Aggies Fall Late At Idaho, 64-51

The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell on the road at Idaho on Saturday afternoon 64-51. Madison Spence led the way for the Aggies with 13 points and freshman Jasmine Rutledge grabbed 11 rebounds for the Aggies who fall to 4-3 in conference play with the loss.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead as Madison Spence scored five of the first seven points for the Aggies. The Vandals would get their first basket at the 15:09 mark in the game as Yinka Olorunnife would score on a layup to cut the Aggies' lead to 7-2. The Aggies would still lead by seven after a Tabytha Wampler jumper made the score 11-4 but the Vandals would go on an 11-4 run to even the score at 15 with 8:10 left in the half. The teams would trade the lead back and forth with the Aggies holding a slim 21-20 lead with 4:48 left to play in the half after a fastbreak layup by Andrea Chenier. Idaho would respond with a 10-0 run to take a 30-21 lead with 2:20 left in the half but the Aggies would get a jumper from Danisha Corbett and a layup from Ariella McGhee to cut the Vandals' lead to five at 30-25 but the Vandals would take a 35-28 lead into the halftime break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/29/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action today as they both take on the Idaho Vandals. The Aggie women play at 3:00 p.m. (MT) in Moscow as they try to improve to 5-2 in conference play. Idaho is coming off a 63-56 loss to Louisiana Tech on Thursday night. However, as the Aggies did on Thursday night, the Vandals blew out Boise State winning by 20 points. That being said, the Vandals lost the game before that the a previously winless San Jose State team, 63-61. On a side note, the Idaho men's and women's teams have given up the first conference win to the worst team on both the men's and women's side losing to San Jose State on the women's side and losing to Louisiana Tech on the men's side.

Idaho is led by Yinka Olorunnife who is averaging 15 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. Rachele Kloke is second on the team at 11.5 points per game while Derisa Taleni ias averaging 10.1 points per game.

The Vandals are averaging 65 points per game on the season and just slightly below that, 64.2 points per game, in conference play. The Aggies are averaging 63.8 points per game in conference play meaning that this could be a very tightly contested game. The Aggies are 3-1 on the road this season with their only loss coming at Fresno State. A win this afternoon would be huge for the Aggies as they would sit 5-2 with a tough three-game stretch coming up as they return home to face second place Fresno State and then league leader Louisiana Tech in back-to-back games.

The game is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats will also be available via the Idaho athletic website.

The Aggie men are back in action tonight after their overtime victory against Boise State, an important win that moved them into a four-way tie for second place. Idaho meanwhile laid an egg against Louisiana Tech, a team that was winless in the WAC and on an eight-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs scored 71 points against Idaho, just the second time in the losing streak that they had scored more than 60 (the Bulldogs, even with the 71 point outburst are averaging under 60 points per WAC contest).

Idaho has the league's second best scoring defense at 62.1 points per game coming into tonight's contest and they are second in the league in field goal percentage (47.7 percent), first in the league in field goal percentage defense (38 percent), the best three point shooting team at 37.3 percent, though the Aggies are at 35 percent. Interestingly enough, the Aggies and Vandals are tied for first with the best three point field goal percentage defense allowing opponents to connect on just 25.8 percent of their attempts. The two teams are both averaging about six made threes per game so the winner of tonight's game could be the one that finds the most success from three point territory.

Idaho, much like Utah State, is a very patient offense as they average a league-best 15.6 assists per game. Tonight's game will be a challenge for the Aggie defense. They will need to play with better energy than they did against Boise State (at least the first 30 minutes of the game) and they will need to play much better defense than they have the past three games.

The question tonight will be, which Idaho and which New Mexico State teams show up to play. Will it be a classic battle between the two teams that showed up in the first meeting (preferably the offenses that showed up in the second half, not the first half)? Or will it be the Aggie team that showed up at Nevada and lost by 19 and the Idaho team that showed up against Louisiana Tech and lost by 15?

