By: Joseph Fullbright
While the talk in Las Cruces seems to be the insane success of first year head coach Paul Weir and the men’s basketball team, Mark Trakh and company h ave the women’s team rolling as well.
The New Mexico State women’s basketball team won their ninth consecutive game last Saturday by defeating Chicago State 65-54 on the road. With the victory, the Aggies improved to 16-6 on the season, including a perfect 8-0 in WAC play.
The Cougars (0-22, 0-8) came into the game winless on the year, but came out of the gate aggressive and looking for a major upset. They kept it close the entire first half, finding themselves only trailing by two.
The third quarter was a mirror image of the second, as the Cougars would not go down quietly. Both teams were anchored by their defenses and struggled to get anything going offensively. The Aggies were up 48-46 entering the final frame.
The Aggies began the fourth quarter on fire with a 13-4 run and were finally able to blow the game open. They would hold on to win the game 65-54.
“We played a well-coached team to the end,” said head coach Mark Trakh. “This was a close game and I’m happy walking away with a win after a tough 40 minutes of play.”
Brianna Freeman led the way for the Aggies with 17 points and seven rebounds on 8-11 shooting from the field.
The Aggies have still yet to lose in 2017, and will look to keep up their WAC dominance on Saturday, February 18, vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley at 2:00 pm at the Pan American Center.
MBB: Aggies to Continue on Without Solid Piece
The New Mexico State men’s basketball team has been one of the hottest teams in the entire country and will have to finish out the year without one of their most talented players.
Redshirt sophomore guard Sidy N’Dir will be out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury. N’Dir has not played since the Aggies’ win vs. Long Beach State on December 3 where he scored 18 points.
“Sidy did everything he could to try and come back this season and continue what he started with us,” said head coach Paul Weir. “Unfortunately his injury has not healed enough for us to bring him back anytime soon.”
The France native was leading the Aggies in scoring through the teams first nine games with 13.7 points per game. Despite N’Dir being out, the Aggies have managed to go 15-0 since his original diagnosis. There was speculation that he would be able to return to the floor sometime this season.
N’Dir is eligible for a medical redshirt since he played in less than half of the Aggies’ games this season. He redshirted his first season at NMSU as a freshman, so it will be up to the NCAA to grant him a sixth year of eligibility.
“We look forward to a full recovery for the start of the 2017-18 season and him resuming his promising playing career,” added Weir.