Three Aggies Bid Farewell to Fans Saturday Afternoon
The New Mexico State women's basketball team (12-17, 6-9 WAC) entertains Boise State (12-17, 3-12 WAC) Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. for the team's final game of the regular season at the Pan American Center. The Aggies will honor their three seniors: Danisha Corbett, Jasmine Lowe and Madison Spence in a ceremony following the game.
The game will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Radio Network on KSNM 570 AM with Kyle Doperalski. Periodic live updates via Twitter are available by following @NMStateAggies. Links to live stats can be found on NMStateSports.com.
The contest marks the final meeting between the schools on the hardwood as members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Aggies come into the game against the Broncos after a 73-65 loss to Idaho on Thursday at the Pan Am. As a result, NM State is guaranteed the sixth seed in the WAC women's basketball tournament next week inside Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Aggies will have a rubber match against seventh seed Hawai'i at 9:30 p.m. MT Wednesday, March 9. Each team won on the opponent's home floor this season.
Boise State has lost 11 of its last 12 games coming into the weekend matchup. The Broncos battled hard at WAC leader LA Tech on Thursday but fell 86-72. BSU is 3-8 on the road this year. The Broncos won at San Jose State Feb. 26 to help secure the final tournament berth in the WAC tourney next week.
Inside the Series
Boise State leads the all-time series between the schools, 12-11. However, NM State has won the last three. The Aggies won in Boise earlier this season for just the second time in the series, 87-71. NM State swept the season series in 2009-10 with an 87-83 overtime win at Boise State to open WAC play - the Aggies' first-ever win in Boise - prior to an 85-76 win at home over the Broncos. The Aggies hold an 8-4 advantage over the Broncos in Las Cruces.
Since NM State joined the WAC in 2005, Boise State the series is tied 7-7 overall. Two of the last four meetings between the schools ended in overtime. The Broncos came from 10 points down at the half to claim a 79-77 road victory in 2009 while the Aggies made a similar late rally at Boise to knock off the Broncos 87-83 last season.
Perhaps the most important matchup was in 2007 when the Broncos edged the Aggies 49-46 in the WAC tournament championship game. The squads met three straight seasons in the conference tourney. NM State beat BSU on the other occasions edging the Broncos 60-59 in 2006 and topping BSU 72-66 in 2008.
Prior to 2006, the teams had not met since 2000 when both schools were members of the Big West Conference. From 1997-2000 Boise State defeated the Aggies five of eight times as Big West foes. The programs initially met at NM State's L'eggs Classic on Dec. 2, 1982 when the Aggies won 81-70.
Scouting the Broncos
The Boise State Broncos (12-17, 3-12) of the WAC have lost 11 of the last 12 games, breaking a nine-game losing skid at San Jose State last week on Feb. 26. The Broncos claimed the eighth seed in the WAC tournament next week.
Boise State ranks No. 82 in the country with 14.2 assists per contest. The Broncos' 6.1 3-point field goals each game slots them at No. 88 nationwide while their scoring offense ranks at No. 87 in the nation.
The Broncos score 68.0 points per game while shooting 41 percent from the field. BSU allows 70.3 points per game and 40.4 percent shooting from the floor.
Junior guard Kati Isham leads the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Isham ranks No. 61 nationally in three-point field goal percentage at 38.3 and stands No. 63 in the country with 2.4 made threes per game. Isham is the only Bronco to start every game this season.
Sophomore forward Lauren Lenhardt is the only other player to average double figures at 12.6 points per game. Senior forward Janie Bos leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per contest.
Last Time against the Broncos
BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 27) - Senior guard Danisha Corbett torched the nets from long range Thursday night with seven three-pointers en route to a new career high of 31 points to lead the New Mexico State women's basketball team to an 87-71 win over Boise State inside the Taco Bell Arena.
The 16-point win is the largest in the series against Boise State topping a 14-point decision over the Broncos in 2008 in Las Cruces. As NM State's final appearance in Boise as both members of the WAC, it marked the second all-time victory at Boise State for the Aggies after an overtime win last season.
