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Las Cruces, N.M. — The Aggies look to wrap the first half of conference play with road games against Bakersfield and Utah Valley. NM State meets the Roadrunners on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m., and then makes the trip to Orem, Utah to face the Wolverines at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1. Fans can listen to the live broadcast with Jay Sanderson on KSNM AM570.
Both games can be heard on KSNM AM570 with Thursday’s pregame show is set for 7:45 p.m. and Saturday’s set for 1:45 p.m. Live stats for the game are available at NMStateSports.com.
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NM State gets back to the Pan American Center after three road games to start the second half of WAC play on Feb. 6 and 8. First, the Aggies welcome Idaho live on AggieVision at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. The team then hosts Seattle U to close out the two-game series on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
The Aggies started with a promising first half against Texas Pan American, but eventually fell 66-61 on Saturday, Jan. 25. NM State moves to 6-13 on the year and 3-3 in WAC play. NM State ended the game shooting 32 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range. The team was led by junior Danesia Williamson with a career-matching 30 points. The junior also had four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Sasha Weber scored 17 on the night, while grabbing six boards. It was freshman Tyler Ellis and sophomore Abby Scott that led defensively with 13 and seven rebounds, respectively.
About the Aggies
The New Mexico State Aggies currently have a record of 6-13 on the season. With 10 games remaining on the regular season schedule, NM State still has a chance to finish the season above .500. Away games have been elusive for the Aggies this season as they have yet to grab a victory on the road. A bright spot for the Aggies has been the play of guard Danesia Williamson. Since returning to the team she has averaged 20 ppg while leading the Aggies to three more victories on the season.
NM State in the WAC
Prior to suffering the close loss to Texas-Pan American, the Aggies had put together a brief two game winning streak. During that span the Aggies beat conference opponents Chicago State and Kansas City by 21 points and 29 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Abby Scott provided a nice scoring punch for the Aggies during the two games as well. She put together an average of 30.5 ppg including a 36 point performance versus Kansas City in which she drained a season-high 11 three pointers. The Aggies currently sit at 3-3 in the conference which is good for fifth place in the conference.
The Bakersfield Runners are led by third year head coach Greg McCall. With a 10-8 record overall and a 4-2 record in conference play, the Runners currently sit at third place in the WAC. The Runners have played well at home this season achieving a 5-1 record to this point with a six point average margin of victory. Standout guard Tyonna Outland leads the charge for Bakersfield. Outland is the leading scorer in the WAC with 22.5 ppg in conference matchups and 20 ppg overall this season.
The last time the NM State Aggies met the Runners was on Feb. 23, 2013. NM State won the game 87-81 at the Pan American Center to mark the first game between the schools. The Aggies face off against the Runners during the 2013-14 season on Jan. 30, 2014 in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Utah Valley Wolverines are one of the several new members to the WAC. In her 19th season, head coach Cathy Nixon has guided this team to a 4-15 record overall and a 1-5 record in the WAC thus far. Katie Kuklok is the leading scorer for the Wolverines. Kuklok is good from long range as she is shooting 49 percent on 47 made three point field goals. She also leads the team in free throws made with 67, free throw percentage at 94 percent and is second in rebounding with 77 total.
NM State has played Utah Valley only twice in program history. The last meeting on Jan. 5, 2008 ended in a win for the Aggies at home 82-73. NM State and Utah Valley compete again for the first time in six year on Feb. 1, 2014 in Orem, Utah.
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