NMSU Women's Basketball Opens Up WAC at Hawai'i

NMSU Women's Basketball Opens Up WAC at Hawai'i
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:49pm

The New Mexico State women's basketball team (6-8) travels to Hawai'i (6-7) to open Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play on Thursday, Jan. 6 at 8:00 p.m. MT Sunday inside the Stan Sherriff Center. A UH broadcast of the contest from the islands will be carried live via AggieVision across the state of New Mexico. Fans can find AggieVision on local Comcast Affiliates (Las Cruces - Ch. 4, Albuquerque - Ch. 77, Santa Fe - Ch. 21, and Gallup - Ch. 66). The game can also be heard live across the Land Of Enchantment on the Aggie Sports Radio Network with Kyle Doperalski on KSNM AM 570. Periodic live updates via Twitter are available by following @NMStateAggies. Links to live stats can be found on NMStateSports.com.

After a close home loss to UTEP on Sunday, NM State enters the rivalry contest on a five-game losing streak. The Aggies have played close to the end in all five of those losses; staying within a couple possessions in each of defeats down the stretch.

Hawai'i has not played since a Dec. 30 loss to UNLV in final of the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, 63-48. Two earlier wins in the tourney against Cal State Bakersfield and Columbia snapped a five-game losing streak for UH.

The teams have one common opponent this season in Cal State Northridge. Hawai'i defeated CSUN 66-58 at home in their season opener on Nov. 19. NM State earned its last win against the Matadors in Las Cruces on Dec. 5 by a similar score of 66-59.

NM State has won seven of the last nine contests between the schools, including four of the last five in Honolulu. However, the Aggies trail UH 7-5 all time at the Stan Sherriff Center. But it has not been easy as the last five contests between the squads on the islands have been decided by eight points or less with the Aggies taking four of five. Before NM State's 75-67 victory at Hawai'i last year, the previous three games at UH have been low-scoring affairs with both teams scoring in the fifties. Hawai'i edged NM State the year before 54-51. The Aggies' 22-point victory (73-51) a year ago in Las Cruces was the largest margin of victory for NM State in 15 years of the series.

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