The Daily Aggie :: 12/23/10

The Aggie women's basketball team lost their third straight game against high-level competition. Last night the Aggies just couldn't find the bottom of the bucket hitting just 27 percent of their shots compared to 47 percent for Utah. Given that disparity in shooting percentages it's amazing that the Aggies were even within six points late in the game and only lost by 10. One thing the Aggies were able to do well in the second half was get to the free throw line. They shot a total of 27 free throws in the second half and hit 21 of them. Those 21 points represented two-thirds of the Aggies' points in the second half as they hit just 7-of-32 shots in the second half.

Undoubtedly the sequence that best illustrated the Aggies' bad luck on the offensive end came with the Aggies down by seven, 63-56. The Aggies had three good looks at the basket on one trip down the court but were unable to hit the shot, Utah grabbed the rebound after the Aggies' third try and got a fast break bucket on the other end that resulted in an and-one. Instead of the Aggies being down by five, they ended up down by 10 after that sequence. That five-point swing pretty much killed the Aggies' momentum in the game.

Give the Aggies a ton of credit for battling back from an 18-point deficit in this game, particularly when the Utes were hitting just about everything in sight including 7-of-11 threes in the first half.

Unfortunately for the Aggies, they also lost a pair of starters in Camila Rosen and senior guard Danisha Corbett. Both left the game with knee injuries and their status is unknown. The Aggies do have a little bit of a break as they're off until December 30th when they face New Mexico up in Albuquerque.

The Aggie men's basketball team hosts St. Mary's tonight in the Pan American Center. The Gaels are the best non-conference team to grace the floor of the Pan Am in quite some time. They are one of the best shooting teams in the country hitting 50 percent of all shots from the floor. SMC is 9-2 on the season and as a team is hitting nearly 37.8 percent from three point distance. Mickey McConnell is a player the Aggies absolutely have to find tonight. He's hitting a ridiculous 49.1 percent of his three point shots and could be the best shooter (apologies to Randy Culpepper from UTEP) all season long.

The Aggies simply cannot let the Gaels get comfortable tonight. The Aggies will need to be very physical with St. Mary's on defense and make them work for every shot.

Offensively, the Aggies have to do a better job running their offense than they did on Tuesday night. It's going to take a mammoth effort from everyone tonight to come out with a win. They Aggies will have to play their absolute best game of the year and Gordo Castillo has to continue his hot shooting. Castillo has to score at least 20 points tonight in order for the Aggies to have a chance.

The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. There is no television coverage for this game (sadly) but the game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio and video available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

On to today's links...

Aggie Women's basketball
The NM State athletic website recaps last night's loss.

The Utah athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the loss.

Jason Groves talks about the return of Madison Spence.

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.

Jason Groves writes that the Gaels have also gone outside the US for talented players.

Jason Groves blogs that Wendell McKines will participate in one of the Aggies' practice walk-throughs.

Tristen Critchfield of the Albuquerque Journal notes that the Aggie lineup is a little thin. (Subscription required, use free trial premium pass).

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