Sorry again for the late post this morning. The job that pays the bills around here needed every spare second of our time this morning. We hope you all understand.
Last night the Aggie women's basketball team lost a hotly contested game down in El Paso by a final score of 54-40. The Aggies led throughout the entire first half but were unable to pull away early and UTEP climbed back into the game and sent it into halftime tied up. NMSU and UTEP traded leads throughout the second half and after a technical foul was called on the UTEP bench we thought a turning point in the game had been reached. Unfortunately a few missed free throws at key junctures in the game allowed UTEP to hang around and they eventually took the lead for good. There was also a stoppage in the game when the Aggies were up by four and were about to get the ball back after UTEP failed to draw iron as the shot clock expired. The ball never hit rim and bounced off an Aggie as it went out of bounds. The officials huddled up and discussed the situation for about five long minutes and after their conference it was decided that UTEP would get the ball back with one second on the shot clock. We're not accusing anyone of anything but that was THE LONGEST one second in the history of time. The Miners were able to inbound, catch the ball, set their feet AND get off a shot (a three pointer). That might have been the turning point in the game looking back at it now.
One thing we're sure that Coach Spence will be stressing to his team over the next couple of days is time and score. There were a couple of quicks shots taken by the team late in the game when they still had the lead that we're sure (judging by his reaction) that Coach Spence was not pleased with. Those are the kinds of things you have to work through when you have such a young team. One improvement the Aggies did show last night was on the board. The Aggies out rebounded UTEP by three.
This game featured more traveling calls than we've ever seen in a single game, in fact, you could watch basketball games for a week and not see as many traveling calls as we saw last night. The traveling calls were called on both teams and so we're not claiming that there was any sort of home court officiating going on, in fact, it was one of the more fairly officiated games we've attended. However, the sheer amount of calls prevented any sort of offensive flow. Up next for the Aggies is a trip to Kent, OH to face the Kent State Golden Flashes. KSU is 2-0 on the season and will be looking to extract a little revenge for last season's defeat in Las Cruces. The game is Sunday at 1:00 p.m. MST. Don't forget to check out our photos from last night's game.
The Aggie volleyball team took care of business last night against Fresno State and will now face San Jose State in the semifinals of the WAC volleyball tournament. Our volleyball fanatic Mel has a rundown of yesterday's events. Should both NMSU and Hawai'i take care of business today, it'll set up the match that everyone has been looking forward to, the rubber match between the Aggies and Wahine. The Aggies face SJSU tonight at 8:00 p.m. MST and you can follow all the action via Live Stats, click on the link on our Aggie Volleyball Gameday Central section, or via WAC.tv (which Mel did with great success).
Tonight the men's basketball team is back in action as they take on Pepperdine. Pepperdine is 1-2 on the season and dropped games to Arkansas-Little Rock and BYU. The Aggies are coming off a competitive loss to USC on Tuesday night. Tonight's game starts at 7:30 and can be seen on AggieVision. As always Live Stats are available and we'll have a link up a little later today (we're still catching up).
Tomorrow the Aggie football team will take the field at Aggie Memorial Stadium for the final time in 2008. It's Senior Day and all tickets are just $2. Come out and say goodbye to Chase Holbrook, Chris Williams, A.J. Harris, Derek Richardson and the rest of the senior class. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m.
On to today's links...
Aggie Women's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's loss to UTEP in El Paso.
Bret Bloomquist of the El Paso Times recaps last nights 54-50 defeat.
The UTEP athletic website recaps last night's loss to UTEP.
KDBC CBS 4 in El Paso has video highlights from last night's Battle of I-10 and also a brief interview with Dr. Boston concerning the Hal Mumme situation.
The NMSU athletic website recaps last night's 3-0 quarterfinal victory over Fresno State.
The WAC website has a photo gallery from last night's victory over Fresno State.
Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game against Pepperdine.
The Sports Network previews tonight's game against Pepperdine and predicts a 73-68 Aggie victory.
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News talks about the $2 promotion for tomorrow's Senior Day game.
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