Aggies Conclude Regular Season Road Schedule at Nevada
The New Mexico State women's basketball team (11-16, 5-8 WAC) visits fourth-place Nevada (19-7, 8-5 WAC) Saturday afternoon on the second leg of its final road trip of the regular season. NM State closes out the regular season at home next weekend.
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 Wolf Pack after a 72-61 loss at third-place Utah State on Thursday. NM State suffered a 65-55 setback at home to second-place Fresno State on Monday.
The Wolf Pack has won five straight games coming into the weekend matchup. Nevada knocked off Idaho and Boise State on the road last weekend to position itself in the top four team in the WAC. This year the top four squads earn a bye into the quarterfinals and don't have to play on day one.
Inside the Series
NM State leads the all-time series between the schools, 19-14. The Aggies swept the first dozen games in the series during a 17-year span (1980-1997). Both programs were members of the Big West conference from 1993-2000.
Nevada won in Las Cruces earlier this season, 65-46, to ruin the Aggies' conference home opener.
The Wolf Pack swept the series last season. Nevada overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to defeat the Aggies in Las Cruces on Jan. 30, to win 64-60 and stop NM State's four-game win streak at home. Late last season in Reno, Nevada edged the Aggies at the buzzer 61-59. The teams have split the two previous seasons, each winning on their home court in 2008 and 2009.
Scouting the Wolf Pack
The Nevada Wolf Pack (19-7, 8-5) of the WAC has won five straight games including a road sweep over Idaho and Boise State last weekend. The Wolf Pack defeated the Aggies at home earlier this season 65-46 on Jan. 12.
Nevada ranks No. 20 nationally in rebound margin at 7.3. The Pack scores 68.8 points per game to stand No. 70 in the country and shoots a 42.8 percentage to rank No. 47 in the nation. The Wolf Pack allows 63.0 points per game and 36.8 percent shooting from the floor.
Senior guard Tahnee Robinson leads the team in scoring with 21.7 points per game to rank No. 11 in the country. Robinson also ranks nationally in three other stats: 3-point field goals made (2.9 - No. 19), 3-point field-goal percentage (41.1 - No. 27) and free throw percentage (81.1 - No. 72).
Senior forward Shavon Moore averages 14.1 points per game for No. 207 in the nation. She also leads the squad with 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Last Time against the Wolf Pack
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team dropped its conference home opener 65-46 to Nevada after the Wolf Pack broke open the game in the second half inside the Pan American Center Wednesday night.
Nevada, who led 30-27, ran away from NM State in the second half outscoring the Aggies 35-19 after the break. UN's Tahnee Robinson showed why she is the leading scorer in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), posting 17 points after halftime en route to a game-high 25 points.
The home team struggled to make shots in the second half on 7-of-24 shooting for a 29.2 percentage from the floor. The Wolf Pack out-rebounded the Aggies 22-12 in the second half. No Aggie player scored more than seven after the break.
Senior guard Jasmine Lowe scored 14 to lead the Aggies. Lowe ran off the first seven points of the second half for the Aggies but Nevada held her off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Junior forward Tabytha Wampler added 12 points with three buckets and 6-of-6 from the line.
Wampler has now made 19 consecutive free throws for NM State since her last miss against UTEP in the final minutes on Jan. 2. She is a perfect 19-of-19 in WAC play. Wampler made her three attempts at Hawai'i and all 10 at San Jose State prior to her half dozen tonight from the foul line.
NM State shot 30 percent in the game while Nevada cashed in on 43 percent of its shots. The Wolf Pack dominated the boards 44-29. The Aggies won the turnover battle forcing 19 UN miscues and committing just 13. The Wolf Pack reserves outscored the Aggie bench 23-4 on the night.
NM State dropped to 8-9 overall and 2-1 in the WAC after the loss. Nevada improved to 2-1 in the league and 13-3 overall.
Nevada opened the scoring with a bucket from senior forward Shavon Moore. The Aggies answered with four straight after baskets by junior forward Tabytha Wampler and senior guard Madison Spence for NM State's first and largest lead of the game.
