Don't say the words "last" or "year" or any combination of the two around the NMSU women's program this year.
It's true that the Aggies are 10-4 and riding high on a six-game win streak that includes the first win at Boise State in nine attempts.
"It's a hard working group," Aggies coach Darin Spence said. "There are still players who were here last year and they have that to remember. That's always in the back of our mind."
Of course what he is referring to last year's 9-22 record where the Aggies were 5-11 in the WAC.
Not only is this team better than last year, but the Aggies are not only beating good teams (Michigan, Kansas, Boise State), but they are blowing out teams that they should beat, like a 73-51 win at home against Hawaii.
Even the 23-9 team from a couple years ago had trouble with the teams that they should have handled.
"I think this team has a lot more depth and the skill level is higher than two years ago," Spence said. "We have just learned how to do it. The first couple games, we thought we could do it in one possession. Now we are learning to be more efficient in what we are doing. We have learned how to put teams away."
The Aggies play host to Fresno State tonight at 7 p.m. in a matchup of two of the four unbeaten teams in district play. The other two, Utah State and Nevada, play each other tonight.
Utah State went on the road and beat league favorite La. Tech, so the league race is still far from over, but tonight's game is a big one for the Aggies to be playing at this point in the season.
"It's an early reward for playing well but we know we still have seven games to play and top teams to play," Spence said. "It will go the wire. It's going to be a fun race."