Friday, January 9, 2009

Aggie Hoops Weekend Capsules

Women @ Missouri, 5 pm

ABOUT MISSOURI, 9-4 in non-conference
A&M’s record vs. Missouri (last three seasons): 4-0

The Tigers struggled out of the gate this year, dropping four of their first five, including a season opening loss to South Dakota State. Since then, the team has rattled off eight consecutive victories, including a road win at Arkansas…Missouri was the lone Big 12 team left out of the postseason in 2007-08, finishing with a 10-21 (2-14 Big 12) record. However, the Tigers stunned 2-seed Oklahoma in the Big 12 Tournament, 70-64…Returning senior Alyssa Hollins was All-Big 12 Honorable Mention last year. The Mesquite, Texas, product averaged 16.6 points per game, and her 90 3-pointers last year smashed the previous school record of 25…Junior Jessra Johnson and Hollins both averaged 14.0 points in non-conference games, with the 6-foot-1 Johnson also leading the team in rebounding…A&M has won the last four meetings by an average of 17.8 points…Cindy Stein is in her 11th season as Mizzou’s coach.

Men @ Oklahoma State, 8 pm (ESPNU)

ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE, 11-3 non-conference
A&M’s record vs. Oklahoma State (last three seasons): 4-3

These two teams have played in some tight contests recently, with the last three being decided by a total of nine points…OSU hasn’t lost away from Gallagher-Iba Arena this season, but Saturday’s game will be their first home match-up with a power conference team…The Cowboys have a solid collection of guards who can score. Starters James Anderson (18.4 points per game), Obi Muonelo (15.4), Terrel Harris (14.7) and Byron Eaton (12.9) are also connecting on more than 40 percent of their field goals. Keiton Page, a 5-foot-10 freshman, also averages double figure scoring despite not starting any games…Starting forward Ibrahima Thomas was dismissed from the team in early December for a “lack of commitment” to the team…This is the first year for coach Travis Ford, who compiled a 62-35 record in three years at Massachusetts.

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