the final minutes on Jan. 2 against UTEP. She is now 23-of-25 in WAC play. Wampler made her three attempts at Hawai'i, all 10 at San Jose State and six against Nevada prior to her four tonight from the foul line.

     NM State drops to 8-10 overall and 2-2 in the WAC after the loss while Fresno State moves to 3-1 in the league and 12-6 overall.

     Lowe opened the scoring with a free throw make for the Aggies' only lead of the game at 1-0. Bulldog Rosie Moult made the first of four first-half three-pointers to give Fresno State an early lead.

     The Bulldogs went on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 11-3 behind another three by Moult a bucket from Hayley Munro and a trey from Jaleesa Ross. NM State answered with an 8-0 run of its own after four points from Spence and buckets from Lowe and redshirt junior Erica Sanchez. As a result, the score showed the teams knotted at 11-11.

     The Aggies hung with the Bulldogs over the next four minutes behind four points from Lowe and a pair of free throws from freshman guard Andrea Chenier to make it 20-18 Fresno State with 7:35 left.

     However, the Bulldogs pulled away over the remaining time of the half, outscoring the Aggies 23-8 down the stretch before halftime.

     Only four Bulldogs scored in the first half, but compiled 43 points led by Ross'16 points. Spence led seven Aggies on the scoreboard with eight tallies at the break. As a team, NM State shot 31 percent while FS torched the nets at 58 percent. The Aggies led the battle of the boards 19-18 at the break. NM State turned the ball over 10 times leading to 17 FS points.

     After Fresno State posted the first two points of the second half, the Aggies rallied with 10 straight points, including four from Spence and a three from junior guard Kaitlyn Soto. The Aggie run cut the lead to 45-36 with 15:38 to go, but NM State would get no closer.

     Moult led all scorers with 19 points while Ross posted 16 for Fresno State, as did Munro. Taja Edwards led the Bulldogs on the boards with nine rebounds.

Madison Spence Moves Up All-time Top-10 Scoring List with First Career Double-Double Effort

Last season, senior guard Madison Spence became the 17th Aggie to eclipse the 1,000-point career mark all-time at New Mexico State and is just the seventh player in the program's 37-year history to accomplish the feat prior to her senior year.

On Feb. 7, despite missing five games due to a concussion, Spence move into the NM State all-time top-10 scoring list. Spence led three Aggies in double figures versus Hawai'i with 16 points and her 10 rebounds were a career high. She moved into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time NM State scoring list with a current total of 1,395 career points and 287 season points, passing NM State prolific scorers Princess Moore (1,387 pts - 2000-2004) and Melanie Maynes (1,392 pts - 1998-2002).

Spence now trails former teammate Sherell Neal in seventh place who recorded 1,436 career points.

NM State Top-10 Scoring List (spots 7-8)    Point Total       Point Margin Ahead of Spence

7.Sherell Neal (2004-2008)                       1,436 pts.       41

8. Madison Spence (2007-present)                 1,395 pts.  


Lowe Posts First Career Double-Double in Rare Form

     Senior guard Jasmine Lowe posted her first career double-double Jan. 27 at Boise State with 17 points and 11 assists. An assist-point double-double is rare in Aggie history.

     Taking into account Lowe's double-dip against the Broncos there have been 115 double-doubles posted by Aggie players since the 1999-2000 season. Junior forward Tabytha Wampler has five of those this season with traditional rebound-point affairs.

     Lowe's feat last Thursday was just the second time a player has posted an assist-point double-double in 10 seasons. Current NM State Hall of Famer Mari Sanchez accomplished the feat with 10 points and 14 assists against Idaho in a game on Nov. 17, 2001 for her only career double-double.

     Sanchez was also the last Aggie to dish out 10 assists in a game on the same evening.

Corbett Joins Elite Company in Aggie Record Books

     After scoring a career 31 points at Boise State Jan. 27, Danisha Corbett became the 17th Aggie in program to history to record a 30-point game. Only eight NM State players boast multiple 30-points games, placing Corbett into a tie for ninth overall. The senior guard now stands tied with current backcourt mate Madison Spence who posted 30 points against Kent State on Nov. 23, 2008, the last Aggie to attain the milestone.

     Corbett's 31 points ranks in a tie for 30th all-time in single-game performances. The last NM State player to score 31 or more in a game was Sinnamonn Garrett with 31 points against Idaho State on Dec. 28, 2002.

