NMSU Softball Sweeps Doubleheader With UTEP

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State softball defeated I-10 rival UTEP in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday. The Aggies defeated the Miners 8-4 and 13-4 in doubleheader action.

NM State moves to 12-16 this season while UTEP falls to 8-23.

Game One

The Aggies got off to a hot start, taking a 2-0 lead in the first. Haley Nakamura reached on a throwing error to lead off the inning. Two-straight walks loaded the bases as Nikki Butler came to the plate. Butler singled to score the first run of the game. A walk to Kennedy Johnson with the bases loaded scored the second run of the inning to give NM State the 2-0 advantage.

NM State added to its lead with a run in the second. With Amy Bergeson on second, Nakamura dropped a bunt to advance the runner. An error by UTEP on the play brought Bergeson home for the 3-0 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanveer Bhullar Moves On From NMSU Basketball

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State center Tanveer Bhullar will be moving on from the Aggie basketball program to seek other opportunities as a graduate transfer or play professionally announced head coach Paul Weir.

“Tanveer has been an absolute pleasure to coach in my time here,” Weir said. “I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for us and we all wish him nothing but the best at his future destination.”

The 7-2 redshirt junior is eligible to graduate from NM State at the end of the spring semester with a degree in sociology. Bhullar will look to play as a graduate transfer or move on and play professionally.

The Ontario, Canada, native eased his way into the rotation late in the season, making 22 appearances in 2016-17 and averaged 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds with a .522 shooting clip. In addition, the redshirt junior also tallied 10 blocks and five assists in the recent campaign.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker Named Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State senior guard Ian Baker earned Associated Press All-American Honorable Mentions on Tuesday. Baker joins seven other Aggies that earned All-American status and is just the fourth NM State basketball player to be named an AP All-American.

Baker further cemented his place in New Mexico State basketball lore after becoming the third Aggie to earn AP All-American Honorable Mention status in the last four years and fourth overall, joining James Moore (2003), Daniel Mullings (2014) and Pascal Siakam (2015).

The Washington, D.C., product was also named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year earlier this month in addition to his National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 First Team award. He also recorded his 1,000th point early on in the season at UTEP when he sank a pair of free throws in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker Named First Team NABC All-District

Written By: WAC Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, MO - Three WAC men's basketball players have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 Team selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. NM State's Ian Baker was a first team selection, while Jaylin Airington of CSU Bakersfield and LaVell Boyd of UMKC were named to the second team.

Baker, the WAC Player of the Year, ranked second in the league in assists (4.15), third in both free throw percentage (82.9) and assist-turnover ratio (1.85), fourth in minutes per game (33.09), fifth in scoring (16.7), seventh in steals (1.27), eighth in three-pointers per game (1.91) and 10th in defensive rebounds (3.73). He scored 20 or more points 10 times during the season and was named WAC Player of the Week three times.

Kayli Farmer Named WAC Outdoor Field Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Kayli Farmer was named the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Farmer placed first in the high jump and second in the javelin at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Her mark in the high jump (1.70m, 5-7) is a new personal record, ranks best in the WAC, and ranks 24th in the NCAA. She also had a personal best in the javelin (42.39m, 139-1), as she ranks first in the WAC.

NM State track and field is back in action at the UTEP Springtime Classic on Saturday, March 25.

Kaur Earns Second Straight WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women’s tennis junior Rimpledeep Kaur was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week on Tuesday.

This is the third weekly conference honor for Kaur, two now during dual play and once during the fall slate, and the fourth overall for New Mexico State.

Kaur led NM State to a 2-1 record in Las Cruces last weekend when the Aggies hosted the first WAC pod. Individually, the Jassowal, India, native went undefeated in both singles and doubles action. The junior went 3-0 in singles play against WAC opponents, all at the No. 1 position, and led her Iowa State counterpart before the match was clinched.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Run Rules Omaha 14-6 In Six Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OMAHA, NE - New Mexico State softball defeated Omaha 14-6 in six innings on Tuesday. The Aggies hit three home runs in the game, two by Kaitlyn Rubio and one by Nikki Butler.

How it happened

The Aggies got off to a hot start in the first. Singles by Rachel Rodriguez and Caity Szczesny started the inning as Kelsey Horton came to the plate. The sophomore drove Rodriguez home to give NM State the 1-0 advantage. Fahren Glackin followed with single of her own to score the second run of the inning. Kaitlyn Rubio brought home the third run of the inning to give the Aggies the early 3-0 lead.

Omaha put up a run in the bottom of the second to cut into New Mexico State's lead, but the Aggies followed by putting up two runs in the third. With runners on second and third, Glackin hit a single to drive in two and give New Mexico State the 5-1 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball's Upset Bid Falls Short Against 2-Seed Stanford

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MANHATTAN, KS - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off with the AP poll ranked No. 6 Stanford Cardinal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum. A great all-around showing for the Aggies saw the team lead the Cardinal for three quarters before dropping the game in a nail-biter, 72-64.

With the Aggies last win versus a ranked team coming against No. 21 Kansas (61-60) on January 3, 2010, the team came in as underdogs against Stanford but played 40 minutes of determined basketball as they led the Cardinal for the majority of the game.

After securing the opening tip, NM State came out early and scored the first two baskets and immediately put the opponent on their heels. Being led by Brooke Salas with nine points and Moriah Mack with seven, the Aggies ended the opening quarter ahead 23-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Women's Tournament Press Conference Quotes

New Mexico State Head Coach, Mark Trakh:

Opening statement…   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Ends Season With Loss To 3-seed Baylor In NCAA Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TULSA, OK - The beloved 14th-seeded New Mexico State men’s basketball team saw its season come to a close on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the third-seeded Baylor Bears in the BOK Center.

NM State (28-6), who made its 20th all-time appearance to the Big Dance, gave BU a run for its money before the Bears – who are ranked No. 12/11 in the latest AP and USA Today Polls – went on a run in the second half to extend their season 91-73.

New Mexico State came out as focused as it has ever been, knocking down 4-of-8 shots from the floor – including a five-footer from Jemerrio Jones that gave the Aggies an 8-3 lead heading into the first media timeout (15:17).  Continue Reading This Post >>