The Aggies head up the coast to meet Cal Poly on Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. NM State then returns home for a 1 p.m. meeting with Eastern New Mexico on Thursday, Nov. 21 in the Pan American Center.
Catch the action of each game live on KSNM 570AM with Jay Sanderson making the call. Broadcasts are set to begin 15 minutes prior to tip-off.
Up next for NM State is the 2013 edition of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. The Aggies welcome Milwaukee, Northern Illinois and Lamar Nov. 29-30. The Aggies first meet Northern Illinois at 11 a.m. on Nov. 29, then finished the weekend with a 1 p.m. tip-off against Milwaukee at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30.
The Aggies started the season with a 1-2 record with the lone win coming at home in a 98-68 win over Boise State. NM State opened the season with a 96-69 loss to cross-border rival UTEP before the first win of the season came. NM State then traveled to LMU for an 81-64 loss after a struggling second half that only allowed 22 points from the Aggies.
Cal Poly goes into the week 0-3 after two losses at home and one on the road. In the three games, the Mustangs are shooting 34 percent and averaging 65.3 points a game.
Jonae Ervin leads the team with 18.7 points per contest and a 41.3 shooting percentage. Molly Schlemer is top on defense for Cal Poly with 11.3 boards a game.
The teams are evenly matched with a 4-4 series record. The last meeting was a 90-86 loss in November of 2009.
Eastern New Mexico
ENMU, the Aggies’ in-state counterpart of Prtales, N.M., is 0-3 beginning the week. The season began with a exhibition game agianst WAC member Grand Canyon that ended in a 65-44 loss. The Greyhounds opened the regular season with three straigt losses to Adams State, Colorado State-Pueblo and Lubbock Christian. ENMU is set to faceTexas A&M International on Tuesday before making the trip to Las Cruces.
The two New Mexico teams have not met since 1996. The Aggies lead the series 17-0, with the most recent meeting ending in a 70-57 win on Nov. 22, 1996 in Las Cruces.
Garner Starting Hot
Vanessa Garner finished her debut week for NM State with a team-high 19.7 points in the first week for the Aggies. Despite a 1-2 record for the week, the freshman was perfect from the line in her first two appearances and set a new standard for herself with a career-high 26 points in the Aggies loss to LMU on Saturday. Garner was 6-11 from the field in that game and finished the week with 50-percent shooting from the arc.
NM State returns two starters from last year and look for replace senior starters Gilbreath and Kelsie Rozendaal. Sophomores Abby Scott and Weber stand as the top returners for the Aggies. Weber returns after starting 24 games, averaging 8.5 points per game, posting 59 assists to go along with the top field goal percentage among the returners. Scott started nine games for the Aggies and averaged 4.7 points per contest. Other Aggies returning for the 2013-14 season include junior Simone Ruedin and redshirt sophomore Elena Holguin.
The Aggies ended the 2012-13 season with a 15-16 overall record and 7-11 in WAC play. The season was highlighted by wins over defending Conference USA champion UTEP (69-68) and WAC-leading Utah State (106-94) late in the season. NM State ended the year with a second round loss to top-seeded Seattle U in the WAC Tournament. NM State went into the tournament as the eighth seed and fell 77-53.
The Aggies were selected to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference media and coaches’ preseason polls. Sophomore guard Sasha Weber was picked as a second-team selection in both polls. This comes after being noted as the top returner for the Aggies with 24 starts and 8-5 points per contest.