The answer will come tonight as tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (MT) The game can be seen on AggieVision and ESPN Full Court with streaming video available via ESPN3.com. The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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The Daily Aggie :: 01/28/11

Huge wins for the both the Aggie men's and women's basketball teams last night. We'll start with the women as Danisha Corbett put together a career-high 31 points last night helping the Aggies take down Boise State 87-71. For Corbett it was her second-straight 20-plus game. We're not 100 percent sure but that may be the first time in her Aggie career that she has notched consecutive 20-plus point performances. All three Aggie seniors came to play last night as Madison Spence added 18 points and Jasmine Lowe added 17.

It should also be noted that a couple of milestones were set last night as Danisha Corbett's 7-of-9 performance from behind the arc puts her in a tie for second most made three pointers in a game behind only the great Mari Sanchez-Galaz who dropped in 10 against UL-Lafayette on February 23, 2002. Jasmine Lowe finished with 11 assists which is the most by an Aggie since Mari Sanchez-Galaz dished out 14 against Idaho on November 17, 2001.

With the victory, the Aggies move into third place by themselves. They'll take on Idaho on Saturday afternoon and if they can win that game, they'll be 5-2 headed into a tough stretch where they take on Fresno State in the Pan Am and then Louisiana Tech in back-to-back games.

The Aggie men picked up a huge win last night in overtime defeating Boise State 96-87. We mentioned yesterday that the winner of the last eight BSU/NMSU games had scored at least 80 points, make that nine straight games. We also mentioned that the average final score in those eight games was 92-85, last night's score was nearly on that average.

The win became even bigger given Idaho's stunning loss to a hapless (apparently not-so-hapless now) Louisiana Tech team in Ruston, by 15 points. Their loss coupled with Boise's loss to the Aggies and Nevada's win over Fresno State creates a four-way logjam for second place at 5-3 in the league. A win on Saturday would keep the Aggies in a tie for second (or solo second depending on the outcome of the Boise State/Louisiana Tech matchup, Nevada is off on Saturday).

The Idaho loss also goes a long way towards Utah State's regular season title hopes. The UtAgs have wins over every WAC team except Idaho this season (the two have yet to play each other). USU would have to lose at least four of their final eight games to not win the regular season title. We simply don't see that happening.

Back to New Mexico State, with a win on Saturday, they will control their own destiny in terms of securing a top two seed. Boise State still has games at Nevada and Utah State, Idaho still faces Utah State twice, Nevada still faces Utah State and still has to come to Las Cruces.

As we said before, this homestand is vitally important to the Aggies' hopes of finishing in the top four in the conference standings and after last night, the Aggies hopes of finishing in the top two got a lot better.

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Baker, Dunn And Witt Enter First Community Bank/NM State Athletics Hall Of Fame

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department together with First Community Bank announced Friday, January 28, that former softball standout Danny Dunn, Aggie football star J.W. Witt and longtime team physician Dr. William T. Baker, D.O., P.A. will be inducted into the First Community Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is set to take place at halftime of the men's basketball game, March 5 against Nevada in Las Cruces. The NM State Hall of Fame, which is located in the Pan American Center, honors outstanding student-athletes, coaches, teams and benefactors from Aggie past.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Boise State Game Photos

NM State vs. Boise State Game Photos

Aggies Defeat Broncos 96-87 In Overtime Shootout

Troy GillenwaterThe New Mexico State men's basketball team erased an eight point second half deficit to force overtime where they outscored Boise State 23-14 to win 96-87 and move into a four-way tie for second place in the WAC.

The Aggies were led by a game-high 34 points from Troy Gillenwater who finished 12-of-20 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. The Aggies struggled from the free throw line in regulation hitting just 21-of-34 attempts but were a perfect 13-of-13 in the five minute overtime period.

