The eighth-ranked Texas A&M women’s basketball team (18-5, 6-4) will host its third-annual BTHO Breast Cancer game against Big 12 Conference North opponent Colorado (10-11, 2-7) on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Reed Arena. Tipoff for the Valentine’s Day cause is set for 2 p.m. (CT) and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game with all proceeds from this year’s BTHOBC campaign benefiting the foundation of Kay Yow, the late North Carolina State women’s basketball coach who passed away on Jan. 24, 2009, after battling the disease and promoting breast cancer awareness since her initial diagnosis in 1987. Her testimony has touched the lives of many and the Aggies are among 1,500 schools and organizations across the nation who will promote the fight against Breast Cancer over the next two weeks in tribute games to Yow and thousands of others who are affected each year by the disease. A&M’s goal is to raise $35,000 and is joined in the initiative through corporate partnerships with the College Station Medical Center, Chevron and Kent Moore Cabinets. The contest will mark the last of three games for the Aggies in a span of seven days, while the Buffaloes are the third-straight A&M opponent fresh off of a bye week. The Aggies look to defend their home court and rebound from a 60-53 loss at Texas Tech on Feb. 11. A&M is currently situated in sixth place in the latest league standings, while CU is in a three-way tie for ninth.
Tickets to the game are on sale for $10 with $8 going towards the Kay Yow Foundation. Tickets are priced at $10 for all seating levels in the arena and may be purchased online at www.AggieAthletics.com or by via telephone at 1-888-99-AGGIE. Fans can also purchase a commemorative pink BTHO Breast Cancer T-Shirt courtesy of Chevron and Kent Moore Cabinets for $5, with all of the proceeds from the sales benefiting the Kay Yow Foundation. A 5K Fun Run sponsored by Chevron will precede the game at 10 a.m. Pink commemorative BTHO Breast Cancer towels sponsored by The Med will be distributed to fans prior to tipoff at the Reed Arena entrances while supplies last.
A VIEW OF COLORADO
Colorado closes out its tour through the Big 12 South this weekend, after opening up with four games in a row against the likes of Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas and Oklahoma. The Buffaloes countered an 0-4 start with a 61-56 road victory at Missouri on Jan. 24, to mark one of their two league victories of the season. They were picked to finish 11th in the preseason coaches poll after turning in a 19-15 campaign a year ago with a trip to the Postseason WNIT semifinals where they eventually lost to Marquette (86-72). CU lost junior guard Whitney Houston prior to the 2008-09 season to an ACL injury on Sept. 24, but sophomore forward Brittany Spears is back on stage averaging a team-leading 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per game which ranks in the top 5 among Big 12 scoring and rebounding leaders this season.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
No. Name 2008-09 Stats
51 Sydney Colson, G, 5-8, So. 5.9 ppg, 3.3 apg
3 Takia Starks, G, 5-8, Sr. 16.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg
55 Danielle Gant, G/F, 5-11, Sr. 13.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg
21 Adaora Elonu, F, 6-1, Fr. 5.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg
12 La Toya Micheaux, C, 6-3, Sr. 2.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg
No. Name 2008-09 Stats
1 Alyssa Fressle, G, 5-10, Fr. 8.7 ppg, 3.3 apg
2 Bianca Smith, G, 5-9, Jr. 10.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg
4 Britney Blythe, G, 5-9, So. 2.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg
22 Brittany Spears, G, 6-1, So. 17.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg
44 Kara Richards, C, 6-4, Sr. 12.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg
2008-09 Category TAMU CU
Overall Record 18-5 10-11
Conference Record 6-4 2-7
Points Per Game 67.0 61.4
Scoring Margin +13.0 -1.4
Rebounds Per Game 38.3 34.6
Rebounding Margin +2.2 -5.0
Field Goal Percentage 42.4 41.8
Field Goal% Defense 35.3 39.6
Three-Point FG% 32.8 33.0
Free Throw Percentage 67.1 65.2
Turnovers Per Game 16.4 17.9
Assists Per Game 12.8 12.3
Blocks Per Game 4.0 3.0
Steals Per Game 11.7 7.2
Colorado leads 10-6 in the all-time series with Texas A&M. The Aggies have made progress toward evening out the series over the last couple of years in Big 12 play. They have won the last five-straight meetings between the two schools including their second-ever road win in Boulder (72-68) on Jan. 16, 2008. The Buffs have not beaten the Aggies since a 70-58 victory on their home court in 2003-04 under former head coach Ceal Barry.