Bulldog basketball will return to action Saturday night
when the team plays host to Western Athletic Conference foe New
MexicoState at in the ThomasAssemblyCenter.
Tech enters the contest with an 11-7 overall record and
will be defending the team’s spot at the top of the conference standing as it
looks to improve to 5-1 in WAC play.
New Mexico State currently sits at 7-8 on the year, with
a 3-1 record in the conference and can pull ahead of the Bulldogs with a
Leading Tech into the game will be junior Paul Millsap,
who currently leads the nation in rebounds and looks to become the first player
in NCAA history to claim the rebounding title three times. Millsap has averaged
12.5 rebounds per game this season, 15.8 per game in the conference, and is
also the team scoring leader with 20.8 points per game and blocks with 34 on
New Mexico State will be led by Tyrone Nelson, who is
averaging 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. The Aggie defense also leads
the conference in steals with an average of eight per game.
The game marks the first time Tech and New Mexico State
will face off as conference opponents, with the Aggies playing in their first
season as a WAC school. The teams last met in 2001, with New Mexico State
ousting the Bulldogs 77-72.
This will also be the Bulldogs’ final home appearance
before a two-game conference road trip to California to take on San Jose State
and Fresno State. Tech will return home on Feb. 2 when they host the University
Techsters to take on New Mexico
By Matt Dearman
Tech’s women’s basketball team will travel to Las
Cruces, N.M., on Saturday to
take on the New Mexico State Lady Aggies and try to bounce back from its first
conference loss of the year, suffered against FresnoState on Jan. 14.
The Techsters are currently 11-4 on the season with a 3-1
mark in Western Athletic Conference play, while the Lady Aggies are 1-2 in the
WAC and 5-10 on the year.
Tech will be
looking to take advantage of extra preparation time against New Mexico State,
as the Techsters did not have a weekday game and will benefit from a full
week’s rest following a long road trip that included a victory over Hawaii on
Jan. 7 before the loss to Fresno State.
Leading Tech in the contest will be Tasha Williams, who
is averaging 13.2 points per game with 37 steals on the year, and Ty Moore with
8.5 rebounds per game and 26 total blocks.
New Mexico State is anchored by Irma Kmitaite with 12.7
points per game and Jenean Ford with 6.7 rebounds per game.
The Techsters won these two teams last encounter with a
75-46 win in February of 2001.