The Daily Aggie :: 03/05/11

Today Aggie fans will bid farewell to four seniors, two of them a bit more special simply because they are hometown products. Gordo Castillo, Madison Spence, Danisha Corbett and Jasmine Lowe will all suit up today for the final time in the Pan Am. For Gordo and Madison, it's the end of an era. This will be the final time each of them plays in front of a Las Cruces crowd, something they did in high school and something they did for four more years in college. So a hearty 'Thank You' to Madison and Gordo for four years of dedication and sacrifice!

The Aggie women take the court at 3:00 p.m. (MT) against Boise State. New Mexico State has been locked in to the 6-seed in next week's WAC tournament and will face Hawai'i who has been locked into the 7-seed. The Aggies crushed Boise State in Boise earlier this year. It was one of the Aggies' finest offensive performance of the season. The Aggies shot 15-of-24 from three and 50.8 percent overall. Danisha Corbett scored a career-high 31 points, Madison Spence had 18 and Jasmine Lowe had 17.

Boise State's Lauren Lenhardt also had a great night scoring 30 points. It was one of the rare occasions in which a women's basketball game had two 30-point scorers in the same game.

Can the Aggies repeat that performance and head into the tournament with a little momentum? We'll find out today. The game can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. Streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men take the floor at 7:00 p.m. (MT) against Nevada in a game that is important for both. A win for the Aggies give them a 3-seed and a bye. A loss and the Aggies will drop to either the 5-seed or the 6-seed. Either of those seeds would mean the Aggies have to win four games in four days to reach the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season. As we noted on Thursday, only once has a team won four games in the WAC tournament to win the automatic bid. That team was UNLV and it was in Las Vegas on their home court with their home crowd urging them on.

The Wolf Pack dominated the Aggies in the first meeting between the two teams winning 90-71. Deonte Burton torched the Aggies for 22 points and six assists. Dario Hunt scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Troy Gillenwater scored 22 points on nearly 50 percent shooting and Hernst Laroche had 11 points and five assits but also had four turnovers and was in foul trouble much of the night. No other Aggies were able to do much that night and the Aggies were out-rebounded 42-29.

The Aggies will need to play with the passion and energy that they did on Wednesday night against No. 21 Utah State. The Wolf Pack are also playing for that coveted bye. With a win they would earn the 4-seed if they beat the Aggies tonight.

The regular season games between the Aggies and Wolf Pack have been dominated by the Wolf Pack as they've won six of the last seven regular season meetings including three straight in Las Cruces (though the Aggies have won the last two postseason meetings with Nevada which at the end of the day means more than the regular season meetings).

This one however is the most important regular season meeting between the two teams in quite some time. It's the difference between needing to win three games in three days and needing to win four games in four days. It's important for the Aggies because they've won three straight conference games just once this season and they have come against Fresno State, Hawai'i and San Jose State, all at three home and two of three against teams who were playing without one of their best players and they've won four games in a row just once as well (three of the four came against horrible teams in Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Oklahoma Panhandle State and Louisiana).

It makes winning tonight's game all that much more important. The Aggies need to take care of business tonight.

The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip off and can be seen on AggieVision, 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).

The Aggie baseball team will play two games today against San Francisco at 10:00 a.m. (MT) and Lamar at 2:00 p.m. (MT). The Aggie softball team will also play two games today against No. 9 Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. (MT) and Northern Colorado at 7:30 p.m. (MT)

On to today's links...

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

Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal previews tonight's game.

Chris Murray also provides four keys to tonight's game and a prediction.

Aggie Football
Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports on Mike Dunbar's retirement.

Teddy Feinberg blogs his thoughts on Mike Dunbar's retirement.

Aggie Softball
The Creighton athletic website recaps the Aggies' 8-4 victory.

The East Carolina athletic website recaps the Aggies' 8-5 loss.

Aggie Baseball
The San Francisco athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

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