NMSU Softball Picked As Preseason Favorites; Horton And Green Named Preseason Hitter And Pitcher Of The Year

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DENVER, CO - In a poll voted on by the Western Athletic Conference head coaches, New Mexico State softball was picked as the favorites to finish first in the league, the conference announced on Wednesday. Kelsey Horton was selected as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year while Kayla Green was named the Preseason Pitcher of the Year. Additionally, teammates Nikki Butler and Victoria Castro were named to the Preseason All-WAC Team.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pun Chanachai Named WAC Women's Golfer Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its first women’s golfer of the week honor for the spring season on Wednesday. After a win at the Mission Hills Invite, NM State golfer Pun Chanachai earned the WAC award.

The one-round tournament saw the junior capture the fifth individual title of her career, tying current LPGA golfer and former Aggie Alena Sharp for the most wins in school history.

Chanachai tied with Idaho’s Vicky Tsai for the individual championship and the pair were the only golfers to shoot under-par firing a 71 (-1) at the end of the 18-hole event. This was the second year in a row the Aggie golfer won the Mission Hills Invite after shooting a two-under, 70, as a sophomore in 2018.

Looking to carry on the momentum, the New Mexico State women’s golf squad now gets set for the Rebel/Beach Invitational at the Spanish Trail Country Club in Las Vegas, Nev. from Feb. 18-19.

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 63-61

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EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team needed late-game heroics once again and this time it came on the hands of Eli Chuha for the 63-61 victory on the road with less than 10 seconds to play on a long-pass from AJ Harris Saturday night at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.

New Mexico State (16-4, 5-1 WAC) didn’t get its engine running offensively in the first-half but luckily for the Aggies neither did UT Rio Grande Valley as both teams combined for 23 turnovers in the first 20 minutes of action.

The Vaqueros (10-12, 2-4 WAC) struck first with the first two buckets of the game thanks to a trio of turnovers by the Aggies before NM State took a 5-4 lead at the 15:29 media break. Other than a basket out of the break for the short 6-4 lead, NM State held the lead for a majority of the half before things went back-and-forth late in the frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UTRGV 71-63

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team won its 18th-straight Western Athletic Conference home game, 71-63, over UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday afternoon from the Pan American Center.

The Aggies established strong defense from the get-go, opening the game on a 12-0 run and not allowing UTRGV to score until the 3:52 mark in the first. NM State forced turnovers on the Vaqueros first five possessions. However, UT Rio Grande Valley made two three pointers and cut the NM State lead to 16-8 at the end of the first. New Mexico State forced 10 turnovers in the period.

The Vaqueros then further cut the Aggies’ lead to six after a pair of free throws to start the second quarter before Brooke Salas hit a jumper and Gia Pack made two threes and a lay in to extend the lead to 26-11 and force a Vaquero timeout with 7:11 in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Taniya Mitchell Named WAC Indoor Field Athlete Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State track and field’s Taniya Mitchell was named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. This is the first honor of the year for the senior.

Mitchell recorded a new personal record when she took home second place in the weight throw, posting a mark of 17.93m (58-10) at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiate Invitational over the weekend. The throw currently puts the senior atop the conference leaderboard and the throw also ranks third in the NM State record books. Mitchell also competed in the shot put at the meet, posting a throw of 11.03m (36-2.25).

The Aggies are back in action at the ABQ Convention Center when the squad competed at the New Mexico Collegiate Team Invitational on Saturday, January 26.

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley

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OREM, UT - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team came together in the second-half and outscored Utah Valley 50-39 for the 83-78 come from behind win Saturday night at the UCCU Center and snapped the UVU’s 22-game home win-streak in front of 4,521 fans – including a contingent of Aggie fans.

With both teams exchanging baskets to start the game, UVU continued its hot-streak from the floor out of the first media break and went on a 13-0 run for the 22-10 lead – which forced head coach Chris Jans to call a timeout with 12:41 left in the first half.

However, NM State (15-4, 4-1 WAC) didn’t back down and went on an 8-0 run of its own out of that timeout and brought it within 22-18 of the Wolverines with 10:21 on the clock after Terrell Brown scored four-straight points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Knocks Off Utah Valley 58-52

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team used outstanding defense and timely offense to move into first place in the Western Athletic Conference and win its 17th-consecutive WAC home game, 58-52, over Utah Valley at the Pan American Center on Saturday afternoon.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Dominates Seattle On The Road

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SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team had a great start to its road swing with a dominating 87-60 victory over Seattle U Thursday night at the Redhawk Center.

The Aggie offense was much more alive to start the game, getting off to a quick 6-2 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Clayton Henry and Terrell Brown.

With an 8-7 lead at the under-16 media break, JoJo Zamora scored six-straight before heading into the next media timeout with an 18-11 lead thanks to a 10-4 run led by the redshirt-senior. A three by Zamora out of the break followed by put-back from Eli Chuha forced the first of two timeouts by the Redhawks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Routs Seattle

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team used a strong second half to take care of Seattle U in Western Athletic Conference play 75-55 at the Pan American Center Thursday night.

The first quarter was back-and–forth with each side trading buckets. NM State (11-6, 3-1 WAC) took a 12-9 lead coming out of the media timeout with 4:57 on the clock thanks to 10 early points from Brooke Salas. However, the Redhawks (0-17, 0-4) got hot from three and the Aggies trailed 21-18 with 1:25 in the quarter after three-straight threes from Seattle U. New Mexico State got one more bucket before the end of the period but trailed 23-20 at the end of one.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nixon Takes Home Another NSMA Award

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WINSON-SALEM, N.C. - New Mexico State football and men’s basketball play-by-play broadcaster and US Bank/NM State Hall of Famer Jack Nixon took home the National Sports Media Association Sportscaster of the Year for the state of New Mexico for the second-straight year.

This is the fourth time Nixon has earned national sportscaster of the year recognition after earning the same accolade in 1980, 2013 and 2017.  Continue Reading This Post >>