Aggie Women's Basketball Falls 88-79 In Season Opener At North Dakota State Report
The New Mexico State women's basketball team lost their season opener 88-79 at North Dakota State on Friday night. The Aggies could not overcome 43 free throw attempts by the Bison as NDSU converted on 31 attempts. The Bison also got career nights from Janae Burich and Katie Birkel who finished with 27 and 25 points respectively. The Aggies had five players finish in double-digits scoring-wise as Jasmine Lowe led the way with 13 points but was just 1-of-7 from behind the three point arc. Seniors Madison Spence and Danisha Corbett each scored 12 points while junior college transfer Ariella McGhee finished with 10 points and junior Tabytha Wampler added 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

The Aggies trailed early 10-4 but cut the lead to 13-10 after a free throw by Tabytha Wampler with 13:26 left in the half. The Bison would go on an 8-0 run to push their lead to 11 at 21-10 and just three minutes later held a 16-point lead at 31-15 with 8:46 left to play. The Aggies would still trail by 15 points with 5:19 left as they were behind 37-22 but a jumper by Andrea Chenier with 4:48 left would spark a 12-2 run that cut the led to just five points at 39-34 with 1:10 left in the half. The Aggies would get a pair of layups in the the final 33 seconds of the half to go into halftime down by just three at 41-38.

The Aggies would tie the score at 72-72 with exactly five minutes remaining but a 6-0 run over the next 1:20 left the Aggies trailing 78-72. The Aggies would get no closer as the Bison would salt the game away at the free throw line hitting 7-of-8 free throws over the final 1:27 to seal an 88-79 victory and avenging the loss to the Aggies last year.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday night as they travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to take on North Dakota. Click here to read more.

Aggie Men's Basketball Opens Season With 92-76 Victory At Louisiana Report
The New Mexico State men's basketball team got career highs from Troy Gillenwater and Hernst Laroche as the Aggies cruised to a 92-76 season opening victory over Louisiana on Friday night. Gillenwater scored 30 points hitting five twos, five threes and five free throws. Laroche had a near perfect night from the field hitting 6-of-6 from the field including 4-of-4 from three point distance. His lone miss came from the free throw line finishing 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.

The Ragin' Cajuns jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead just over two minutes into the game but the Aggies would take an 8-7 lead on the first of Troy Gillenwater's five three pointers. The Aggies would score five more unanswered points to cap an 11-0 run taking a 13-7 lead with 14:06 left in the half. The Cajuns would trim the Aggies' lead to just two points at 16-14 with 11:29 left in the half but the Aggies would go on a quick 8-3 run to push their lead back out to seven points at 24-17.

Louisiana would cut the lead back down to two points at 24-22 with 6:56 left in the half but the Aggies would go on a 15-8 run over the next four and a half minutes to take an 11 point lead with just over two minutes left in the half. The Cajuns would close the half outscoring the Aggies 6-3 to send the teams to halftime with the Aggies leading 42-34.

Coming out of the break the Cajuns would cut the Aggies' lead to just five after a three pointer from Randell Daigle but the Aggies would answer with a three pointer from Hernst Laroche to go back up by eight points.

Louisiana would trail by 12 points after a pair of free throws by Scottie Farrington but Troy Gillenwater would bury a three pointer to put the Aggies up by 15 at 83-68 with 4:40 left. The Aggies would hold their largest lead of the game at 88-69 after a dunk by Hamidu Rahman with 3:00 left. The Aggies would score their final points of the night on a dunk by B.J. West with 50 seconds left as the Aggies led 92-73. The Cajuns would add three more points to make the final score 92-76.

The Aggies finished the game shooting 51.7 percent from the floor and were red-hot in the second half hitting 78 percent of their shots. Louisiana shot 44.6 percent from the floor for the game.

The Aggies return to action on Monday night when they open up their home schedule against Western New Mexico. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Pan American Center. Click here to read more.