Aggie Softball Tops WAC Preseason Coaches Poll; Rodriguez Selected As Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State is the preseason favorite to win the 2015 Western Athletic Conference softball title in a vote of the league’s six head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.

The coaches also voted preseason award winners and Aggie Staci Rodriguez was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Missouri-Kansas City’s Katie Kelley was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Aggies took the top spot in the preseason poll with 23 points and three first-place votes, edging out Grand Canyon in second place with 22 points and the other three first-place votes. Seattle U was third with 14 points, while Utah Valley and UMKC tied for fourth place with 13 points each. Bakersfield rounded out the poll with five points.

New Mexico State placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with four, while Grand Canyon and Seattle U had three apiece and UMKC had two.

The 2015 season begins Thursday, Feb. 5. The 2015 WAC Softball Tournament will be held May 7-9, at the New Mexico State Softball Complex, and will include all five eligible teams.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State freshman forward Pascal Siakam has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 19-25. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Doula, Cameroon, native averaged a double-double as he directed the Aggies to a pair of wins last week to take sole possession of first place in the WAC standings. Last Thursday, Siakam led NM State with his fifth double-double of the season, netting 18 points and 11 rebounds with two blocks in handing Grand Canyon its first WAC loss (85-63) of the season. He then just missed consecutive double-doubles as he scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds, including seven on the offensive side, to go along with two blocks and two assists as the Aggies knocked off defending WAC regular-season champion Utah Valley, 69-44. The WAC’s leader in field goal percentage and blocked shots, Siakam averaged 13.5 points on 54.5 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.5 assists on the week.

Aggie Women's Hoops Notches Eighth Straight Victory With 68-58 Win At Utah Valley

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team made it eight-straight wins and 12 of its last 13 after a 68-58 win over Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon at the UCCU Center.

Sasha Weber marked a career-high 24 points to lead the Aggies (12-6, 5-0 WAC) to a perfect 5-0 start in Western Athletic Conference play, their best start in conference play since a 6-0 start in the High Country Conference in 1990.

NM State ties its fifth-longest winning streak in program history after leading wire-to-wire against a very prepared Wolverine team. All 12 Aggie victories this season have been by double-digits.

“I’m really proud of the girls on this road trip,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We didn’t play well at times, but we go home with two road wins in two places that are difficult to win, so I’m proud of them.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Crush Utah Valley, 69-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Tshilidzi Nephawe scored a team-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field to lead New Mexico State past Utah Valley 69-44 in Western Athletic Conference action Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“The lack of turnovers and our overall energy and defensive execution were key tonight,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “Our overall rhythm and tempo (on offense) were keys for us. We continue to get better and we need to attack each conference game a game at a time.”

Nephawe, who recently returned from injury, is ready and excited to contribute in WAC play.

“My legs feel good and it’s great to contribute to this team,” Nephawe said. “We did a good job on the boards and our overall energy was great. This was a total team effort.”

It didn’t take long for the Aggies to institute their will on the Wolverines.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Wins Seventh Straight, Defeat Grand Canyon 74-62

PHOENIX, AZ – The New Mexico State women’s basketball team continues to roll after defeating the Grand Canyon Antelopes, 74-62, on Thursday night inside the GCU Arena.

The Aggies (11-6, 4-0 WAC) now make it seven-straight wins, 11 wins in 12 games and begin Western Athletic Conference play 4-0 for the first time since joining the conference. The last time NM State began conference play 4-0 was in 1990 when the then Roadrunners began High Country Conference play 6-0.

NM State matched its season high field-goal percentage of 50 percent after sinking half of its shots from the floor (28-56). The Aggies also shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range (7-16) and hit 11 of their 13 free throws for an 84.6 percentage, the second-highest of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men Defeat Grand Canyon 85-63, Daniel Mullings Scores 17 In Return

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State used a fast start on offense and stifling defense to bounce Grand Canyon 85-63 Thursday evening in Western Athletic Conference action at a raucous Pan American Center.

The Aggies were bolstered by the return of All-American Daniel Mullings from injury. The Toronto native scored 17 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field after a two-month absence. He did the majority of his damage from the charity stripe converting 8-of-10 free throws.

“It was good to have Daniel back, obviously,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “It was the highlight of the evening to get the Preseason WAC Player of the Year back. Daniel is a huge piece that we were missing and he brought a lot of energy and he just does so much with his activity and athleticism.”

Mullings was excited to return to competitive basketball and help his teammates.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Shanice Davis Earn Multiple WAC Player Of The Week Awards

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball point guard Shanice Davis has been named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 12-18 by both the conference and College Sports Madness, each entity announced Monday.

The junior transfer from Killeen, Texas, led the Aggies to a couple of WAC victories last week after marking career highs in both points and assists. She finished the week averaging 22.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game while shooting .455 from the field and .313 from 3-point land.

“Shanice did a great job this week, scoring 32 points against Bakersfield and making many big shots against Seattle while setting up teammates with eight assists,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “She has had a great season for us and has been a bright, great floor general and leader. We’re very proud of what she has accomplished thus far this season.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall At Seattle 58-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State trimmed a 10-point second half deficit to just one with 4:56 to play, but were held to just four points the rest of the way as Seattle University snagged a 58-52 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at KeyArena.

The Aggies (10-10, 2-1 WAC) pulled within a point a 49-48 on an Ian Baker right elbow jumper just inside the arc, but the Redhawks (9-8, 2-1 WAC) answered with an Isiah Umipig 3-pointer that was a dagger to the NM State comeback attempt.

NM State cut it again with a Tshilidzi Nephawe put back, but a quick Redhawk reply by Jadon Cohee and an Aggie turnover that led to a Shore Adenekan dunk with 2:23 to play gave Seattle U. a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“They just beat us,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “We didn’t have a lot of rhythm, and got out of sync.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Use Late Surge To Defeat Seattle, 76-66

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second-consecutive game the New Mexico State women’s basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit to bring home a Western Athletic Conference win after defeating Seattle U, 76-66, on Saturday afternoon inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (10-6, 3-0 WAC) are now winners of six straight, 10 of their last 11 and seven in a row inside the Pan American Center. The Redhawks (4-14, 1-2 WAC) have now lost consecutive conference games after starting 1-0.

“You have to give them (Seattle) credit, they played really well,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We didn’t play our best basketball, especially in the first half. But we regrouped in the second half and played pretty well. We didn’t want a letdown after the Bakersfield win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>