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NM State women’s basketball earns first home game win of the season

David Castañeda
Guard Sabou Gueye looks for teammate to pass the ball. Nov. 18, 2023.

In the second home game of the season, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team shined after defeating the Portland State Vikings 57-38 with an impactful 17 points coming from senior guard Molly Kaiser. 

Going into the first quarter, both sides saw a fair share of scoring opportunities, but missed almost every single attempt. As soon as the ball was passed to Kaiser, she was able to put NMSU on a run after scoring the Aggies’ first seven points of the game with two jumpers and a three-point shot. After being down by four, Kaiser was able to lift her team to take the lead. 

Although the plan for PSU was to defend Kaiser’s early dominant performance, the Vikings failed to capitalize on rebounds unlike NMSU junior guard Sabou Gueye who had four rebounds. By the end of the first quarter, the tone was set and NMSU’s defense prevented the Vikings from scoring to keep PSU at six points. 

To start the second quarter, NMSU was on a solid scoring run to extend the lead, but PSU’s Esmeralda Morales said otherwise. Morales pushed herself in the second quarter to narrow PSU’s deficit with multiple assists along with a few jump shots of her own. With nearly two minutes remaining in the game, PSU’s Mia Uhila found Morales again as she took the ball to the net to tie the game at 21 apiece. As minutes remained, the game appeared to take a different tone after NMSU sunk into a four-minute scoring drought, but junior Jaila Harding found the open shot for three to put NMSU back on top. With a minute left in the half, NMSU capitalized on a rebound and turnover to pull a 28-21 lead heading into half time. 

The Aggies defeated the Portland State Vikings 57-38 on Nov. 18, 2023. (David Castañeda)

NMSU maintained the upper hand heading into the third quarter with outstanding scoring but desperately needed to clamp down on defense after Morales’s play in the first half. After a foul from junior guard Loes Rozing, Morales reclaimed the ball and drained it. Nearly halfway through the quarter, Molly Kaiser woke up the crowd after stealing the ball off Mia Uhila to put it up in the paint for a layup. After a Morales missed shot, Kaiser again dribbled the ball down court for an easy layup along with another steal for the next NMSU possession to extend the lead by 14. At the end of the third, NMSU rose to 41-28 with Kaiser alone putting up eight points. 

In the final quarter of play, NMSU remained strong after two quick scores from juniors Tylie Jones and Sabou Gueye. Trying to climb the ladder on the scoreboard, Morales added an additional eight points, but it proved to be insufficient as NMSU scored on multiple following shot attempts and turnovers. By the end of the game, NMSU emerged victorious with a final score of 57-38. Despite the loss, PSU’s Morales ended her night with 19 points and two rebounds. As for Molly Kaiser, she finished the game with 17 points, four rebounds, and three steals.  

Now that the game against PSU is in the books, NMSU now prepares for the Long Island University Classic in Brooklyn, New York. On Friday, Nov. 24, the Aggies will face Hampton University for a 12 p.m. matchup followed by CSU Bakersfield at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Aggies will remain on the road and travel to Albuquerque to face I-25 rival, the University of New Mexico on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Coverage will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.  

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Joshua Montoya
Joshua Montoya, Sports Writer
Joshua Montoya is entering this semester as a senior. He is from Las Vegas, New Mexico majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in social media management. This semester is his first with The Round Up as one of the sports writers. Josh is passionate about sports and sharing his knowledge of them with audiences. Post graduation, he hopes to bring the skills he learns with The Round Up to write and report on sports leagues such as the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball.
David Castañeda
David Castañeda, Multimedia Director
David Castañeda is starting his second year here at The Round Up, this being his first year as Multimedia Director. This is his second year at New Mexico State University and is majoring in Journalism & Media Studies. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas as an only child but is extremely happy to be able to call Las Cruces his new home. David has had an affinity for photography since he was in elementary school and has only fallen deeper in love with the art through this job. Though David enjoys nothing more than to be behind a camera he loves to try to explore new hobbies and career options. He’s currently focused on improving his photography at The Round Up and working with the Multimedia Specialists to make the Multimedia team the best it can be. When he isn’t taking photos or editing them on Photoshop, David loves to spend his time with his 3-year-long girlfriend in their apartment where they frequently cuddle up in bed to watch some trash TV and films. On his own, he loves to play the bass and listen to music. His favorite artists are The Strokes and Gorillaz.    

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