This Week: NM State opens Western Athletic Conference Play against UT Arlington. The Mavericks come into the league opener with a 2-8 overall record and hot off a 90-54 loss to No. 15 Oklahoma State last week. The Aggies then host Louisiana Tech on Monday, Dec. 31, at the Pan American Center. Both games are slated for a 6:30 p.m. start time and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.
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.
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: Eight games are scheduled to air on television this season on AggieVision. The next game broadcast is the Aggies home game versus WAC foe Seattle on Jan. 10, from the Pan American Center. Fans can also go to www.AggieVision.tv for channel listings.
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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THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About UT Arlington: UT Arlington is 2-8 coming into its first ever WAC game. The team joined the conference this season, but is moving to the Sun Belt in 2013-14. Going into the weekend, UTA is led by Malaika Green with 8.2 points per game and Aron Garcia leads the team in rebounds with 7.4 per game. Green is shooting 39.5 percent from the floor with 13 assists and 11 total rebounds. Garcia has started nine of the Mavs 10 games and proves to be a staple on defense for the team. Shooting just 35.8 percent (19-53) the junior has tallied 54 defensive rebounds with 10 blocks and 10 steals this season.
Series History Versus the Mavericks: The Aggies are 0-3 against the Mavs, with the most recent meeting coming in 2005. This marks the first meeting between the teams as conference opponents, however. UTA joined the WAC starting this fall, and will move to the Sun Belt in 2013-14.
About La Tech: La Tech is 4-6 this season before heading into WAC play. The team is winless on the road, picking up each of its four wins on home court. The Techsters are still showing to be powerful at the glass with Brittany Lewis shooting 51.6 percent from the floor. She has started each of the Techsters 10 games and still manages to help in defense, averaging 6.2 rebounds a game. Lewis, while shooting well from the floor, has made just one three pointer in her six attempts and is shooting 57.1 percent from the line.
Series History Versus the Techsters: Louisiana Tech has won nine straight agaist the Aggies, with an overall series record of 16-2. The last time NM State picked up a win over the Techsters was in February of 2008 during the WAC tournament quarterfinals in Las Cruces.
Looking Ahead: NM State gets back on the road after nearly a month at home. The Aggies travel to UTSA on Jan. 3, before making the short trip to meet Texas State on Jan. 5.
Looking Back: NM State bounced back after a 60-44 loss to the New Mexico Lobos with a 75-50 victory over UMKC. The win marked the sixth of the Aggies season, tying the teams win total for the 2011-12 season. The Aggies bounced back after a two-game losing streak to beat the 'Roos by the largest margin against any opponent this season.
Sophomore Danesia Williamson tallied 21 points on the night with a steal and two rebounds. She marked a season high seven assists. As a team, NM State shot 41.5 percent from the field and picked up 29 points off UMKC turnovers. The Aggies also shot 46.7 percent (14-30) behind the three-point line with four of those coming from Williamson.
About the Aggies: NM State is 6-4 on the season with a 5-1 record at the Pan American Center. The Aggies are shooting 33.6 percent from the floor after the 10 games and have collected a team total of 361 total rebounds. The team is staying consistent at the line, shooting 68.3 percent from the line with Stefanie Gilbreath leading at the line with 22-for-26 on the season. The Aggies were on a four-game win streak in November before falling to I-10 rival UTEP in early December.
Home-Court Comfort: The Aggies are 5-1 in the Pan American Center this season. Prior to the Dec. 18 loss to Rio Grande Rival New Mexico, the Aggies boasted a perfect record at home. During the 2011-12 season, five of NM State's six wins came at the Pan Am.
Aggies in the WAC
NM State opens WAC play after a 6-4 start. Last season, NM State found itself 1-13 in conference play with the teams only win coming against San Jose State on Senior Night (2/18). Saturday marks the first conference match-up between the Aggies and UT Arlington since the recent conference realignments.
Danesia Williamson has proved to be essential on the court for the Aggies this season after starting nine of the Aggies nine games so far. She boasts an average of 14.2 points per game with her season high coming against I-10 rival UTEP (11/28) when she scored 23, helping NM State to a 69-68 win over the Miners. She has posted seven games with over 15 points and has not left a game this season with less than nine. In the Aggies most recent game against UMKC, the sophomore transfer picked up 21 point with a season high seven assists.
Kelsie Rozendaal leads the Aggies this season with 56 total rebounds. She has collected 35 of those on the defensive side of the ball while still managing to average 10.0 points per game. The senior averages 6.3 rebounds a game and leads the team with a 53.7 field goal percentage (29-54) in her nine games this season. Rozendaal had her best game this season on opening night when she posted her first double-double of the year with 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Aggies to a 77-76 overtime win.
Preseason Accolades: The Western Athletic Conference coaches and media picked NM State to finish eighth and ninth in their respective preseason polls, and senior guard Stefanie Gilbreath was named an All-WAC preseason pick.
The Aggies were picked sixth in last season's preseason polls. NM State finished 6-24 overall and 3-11 in the conference to place eighth. The eighth-place rank gave the Aggies a tough battle against top-ranked Fresno State in the 2012 WAC Championships. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 66-58, knocking NM State out of the tournament.
Reigning first team All-WAC honoree Christensen was voted Preseason Player of the Year and is the on the preseason All-WAC first team. Joining her on the first team are Alyssa Charlston of Idaho, Louisiana Tech's Whitney Frazier, Diamond Ford of Texas State and Seattle U's Kacie Sowell.
-- The 2012-13 season marks the 40th season of Aggie women's basketball. The first season was 1973-74.
-- This season also marks 25 years since the Aggies last NCAA tournament appearance. The 1987-88 team was the last in program history to receive an NCAA berth.
Potential Milestone: With 12 total wins this season, NM State will make its 600th victory in program history. With the current 6-4 record, the Aggies sit at 594-528 all time.