This week in New Mexico State athletics
Las Cruces, NM — The New Mexico State women’s swimming and diving team returns to conference dual-meet action after participating in the Phil Hansel Invitational in Houston. The squad takes on Northern Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the NM State Natatorium. The meet is scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. start and is free to the public.
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team welcomes Rio Grande rival New Mexico to the Pan American Center, Wednesday Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ROOTS Sports. Check your local cable and satellite providers. You can also catch all the action with the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon beginning at 6:30 p.m., on KGRT 103.9 FM. Tickets are still available by calling 575-646-1420. The Aggies will then travel to Spokane, Wash., to face No. 10/11 Gonzaga at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. Jack Nixon will also bring you all the action beginning at 8:30 p.m., on KGRT 103.9 FM.
Up next for NM State is the rekindling of the Battle of I-10 against UTEP on Tuesday and traveling to meet in-state rival New Mexico on Saturday. The Aggies and Miners tip off at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 in the Pan American Center. UTEP took the first meeting 94-69 in El Paso. NM State then makes the trip north for the lone meeting with the Lobos this season. The Dec. 7 tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at The Pit.
New Mexico State will travel to San Diego, Calif., to face Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 4 p.m. (PT) this Friday, Dec. 6. The Aggies (22-10) earned the WAC's automatic bid by winning the WAC Tournament title last Wednesday with a sweep of Bakersfield. This is New Mexico State's seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and second in a row. The Aggies are led by WAC Player of the Year and WAC Tournament MVP Desiree Scott, who averages 2.62 kills on .372 hitting and 1.33 blocks per set. Arizona (20-12) earned an at-large bid out of the Pacific-12 Conference. The Wildcats tied for fifth in the Pac-12 with a 10-10 conference mark. Arizona is led by Madi Kingdon, who averages 4.38 kills and 3.19 digs per set.