NM State vs. Hawai'i Game Photos

NM State vs. Hawai'i Game Photos

Aggies Blow Past Hawai'i 82-64; Improve To 3-1 In WAC Play

Troy GillenwaterThe New Mexico State men's basketball team cruised to an 82-64 victory over Hawai'i on Thursday night in the Pan American Center. The Aggies got a balanced offensive attack finishing with four players in double-digit scoring and three more players with at least seven points. The Aggies got a brief scare when Troy Gillenwater tweaked his ankle in pre-game warmups forcing him to sit out the first 14 minutes of the game.

The Warriors took advantage of the absence of Gillenwater and keep the game close trailing just 22-21 with 6:30 left in the half as Zane Johnson capped a 5-0 run with a three pointer. Hernst Laroche would bury a three pointer to answer giving the Aggies a four point lead and with 5:50 left in the half Gillenwater would make his first appearance in the game.

The Aggies, feeling a rejuvenation by the leader's presence, responded with a 15-4 run over the next three and a half minutes to take a commanding 40-25 lead. The Warriors would cut the lead to 13 on a layup by Vander Joaquim but Joston Thomas would miss an uncontested dunk that would have cut the Aggies' lead to 11 heading into halftime instead giving the Aggies a 40-27 lead at the break.

The Warriors' comeback hopes would take a blow early in the second half as senior center Bill Amis picked up his fourth foul with 17:21 still to play in the game. Without Amis on the floor the Aggies would extend their lead to 21 point with 11:54 left after a jumper from just inside the three point arc by Gordo Castillo.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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The Daily Aggie :: 01/13/11

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).

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 01/12/11

bleedCrimson.net: This week you host Hawai'i and San Jose State, two teams that come in desperate for a win.
Marvin Menzies: Yeah that's what they are. You've got teams that are capable of winning games as is evident from their non-conference wins but unfortunately for us have struggled in conference so far so their hunger level should be pretty high so we've got to match their intensity and be able to try to protect our home floor.

bc.net: Hawai'i has had a lot of injury issues much like the Aggies but they come into this game about as healthy as they've been maybe since the start of the season and have big man Bill Amis back in the lineup.
MM: They've had to make adjustments for a variety of reasons and as a result it's a little difficult to scout exactly what you're going to see at the beginning of the game but eventually your system has to kick in and you've got to do a good job of making adjustments based on what the warriors are going to throw at us. I think it can be one of those things that until you see it on the floor you're not going to know 100 percent what you're going to have to deal with. You will in the way of what they're going to do offensively and defensively but in the way of personnel it'll be a little bit of a gray area until gameday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Nevada Game Photos

NM State vs. Nevada Game Photos

Aggie Women Fall 65-46 To Nevada

Jasmine RutledgeThe New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 65-46 on Wednesday night in the Pan Am. The Aggies trailed the Wolf Pack by just three at halftime and scored their first five points of the second half to take a 32-30 lead but the Wolf Pack would got on a 14-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a 44-34 lead. The Aggies would struggle to hit shots in the second half and would fall behind by as many as 19 points.

After a slow start to the game, the two teams would find their offenses as the score would be tied 10-10 with 13:09 left in the first half. The Wolf Pack would go on an 8-2 run to take an 18-12 lead but the Aggies would get a basket from Madison Spence and 5-0 run from Jasmine Lowe on a three pointer and a steal and fastbreak layup to take a 19-18 lead with 7:43 left in the half. The teams would once again find themselves tied after a pair of free throws from Jasmine Lowe made the score 25-25 bu the Wolf Pack would go on a 5-0 run to take a 30-25 lead. Danisha Corbett would get a layup to cut the lead to 30-27 but would miss a layup with 38 seconds left in the half that would have cut the lead to one as the Aggies went into the break trailing 30-27.

Jasmine would score the first five points of the second half to give the Aggies a 32-30 lead. The Wolf Pack would on an 8-0 run to take a 38-32 lead and after a Jasmine Lowe layup cut the deficit to 38-34, the Aggies appeared to stop the Wolf Pack but Madison Spence's foot would land on the baseline as she grabbed a rebound giving the ball back to the Pack. Nevada would capitalize getting a three pointer from Tahnee Robinson to make the score 41-34. Johnna Ward would bury a three for the Wolf Pack to extend the lead to 44-34 and cap a 14-2 run by the visitors.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/12/11

The Aggie women's basketball team returns to action tonight as they host Nevada. The Wolf Pack come into the game at 12-3 overall but 1-1 in the WAC after being upset by the Vandals in Reno to open conference play. The Wolf Pack rebounded with a 68-51 pasting of the Broncos.

The Wolf Pack are led by Tahnee Robinson who is averaging 21.2 points per game, however, in league play she is averaging just 13 points per game. Robinson is an explosive scorer and has scored at least 20 points in eight of the Pack's 15 games and has scored over 25 points five times this season including a pair of 30+ point performances. She is also not the only scorer the Wolf Pack have as Shavon Moore is also a very capable scorer as she's averaging 16.6 point per game and 17.5 points per game in league play.

The Wolf Pack are a good rebounding team as well averaging 43.3 rebounds per game while limiting their opponents to 35.9 rebounds per game, nearly an eight rebound per game advantage. Kayla Williams is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game to lead the way but Shavon Moore is right behind her at 8.6 rebounds per game while Tahnee Robinson is averaging 6.5 rebounds per game. Williams has grabbed double-digit rebounds in six games this season including a 20-rebound performance against Pepperdine.

The battle between Williams and Tabytha Wampler tonight should be a good one. Wampler has pushed her game to a higher level this season and can be one of, if not the best post player in the WAC, if she can stay out of foul trouble.

As far as the injury situation for the Aggies goes, Danisha Corbett continues to recover from her sprained MCL which has hampered Corbett's ability to rise on her jump shots. Good news for the Aggies is that Kelsie Rozendaal was finally cleared for full practice. Whether or not she sees the court during the game remains to be seen. As we've mentioned a few times, Rozendaal is a "glue" player for the Aggies. She's a player that doesn't light up the stat sheet but she does all the little things that help a team win. "That's a kid that doesn't do things great but she never messes things up," said Coach Spence. "When she's on your floor, your team is better. She's solid all the time."

There are various bumps and bruises that the Aggies are dealing with but that, as all coaches, fans and players know, is just part of the game.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can seen on AggieVision. Streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Radio coverage is available on KSNM AM 570 as well as streaming online via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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