The Daily Aggie :: 12/20/10

The Aggie women's basketball team continued their tough non-conference schedule at Arizona yesterday and even though they didn't win, they were right there with the Wildcats at the final media timeout. The Aggies trailed by just four points with under four minutes left to play. Keep in mind that this was an Arizona team that went into The Pit and beat the Lobos by 24 points.

The Aggies played pretty good defense against Arizona's big three holding their leading scorer Ify Ibekwe to just eight points, almost cutting her normal point production in half. They also forced one of the Wildcats' other leading scorers, Davellyn Whyte, to 3-of-12 shooting.

Madison Spence returned to the starting lineup for the Aggies after a monthlong absence after suffering a severe concussion in the Aggies' game against Western New Mexico. Spence finished with nine points on the day.

Up next for the Aggies is a game against Utah, a traditional power in the Mountain West. The Utes are 4-7 on the season but they have played some tough teams this season including No. 2 Stanford, No. 23 Wisconsin-Green Bay, Washington and Penn State.

The Aggies will then wrap up the non-conference schedule with games against UNM and UTEP. It's definitely not out of the equation for the Aggies to finish this stretch 3-0. It's a pretty safe bet to say that there won't be any teams remaining on the schedule that are better than the teams the Aggies have played in non-conference.

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Aggies Fall Late At Arizona 71-59

The New Mexico State Aggie women's basketball team continued their tough non-conference slate on Sunday afternoon in Tucson where they fell to Arizona 71-59. The Aggies trailed by 12 points in the second half but crawled back to within just four with just under four minutes left to play before Arizona would pull away in the final two minutes.

Madison Spence returned from a month long absence after suffering a concussion in late November. Spence played 27 minutes scoring nine points. Jasmine Lowe led the Aggies with 14 points. Danisha Corbett scored 13 points for the Aggies and Kaitlyn Soto finished with 11 points. Aggie center Tabytha Wampler was limited to just 13 minutes of play after picking up two fouls early in the first half and then picking up two more fouls in the first three and a half minutes of the second half. Wampler finished with five points before fouling out.

The Aggies trailed by just four points, 39-35, when Wampler picked up her fourth foul and over the next four minutes the Wildcats would build a 12-point lead at 50-38.

As has been the case all season long, the Aggies made a late second half run pulling to within four points at 58-54 with 3:53 left to play after a layup by Danisha Corbett. The Wildcats would answer right back with a layup from Shanita Arnold to push the lead back to six points with 3:46 left to play. The Aggies would miss back-to-back shots and Arizona's Davellyn Whyte would hit a pair of free free throws after behind fouled by Danisha Corbett to push the Arizona lead to eight points at 62-54 with 3:34 left to play.

After falling behind by 11, Jasmine Lowe would hit a three pointer to draw the Aggies back to within eight points at 65-57 with 1:32 left to play but the Wildcats would get a fastbreak layup to push their lead back out to 10 points. The Aggies would get their final points on a pair of free throws from Madison Spence with 1:06 left in the game. The Wildcats would score the final four points of the game to make the final margin 71-59.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 12/19/10

What an impressive victory for the Aggie men's basketball team last night. The Aggies just have Pacific's number which is okay by us. The Aggies extended their current winning streak to three, extended the winning streak over Pacific to seven and improved their all-time record against Pacific to 31-8. As far as victories go, we talked yesterday about this being a victory that could propel the Aggies into conference play. Wins over Prairie View A&M and Oklahoma Panhandle State were nice but they weren't a true measure of where the Aggies stood without Hamidu Rahman and Troy Gillenwater. However, this victory over a good Pacific team shows that the Aggies can compete and win against solid competition.

In fact, last night's win was one of the best victories by a WAC team this season based on RPI. According some research by Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal earlier in the week, the WAC's best win this season was a Utah State victory over Long Beach State. The 49ers' RPI was 111. Pacific's RPI is 134 and it's one of just five victories this season by WAC teams over opponents with an RPI better than 150.

Gordo Castillo had a season-best 17 points and the Aggies got a great performance out of true freshman Renaldo Dixon who finished with 13 points and did not miss a shot from the field (5-of-5) or the free throw line (3-of-3) and added five blocks.

One of the biggest keys for the Aggies last night was their defense. Pacific shot just a shade over 40 percent (40.4) and the Aggies did a good job in the second half of limiting Pacific's three point shooting (3-of-10). The Aggies also avoided letting the Tigers get on any sustained runs. The largest point run by the Tigers was eight in the first half. The Aggies did just enough offensively in the first half to keep things close but Gordo Castillo getting fouled while shooting a three right before hafltime was a huge momentum boost heading into halftime. Going into halftime down just five had to be considered a huge win considering how difficult things were for the Aggies in their halfcourt offense in the first half.

It remains to be seen how big a boost this victory is but we have a feeling that this could be the start of something big for the Aggies. A couple of wins this week against Louisiana and St. Mary's would give the Aggies a 5-game win streak heading into conference play and the Aggies have thrived in league play under Marvin Menzies.

