This Week: This Week: New Mexico state women's basketball team hits the road for two games over the weekend as it continues in WAC play. Making the trip to Moscow, Idaho on Thursday, the 9-12 Aggies face the Vandals at 7 p.m., after falling to the team at the Pan American Center early in January. NM State then makes the trip north to Seattle, Wash., to meet Seattle U for the second time this season. Sitting first in the WAC, the Redhawks broke the Aggies three-game win streak when the teams met in Las Cruces on Jan. 10.
Tickets: Tickets are $6 for Adults and as always, kids 12 and under are FREE. A group rate of $4 is available. Call the NM State ticket office at 575-646-1420.
Over the Airwaves: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available through KSNM. All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.
Aggies on TV: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available through KSNM. All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.
Live Stats on the Web: Live stats will be available for fans at www.NMStateSports.com at no cost for the entire season. Fans can click on the Live Events link at the top of the NMStateSports.com home page to access the live stats. Live stats for away games may direct fans to the opposing team's athletics page.
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Looking Ahead: NM State settles in at the Pan American Center for four games in the coming weeks, beginning with San Jose State on Feb. 14, followed by Utah State two days later. The Aggies then get a taste of non-conference action with CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 23. The Aggies close out the home schedule against Denver on March 2.
Looking Back: The Aggies slipped in two games over the weekend, moving the overall season record to 9-12 and the WAC record to 3-8. A 58-49 loss to Texas State on Thursday halted the Aggies, and the team was unable to pick back up against UTSA on Saturday as they fell 66-53.
About the Aggies: NM State continues WAC play with a 9-12 overall record and 3-8 in league play. Going into the weekend with seven straight losses, the Aggies are looking for a comeback when they hit the road against Idaho and Seattle. The Aggies held their longest win streak of the season around Thanksgiving when they won four in a row at home, but fell into a seven-game slump during the middle part of conference play. The Aggies
Avg ppg: 57.1
Scoring Leader: Stefanie Gilbreath - 16.2 ppg
Rebound leader: Kelsie Rozendaal - 7.3 rpg
Top Freshman: Sasha Weber - 8.8 ppg; 3.6 rpg; 37.6 FG%; 38 asst.
Streak: Lost 5 1/10-1/26
Road to Vegas: NM State enters this week's home stand with a 3-8 record in conference play. After winning three of its first four WAC encounters, NM State has lost its last seven conference games, including going 0-2 during their most recent homestand.
Leading the WAC: As a team NM State leads the WAC in scoring defense, allowing only 59.9 points/game. The Aggies also rank second during conference play in blocked shots with 42 and third in rebounds with a 42.5 rebounds/game on average. Included in the rebounding total is a 30.67 defensive rebounds/game average, placing them second in the WAC in that category.
Top Notch: senior Stephanie Gilbreath's 18.6 points/game average during WAC play places her third among WAC players. She is also fifth in the WAC in 3-point field goals made. Senior Kelsie Rozendaal's team-leading 8.3 rebounds/game place her ninth in the WAC. Sophomore Danesia Williamson sits at 10th among WAC players in assists with a 3.0 assists/game average.
Small Margins: The Aggies four losses between 1/10-1/19 were decided by a combined 15 points.
Big D in LC: Aggie defense proves to be the game changer this season as NM State ranks second in the WAC for scoring defense
Stefanie Gilbreath: Stefanie Gilbreath tallied 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss on Saturday, marking her 10th consecutive game with double-digit points. The senior leads the team this season with 15.9 points per game.
Double Doubles: Seniors Kelsie Rozendaal and Stefanie Gilbreath as well as freshman Sasha Weber have each collected double-doubles this season.
Gilbreath: 15 pts, 10 reb; UTA, 12/29
Gilbreath: 21 pts, 11 reb; Idaho, 1/12
Gilbreath: 13 pts, 11 reb; at SJSU 1/19
Rozendaal: 22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount, 11/12
Rozendaal: 11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
Rozendaal: 13 pts, 11 reb; at Denver, 1/26
Weber: 11 pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
It's a Three-Point Game: The Aggies have started 10 games with a three pointer this season.
vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (D. Williamson)
vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)
vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)
at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (S. Gilbreath)
vs. UT Arlington L, 62-59 (Abby Scott)
vs. LA Tech W, 71-67 (Abby Scott)
at UTSA W, 69-52 (Abby Scott)
at Texas State W, 61-58 (S. Gilbreath)
at Utah State L, 65-63 (Sasha Weber)
at SJSU L, 51-50 (Gilbreath)
vs. UTSA L, 66-53 (Scott)
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About Idaho: The Vandals are 10-12 on the season with a 3-5 conference record. The Vandals split the weekend at USU and SJSU that included the 83-66 win over the Spartans. Leading UI this season on the court is Alyssa Charlston with 13.9 points this season. She has started each of the Vandals 22 games this season and helped the team with a 45.5 field goal percentage.
Series History versus the Vandals: Going into the Thursday meeting, the Aggies are 9-20 all-time against the Vandals. After falling 57-51 to Idaho in mid-January at home, NM State used last year's home meeting as one of its three conference wins with a 61-47 victory in game one of the home-and-home series. Idaho claimed game two on its hardwood with an overtime 61-59 win in early February. The series dates back to 1982 when the Aggies lost in overtime 94-91 in Las Cruces.
About Seattle: The Redhawks lead the Western Athletic Conference with an 11-9 overall record and 7-3 in conference play. The team is on a two-game losing streak after falling to SJSU and USU last weekend. Standout Kacie Sowell leads the team with 16.9 points/game and works for 9.9 rebounds in each appearance. She shoots 58.3 percent from the field.
Series History Versus the Redhawks: With just one game all-time, the Seattle Redhawks claimed the inaugural meeting on Jan. 10 with a score of 60-54 at the Pan American Center.