Las Cruces, NM — NM State gets back to the Pan American Center for three straight games as conference play winds down. First, the Aggies host Texas-Pan American on Feb. 20. The meeting concludes the two-game series with the Broncs and is the only game for that week for NM State. The Aggies will host Utah Valley and Bakersfield the following week to close out the home schedule.
NM State hosts UTPA on “Play-4-Kay” night in the Pan Am. Play-4-Kay is a Breast Cancer Awareness initiative by NCAA women’s basketball that honors survivors and victims of the disease while raising funds for research. The team will wear pink warm-up shirts and pink socks in support. Also, a video recognizing those affected by breast cancer will be played during halftime.
The initiative is named after Kay Yow, a former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009 after facing her third bout with the disease.
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.
NM State vs. Texas Pan American Coverage
Live Video: AggieVision (NMStateSports.com), Comcast, Fox Sports-Arizona Plus
Live Stats: www.NMStateSports.com  (click on live events link)
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NM State continues at home and welcomes Utah Valley at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 live on AggieVision. The Aggies then host Bakersfield for the final home game of the season on Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. That game will be broadcast on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson.
NM State split its games for the second week straight, dropping 92-84 to Kansas City but coming back for just the second road win of the season 74-64 win over Chicago State. The Aggies were led by sophomore Sasha Weber with 22 points against Kansas City and 19 versus the Cougars. Freshman Tyler Ellis led defensively.
About the Aggies
The Aggies are currently 9-16 overall, with all but two of their wins coming at home. Going 2-13 on the road this season, NM State has had some close games, with eight of their losses coming by ten or fewer points.
With quality wins over Boise State (Nov. 14, 98-68) and Grand Canyon (Jan. 4, 66-63), the Aggies have improved during WAC play, going 6-6, losing to the first place Idaho Vandals by only nine. Danesia Williamson is leading the Aggies, averaging 20.5 points a game, with 27 steals, 60 assists and 44 rebounds on the season.
Sasha Weber and Abby Scott add 13.4 and 10.3 points a game along with 131 total rebounds for Weber and 80 for Scott. Weber is also shooting a team high .429 percent from the field.
NM State in the WAC
Having gone 6-6 in WAC play, the Aggies have some big wins versus Utah Valley and Grand Canyon this season. With a tough loss coming at Idaho, 11-1 in WAC play, the Aggies turned things around Seattle U and Chicago State.
Led by Danesia Williamson, who is averaging 21 points per game in WAC play, the Aggies are only being outscored by one point a game on average. With Sasha Weber, 15.7 points per game, the Aggies are scoring better in WAC play, averaging 72.8 points per game.
About Texas Pan American
The Broncs are 12-13 overall for the season, while sitting at 6-6 in WAC play. Having beaten the Aggies 66-61 on Jan. 25, UTPA has gone 1-4 since, with their only win coming against Chicago State on Feb. 2.
Led by Shawnte Goff, the Broncs are averaging 63.8 points per game while getting 8.2 steals, 11.8 assists and having a turnover margin of +5.1.
Goff is averaging 13 points a game, leading the team in scoring as well as having 54 assists, a team high 27 steals and 11 blocks on the season. Brittany Bush leads the team in rebounding with 192 and 34 blocks on the season.
NM State is 3-1 all-time against the Broncs. NM State won the first three meetings, but UTPA is 1-0 while meeting as WAC opponents. NM State fell 66-61 in Edinburg, Texas in late January.