Tough loss last night for the Aggie women. The shots weren't falling and despite forcing nine or ten first half turnovers, the Aggies trailed by three at halftime. Jasmine Lowe scored the first five points of the second half and the Aggies led 32-30. From there the Wolf Pack went on a 14-2 run and the Aggies couldn't recover.
The key sequence came when the Aggies, trailing by four, played solid defense forced a shot from Nevada, which they missed, Madison Spence grabbed the rebound but when she came down, her foot was on the baseline. Instead of having the ball with a chance to cut the Wolf Pack lead to either two or one point, Nevada's Tahnee Robinson buries a three (three of her 25 points) and just like that the Wolf Pack are up by seven. Moments later, Johnna Ward buries her only trey of the night and the Wolf Pack are up by 10.
From there the Aggies would trail by 15 and eventually lose by 19. Yes, it was a disappointing night, not inasmuch that they lost but moreso in the fact that the Aggies weren't competitive in the second half, something that this team has been all season long. Yet, the Aggies are still 2-1 in conference and there are 13 more games to play. Nevada is a very, very good team (in fact, Charlie Creme at ESPN.com has Nevada, not Fresno State, not Louisiana Tech but Nevada as the WAC's representative in the NCAA Tournament in his latest Bracketology.
The Aggie men are back in action tonight against Hawai'i. The Warriors are a dangerous team. Heading into conference play they were one of the hottest teams in the WAC and yet here they sit, 0-4 in conference play. Hawai'i hung tough with Florida State, the very same Florida State team that upset No. 1 (and previously undefeated) Duke last night. They also defeated Utah and Mississippi State (albeit a shorthanded Bulldog team) but they won nonetheless.
The Warriors are nearly full strength again after getting senior big man Bill Amis back. The Warriors also feature a dangerous shooter in Zane Johnson, a transfer from Arizona. The Aggies will need to keep tabs on Johnson at ALL times.
Which Hawai'i team will show up tonight? The one that played well in the non-conference or the one that has scored an average of 58.5 points per game in conference play?
Tonight's (and Saturday's) game is very important for the Aggies in order to keep pace with the leaders. Idaho defeated Nevada last night to improve to 4-1 in league play. Utah State and Boise State have a showdown tonight for first place with the loser dropping into a tie with the other one-loss teams.
Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff and can be seen on ESPN Regional, ESPN3.com and ESPN Full Court. Radio coverage is available on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio is available via Aggie Access (subscription required).
On to today's links...
Aggie Women's Basketball
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's loss.
The Nevada athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.
Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News previews tonight's game.
Brian McInnis of the Honolulu Star Advertiser previews tonight's game.
The Sports Network previews tonight's game.
Aggie Track and Field
The NM State athletic website previews the indoor season opener.
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