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.

INSIGHT ON THE CYCLONES

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.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

TEXAS A&M

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

IOWA STATE

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

STATISTICAL COMPARISON

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

INSIDE THE SERIES

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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