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By Cody Stark
The Battalion
The Texas A&M women’s eques
trian team will be back in the saddle,
the English saddle, that is, this week
end on the campus of West Texas
A&M University for the final three
shows of the season.
The Aggies have a 16-point lead
over second-place Kansas State Uni
versity as they look to hold on to their
Zone 7 lead and advance to the na
tional show. Oklahoma State is only
one point behind KSU and would like
to sneak past to claim the No. 2 spot.
Unlike the western competition, the
top two English teams from the re
gion advance to nationals.
A&M has already advanced 10
riders to the regional show that will
be held in College Station on March
3. They are Melynda Knowles and
:kfor six wed: Suzanne Summers in walk-trot, Mor-
ly begins thef £ en Kobza in beginner walk-trot,
'week” ’ J° an Burns and Meagan Galinger in
advanced walk-trot, Jessica Matting
ly and Cori Willet in novice flat, and
Keyea Webster in intermediate flat
and intermediate fences.
Germaine Dougherty and Mered
ith Houx have advanced in open flat
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ire currently tied for the top spot with
55 overall points. The high-point rid-
rs from each region will compete at
lationals for the Cacchione Cup.
Dougherty placed 14th out of 25 at
ast year’s competition.
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Houx said. “I’m a little ner-
■ous just because I thought it was go
ing to be easy to get those two points,
|nd it hasn’t been as easy I thought. 1
eel a little pressure after the last show
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}hat you are going to get.”
The event begins at 4 p.m. Friday
Ind 8 a,m. Saturday. The final show
w ill be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. in
Canyon, Texas.
FILE PHOTO/Thk Battalion
The A&M men's basketball team will try to continue its three-game winning streak against
Missouri on Saturday at Reed Arena.
Ags take on Tigers
Men's squad hopes to continue streak
By Jason Lincoln
The Battalion
For the first time since 1998, the Texas
A&M men’s basketball team is on a gen
uine winning streak. Wednesday’s narrow
margin of victory over University of
Texas-Pan American was enough to give
the Aggies their third straight win.
While A&M’s three wins came against
lower tier-Big 12 teams and a little-known
non-conference opponent, it was enough
to start A&M in the right direction after
opening the conference season with nine
straight losses.
Saturday, A&M will look to capture its
first win against one of the Big 12’s top-
tier teams when it takes on Missouri at
12:45 p.m. in Reed Arena.
The Timers, well on pace for an NCAA
tournament appearance, are just 2-2 in
February. Meanwhile, A&M’s two
straight wins in Big 12 action leave it on
the verge of climbing out of last place for
the first time this year.
The Tigers lost sophomore forward
Kareem Rush for the season to a thumb
injury just 10 days ago. At the time. Rush
was the Big 12’s leading scorer and 11 th
in the NCAA, while averaging 21.9
points per game.
The Tigers got a break when junior
guard Clarence Gilbert, the Big 12’s
fourth leading scorer with 17 points per
game, was reinstated to the team on
Missouri defeated Colorado 80-69 on
Tuesday in Columbia, but enters A&M
with a four-game road-losing streak.
Wednesday’s come-from-behind victo
ry witnessed five Aggies score in double
Bernard King led A&M’s charge with
22 points. Nick Anderson scored 12
points, Keith Bean scored 11, and Jesse
King and Jamaal Gilchrist each posted 10.
The Aggies will be looking for their
second four-game winning streak in coach
Melvin Watkins’ three seasons at A&M.
Only one active player remains from that
season — junior point guard Andy
Leatherman scored a pair of free
throws with just seven seconds remaining
to seal the win.
Texas A&M will introduce Reveille
VII as part of the festivities on Saturday.
Aggies attempt to end skid
By Brian Ruff ■ ,
The Battalion
The Texas A&M women’s basketball team looks to stop
a six-game losing skid Saturday night at Reed Arena. Peg
gie Gillom’s squad hasn't seen the win column since Jan.
20. Unfortunately for the Aggies, the No. 19 Colorado Buf
faloes stand in the way of ending their losing streak.
We have got to do the things
we need to do, and we have to
play with effort.”
, — Peggie Gillom
A&M women's basketball coach
A&M comes into the game after suffering an 83-63
loss to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls on Tuesday night.
Even though senior forward Jaynetta Saunders posted her
seventh double-double of the season with 30 points and
14 rebounds, the Aggies were again unable to overcome
their lack of rebounding, and they dropped their second
loss of the season to the Cowgirls.
The Aggies were out-rebounded 52-35 by OSU. Fresh
man guard Toccara Williams, who is among the confer
ence’s leaders in assists and steals, added seven points and
nine assists against the Cowgirls.
After the loss to OSU, the Aggies’ record dropped to
12-11 overall and 2-10 in Big 12 action. They have lost
nine of their last 10 games.
