Most people who don’t know College Station Tamu women’s basketball will not tell you much about No. Texas A&M, 2 seed, is fortunate to be in this position. Through the first two rounds, the Aggies have been swept by close games and controversial officiating. It is important that they are here now.
They will be facing the third-seeded Arizona Wildcats on Saturday at 5 PM MST for a place in the Elite Eight. It would mark the Wildcats’ first appearance outside of the Sweet 16 in Tamu women’s basketball history.
In the first round, TAMU Women’s basketball (25-2) defeated 15th-seeded Troy (84-80). The final result was decided by a questionable Trojan charge call and an uncalled backcourt violation against Aggies. Although the calls down Janesville Youth Hockey the stretch caused a stir on Twitter, it’s not where the real games are played.
Round 32 saw the regular-season champions of the SEC, Iowa State, again lose to an Iowa State team with 10 losses. In overtime, the Aggies won with an 84-82 win.
The 65-57 win over No. 1 South Carolina in February.
Her Hoop Stats rates Aggies’ offense at 14th in Division I. They rank No. 16. The Wildcats, however, are rated No. 56 on offense, and No. After their 52-46 victory over BYU, 8 were on defense
TAMU Women’s basketball is extremely experienced with four seniors and a sophomore. A three-guard line up is also a part of the Aggies’ balanced offense. Each of the five starters average double digit scoring. They are among the best 3-point shooting teams in America (37.6%), but it doesn’t take them a lot.
Four of the five starters on the defensive side of the court get at least one steal per game, while two average less than one block per outing.
Aaliyah Wilson, senior guard, leads the charge with 12.6 points per match. Although she is the best 3-point shooter, she doesn’t attempt as many long distance shots as the other starting guards. With 2.6 assists per games, she is second and also gets a record-breaking 1.9 steals. This 5-foot-11 guard shares the team lead of 0.9 blocks per match.
N’dea Jones, senior forward, is taking on Wilson’s shoes with Tamu women’s basketball 12.1 PG. She averages a double-double and grabs an impressive 10.4 rebounds per match.
Kayla Wells, another senior guard, is the third player on the team, with 11.4 PPG. The trio of guards is extremely effective at sharing the ball. Wells is the third player on the team, with 1.9 APG.
Jordan Nixon, a sophomore guard, leads the team with 3.2 assists per game. With 10.9 PPG, she is fourth in scoring and scored 35 points against Iowa State.