Corbett wasn't the only senior posting career numbers. Senior guard Jasmine Lowe dished out 11 assists against the Broncos for a career high. It marked the most assists for an Aggie in almost 10 years when Hall of Famer Mari Sanchez had 10 helpers against Idaho on Nov. 17, 2001.
Lowe added 17 to the NM State total while fellow senior guard Madison Spence notched 18 tallies and was also hot from three-point range on 4-of-4 shooting. Junior forward Tabytha Wampler threw in 10 points.
NM State never trailed in the game and led by as many as 21 in the second half. An early 13-0 run sparked by back-to-back threes by Corbett did the damage against the Broncos. The Aggies made 15 threes in the game, a season high.
NM State improves to 10-10 overall and 4-2 in the WAC to sit all alone in third place in the league after Idaho's loss to Louisiana Tech tonight. Boise State drops to 2-4 in the WAC and 11-9 overall.
NM State shot 50.8 percent in the game, its best percentage since Nov. 27 against Northern Iowa. Boise State led NM State on the glass 38-30. The Broncos shot 41 percent in the contest.
The Aggies' numbers from long range were astonishing. NM State made 15-of-24 three-point attempts for a season-high of 62.5 percent from downtown - more than 16 percent better than the previous season high of 46 percent versus Western New Mexico on Nov. 22. Corbett was 7-of-9, Spence 4-of-4 and Lowe of 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Soto added a trey to end the first half.
NM State posted the first points of the game on two free throws by Lowe. Corbett doubled the lead with her first bucket of the game. Boise State cut the lead to 4-2 with its first bucket at the 18:36 mark.
NM State took command of the game with an early 13-0 rally over the next 4:19, sparked by back-to-back threes by Corbett, to run out to a 17-2 lead at the 14:30 mark of the opening stanza.
After five points from Spence and two free throws from Wampler, NM State built its largest lead of the half of 17 at 24-7 with 11:16 left before the break.
Boise State rallied with a 10-3 run over a three-minute span to cut the Aggie lead to single digits at 32-23 with 6:23 showing on the clock. But the Aggies scored six of the final eight points of the half to lead 41-29 at the break.
Corbett led all scorers with 15 points at the half with a perfect 5-for-5 showing from the field, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. Lowe had 10 at the half for the Aggies and dished out six assists. The Aggies edged BSU on the glass 19-17 while shooting 45 percent from the field and 67 percent from long range on 8-of-12 shooting. The Broncos shot 40 percent from the field and 20 percent from behind the arc.
Bronco forward Lauren Lenhardt tried to take over the game in the second half, scoring 12 of BSU's first 14 points after the break before finishing with 30 points, one shy of Corbett's game high total. Lenhardt was the only one scoring for BSU early in the half as NM State built its largest lead of 21 with 16:37 remaining in the game.
NM State's three by Lowe with 17:09 to go broke this season's record for threes in a game with 11. The Aggies made four more down the stretch for 15. The Aggies previously made 10 last weekend against Utah State and at UTEP in November.
Boise State closed to within eight of the visitors with 4:44 left, but Corbett made three shots from the foul line after a foul on an attempt from beyond the arc to increase the lead back to double-digits for the remainder of the game.
Lenhardt led Boise State with 30 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Guard Kati Isham added 14 for the Broncos.
- In the latest release of the NCAA rankings this season on March 4, NM State ranks in the top 100 of 333 Division I schools in three of 18 statistical categories. The Aggies commit just 15.5 turnovers per game this year to rank No. 52 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. 98 nationally (71.3 percent).
- Senior guard Jasmine Lowe leads the WAC with 2.7 steals a game and rates No. 34 nationally.
- Junior forward Tabytha Wampler ranks second in the WAC in free throw percentage at 85.1 this season and ranks No. 31 in the country.
- On the hardwood, NM State averages 64.7 points per game while shooting a 37.8 field goal percentage. The Aggies hold foes to 67.4 points per game and a 39.8 percent clip from the floor.
