Aggies Head To Ames For Battle Of Ranked Teams

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The fourth-ranked Texas A&M women’s basketball team (17-3, 5-2) carries a three-game winning streak into a midseason top 25 clash with No. 21 Iowa State (16-4, 4-2) on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. Tipoff between the Aggies and Cyclones is set for 7 p.m. (CT). A&M has hit the midway point of the Big 12 Conference season and will face its fifth nationally-ranked opponent in six games. The Aggies are still searching for their first-ever win in Ames with six previous tries in the all-time series. ISU will look to defend its unblemished 11-0 home record with the help of some Hilton magic averaging 9,133 fans per game this season. Iowa State also boasts the ninth longest home-court win streak in the country at 14 games. A&M recently closed out the month of January with a 73-60 home victory over Kansas and will return to the road for two of its next three contests in league play. The Aggies currently boast the second-best road mark in the Big 12 at 3-1 and the second-best three-point field goal percentage defense (.237) in the land. The Cyclones, who are known for knocking down the three ball, are averaging 7.8 three-pointers which ranks 10th nationally.


Iowa State is also on a three-game winning stretch bouncing back from back-to-back top 25 losses on the road at No. 5 Baylor (57-68) on Jan. 14 and No. 14 Kansas State (52-59) on Jan. 17. A&M will be the second-straight ranked opponent to come into Hilton Coliseum as the Cyclones won a much-anticipated rematch with the Wildcats (60-60) that drew a season-high crowd of 11,656 fans on Jan. 31 in Ames. Iowa State was picked to finish third with two first-place votes in the preseason coaches poll after turning in a 21-13 campaign with a second-round loss to Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament. Senior Heather Ezell leads a veteran cast of Cyclones in the scoring department at 12.1 points per game and ranks fifth in the league with 40.0 percent accuracy from beyond the three-point arc this season. She also leads the Big 12 in three-pointers made (54) which ranks 21st nationally with a 2.7 average.



No. Name 2008-09 Stats

51 Sydney Colson, G, 5-8, So. 5.7 ppg, 3.5 apg

3 Takia Starks, G, 5-8, Sr. 16.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg

22 Tanisha Smith, G/F, 6-0, Jr. 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg

55 Danielle Gant, G/F, 5-11, Sr. 14.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg

12 La Toya Micheaux, C, 6-3, Sr. 3.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg


No. Name 2008-09 Stats

15 Heather Ezell, G, 5-9, Sr. 12.1 ppg, 3.1 apg

4 Alison Lacey, G, 6-0, Jr. 10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg

11 Kelsey Bolte, G, 6-1, So. 9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg

32 Amanda Nisleit, F, 6-0, Sr. 7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg

5 Nicky Wieben, F, 6-4, Sr. 9.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg


2008-09 Category TAMU ISU

Overall Record 17-3 16-4

Conference Record 5-2 4-2

Points Per Game 67.6 66.7

Scoring Margin +14.0 +12.4

Rebounds Per Game 39.4 40.2

Rebounding Margin +3.3 +8.7

Field Goal Percentage 41.9 39.8

Field Goal% Defense 35.1 37.6

Three-Point FG% 32.0 33.4

Free Throw Percentage 67.6 71.8

Turnovers Per Game 17.1 15.1

Assists Per Game 13.0 14.0

Blocks Per Game 4.0 3.8

Steals Per Game 12.4 7.2


Iowa State leads 13-4 in the all-time series versus Texas A&M. The Aggies have won the last two-straight meetings between the two schools including a 65-53 win in the Big 12 semifinals which catapulted A&M to its first-ever appearance in the championship game against Oklahoma State. The Aggies also beat the Cyclones in the regular-season last year with a 60-46 outcome that gave head coach Gary Blair his 500th career victory on Feb. 20, 2008. They have never beaten ISU on their home court in the 13-year history of the league (0-6).

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