     Additionally, Corbett's career high of seven made three-pointers places her in a five-way tie for second all-time for a single-game performance in program history. NM State Hall of Famer Mari Sanchez holds the all-time record with 10 treys against Louisiana-Lafayette on Feb. 23, 2002. The last Aggie to make seven or more threes in a game was Jenia Dimitrov at New Mexico the following season on Dec. 3, 2002.

Wampler Sinks 23 Straight Free Throws to Open WAC Play

     Junior forward Tabytha Wampler made her first 23 free throw attempts of the conference season through the first four games before the streak ended late in the game at Fresno State on Jan. 15. It marked the longest streak of consecutive free throws made by Aggie since NM State Hall of Fame member Judy Phillips made 33 consecutive foul shots during the 1986-87 season.

     Wampler's run began with three makes from the foul line at Hawai'i in the conference opener on Jan. 6.

     Next on Jan. 8 at San Jose State, Wampler tied the all-time record for free throw percentage by making all 10 of her attempts from the charity stripe. Five other Aggies in program history have sank all 10 attempts in a game including teammate Danisha Corbett who accomplished the feat against Loyola of Chicago on Nov. 28, 2008.

     Six more made free throws at home against Nevada on Jan. 12 pushed the streak to 19 in a row heading into the game at Fresno State.

     Wampler made her first four attempts against the Bulldogs but missed a pair of late attempts in the final minutes, thus halting the streak at 23.

     The Cottonwood, Calif., native has only missed 17 attempts all season. She owns an incredible percentage at the line this year of 86.1 percent on 105-of-122 shooting. That percentage is second in the WAC overall, first among those with more than 75 attempts, and ranks No. 26 in the country.

Spence Boasts 100 Wins at NM State

    NM State head coach Darin Spence claimed his 100th victory as the Aggie floor general in a 72-63 win over Northern Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 28 in the Pan American Center. He directed the Aggies to their fourth consecutive Thanksgiving Classic title and improved to 8-0 all time in the event with the victory. Only former coach Karen Fey has more wins coaching the Aggies with 130 victories all-time.

     Spence, in his eighth season in Las Cruces, is poised to become the longest-tenured coach in Aggie women's basketball history this year. Last year, Spence moved into second place on the NM State all-time wins list at 95 while guiding the Aggies to 18 victories.

     He attained other program milestones in 2009-10 as well. Spence guided the Aggies to just their third win over a ranked team in program history after a 61-60 victory on Jan. 3, 2010. Two of the program's three wins over a ranked team have occurred under Spence.

     He earned his 400th career win in a victory against border-rival UTEP, 67-55, in front of a home crowd at the Pan American Center on Dec. 15, 2009. Spence coached his 200th game at NM State at home against Idaho on Jan. 20, 2010. On Feb. 3, 2010 he guided the Aggies to a 68-48 road win at San Jose State in his 600th career game as a head coach.

     Spence is the only coach in program history to lead the Aggies to a conference tourney championship game, a feat he accomplished in three straight seasons from 2006-08.

Quartet of Starters Leading the Way

     Three NM State starters are averaging double-digits in scoring over the first 22 games of the season: senior guard Madison Spence (14.2 ppg), senior guard Jasmine Lowe (13.2 ppg); junior forward Tabytha Wampler (12.6 ppg) and senior guard Danisha Corbett (10.5 ppg). The quartet also is among the Aggie leaders in average minutes played with Spence leading the way at 30.9; Lowe averages 29.3, Corbett clocks 27.3 minutes on the floor while Wampler plays 25.8 minutes a game. Lowe and Wampler have started each game this season for the Aggies.

     Six Aggies have seen action in all 22 games this season while averaging at least 10 minutes per game. One of those players, junior guard Kaitlyn Soto, ranks fifth among active players with 20.0 minutes of play per contest this season.

Spence Breaks Out against Utah State

     Senior point guard Madison Spence played her best game of the season on Jan. 22 during a 75-71 home win over Utah State, scoring a season high 23 points. Spence also recorded a season high field goal percentage, making 53.8 percent of her shots on 7-of-13 shooting. She finished one three-pointer shy of her season high on 3-of-7 from beyond the arc and doubled her season block total with two swipes against USU. Spence was a perfect 6-of-6 from the line as well. The senior partnered with classmate Danisha Corbett in the first half to spark a 14-0 run as they combined for 19 consecutive points for NM State before halftime.