The entire game was hotly contested asa the Aggies jumped out to an early 12-6 lead before the Broncos would go on a 13-7 run to tie the game at 19. Boise State would take their first lead of the game on a three pointer from Paul Noonan with 9:27 left to play in the half but the lead would be short-lived as Hernst Laroche would answer with a jumper to tie the game at 22. Boise State would go up by three but the Aggies would answer with a 6-0 run to take a 28-25 lead. Boise State would again find themselves in the lead after a layup from La'Shard Anderson and they would extend their lead to five points on a layup from Sean Imadiyi with 4:19 left in the half. The Aggies would cut the lead to one on a layup from Tyrone Watson but Boise State would again forge ahead by five after a layup from Ryan Watkins. Tryone Watson would hit a free throw with under four seconds left in the half to cut the Broncos' lead to four at 40-36. Boise State's Tre Nichols would hit a shot as time expired and appeared to give Boise State a six point halftime lead but the officials would rule the shot did not beat the buzzer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State vs. Boise State Highlights

Danisha Corbett Unstoppable As Aggies Crush Broncos 87-71

Danisha CorbettAggie senior guard Danisha Corbett scored a career-best 31 points hitting seven three pointers and leading her team to an 87-71 pounding of Boise State on Thursday night. The entire Aggie senior class performed well as Madison Spence added 18 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from three point distance while Jasmine Lowe recorded 11 assists to go along with 17 points. Lowe's 11 assists were the most by an Aggie since NM State Hall of Fame point guard Mari Sanchez-Galaz dished out 10 during the 2001 season.

The Aggies started the game on a 17-2 run fueled by three three pointers coming from Madison Spence, Danisha Corbett and Kaitlyn Soto as the Aggies hit six of their first eight shots from the field. Madison Spence would hit a three to put the Aggies up 20-5 with 12:47 left in the first half and would extend their lead to 17 points on another jumper by Madison Spence with 11:17 left in the half. The Broncos would chip away at the Aggie lead over the next five minutes as they would go on a 16-8 run to cut the Aggies' lead to single-digits at 32-23. Danisha Corbett would bury a three to put the Aggies back up by a dozen but the Broncos would get a bucket from Lauren Lenhardt with 4:57 left in the half to cut the Aggies' lead to eight at 35-27. The Broncos would trip the lead to seven points but a quick 5-0 run would give the Aggies an 12-point lead at 41-29 at halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/27/11

It's a big night for Aggie basketball as both the men and the women are in action. The men host Boise State while the women are at Boise State. The Aggie men sit 4-3 in conference play and because of tiebreaker rules, they are in 5th place in the league. The Aggies lost to Boise State earlier this season in Boise. The Aggie offense sputtered in the second half after a blistering first half that saw the Aggies shoot 69.6 percent and hit eight first half threes. The Aggies hit just nine buckets in the second half and struggled to a 37.5 percent shooting half. Despite that the Aggies still only lost by three points but it was a game that the Aggies let slip through their fingers.

These two teams have has some high-scoring classics over the past several seasons and if you love offense, this is the game for you. The winner of the past eight meetings has scored at least 80 points in each of the eight games and the average final score over those eight games is 92-85 with each team winning four games.

Three factors to watch for tonight, transition defense, the Aggies did a terrible job against Utah State in this area. Look for improvement tonight. Rebounding. The Aggies had a horrendous time grabbing rebounds last week and were out-rebounded by an astounding 28 boards, 13 against Nevada and 15 against Utah State. Free throw shooting. The Aggies had a rough go of it against USU hitting just 5-of-13 attempts. Much has been made of the Aggies' ability to get to the line this season as they lead the nation in free throw attempts, however, if you can't knock 'em down, it doesn't do you much good (other than getting the other team in foul trouble). Third, the Aggie offense sputtered in the second half against Nevada and was not particularly efficient against Utah State. The Aggies need to get their offensive woes figured out in a hurry.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court and streaming online on ESPN3.com. Radio coverage will be available on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio is available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team is in Boise to take on the Broncos. The Aggies are 3-2 in conference play and coming off a very solid win against Utah State this past Saturday. It's an opportunity for the Aggies to stay in the top half of the standings.

The Aggies have had mixed success in Boise while in the WAC. Last season the Aggies won 87-83 in overtime, the season before that they lost by 15, in 2007-08 they lost by one in overtime, the season before that they lost by 18 and the first season in the WAC they lost by 25 (but defeated BSU in the WAC tournament by one).

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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