The squads were knotted at 10-10 at the first media timeout after a Spence basket with 14:07 remaining before the half. Nevada then went on an 8-2 run to build its largest lead of the half at 18-12 with 9:07 left.
NM State responded with a 7-0 rally of its own after another bucket from Spence and a trey and two from Lowe to take back the lead 19-18 at the 8:19 mark. The teams played even over the next five minutes to knot the score at 25-all. UN closed the half on a 5-2 run to make it 30-27 entering the locker rooms.
The Aggies forced 10 first-half turnovers and had five steals that led to nine points on the offensive end. NM State took 12 more shots but had just one more make than Nevada at the break as the Wolf Pack shot 42 percent and the Aggies 31 percent in the first half. Nevada led on the glass 22-17. NM State owned the paint in the first scoring 12 in the lane.
Lowe scored the first seven points after halftime for the Aggies to give NM State its only second-half lead at 32-30. The Wolf Pack put together a 19-6 run over the next eight minutes to make it 49-38 midway through the second.
The Aggies never recovered, scoring just eight points over the final 10 minutes of the game.
Robinson led all scorers with 25 while Nevada senior forward Shavon Moore posted a double-double with 10 boards and 10 points on the night.
- In the latest release of the NCAA rankings this season on March 24, NM State ranks in the top 100 of 333 Division I schools in three of 18 statistical categories. The Aggies commit just 15.7 turnovers per game this year to rank No. 51 in the country. NM State's turnover margin of +2.3 stands at No. 71 in the nation while the Aggie free throw percentage rates No. 79 nationally (71.8 percent).
- Senior guard Jasmine Lowe leads the WAC with 2.8 steals a game and rates No. 31 nationally.
- Junior forward Tabytha Wampler ranks second in the WAC in free throw percentage at 86.5 this season and ranks No. 22 in the country.
- On the hardwood, NM State averages 64.7 points per game while shooting a 37.5 field goal percentage. The Aggies hold foes to 67.5 points per game and a 39.8 percent clip from the floor.
- The Aggies are alone in sixth place in the WAC at 5-8 one-half game behind Idaho in fifth.
- Senior Madison Spence moved into eighth on the NM State all-time top-10 scoring list last week. She boasts a current total of 1,425 points.
- Wampler boasts six double-doubles this season including her last double dip versus San Jose State on Feb. 17 with 16 points and 12 boards.
- Four Aggies are averaging double figures this season: Madison Spence (14.6 ppg); Jasmine Lowe (12.3 ppg), Tabytha Wampler (10.8) and Danisha Corbett (10.7).
- The Aggies lead the WAC with just 15.7 turnovers per game and stand No. 51 nationally.
- NM State ranks second in the WAC and No. 79 nationally in free throw percentage at 71.8 percent from the foul line.
- NM State is 9-3 when scoring over 65 points this season.
- The Aggies are 6-3 when holding opponents under 65 points this year.
Madison Spence Moves Up All-time Top-10 Scoring List
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 moved into the NM State all-time top-10 scoring list. On Feb. 15, Spence posted her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Hawai'i. She surpassed the 1,400-point mark with eight tallies against San Jose State on Feb. 17. Spence posted 12 points against Fresno State on Monday and added 10 at Utah State Thursday to move closer to seventh all-time with 1,425 points. Spence now trails former teammate Sherell Neal in seventh place by 11 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. 11
8. Madison Spence (2007-present) 1,425 pts.
Corbett Poised to Enter Exclusive 1,000-Point Club
Senior guard Danisha Corbett joined teammate Madison Spence as the latest Aggie to score 1,000 points in a career. After scoring nine points at Utah State, Corbett currently boasts 1,000 career points as just the 18th player to accomplish the feat in program history. Spence entered the list at the end of last season and is currently in eighth all-time. Former Aggie Paulina Blunt (1989-1994) is currently No. 17 on the all-time list with 1,148 points.
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.