     Last month, Spence matched her then-season high of 20 points against UTEP on Jan. 2. Spence made her comeback debut a couple weeks earlier after missing five games due to a concussion incurred Nov. 22 against WNMU on Dec. 19 at Arizona, where she started the 100th of her career in an Aggie uniform. Spence scored nine points in 27 minutes of action on the floor against the Wildcats.

     A year after playing primarily at an off-guard position, Spence is back running the offense from the point in 2010-11. The move has paid off with 13 double-digit scoring games this season.

     Spence poured in a then-season high 20 points during the Aggies' win at North Dakota on the opening weekend of the season, posting five of the team's final seven points over the final 2:08. After making two free throws, her three-pointer late closed NM State to within one of UND. On NM State's final offensive play, Spence earned the assist on Tabytha Wampler's game-winning basket against the Fighting Sioux.

Wampler Making Her Presence Known

    Junior forward Tabytha Wampler posted five double-doubles through the first 14 games of the year. She has yet to notch one in conference this season through eight games but has come close while averaging 12.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg through 22 games. Wampler boasts double-digit scoring in 17 games this year and grabbed 10-plus rebounds on five occasions. She has ranked either first or second for free throw percentage in the WAC since conference play began.

     Wampler's impressive consecutive free throw streak ended Jan. 15 in Fresno at 23. She missed her final two attempts late in the game against the Bulldogs after sinking her first four tries. Against Nevada on Jan. 12, Wampler made 6-of-6 from the foul line to extend her made free throw streak to 19. At San Jose State on Jan. 8, she made 10-of-10 from the free throw line - one of just six players to accomplish that feat in a game. Wampler's streak began at Hawai'i on Jan. 6 with a trio of free throws. It marked the longest streak of consecutive free throws made in 24 years when NM State Hall of Famer Judy Phillips made 33 in a row during the 1986-87 campaign.

     Wampler owns an incredible percentage at the line this year of 86.5 percent on 109-of-126 shooting. That percentage ranks No. 26 in the country.

     Against UTEP on Jan. 2, Wampler notched her fifth double-double this season and seventh of her career with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She posted her fourth double-double of the season against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 5 with a career high 26 point effort and snared 14 boards. Her previous double-digit performances in rebounds and points this season came against Northern Iowa (14 pts, 18 rbs - Nov. 27), Alcorn State (10 pts, 15 rbs - Nov. 26) and North Dakota State (10 pts, 11 rbs - Nov. 12). Wampler boasts seven career double-doubles after posting two last season.

     In the win against Northern Iowa to help the Aggies clinch the Thanksgiving Classic title, she pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds. Wampler ranks third on the team in assists with 42 this season. To open the season, Wampler posted her third career double-double in the season opener versus North Dakota State by scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. She followed that up the next night with a career-high 20 points against North Dakota including the game-winning basket against the Fighting Sioux with 10.5 seconds left to give NM State its first lead and eventually the win.

Corbett Heating Up in Conference Play

     Senior Danisha Corbett recorded her best game in an Aggie uniform on Jan. 27 at Boise State with impressive career highs of 31 points, 10 field goals made and seven made three-point field goals. The marks earned her recognition in the Aggie all-time record books. She also matched season marks with two blocks and two steals. In the final week of January, the starting guard shot 72.2 percent from the field and 61.5 from long range. Her back-to-back threes at BSU gave the Aggies the early lead and NM State took command of the game en route to its largest win in the all-time series.

     The week prior Corbett was a bucket shy of her then-career high with 21 points against Utah State on Jan 22. Corbett tied her then-career high with five three-pointers in 10 attempts against USU. Corbett was a perfect 2-of-2 from the line as well. The senior partnered with classmate Madison Spence in the first half to spark a 14-0 run as they combined for 19 consecutive points for NM State before halftime.

     Prior to leaving the game against Utah Dec. 23 in the second half with a knee injury Corbett started the first 12 games of the year and scored in double-digits in six straight contests for the Aggies. She did not start two rivalry games over the New Year but did see minutes on the floor. Corbett returned to the starting line-up in the WAC opener Jan. 6 against Hawai'i and went on to score 13 points.

