The 2013 WAC Basketball Tournament gets underway today with four play-in games. The women will hit the hardwood first with New Mexico State playing in the second play-in game where they'll face Saturday's foe UT-Arlington. The Aggies jumped out to a big lead on the Mavericks down in Arlington but had to hold on as the Mavs rallied late before the Aggies held on for a 72-66 victory. New Mexico State split the season series with UTA with each team winning on the other's home court -- UTA 62-59 in Las Cuces and the Aggies the aforementioned 72-66 win in Arlington.
The two keys players for both teams are Stephanie Gilbreath for the Aggies who scored 40 points in two games against UTA and Laila Suleiman who scored 32 points in the two games against the Aggies. Obviously those two players will be the focus of the defensive efforts by both teams but today's game could come down to another player or to elevating their game. In the first meeting the Mavs had three other players in double figures in scoring while in the Aggies' win on Saturday it was Kelsie Rozendaal chipping in for 16 points along with two others in double figures.
Expect the three balls to fly for the Aggies against UTA as they shot a total of 58 three pointers against the Mavs in the two games hitting 13 (22.4 percent).
This game will mark the fourth time since joining the WAC that the Aggies' first opponent in the WAC tournament is the same is their regular season finale opponent. The Aggies faced Hawai'i, Louisiana Tech and Fresno State in those three previous meeting coming away with a 1-2 record. In the games against LA Tech and Fresno State the Aggies lost both the regular season finale as well as the tournament matchup, however, they did win the regular season finale against Hawai'i and also the tournament game just days later which bodes well for this afternoon's contest against UTA.
Today's game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. (MDT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces as well as streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).
The Aggie baseball team heads to Norman, Okla. today to take on the 17th ranked Sooners. The Aggies are riding a five-game winning streak after coming off a weekend four-game sweep of La Salle in which the Aggie offense got back on track scoring a total of 41 runs.
The Sooners come into the midweek series having lost four of their previous six games including a loss to fellow WAC member UT-Arlington.
Both today and tomorrow's games are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. (MDT) first pitch and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces as well as streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).