- The Aggies are in sixth in the WAC at 6-9 with Idaho and will enter the WAC tournament next week as the sixth seed to face seventh seed Hawai'i in the first round Wednesday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m. MT.
- Senior Madison Spence took sole possession of seventh on the NM State all-time scoring list with 16 points against Idaho Thursday to total 1,447 career tallies.
- Senior Danisha Corbett became the 18th member of the NM State 1,000-point club last week at Utah State, she currently boasts 1,022 career points.
- With 20 points and 10 rebounds against Idaho on Thursday, Wampler posted her seventh double-doubles this season and ninth of her career.
- Four Aggies are averaging double figures this season: Madison Spence (14.1 ppg); Jasmine Lowe (13.0 ppg), Tabytha Wampler (12.4) and Danisha Corbett (10.5).
- The Aggies lead the WAC with just 15.5 turnovers per game and stand No. 52 nationally.
- NM State ranks second in the WAC and No. 98 nationally in free throw percentage at 71.3 percent from the foul line.
- NM State is 9-3 when scoring over 65 points this season.
- The Aggies are 8-3 when holding opponents under 65 points this year.
Senior Night Reflections
- Last year, all three seniors helped NM State earn a 2010 Women's National Invitational Tournament bid - just the fourth postseason appearance in program history.
Madison Spence - Las Cruces, N.M.; biology major
- Spence has spent four years in a Crimson and White uniform, playing in 118 career games while starting each one. Her 118 starts rank second all-time at NM State.
- With 16 points Thursday against Idaho, Spence moved into sole possession of seventh place on the all-time NM State scoring list with 1,447 points.
- Last year, she became the 17th member of the 1,000-point club and just the seventh player in program history to accomplish the feat prior to her senior year.
- Earlier this season, Spence notched her first career double-double against Hawai'i with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
- Spence has been an All-WAC preseason or postseason selection in each of her four seasons as an Aggie.
- Her 1,231 field goal attempts rank No. 8 on NM State's career lists.
- She became the 16th Aggie in program history to score 30 or more points in a game during her sophomore year with 30 tallies against Kent State Nov. 23, 2008.
- Spence ranks fourth all-time at NM State with 154 made 3-point shots and 482 attempts from beyond the arc.
- Her 335 made free throws ranks fourth all-time at NM State and her 446 attempts stands fifth best in program history. Spence's current 75.1 free throw percentage is seventh all-time in the Aggie record books.
- Spence's 344 career assists ranks seventh all-time at NM State.
- This season Spence leads the team in minutes per game (31.7) and points per game (14.1).
Danisha Corbett - San Diego, Calif.; criminal justice major
- Corbett has spent four years in a Crimson and White uniform, playing in 113 career games and making 76 starts.
- Last week, Corbett became the 18th member of the exclusive 1,000-point club at NM State, hitting the 1,000-point mark with nine points at Utah State. She now has 1,022 career points.
- Earlier this season, Corbett torched the nets at Boise State with a career-high 31 points on Jan. 27.
- She became the 17th Aggie in program history to score 30 or more points in a game.
- Corbett also set a career high of seven made threes at Boise, tying her second all-time in Aggie single-game history.
- With her 3-pointer Thursday night against Idaho, Corbett moved into sole possession of second all-time on the NM State 3-point FG list with 175 career makes from beyond the arc.
- Corbett ranks third all-time on 3-points FGs attempted at 523 shots.
- She also ranks among the top 10 in single-season 3-point makes and attempts.
- Corbett ranks fifth in the WAC this season and 188th in the nation with 1.9 3-pointers per game.
- This season Corbett leads the team in 3-point field goals made (53); 3-point field goals attempted (147); 3-point FG percentage (36.1); games played (29) and blocks (22).
Jasmine Lowe - San Francisco, Calif.; sociology major
- Lowe came to Las Cruces after the 2008-09 season from the Foothill College in San Francisco.
- As a junior, Lowe recorded the 10th-best 3-point FG percentage for a single season in NM State history at 38.9 percent.
