Aggies Close Regular Season At La Tech and UTA
The Aggies now wrap the regular season on the road for two games. NM State travels to La Tech on Thursday, March 7 before making the final trip of the season to UT Arlington on Saturday, March 9. Both games can be heard on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.
Tickets: Tickets for all women’s basketball games at the Pan American Center 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.
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: The Aggies head to Las Vegas, Nev., March 12-16 for the 2013 WAC Championship at the Orleans Arena.
Looking Back: NM State fell 71-63 in the final home game of the season against Denver on Saturday. Senior Stefanie Gilbreath led the team with26 points, just one sort of her career high, while Kelsie Rozendaal had 15 on the night. Fellow senior Camila Rosen had 11 rebounds with six on the offensive side of the ball to help NM State to 17 second-chance points.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS
About La Tech: The Lady Techsters are 12-15 this season with an 8-8 conference record. Led by Kelia Shelton on the floor, she averages 13.6 points a game with just over six rebounds a contest. The team averages 62 points per game and have three players averaging double figure scoring each game. La Tech is on a two-game losing streak.
Series History Versus the Techsters: Louisiana Tech had won nine straight against the Aggies, until Dec. 31, when the Aggies picked up a 71-67 win over La Tech to snap the streak and move the series record to 16-3. 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.
About UTA: The Mavericks are just 6-21 all season and 3-13 in conference play. One of those wins includes a 62-59 win over the Aggies to start their conference season. Laila Sulleiman is on top for the Mavs with 8.7 points per game and a .314 field goal percentage. UTA has five players shooting above .400 this season, but no one averaging double figures. Briana Walker matches for 5.4 points and rebounds a game.
Series History Versus the Mavericks: The Aggies are 0-4 against the Mavs, with the most recent meeting falling in favor of UTA to kick off the 2013 conference season. Prior to the first meeting as conference opponents, UTA and the Aggies had not faced off since 2005.This year marks the first series 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 the Aggies: NM State is 12-15 overall and 5-11 in the WAC. After winning three straight games in recent weeks, including two vital WAC games, the Aggies fell most recently to Denver in the regular season home finale.
The Aggies are averaging 61.5 points per game and are led by senior Stefanie Gilbreath with 17.1 points a game, good for fourth in the WAC.
Road to Vegas: Going into the final week of WAC play, the Aggies are looking to bounce back after a 71-63 loss to Denver. With a 5-11 WAC record, the Aggies have a .444 winning percentage on the season and .313 in league play. NM State sits in eighth in the conference going into the final two games.
Kelsie Rozendaal: In her final home game as an Aggie, Kelsie Rozendaal tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Denver on Saturday. She went 6-7 from the floor and 3-6 at the free throw line. The Aggie now has 10 games with 10 or more points for the Aggies.
Numbers in the WAC:
Aggies rank second in the WAC conference for scoring defense with an average of 63.6 points per game.
Kelsie Rozendaal is third in field goal percentage (.513) through all games.
Stefanie Gilbreath ranks 3rd in the WAC for 19.2 points per game slightly following Ta’ Rea Cunnigan and Diamond Ford. She’s also third in free throw percentage with .851 through all games.
Kelsie Rozendaal ranks 4th in the conference for offensive rebounds with 3.80 average per game along with Camila Rosen who ranks 7th with an average of 3.09 in WAC play.