The Aggie women's basketball team dropped a tough one against Idaho last night. The Aggies held a nine point lead with 13:09 left to play and dropped to 2-3 in league play. The Aggies needed to beat Idaho to snap a two-game losing streak but instead have now lost three in a row and have dropped into a tie with Utah State and Hawai'i for 5th place and are just one win ahead of Boise State who is now 1-3 in the league.
We documented Idaho's offensive struggles in yesterday's Daily Aggie but last night the Vandals did not have any problems scoring. Idaho shot 48 percent in the first half on 12-of-25 shooting and 50 percent in the second half on 13-of-26 shooting and finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field. They hit seven three pointers, right on their season average. We said that if the Aggies could hold the Vandals under 20 made field goals that they would emerge victorious and that would have been the case. However, Idaho's 25 made field goals and 49 percent shooting were their third highest and second highest totals of the season respectively.
The Aggies shot just six free throws the entire game while Idaho shot 18. One bright spot for the Aggies is that they had a season high 22 assists on made 26 baskets.
Things don't get much easier for the Aggies as they head back on the road to face Utah State on Saturday afternoon and then a week later take on Nevada who is tied with Fresno State at 4-0 in the WAC.
The Aggie men's basketball team takes on Hawai'i tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, HI. The Aggies are 7-2 against Hawai'i since joining the WAC but their two losses are both in Honolulu. The Warriors are 2-3 in league play and 9-9 overall.
The Warrriors average 70.8 points per game and are led by Roderick Flemings who is averaging 14.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Dwain Williams is second on the team averaging 14.0 points per game. Hiram Thompson is averaging 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game while Jeremy Lay is averaging 1.7 points per game.
The battle to watch tonight will be between the two centers, Aggie center Hamidu Rahman and Hawai'i center Petras Balocka. Balocka is averaging 8.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and posted a 20 point/20 rebound game earlier this season.
The Aggies and Warriors share two common non-conference opponents in New Mexico and St. Mary's (CA) and the Warriors fared better against both than did the Aggies losing to New Mexico by 12 and St. Mary's by nine.
The Aggies need wins to keep pace with Louisiana Tech who is in San Jose tonight to take on a team who we think is better than their record indicates. It would certainly not be a shock for us to see San Jose State defeat the Bulldogs but the way La. Tech has been playing all season long we won't hold our breath either.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 10:00 p.m. MT tip-off and the game will be televised on AggieVision and ESPN Full Court. Streaming video will be available via ESPN360.com and the radio call can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network as well as via Aggie Access (subscription required).
We will also have our interview with head coach Marvin Menzies posted a little bit later today.
On to today's links...
Aggie Women's Basketball
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's loss.
The Idaho athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
Aggie Men's Basketball
The Hawai'i athletic website previews tonight's game.
Brian McInnis of the Honolulu Star Bulletin previews today's game.
Dayton Morinaga of the Honolulu Advertiser previews tonight's game.
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews today's game.
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