NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield 69-55, Extends Win Streak To 10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies women's basketball team squared off against Western Athletic Conference opponent the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners on Thursday night in the Pan American Center. A solid game throughout for the Aggies saw strong defense and good team offense give NM State their 10th straight victory with a 69-55 victory.

After the victory, head coach Mark Trakh was asked about the team's performance as he commented, "Bakersfield was a good defensive team who has won four in a row, but we ran a great man offense which is tough for teams to contain. CSU tried to make a comeback and kept it close, but I thought our kids played good defense and came out with a strong win tonight."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Picked To Finish 2nd, Four Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State baseball team was voted to finish in second place, after receiving 52 points, in the 2017 Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll, the conference announced Wednesday morning.

The head coaches’ poll placed Seattle U at the top of the WAC standings with four first place votes and a total of 60 points. The Aggies finished just behind the Redhawks with one first place vote and 52 points. Sacramento State tallied 47 points and two first-place votes, good for third and Grand Canyon finished right behind with 46 points in fourth place. The final two first-place votes were given to Utah Valley who registered 43 points to take the fifth seed. CSU Bakersfield garnered 25 points to get sixth, while UTRGV (24), Northern Colorado (19) and Chicago State (8) rounded out the rest of the preseason poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past Chicago State 86-51

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State men’s basketball engine that head coach Paul Weir has built continues to churn through Western Athletic Conference play as the Aggies throttled Chicago State 86-51 in the Pan American Center on alumni night sponsored by GEICO.

New Mexico State continues to own the second-longest active win-streak in the country with its 20th-straight win, trailing just Gonzaga (24). Its 39-straight wins at home during WAC play after Saturday night is also second in the country behind Stephen F. Austin (43).

With Iowa State upsetting No. 3 Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse today coupled with the win over Chicago, New Mexico State (23) now owns the nation’s third-longest home-winning streak at 23 behind Oregon (40) and Akron (28).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Chicago State 65-54

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State Aggies (16-6, 8-0) women’s basketball team squared off against the Chicago State Cougars (0-22, 0-8) on Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center in Chicago, Ill. NM State took over in the fourth quarter to defeat CSU, 65-54, and sweep the season series.

After the tight contest, head coach Mark Trakh commented, “We played a well-coached team to the end. This was a close game and I’m happy walking away with a win after a tough 40 minutes of play.”

Saturday’s game opened with a back-and-forth scoring contest, with the Cougars keeping the game close hitting three-straight shots from three-point range. NM State was able to dominate down low outscoring the opponent in the paint, 16-8. The first quarter closed out with the Aggies ahead of the Cougars, 22-19.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Four To Be Enshrined Into US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame's 2017 Class

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department announces that four former standout student-athletes have been selected for induction into the 2017 US Bank/NM State Hall of Fame class. Jackie Choi Parker, James Moore, Gwladys Nocera and Billy Joe Price will be forever enshrined in Aggie history on Friday, Feb. 24, and will also be recognized the following night during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Seattle U on Saturday, Feb. 25.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Adds 25 In 2017 Signing Class

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin inked 22 players for the 2017 season in addition to three gray shirts for the upcoming 2017 season. Martin added nine Aggies out of high school, 13 JUCO transfers and three gray shirts.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Signs Seven For 2017

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2017 soccer season just six months away, New Mexico State women's soccer head coach Freddy Delgado announced the signing of nine players for the upcoming campaign.

"This may be the deepest and most well coached freshmen class we've had," Delgado said. "Each of these student-athletes comes from a high level of club soccer. They train and compete on a daily basis with and against some of the best players in the country. Because they come from some of the most competitive teams in the nation, I expect they will be a bit more advanced than the average freshmen class. I expect them to contribute from an early point in the year."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Picked As Co-Preseason Favorites; Kelsey Horton Named WAC Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Grand Canyon and NM State are the preseason favorites to win the 2017 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 NM State’s Kelsey Horton was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Grand Canyon’s Taylor Nowlin was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Lopes and Aggies tied for the top spot in the preseason poll with 23 points and three first-place votes each. CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U tied for third place with 13 points apiece. UMKC was fifth with 11 points, while Utah Valley rounded out the poll in sixth place with seven points.

NM State placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with four, while Grand Canyon had three and UMKC and Utah Valley had two apiece.

The 2017 season begins Friday, Feb. 10. The 2017 WAC Softball Tournament will be held May 11-13, at the NM State Softball Complex in Las Cruces, N.M., and will include all five eligible teams.



2017 WAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
T-1. Grand Canyon (3) 23
T-1. NM State (3) 23
T-3. CSU Bakersfield 13
T-3. Seattle U 13
5 UMKC 11
6 Utah Valley 7

2017 Softball Preseason All-WAC Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Paige Bouska Seattle U Sr. UT
Victoria Castro NM State So. OF
Julea Cavazos CSU Bakersfield Jr. OF
Kayla Green NM State So. P
Kelsey Horton NM State So. 1B
Kendra Leach UMKC Jr. OF
Bailey Moore Utah Valley Sr. P
Taylor Nowlin Grand Canyon Sr. P
Rachel Rodriguez NM State Jr. INF
Bri Sims UMKC So. INF
Shea Smith Grand Canyon So. SS
Brittney Vansway Utah Valley Sr. INF
Camree Wartman Grand Canyon Sr. 2B

Preseason Player of the Year: Kelsey Horton, NM State
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Nowlin, Grand Canyon  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Extends Win Streak To 18, Survives Road Test At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - Timely buckets from Ian Baker and Eli Chuha down the stretch late in the game lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Utah Valley, 74-69, Saturday night at the UCCU Center.

The win coupled with Oregon’s loss at Colorado, NM State now owns the nation’s second-longest active win-streak at 18.

The Aggies trailed early on to the Wolverines as UVU hit four of its first six attempts from 3-point range to take a 9-4 lead. New Mexico State then started to click offensively and took a 14-13 lead before Utah Valley responded with a 5-0 run.

It wasn’t until the ninth lead-change of the half before Utah Valley would fire off an 11-2 run the last 3:35 minutes to send the Aggies into the locker room trailing 38-31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Utah Valley; Moriah Mack Joins 1,000 Point Club

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball finished off the first half of their 2017 conference schedule against the Utah Valley Wolverines on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies played strong defense from start to finish, in a game fueled by over 100 young Aggie fans in attendance that were a part of the morning kid’s clinic hosted by the coaches and players.

After guiding the Aggies to their eighth straight win, head coach Mark Trakh commented on the game saying, “We spread the ball around well against the zone defense and came up with big shots to win today.”

The game opened up slow on the offensive end throughout the first half, as each team’s defense made scoring tough. In the first quarter, NM State forced 10 turnovers and Utah Valley forced six as each team shots under 35 percent from the field. After forcing four steals and adding three blocks, the quarter ended tied at seven.  Continue Reading This Post >>