     Currently, she leads the team this season in both makes from beyond the arc (45) and in three-point field goal percentage at 39.5 percent among players with at least one attempt per game.

Build Something with Lowe

    Senior guard Jasmine Lowe dished out a career high 11 assists at Boise State on Jan. 27 to go along with 17 points resulting in her first career double-double as an Aggie. The team's leading returning scorer from last season is averaging 13.2 points per game this season. She leads the WAC in steals per game with 2.9 swipes per game and ranks No. 31 in the country. Lowe has started every game for the Aggies this season and has posted double-digit scoring efforts in all but three contests.

     In November, Lowe scored 17 against Alcorn State in the Thanksgiving Classic opener then matched the total with a game-high 17 in the Classic championship game against Northern Iowa. Lowe matched her season high of 18 points against Houston in the home opener. Along with Madison Spence, she led the Aggies with a season-high 18 points in an overtime win at UTEP while playing 42 minutes on the floor.

     Lowe boasts a team-best 63 steals and 65 assists this year. She also ranks third on the team with 68 boards this season despite playing at guard.

Rutledge Solidifies Starting Role

     Freshman guard Jasmine Rutledge has started all eight conference games this season for the Aggies and 10 straight contests overall. Rutledge earned her first start on the road at New Mexico Dec. 30; a game after teammate Camila Rosen was lost to the season due to a knee injury. Against the Lobos, the rookie scored three points and grabbed four rebounds while playing solid defense in 29 minutes on the floor.

     On Feb. 7 at LA Tech, Rutledge posted a career high 10 points against the Lady Techsters. The effort more than doubled her previous high of four points. The freshman also went 6-of-8 from the line, doubling her made free throws up to that point of the season.

     Rutledge solidified her starting role Jan. 15 at Fresno State with a breakout game. She notched several career highs against the Bulldogs including 15 rebounds, four assists and 31 minutes of floor time. After grabbing nine boards versus Utah State on Jan. 22, Rutledge posted her second career double-digit rebound performance with 11 caroms last time out at Idaho on Jan. 29.

     The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native ranks second on the team with 90 rebounds this season.

Soto Fills in Nicely

     Junior guard Kaitlyn Soto earned five consecutive starts when point guard Madison Spence went out of the lineup with a concussion on Nov. 22. She directed the team on the floor and came within a bucket of her career high in points against WNMU on Nov. 22 after Spence went down early in the second half with a concussion. Soto scored 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor in just 18 minutes of action against the Mustangs. 

     Soto scored in double digits in the three straight games for NM State in early December. Versus Cal State Northridge on Dec. 5, Soto posted 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the foul line to go with three assists and a steal. At Michigan on Dec. 13, Soto scored 10 points including a pair of threes in addition to three steals and three assists. On Dec. 19 at Arizona, Soto came off the bench to provide valuable minutes for the offense. She scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Wildcats including a three and also went a perfect 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.

Rosen's Season Cut Short

     Coming off of All-WAC Freshman Team honors a season ago, sophomore Camila Rosen earned her sixth straight start of 2010-11 against Utah on Dec. 23 but left the game with a knee injury after the half. After evaluating the injury, medical staff recommended that Rosen seek surgery to repair an ACL injury, thus ending her season.

     Earlier this season in the team's win at UTEP, Rosen scored six of her points in overtime against the Miners. Her jumper with 1:16 left put the Aggies up for good. A minute later, her pair of free throw makes on a one-and-one opportunity put NM State up by three with 17 ticks left to help the Aggies seal the rivalry win.

     Rosen ranked third on the team in field goal percentage at 44.9 percent after playing 12 games making 22-of-49 attempts from the floor. She ranked fifth on the Aggies with 22.1 minutes played per game this season.

McGhee Contributes Right Away

     Junior transfer forward Ariella McGhee has stepped into the Aggie lineup and made an immediate impact, starting the first six games the season. However, McGhee has played sparingly since her last start in the first game of the Aggie Thanksgiving Classic but has scored in each of the seven conference games that she has appeared in this season dating back to Jan. 6 at Hawai'i.

     McGhee made the most of her 12 minutes on the floor at Hawai'i on Jan. 6 in the WAC opener, going 4-of-5 to score eight points to go with a block, steal and rebound. On Jan. 29 at Idaho, McGhee went 3-of-4 from the field with seven points in 14 minutes of action.

