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Aggies battle to pull out overtime win against the Bulldogs

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David Castañeda
Guard Sylena Peterson jumps to catch the ball. Jan. 27, 2024.

Aiming to pull back-to-back wins inside the Pan American Center, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team dug deep to clinch a nail-biting 66-64 overtime victory against the Louisianna Tech Lady Bulldogs to cement a third Conference USA victory. 

Coming out of the gate tenaciously, the Aggies ran down the polished court with some fire in their hands, scoring ten points within the first few minutes of the quarter. A powerful Aggie offense allowed 5’8” junior guard Jaila Harding to score several three-pointers. After a 12-0 Aggie run, the Bulldogs desperately needed to stop the bleeding and with a fastbreak in the paint from Jianna Morris, the Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard.  

The Bulldogs struggled at first to keep up with the Aggies in the first quarter before several fast break plays propelled the Bulldogs to close the point gap. Harding returned the favor and scored most of the Aggies’ three-point plays for a total of 16 points complimented by two rebounds by the end of the matchup.  

Guard Sabou Gueye pushes through the LA Tech Bulldogs. Jan. 27, 2024. (David Castañeda)

The Aggies rode a 6-2 run into the second quarter before the Bulldogs pulled out a 6-0 run of their own. Despite the effort, the Aggies led 31-20 heading into halftime.  

The Bulldogs struggled to get the ball into the net from the three-point arc for most of the game. The ball constantly rang outside of the hoop before falling back into the hands of the Aggies.  

Now, after a solid and comfortable Aggie lead in the first half, the Bulldogs came back to the court after halftime and hoped to finish the battle to stop the Aggies from getting another Conference win.  

Beginning the third, Bulldog senior forward Anna Larr Roberson nailed a three-pointer from the arc with nothing but net. After several more three-pointers from Morris, the Bulldogs battled to tighten the score to 44-36 to end the third.

Forward Ene Adams scores against the Bulldog. Jan. 27, 2024. (David Castañeda)

Continued energy from the Bulldogs in the final quarter resulted in several more three-pointers, all while they retained their strong rebound game. Although, cross court passing kept them from overtaking the Aggies by a large margin. 

Moving forward with less than a minute on the clock, it was go time for both teams. In the final seconds, the Bulldogs tied the game. With the Aggies unable to net a three-pointer shot from the arc, the matchup was officially sent into overtime. 

The Bulldogs had possession of the ball first in the overtime period, but an out of bounds call made it an ‘Aggie Ball’! The Aggies were first up to score in the five-minute overtime block.  

The back-and-forth passing and turnovers settled in a 66-64 victory for New Mexico State.  

After the game, Aggie head coach Jody Adams said there is always room for improvement, especially in close finishing games.  

The Aggies defeated the LA Tech Bulldogs in their match at the Pan American Center 66-64. Jan. 27, 2024. (David Castañeda)

Those close games that we lost, that’s what you hope to fix going into February,” Adams said. “Nobody’s worn out and we have got a good rotation. We’re deep if everybody is focused on what we have to do in their 20 square feet.” 

Despite guard Anja Bukvic’s 18 points and three rebounds, the Bulldogs drop to a conference record of 2-4 and 8-18 overall putting them at seventh in Conference USA.  

Harding led the effort for the Aggies posting 16 points with senior forward Ene Adams right behind her with 15.  

The Aggies now sit at fourth in CUSA with an even 3-3 record and 9-10 overall. The Aggies will now hit the road to the Liberty Arena in Lynchburg, Virginia to face off against the Liberty Flames on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m. All coverage will be streamed on ESPN+ and Zia Country 99.5 FM.  

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Noah Apodaca, Staff Writer

Noah Apodaca is a junior at New Mexico State University, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies with an emphasis in broadcast, as well as a minor in government. This is Noah's first year with The Round Up. 

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Noah got his start in the media industry in 2022, when he joined KRWG-TV's News22 program as a writer, reporter and anchor. With News22, he has covered a wide range of topics, including traveling to the 2023 Conference USA Championship game in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

In addition to News22, Noah has worked with NMSU's journalism department’s online news publication, Kokopelli, KFOX14 in El Paso, Texas, and U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.

In his spare time, you can catch Noah at the gym, at the airport fulfilling his love of travel, or at home streaming some Disney+ alongside his five dogs. He is ecstatic to join The Round Up team this year!

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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