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The Daily Aggie :: 02/08/11 | bleedCrimson.net :: Your Source for NMSU Aggies Sports News

The Daily Aggie :: 02/08/11

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LA Tech week commenced for the Aggie men's and women's basketball teams with the women falling 85-63 in Ruston and the men coming out victorious, 75-57 in Las Cruces.

It was really a similar type situation in both games for the home teams. The LA Tech women jumped out to a big lead in the first half and the Aggie women battled back to make it a seven point game at halftime. In Las Cruces, the Aggie men jumped out to a big lead but the LA Tech men battled back to make it a nine point game at halftime (getting as close as four points with under three minutes left).

The LA Tech women scored the first six points of the first half to build a 15-point lead and never really looked back, the Aggie women got to within 11 but never closer than that and trailed by anywhere from 14 to 19 points most of the second half before losing by 22. The Aggie men scored the first seven points of the second half to build a 16-point lead and led by as many as 23, LA Tech closed to within 13 but never got closer than that the rest of the way as the Aggie lead was anywhere from 15 to 20 points before winning by 18.

The Aggie women got to the free throw line against Louisiana Tech as we said they needed to do last night, they shot 21 free throws hitting 17. Unfortunately, they did not hit three pointers last night shooting just 2-of-15. The Lady Techsters on the other hand were hot from three point distance converting 7-of-13 and matching (and exceeding by one) the Aggie free throw total. The 22-point final margin of victory can mostly be attributed to those 15 extra points that the Lady Techsters scored from three point distance. We mentioned yesterday that the Aggies were the best three point shooting team percentage-wise in the WAC during conference play. The Aggies shot well under that average and Louisiana Tech shot well above their average.

As for the men, they did a great job of keeping Olu Ashaolu contained. He scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and his numbers were largely matched by Tshilidzi Nephawe who finished with five points and seven rebounds.

One major concern for the Aggies is the status of Troy Gillenwater who went down late in the game with an ankle injury. His status for Saturday's game is unknown as of right now but we'll find out more later this week on his status.

From here on out every conference game is a must-win for the Aggies as they try to stay in second place in conference play. Nevada is tied with the Aggies in the loss-column with the two teams appearing to be headed for a showdown for second in the final week of the season. The Aggies can't afford to slip up in conference play as Nevada has no more "guaranteed losses" on their conference schedule having played Utah State twice already this season. The Aggies don't have a cushion, they could have built a little one had they been able to defeat Fresno State last week, unfortunately that is not the case and New Mexico State must face both Nevada and Utah State the final week of the season as well as make the dreaded San Jose/Honolulu swing where wins are not guaranteed.

As for the Aggie women, they sit 4-4 at the midway point of their conference slate and have played just two home conference games. That's not too shabby. That means the Aggies will play six of their final eight conference games at home, if they can finish 6-2 or 5-3 in that final eight game stretch they'll be right around the top four in the conference standings.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' victory.

The Louisiana Tech athletic website recaps last night's Aggie win.

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

The Louisiana Tech athletic website shares a photo gallery from last night's game.

The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

Aggie Women's Tennis
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' 4-3 victory over Abilene Christian.

Aggie Women's Golf
The NM State athletic website recaps the Aggies' first round at the Arizona Invitational.

Aggie Equestrian
The NM State athletic website reports that Laura Bostwick will compete at the Winter Equestrian Festiva

Aggie Football
254Sports provides some video from this past weekend's Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction where former Aggie QB Charley Johnson was inducted.

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