The Aggie women's basketball team is in Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats. The U of A is 6-2 on the season and has three players averaging double figures in scoring. They're led by Ify Ibekwe who is averaging 15.6 points per game. Davellyn Whyte who is averaging 15.5 points per game and Soana Lucet is averaging 14.1 points per game. The Wildcats are just a 30.3 percent three point shooting team and at the free throw line they're hitting just 65.1 percent.

The Aggies could see Madison Spence return to action today for the first time in three weeks. If she is able to play it would be a huge boost both emotionally and physically. The Aggies have played fairly well without Spence but her presence certainly makes the Aggies a much better team.

The Aggies will need a big, big game out of Tabytha Wampler today in order to offset some of the scoring that Arizona can generate. The Aggies also need Jasmine Lowe and Danisha Corbett to be knocking down shots today. Lowe has yet to really have that big breakout scoring game like she had many times last year and today against the Wildcats would be a perfect time to do so.

Today's game is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. (MT) tipoff and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. Streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required) and Live Stats will be available via the Arizona athletic website.

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NM State vs. Pacific Game Photos

NM State vs. Pacific Game Photos

Aggies Hold Off Pacific 69-64; Earn Third Consecutive Victory

Lou HensonThe New Mexico State men's basketball team picked up its third consecutive victory defeating Pacific 69-64 on Saturday night in the Lou Henson Classic. With legendary head coach Lou Henson on the bench with the Aggies, the young team playing without five of the players who led them to victory over Pacific in last season's Bracketbusters matchup, earned their first come-from-behind victory this season overcoming a five-point halftime deficit.

Senior guard Gordo Castillo played 28 minutes and led all scorers with 17 points including three three pointers and a 6-of-7 performance from the free throw line including two free throws with five seconds left to seal the victory.

The Aggies trailed 31-26 at halftime thanks to three free throws from Gordo Castillo right before the break as he was fouled while shooting a three pointer. The Aggies led early 7-4 but an 8-0 run by the Tigers would send the Aggies to a five-point deficit with 14:17 left to play. The Tigers would extend their lead to seven points after a three pointer from Jose Rivera, one of five three pointers in the first half by Pacific. The Tigers would lead late in the half by eight points but Castillo would be fouled shooting a three pointer and hit all three free throws to bring the Aggies to within five at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State vs. Pacific Highlights

The Daily Aggie :: 12/18/10

The Aggie men's basketball team hosts Pacific tonight in the Lou Henson Classic. The Aggies are on a two-game winning streak and looking to pick up their third in a row. Pacific comes in with a 6-4 record including a season-opening victory over UTEP in El Paso. The Tigers average just 64.7 points per game and are led by Sam Willard who is averaging a double-double at 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Willard and Demetrece Young are both hitting over 50 percent of their shots as is Nyika Williams. Young is the Tigers' best three point shooter and is hitting 41.2 percent of his shots.

The Aggies will be looking to push the pace in this game and try to speed up the Tigers. The Aggies will also be looking to generate offense from their defense in the form of fast break points and points in transition. Playing without Troy Gillenwater and Hamidu Rahman, the Aggie offense is certainly not as well oiled in the half court as it would be with those two. Gordo Castillo, Hernst Laroche and Christian Kabongo need to all have big games for the Aggies tonight on the offensive end. The Aggies likely need to get 15-plus points from each of them as well as eight to 10 from Tyrone Watson.

A victory tonight could be the one that propels the Aggies into the rest of their season. This would be the Aggies' best victory of the season by far and with a pair of non-conference games remaining next week, both at home, they can generate some good momentum heading into the break.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff with radio coverage available via the Aggie Sports Network. The game will be televised on AggieVision, ESPN3.com, ESPN Full Court and Altitude 2.

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The Daily Aggie :: 12/17/10

The Aggie men's basketball team picked up their second straight victory last night defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State 78-46. It's the second straight opponent the Aggies have held under 50 points and it's the first time that's happened since the 2003-2004 season when the Aggies held Eastern New Mexico (44 points) and New Mexico (48 points) both under 50 points in succession.

The slate gets much tougher tomorrow night as the Aggies will take on Pacific for the Lou Henson Classic. The Aggies edged the Tigers last year in Stockton in the ESPNU Bracketbusters but as Coach Menzies mentioned earlier this week, that Aggie team was drastically different than the Aggie team that will take the court tomorrow night.

On a side note, we passed along the information that Jahmar Young was playing in Spain, that information is incorrect (thanks to Jim Hilley at the Las Cruces Bulletin for pointing that out and correctly locating JY). Young is actually playing in Serbia. Apologies for the misinformation, we were simply passing along the information that we had received from the coaching staff.

The Aggies have also gotten a commitment from 6'7" wing Temjae Singleton out of Woodland Hills El Camino Real HS in California. Singleton was also offered a scholarship by Utah and received interest from Washington, UNLV, San Francisco, Portland and Pepperdine.

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NM State vs. Oklahoma Panhandle State Game Photos

NM State vs Oklahoma Panhandle State Game Photos