     She holds the team lead in field goal percentage among at 60.0 percent making 33-of-55 field goals.

Sanchez Attains Career High against UNM

     After a redshirt season due to injury in 2009-10, junior Erica Sanchez is proving she is healthy and ready to carry more of the offensive load for the Aggies. Sanchez made the most her time on the floor in the first half against UNM on Dec. 1, scoring a career high nine points against the Lobos with two three-point makes to go with a basket inside the arc and a free throw.

     Earlier this season, a three by Sanchez sealed an Aggie comeback at UTEP. In El Paso, she nailed a three with 10 seconds remaining to knot the score at 70-70 and cap off a 12-5 Aggie run to close regulation.

     On Dec. 30 at UNM, Sanchez earned her first start since the 2008-09 season after former starters Danisha Corbett and Camila Rosen rehabbed knee injuries. She started her second straight game Jan. 2 against UTEP playing 23 minutes.

Chenier Steps up Game versus WNMU

     Freshman guard Andrea Chenier stepped up her game against WNMU on Nov. 22 after senior point guard Madison Spence went down early in the second half with a concussion. Chenier set career highs with 14 points and four steals against the Mustangs. After halftime Chenier led the Aggies with 10 points and 13 minutes of play against WNMU. Chenier has seen time on the floor in each game this season.

     Chenier is one of just six Aggies to play in all 22 games this season, averaging 10.2 minutes per game.

Aggies Battle through another Difficult Schedule This Year

     The Aggies' 2010-11 slate includes a dozen games against teams that played in postseason tournaments a season ago. NM State will host 16 games at the Pan American Center - matching the 2007-08 Aggie slate for the third-most home contests in the NM State record books. It marks the 12th season that the Crimson and White play host to 15 or more opponents. In those previous 11 seasons, NM State averaged 20 wins per year. The Aggies' upcoming non-conference ledger consists of eight home match-ups and six road contests.

     NM State opens WAC play with six of its first eight games on the road in 2011.

     On Jan. 13, the Aggies open their conference home slate against another WNIT team in Nevada. Defending WAC champion Fresno State hosts the Aggies on Jan. 15. A tough-three game stretch against the conference's two NCAA teams from last season, Fresno State and Louisiana Tech, kicks off February. The Aggies compete in back-to-back games against the Lady Techsters in Ruston, La., on Feb. 7 and in Las Cruces on Feb. 12 before hosting the Bulldogs on Feb. 21 to complete their season series.

NM State Fields Veteran Team This Season

     NM State returns four starters from an 18-win team that advanced to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) a year ago. The 2010 WNIT appearance marked just the fourth postseason appearance for the Aggies in program history. NM State is an experienced team with eight upperclassmen on a roster of 14 and returns five players that started at least 10 games for the Aggies last season.

     Senior guards Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe each earned Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors from the conference coaches prior to this season. Spence also earned the same honor in the preseason media poll this year.

     Both polls rated the Aggies sixth in the WAC in 2009-10, but NM State finished in a tie for fourth place.

NM State Looks to Return to Postseason in 2011

     The Aggies finished a successful season at 18-14 overall last season and are coming off of their fourth postseason appearance in history after advancing to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) last March. NM State fell 84-61 at Arizona State in its first postseason trip in 16 years. The Aggies claimed their first WNIT bid in 1994.

     NM State has the chance to make school history if it advances to the postseason for a second consecutive season. The only time the program has earned back-to-back appearances after the regular season was during the 1987 and 1988 campaigns when the Aggies made their only NCAA appearances in school history.

Aggies Host 16 Games This Season

     The Aggies' 16 home games at the Pan American Center is the third time in four seasons NM State plays host to more than 15 contests.

Along with this year's ledger, here are the prior three season slates with 16-plus games in Las Cruces including a school record 18 games last year.

  • 2010-11: 16 (5-7 at home, 11-14 overall)
  • 2009-10: 18 (12-6 at home, 18-14 overall)
  • 1979-80: 17 (10-7 at home, 22-12 overall)
  • 2007-08: 16 (14-2 at home, 23-9 overall)

     Prior to the 2010-11 season, NM State played at least 15 regular season games at home in 11 of its 37 previous seasons.  The Aggies averaged 20 wins overall in those 11 seasons while winning at least 18 games in nine of them.

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