The Daily Aggie :: 12/31/10

The Aggie women's basketball team dropped another heartbreaker last night losing 65-60 to the Lobos in Albuquerque. The pattern was a familiar one, the Aggies played close early, got down by double-digits in the second half, put on a furious rally late only to come up short in the end. It had been the story for the Aggies the previous three games and last night it was no different. This time the Aggies actually took a two point lead with just over two minutes left but could not hang on.

The Aggies are playing well on defense but they just can't seem to be able to string together enough stops at the end to pull off the win.

Danisha Corbett returned from injury to play last night to score eight points and Jasmine Lowe had arguably her best game of the season scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

The one area the Aggies did not do well last night was free throw shooting. The Aggies hit just 8-of-15 free throw attempts (all 15 attempts coming in the second half) and are a team that is a very good free throw shooting team normally hitting over 70 percent of their tries.

The Aggies are back in action on Sunday against UTEP as they wrap up non-conference play.

The Aggie men's basketball team wraps up their first conference road trip today as they face Boise State. The Aggies and Broncos have had some very competitive games during the Coach Menzies era with the Aggies holding a slight 5-3 edge in the series including an 88-85 and 95-92 victory last year.

This season the Broncos are under the direction of first-year head coach Leon Rice who has the Broncos playing very competitively. They are 8-5 overall and 1-0 in league play.

Yesterday we mentioned the Jekyll and Hyde play of the Bronco defense from half to half. In several of Boise State's games there have been instances where they have played outstanding first half defense only to see their defense completely evaporate in the second half. Against UC-Davis, BSU held the Aggies to 29.6 percent shooting in the first half but allowed 60.7 percent shooting in the second half. Long Beach State could only muster 37.5 percent shooting in the first half but hit 51.9 percent in the second half. Drake hit 37 percent in the first half and then torched the Broncos for 72.7 percent in the second half. UT-Pan American hit just 30.4 percent in the first half and then 63.6 percent in the second half and Louisiana Tech hit just 20 percent in the first half but exploded for 55.6 percent in the second half.

There is definitely a trend there with the Broncos. If the Aggies can hang close in the first half, they should be able to find much better success in the second half.

Obviously, that trend has not been the case in every game, in some of the games the opposing team just shoots well the entire game (in the mid 40 percent range or higher in some cases).

Even though the Broncos are allowing just 63.7 points per game while scoring 74.6 points per game, we expect this game to be a high scoring shootout as most of the Aggie/Bronco games have been.

The scoring matchup to watch tonight will be Troy Gillenwater versus Boise State's Robert Arnold. Arnold is the second leading scorer in the WAC averaging 15.8 points per game. However, the last time these two teams met, Arnold lit up the Aggies for 35 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.

Today's game is scheduled for a 5:00 p.m. (MT) tipoff with radio coverage via the Aggie Sports Network. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Nick Jezierny of the Idaho Statesman writes that BSU leading scorer Robert Arnold would trade individual points for a win.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News blogs a few trends for the Aggie players.

Jason Groves also writes that the Aggies are getting healthy at the right time.

Aggie Women's Basketball
The UNM athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

KRQE.com has video highlights from last night's game.

Aggie Softball
The WAC Softball Blog lists the Top 20 non-conference games in 2011 with the Aggies at No. 4, 14 and 19.

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