The Daily Aggie :: 12/03/07

The Aggie women's basketball team ended all talk of "The Streak" on Sunday afternoon. The girls emphatically ended the 22-game, 11 year Lobo winning streak with a dominating defensive performance. We won't go as far as to say that this is a program defining win, but we certainly consider this a "turn the corner win". The Aggies were off to a 4-1 start and we have continually said that we think this is going to be a very good year for the Aggies but we know how most Aggie fans think. Despite the great start, there was probably some doubt among the casual Aggie fans that this team had truly "turned the corner" after their loss to UTEP in overtime last week. With a loss to UNM the sentiment among the casual fans would have been "sure they're 4-2 and that's nice but they still can't beat UNM or UTEP". Don't tell us we're wrong because we all know that's exactly what would have been said. So for the casual fan out there, now you can believe.

What we didn't like: Nothing. There was nothing to dislike about this game, except that maybe the margin of victory wasn't a little higher.

What we liked: Winning. Not only winning but leaving no doubt. This win was just as big as the Aggie men's domination of the Lobos in the Pan Am last season. The look of utter shock and disbelief on the faces of the Lobo players and fans was priceless. They came down to Las Cruces fully expecting to leave with win number 23, we're pretty sure that was a long drive back to Albuquerque for them. Defense, defense and more defense. This might have been one of the most perfectly played defensive games we have ever seen, men's or women's. Period. Sure a lot of teams can play solid defense for several minute stretches but this was pretty much a dominating defensive performance from the start and the second half was even better than the first half and really this defensive performance started in the second half against UTEP and just carried into the game against UNM. Patience: We're talking about patience on the offensive end. The Aggies despite not having many shots fall in the first half, didn't panic. They didn't start taking bad shots as many teams will do when the shots aren't going in. They stuck with their gameplan and the shots started to fall in the second half. Darin Spence: We've been staunch supporters of Coach Spence since he arrived and despite not having the success that he's wanted to have, things are starting to turn around for him and his team. As he mentioned in his very first weekly interview with us, he's finally got the kind of players that can play the system that he wants. Kudos to the athletic administration for their patience. Rio Grande Rivalry: This win gives the Aggies at worse a split in the points for women's basketball. We're sure that when the rivalry series was put together that the folks at UNM were thinking that the three points for women's basketball were a "slam dunk" (sorry, we couldn't resist).

Tomorrow the men will try to duplicate the outcome, both the Aggies and Lobos are coming off of losses this weekend, for the Lobos it was their first and the Aggies, it was a tough pill to swallow, giving up a 21 point lead in the second half. Hopefully the loss will focus the Aggies.

On to today's links...

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces/Sun-News reports that Dr. Boston has said that Coach Mumme will be back next season. (Was this ever in doubt? Anyone that listened to the interview we posted last week knew that he'd be back).

The NMSU athletic website recaps yesterday's game between NMSU and UNM.

The UNM athletic website recaps yesterdays' rivalry game.

Richard Stevens of the Albuquerque Tribune recaps the end of the Lobos' winning streak over the Aggies.

Ken Sickenger of the Albuquerque Journal writes UNM head coach Don Flanagan says that the Aggies "outworked us, outhustled us, outrebounded us and outexecuted us," (Registration required, use the Trial Premium Pass, it's free).

Randy Harrison of the Albuquerque Journal writes Darin Spence's daughter knows her dad too much to know that yesterday's victory was more than just another win. (Registration required, use the Trial Premium Pass, it's free).

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