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THE DOWNLOAD: Aggies on the Court, Fluffies in the Courtyard

By Dateline Staff on March 7, 2017 in University

The Aggie women’s basketball team won the Big West Conference regular season championship last week, the Aggie men settled for second — and both teams will next compete in the conference tournament this week in Long Beach and Anaheim. The winners go to the NCAA tournament.

Women — The Aggies won the regular season championship for the second time in the program’s Division I history, defeating California State University Northridge, 63-55, March 4 at the Matadome. Junior Aggie Dani Nafekh finished with a team-high 19 points —14 of those coming in the second half — and the Aggies scored seven of the final nine points over the last 2:10, pulling away from CSUN for the title-clinching win.

Led by Big West Coach of the Year Jennifer Gross, the Aggies (23-6 overall and 14-2 in conference play) enter the Big West tournament with the No. 1 seed, entitling them to a double bye — meaning they go straight to the semifinals. They’ll play at noon Friday (March 10), vying for the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday (March 11) — both games at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Look for Friday’s game on ESPN3 (online) and the championship game on Fox Prime Ticket television.

Men — The Aggies and UC Irvine entered their regular-season-ending March 4 game in Irvine tied for first place with 11-4 records — and the Anteaters emerged victorious, 79-49. Thus, the Aggies enter the Big West tournament at the Honda Center as the No. 2 seed, with their first-round game set for Thursday (March 9) against No. 7 seed Cal Poly. Game time is noon; look for the game on Fox Sports.

If the Aggies win, they’ll play in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Friday (live on ESPN3 and delayed on ESPNU). The championship game is set for 8:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

Snapchat story to help you snap out of your stress

With finals approaching (they start March 20), students flocked to the Shields Library courtyard March 4 for some furry comfort — a quarterly tradition. See our Snapchat story above.

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Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or