Colorado comes into the game riding an emotional high
after beating the No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones in Boulder. The
Buffs knocked off Iowa State, 73-66, to hand the Cyclones
their second Big 12 conference loss of the season.
The Buffaloes are led this season by junior guard
Mandy Nightingale, who averages 13.7 points per game.
Junior center Britt Hartshorn also is a force for the Buffs,
averaging 11.6 points. She comes into the A&M matchup
in second place in blocked shots, averaging 2.04 per
game. Both had 17 points against the Cyclones on
Wednesday night.
Colorado knocked Iowa State out of first place in the
Big 12 with the win, and the red-hot Oklahoma Sooners
moved into the No. 1 spot in the conference. Colorado sits
in fourth place in the Big 12, behind Texas Tech.
The Aggies have not out-rebounded a single opponent
in Big 12 play. A&M ranks last in the conference in re
bounding margin, averaging 10-plus rebounds less than
the opponent this season. The team’s worst rebounding
performance came against Baylor on Feb. 10, when the
Aggies were out-boarded by a season-high 36 boards.
See Colorado on Page 10.
FILE PHOTO/The Battalion
The Aggies hope to end a six-game losing streak with senior forward
Jaynetta Saunders Wednesday against the Colorado Buffaloes.
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The Battalion
In the same way Kevin Costner
protected Whitney Houston in The
Bodyguard, the Texas A&M soft-
ball team will attempt to defend the
Aggie Softball Complex this week
end in the Verizon Aggie Softball
After winning five of their last six
games, the Aggies prepare to host
three teams on a roll of their own.
The competition will include No. 5
Alabama, Penn State University and
Texas A&M-Corpus Christ!.
These teams are not strangers to one
another. The Aggies, Alabama and
Penn Shite participated in last year’s re
gional tournament in Tempe, Ariz.
Winner of its first five games, the
Alabama Crimson Tide will roll into
town undefeated. This weekend will
mark a return of softball players who
grew up making their home in the
Lone Star state. Senior catcher Kelly
Askew from Pasadena and junior
pitcher Shelley Laird from Spring
will return to Texas wearing the crim
son of Alabama.
“Alabarha is going to be the team
to beat this weekend,” said A&M
softball coach Jo Evans. “This is go
ing to be a great game for us to see
where we are at this point.”
Starting the season with seven
wins and two losses, the Aggies
have garnered a share of top 25
votes. The challenge of a highly
ranked opponent is one the Aggies
look forward to.
“I’m pumped up. I hope I get a
chance to pitch,” said freshman
pitcher Lindsay Wilhelmson.
Penn State received top 25 votes
of its own this week.
The Nittany Lions also bring a na
tive Texan back to her roots. A fresh
man pitcher from Victoria, Texas,
Marisa Hanson will look to turn a
few heads in her return.
The Aggies are scheduled to play
twice Friday. Their first game is at
3:30 p.m. against Alabama. The Ag
gies’ second game will be at 5:45 p.m.
against Penn State. The Aggies have
another double dip the following day.
On Saturday morning at 11, they will
See Penn State on Page 10.
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The Battalion
The Texas A&M women’s tennis team will have its first matches of the
season away from the friendly confines of the Varsity Tennis Center this week
end. They will be traveling to Florida International University today and the
University of Miami Sunday.
Both teams should present solid challenges for the Aggies (4-0), who are
coming off a nail-biting 4-3 win over Texas Christian University on Tues
day night. The Aggies were forced to come from behind in three of the four
final matches.
No. 41 Florida International (4-0) is off to a fast start after dominating wins
over two ranked teams, including No. 43 Miami, 5-2.
“We are kind of walking into the lion’s den down there,” said A&M
women’s tennis coach Bobby Kleinecke. “(Tuesday) showed us a little bit of
our character and heart, so I think this is a good time to go put it on the road.”
Florida International will be led by the undefeated doubles tandem of An-
neliese Rose and Mariana Fustinelli, who are ranked No. 44. Rose and
Fustinelli will match up against the Aggies’ No. 10 duo of freshman Jessica
Roland and sophomore Ashley Hedberg.
Miami (3-1) will feature a pair of undefeated singles players, Katia Bo
gomolova and No. 81 Bettina Hafner.
The Aggies will be led in singles play by juniors Leah Killen (4-0) and
Martina Nedorostova (3-1) and sophomore Olivia Karlikova (3-1).
A&M knocked off Miami, 6-2, in College Station in 2000. The win, which
came in the Nth match of the season, was A&M’s first over a ranked oppo
nent last year. This season, the Aggies defeated ranked opponents twice in
their first four matches.
“Miami was a little miffed about that one last year, so they will definitely
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