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Aggies fall to 11-17 in final home game of the season

Perla Carrillo Arias
Guard Molly Kaiser pushes past the Liberty Flames on Feb. 29, 2024.

In the final home game of the regular season, the Aggies hosted the Jacksonville State Gamecocks and fell 60-51 on senior day. The loss knocked the Aggies down to eighth place in the Conference USA standings and are three games ahead of Sam Houston, avoiding the ninth overall seed.  

The Gamecocks got it going early with a pair of buckets from Bre’Anna Rhodes, followed by a three-point field goal from Rachel Johnson, giving the Gamecocks an early 7-4 lead in under two minutes of action.  

In the following minutes of the first quarter, with the Gamecocks leading 9-8, both teams struggled to find their rhythm and went on a scoring drought that lasted for two minutes. Senior guard Molly Kaiser ended the drought by scoring her first two points of the game on two successful free throws, while connecting on a jump shot shortly after to tie the game at the end of the first quarter. 

Guard Molly Kaiser seconds away from scoring a point. Feb. 29, 2024. (Perla Carrillo Arias)

After a strong first quarter finish, the Aggies entered the second going back and forth with the quarter featuring four lead changes and three ties. With Kaiser being well-defended, the Aggies had to step up to keep the game close and four different Aggies rose to the occasion and got a shot to go in. Guards Jalia Harding and Loes Rozing both connected on two shots, while forwards Fanta Gassama and Ene Adams drilled a basket to keep the Aggies from falling behind. The quarter ended with the Gamecocks knocking down two free throws to grab the 31-27 lead at halftime. 

Entering the second half, the Aggies struggled to get anything going and had plenty of costly turnovers that turned into points for the Gamecocks that propelled them to go on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to double digits over the Aggies. Kaiser retaliated and cut the lead down to four points with a midrange jump shot and four free throws. The Aggies forced the Gamecocks to call a timeout when Adams cut the lead down to a single bucket. Despite giving up eight points, the Gamecocks ended the third quarter up 42-37.

Center Femme Sikuzani Masudi defends the ball on Feb. 29, 2024. (Perla Carrillo Arias)

The Gamecocks continued putting pressure on the Aggies offense and forced them into tough shots, while overwhelming the Aggies offensively. They re-extended their lead into double digits with a jump shot from Asia Barclay.  

Even with the game slowly slipping away, the Aggies continued to give their best effort and managed to cut the lead down to six points. The Gamecocks would hold on in the final minutes to steal the 60-51 victory.  

The Aggies will now travel to Miami to take on the Florida International University Golden Panthers for the final game of the regular season tomorrow at 11 a.m. The game 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.
Perla Carrillo Arias, Photojournalism Intern
Perla Carrillo Arias is entering her first semester at The Round Up as a photojournalism intern. She is a senior at NMSU, majoring in Business Marketing with a focus on Advertising and a minor Social Media Management. Perla was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate traveler and avid reader, Perla finds inspiration in exploring new places and immersing herself in diverse experiences. Perla’s love for photography and videography sprouted when she was a just little girl. She reminisces going through hundreds of photographs her mom has captured and having the realization of how important it is to have memories. When she’s not behind the lens, Perla can be found indulging in her love for literature, spending time with her family, or tuning into thought-provoking podcasts that ignite her curiosity. Perla is looking forward to acquiring knowledge from the team and further developing her photographic skills at The Round Up.

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