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NM State women’s basketball dominates offensively against the Bearkats

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David Castañeda
Guard Sylena Peterson pushes against a Sam Houston Bearkat. Jan. 25, 2023.

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team returned to the Pan American Center to take on the Sam Houston Bearkats and thanks to an impenetrable defense and four players posting double digits, the Aggies took home a 76-63 win. The Aggies rose to 2-3 in conference play and 4-3 at home.   

After several turnovers on both sides, junior guard Jaila Harding got the ball rolling for the Aggies with the first basket of the game. After a jumper from senior guard Molly Kaiser to take the lead 12-7, the Aggies rode their momentum throughout the rest of the first quarter knocking down five of their 14 shot attempts, while holding a 20-13 lead over the Bearkats.  

The Aggies had a sloppy beginning in the second quarter turning the ball over twice and picking up two fouls. The Bearkats successfully cut the lead down to four before Loes Rozing and Femme Sikuzani Masudi combined for a basket to flip the momentum. Kaiser then found her rhythm and knocked down two layups, a midrange jumper and a three-point field goal for eight points to give the Aggies a 12-point lead. The Aggies and Bearkats traded baskets to end the first half with the Aggies leading 36-25.  

 

The Aggies defeated the Sam Houston Bearkats 76-63 on Jan. 25, 2023. (David Castañeda)

Following a sluggish first half, the Aggies began to pick up the pace after back-to-back shots from forwards Ene Adams and Fanta Gassama for a 4-0 run. Backed with a strong defense, the offense did not back down with Harding tallying her fourth three-pointer, complimented with two free throws from Adams to put the Aggies up 47-31. The Aggies took control of the game and after two more baskets from Kaiser and Harding closed out the third quarter with a 21-point lead. 

“We were playing really well as a team, moving the ball and finding each other in open situations,” said junior guard Jaila Harding post-game. “We were playing really aggressively defensively as well. That’s what led to the win.”   

The Aggies entered the fourth quarter with all the momentum on their side and pushed to extend their lead to 23 points before subbing out the starters. Taking the opportunity, freshman guard Imani Warren posted a layup, three rebounds and a block. Before the clock ran out, the Bearkats dug deep and fought for a 10-0 run to cut the lead down to 13 points. Despite a last-minute Bearkat layup, the Aggies recorded the 76-63 win on their home court.  

Guard Sabou Gueye looks for a chance to score against Sam Houston. Jan. 25, 2024. (David Castañeda)

After the four double-digit performances with Kaiser posting 19 points, Harding with 16 and Adams and center Femme Sikuzani Masudi tallying 10 each, the Aggies climb to 8-10 on the season.   

Pleased with her team’s strong offensive effort, “I thought we accomplished some really good things we wanted to look at going into the game like back door plays, some isolation stuff,” head coach Jody Adams said. “We handled the press really well and were able to get down the floor for some easy looks. I liked our energy and pace of play against them.” 

After facing Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Jan. 27, the Aggies will hit the road to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on Liberty University on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.  Coverage will be streamed on ESPN +. 

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Victor Fierro, Sports Writer
Victor Fierro is starting his first year with The Round Up as a staff writer. He is currently a senior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a minor in Sports Marketing. He developed a passion for writing when he was in high school. His main goal is to become a play-by-play announcer for an NBA team. Victor loves to write game stories for all sports including basketball and football. Victor hopes working for The Round Up will help him grow as a person and a journalist.
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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