NMSU Women's Basketball Wins Third Consecutive WAC Tournament Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team squared off against the Seattle U Redhawks in the team’s third-consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship appearance at the Orleans Arena on Saturday. The Aggies made history as they won their third straight tournament championship with a 63-48 win over the Redhawks.

After the historic night, head coach Mark Trakh commented on the championship saying, “We just defeated a really good team that had an incredible season. Credit to their head coach Suzy Barcomb and the team on a great year. With this win our team made history and I’m so proud of these girls because they represent the New Mexico State University so well on and off the floor.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Surges Past UMKC 78-60, Advances To WAC Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The much anticipated rematch between New Mexico State and CSU Bakersfield has come to fruition as NM State defeated UMKC 78-60 late Friday night and into Saturday morning at the Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State moves to 27-5 overall on the year and tied Lou Henson’s 1969-70 Final Four team for the most wins in program history.

The Aggies will also be making its sixth-straight appearance in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament title game and ninth total appearance since joining the league 12 years ago.

Ian Baker and Braxton Huggins tied for a game-high 18 points while four other Aggies were hovering around the double-digit mark with eight or nine points.

An early shooting slump plagued the Aggies once again, but like clockwork, NM State found its rhythm and four-straight free-throws fueled an 11-0 run that forced UMKC (17-16) head coach Kareem Richardson to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UMKC 71-63 To Advance To WAC Tournament Title Game

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LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team played their first game in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in the semi-finals against the UMKC Roos on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Downs DePaul 4-1 In UNLV Rebel Classic Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State defeated DePaul 4-1 on Thursday to open the UNLV Rebel Classic. It was the second time the Aggies defeated the Blue Demons this season.

Kayla Green pitched her second complete game in victory. She struck out five batters and allowed only one hit and one run. NM State moves to 5-10 this season with Green earning her third win.

How it happened

The Aggies opened the game scoring two runs in the first. Rachel Rodriguez hit a single through the left side to start the inning. Kelsey Horton reached base for her 15-straight game as sophomore hit a double to center field. Fahren Glackin drove in the first run of the inning with a single to left field.

With two outs in the first, Haley Nakamura singled through the left side to score a run and give the Aggies the 2-0 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Advances To WAC Tournament Semifinals With 67-53 Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team overcame a tough opening half from the floor and waltzed away with a 67-53 win over Chicago State in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals in Orleans Arena.

With the win, NM State is now 13-2 all-time in Las Vegas with its only losses coming in 2011 against Boise State (semifinals) and then in 2016 against CSU Bakersfield (championship).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker Named WAC Player Of The Year; Chuha, Jones Earn All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s basketball senior guard Ian Baker was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 2016-17. Meanwhile, Eli Chuha earned Second-Team All-WAC honors and Jemerrio Jones was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team the conference announced Tuesday morning.

NM State has now produced two of the last three conference player of the year honorees. In addition, this is the second-straight year Baker has been named First-Team All-WAC.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Moriah Mack Named WAC Player Of The Year, Mark Trakh Named WAC Coach Of The Year

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the All-WAC honors on Monday morning. Head coach Mark Trakh and the Aggies earned seven individual accolades, more than any other WAC opponent, including Trakh for Coach of the Year and Moriah Mack for Player of the Year.

This was the third consecutive season Mark Trakh has been named the WAC Coach of the Year, after three-straight conference regular season titles. An undefeated (14-0) record in WAC play this year was a first in NM State program history, to go along with a 22-6 overall record. Trakh and the Aggies finished the season on a 15-game winning streak, for the second straight year, which ties the program record set by Joe McKeown in 1987-88.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Blasts Yale 18-5, Takes Series 3-1

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Thanks to a combined 19 hits by Aggie batters on Sunday, the New Mexico State baseball team powered past Yale 18-5 at Presley Askew Field to take the series 3-1.

The win also gave NM State its second-straight series victory. The last NM State won back-to-back series was in 2014 when it took 3-of-4 from Saint Mary’s and SIUE to start the season.

How It Happened

The visiting Bulldogs (1-3) drew first blood on the day, getting back-to-back knocks to left before scoring one on a wild pitch from NM State starter Marcel Renteria (2-0, 3.14 ERA).

However, the Aggies (9-5) came out swinging in their half of the first inning and pounded Yale for 10 runs and nearly batted around the order twice.

It would be nearly 40 minutes later before Renteria returned to the hill to pitch the second inning – which didn’t last long thanks to a 4-6-3 double-play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Eli Chuha Named WAC Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore forward Eli Chuha has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 27-March 4. This is his first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Redlands, Calif., native scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end, in a rout of UT Rio Grande Valley. Chuha shot 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field and 14-of-18 (77.8 percent) at the line on the game. He also dished out two assists and nabbed one steal in 26 minutes of action. Chuha currently leads the WAC in field goal percentage (60.5), ranks third in rebounding (9.0) and 12th in scoring (12.4).

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UTRGV, Finishes Conference Play Unbeaten

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off against the UTRGV Vaqueros in Edinburg, Texas to close out the regular season on Saturday night. The season finale saw NM State achieve two historical feats in the program’s history.

With a 64-46 win on Saturday, the Aggies went undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play (14-0) for the first time in the team’s history. NM State also won their 15th straight game for the second season in a row, which ties the program record set by Joe McKeown and the Aggies back in 1987-88.

After the historic victory for the team, head coach Mark Trakh said, “This is a huge accomplishment and the credit really goes to these great players. They showed such great dedication and perseverance to achieve such a feat. I’m just so happy for them and what this program has been able to achieve.”  Continue Reading This Post >>