The Aggie men's basketball team faces Seattle tonight as they go for their 11th consecutive victory. The Aggies defeated the Redhawks in an 83-82 double-overtime thriller in Seattle. Up until the past two games, Seattle had been playing every WAC opponent close, losing by fewer than 10 points in all their losses while winning twice. However, things have not gone well for SU in the past two games as they've been blasted by short-handed USU (by 22) and Denver (by 17). Once again this is a game that if New Mexico State has designs on a regular season title, they must win.
Seattle is a middle of the pack team both offensively and defensively but they're one of the better rebounding teams in the league so the Aggies will need to be extra vigilant on the glass tonight. Turnovers kept Seattle in the first game and New Mexico State will need to do a better job against the press tonight. The Aggies nearly cost themselves the first game with a couple of really careless turnovers late in the game in the first meeting after it looked like they had the game wrapped up. The Aggies finished that game with 18 turnovers and to their credit they did force Seattle into 25, however, they must do a better job of taking care of the ball which they have as of late.
As we've noted a few times over the course of this win streak one of the biggest keys to the win streak is the improved offensive play of Bandja Sy. The senior failed to reach double-digits on Thursday against Idaho, the first time that's happened since the losses to UT-Arlington and Louisiana Tech. That can't happen too many more times for New Mexico State. The Aggies are 12-2 when Bandja reaches double digits in scoring but just 4-6 when he doesn't.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip and can be seen on AggieVision and streaming online via ESPN3.com
The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action tonight as they face Seattle. The Aggies are mired in an eight-game losing streak after losing to Idaho on Thursday night. We've noted ad-nauseum that the Aggies' struggles can be tied directly to the three point arc and Thursday night's loss was no different. The Aggies were a paltry 4-for-27 from deep against Idaho and lost big, 72-53.
Seattle is 9-3 in league play and is chasing Utah State right now. The Aggies struggled to defend the interior presence of Kacie Sowell in the first meeting. Sowell finished with 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting and the Aggies simply don't have anyone who can match up with her.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces and streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The Aggie softball team opened up the 2013 season with a split yesterday as they lost to Nebraska 5-1 but bounced back to defeat Illinois-Chicago 8-1. Staci Rodriguez got her season off to a bang offensively as she belted a pair of home runs in the 8-1 victory including a first-inning grand slam.
The Aggies continue play in the Hotel Encanto tournament today as they'll face UIC once again at approximately 3:00 p.m. (MT).