- Also in 2009-10 Lowe's 115 made free throws ranked No. 8 all-time in Aggie history for a single season and her 154 foul shot attempts last season ranked 10th all-time.
- Prior to her senior campaign, Lowe earned preseason All-WAC Second Team honors in the coaches' poll.
- Lowe has played in all 61 games in her two seasons as an Aggie, starting 52 contests.
- She scored a career-high 29 points against UNM in 2009 and boasts 46 double-digit scoring games in the Crimson and White.
- Lowe posted her first career double-double this season at Boise State on Jan. 27 with 17 points and 11 assists. It marks just the second points-assists double-double in the past 120 double-doubles at NM State spanning the past 10 seasons.
- She currently leads the WAC and ranks No. 34 in the country with 2.7 steals per game this season.
- This year Lowe leads the team in field goals made (129); field goals attempted (374); games started and played (29); assists (82); steals (78) and points scored (377).
- Her current career 3-point FG percentage of 35.1 percent would rank sixth all-time at NM State.
- Lowe's 78 steals this season ranks eighth-best all-time at NM State.
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 Feb. 21
Last week, she added 10 at Utah State and six at Nevada to boost her total. Spence scored 16 against Idaho on Thursday to pass former teammate Sherell Neal for seventh place on the all-time list. Spence now touts 1,447 career points.
NM State Top-10 Scoring List (spots 6-8) Point Total Point Margin Ahead of Spence
6. Tracey Goetsch (1988-92) 1,559 pts. 112
7. Madison Spence (2007-present) 1,447 pts.
8. Sherell Neal (2004-2008) 1,436 pts.
Corbett Enters Exclusive Aggie Ranks
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 hit the 1,000-career point mark exactly as just the 18th player to accomplish the feat in program history. Corbett scored 11 at Nevada on Saturday and added 11 against Idaho on Thursday. She currently has accumulated 1,022 career points. Former Aggie Paulina Blunt (1989-1994) is currently No. 17 on the all-time list with 1,148 points.
After scoring a career-high 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.
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 120 double-doubles posted by Aggie players since the 1999-2000 season. Junior forward Tabytha Wampler has six of those this season with traditional rebound-point affairs and Madison Spence posted her first double-double this month.
Lowe's feat 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.
Lowe is the team's leading returning scorer from last season and averages 13.0 points per game this season. She leads the WAC in steals per game with 2.7 swipes per game and ranks No. 34 in the country. Lowe has started every game for the Aggies this season and has posted double-digit scoring efforts in all but five contests.
Lowe boasts a team-best 78 steals and 82 assists this year.
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 22 attempts all season. She owns an incredible percentage at the line this year of 85.1 percent on 126-of-148 shooting. That percentage is second in the WAC overall, first among those with more than 100 attempts, and ranks No. 31 in the country.
In addition to her premier free throw shooting, Wampler boasts seven double-doubles this season to total nine in her career. Wampler has totaled double-digit scoring in 22 games this year and has started every contest for the Aggies.
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
Four NM State starters are averaging double-digits in scoring over the first 29 games of the season: senior guard Madison Spence (14.1 ppg), senior guard Jasmine Lowe (13.0 ppg); junior forward Tabytha Wampler (12.4 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 31.7; Lowe averages 28.9, Corbett clocks 27.7 minutes on the floor while Wampler plays 25.1 minutes a game. Lowe and Wampler have started each game this season for the Aggies.
Five Aggies have seen action in all 29 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 20.3 minutes of play per contest this season.
Rutledge Solidifies Starting Role
Freshman guard Jasmine Rutledge has started all 15 conference games this season for the Aggies and 17 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 freshman posted double-digit boards with 13 against LA Tech on Feb. 13.
The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native ranks second on the team with 131 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. 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.
In the win at Nevada Saturday, the Lawton, Okla., native posted career highs with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and 28 minutes of action on the floor.
She holds the team lead in field goal percentage among at 54.8 percent making 34-of-62 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 28 games this season, averaging 10.3 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 (6-9 at home, 12-17 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.