NMSU Men's Basketball Pull Away Late At Seattle For 71-56 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a tough shooting night, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team found a way to click offensively in the second-half and grinded out a 71-56 win over Seattle U in Key Arena for its 17th-consecutive victory.

The 17 wins remain tied with Oregon for the nation’s second-longest active win-streak and trails just Gonzaga (21).

“Seattle does a really good job in their zone and they really make you think that there’s some things there and then they’re not there,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said.

Both teams struggled offensively to start there game, going 1-for-6 from the floor at the 15:29 media timeout with NM State (19-2, 6-0 WAC) leading the home team 5-2.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Seattle In Battle For First Place In WAC

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball squared off with the Seattle U. Redhawks on Thursday night at the Pan American Center. Each team entered undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play and held unblemished records in 2017, but after a hectic 45 minutes of play, NM State left on top, 73-69.

NM State opened up winning the tip and scoring the first basket, as the team led 10-5 over the first four minutes. However, Seattle U battled back behind 11 points from their season leading scorer, Alexis Montgomery (16.2 PPG). Strong play in the paint and a perfect six-for-six from the free-throw line allowed the Redhawks to end the first quarter ahead of the Aggies, 21-18.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rebecca Keijzerwaard Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

New Mexico State’s Rebecca Keijzerwaard has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for January 16-22.

Keijzerwaard, a freshman from Oudenhoorn, Netherlands went undefeted against UNLV and Weber State. She won both flight 3 singles matches, beating her opponent from Weber State (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) and was beating her opponent from UNLV when the match was stopped. She also teamed up with Vanessa Valdez, winning their doubles match against Weber State (7-6) and beating UNLV at the time the match was stopped.

Aggies Sweep Weekly WAC Track And Field Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Katara Nelson and Keyarha Wilson have been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 16-22.

Nelson, a senior from Arlington, T.X., ran a 25.04 in the 200m at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. She finished 14th of 54 in the 200m and her time is the best in the WAC this season.

Wilson, a freshman from Las Cruces, N.M., was the top DI finisher in the high jump at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. She finished third of 14, clearing a height of 1.70m, the best in the WAC this season.

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UMKC 94-71

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team steamrolled UMKC 94-71 Saturday night for its 16th-consecutive win and tied for the third-longest active NCAA win-streak. NM State also won its 22nd-straight win at the Pan American Center in front 9,893 fans for its Pack the Pan Am promotion.

“It was awesome, obviously, for our players and for our program to get that many people,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said. “There wasn’t a lot of sit of the edge of your seat moments. But, to have that volume of people here is terrific. Hopefully the people that came for the first time or haven’t seen us play enjoyed what they saw and will hopefully come back again. Hopefully it’s a sign for greater growth in the future.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UMKC 60-43, Sweeps Season Series

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KANSAS CITY, MO - Saturday afternoon saw the New Mexico State Aggies women’s basketball team square off against the Western Athletic Conference opponent UMKC Roos, at the Swinney Recreation Center located in Kansas City, Mo.

The two teams previously faced off on Jan. 5 as the Aggies bested the Roos at home, 78-72. The game on Saturday saw much of the same as NM State swept the season series against UMKC with the win, 60-43.

NM State came out strong, beginning with a 6-0 run to start the game. After the run, the teams began to trade baskets as the Aggies Brooke Salas led the way with 11 points. At the end of the first quarter, NM State led UMKC, 17-14. The lead was built off of strong play in the paint as they outscored the opposition, 10-4.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Uses Late Rally To Down CSU Bakersfield 63-58

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Down 50-44 with 6:36 left to play, the New Mexico State men's basketball team went on a 19-8 run to close out the game and dealt CSU Bakersfield, the defending Western Athletic Conference champions, its first loss in league play Saturday night in the Pan American Center with a 63-58 victory.

The win, fueled by a rambunctious Aggie (17-2, 4-0 WAC) crowd, pushed the NM State win-streak now to 15 games and only trails Gonzaga (17) and Kansas (16). It was also NM State's 21st-consecutive victory in the Pan Am Center and its 37th-straight win at home in conference action.

Both teams struggled from the floor early on as the Aggies and 'Runners exchanged leads six times, including one on a thunderous jam from Matt Taylor that gave NM State a 13-12 lead before CSUB went on an 8-1 run to take the 24-17 lead with 2:48 left to play in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield 64-55

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - On Saturday afternoon, New Mexico State Aggies women’s basketball squared off with conference foe CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners at the Icardo Center in Bakersfield, Calif. A close game from start to finish saw NM State move to 4-0 in WAC play as they defeated the Roadrunners, 64-55.

The first quarter of the game opened as the Roadrunners won the opening tip and the first 10 minutes of the game featured back and forth play. Each team traded baskets, but the Roadrunners got into foul trouble early and had to rely on their bench to end a 6-0 run by the Aggies. After Moriah Mack ended scoring for the Aggies with a three-pointer, the first quarter came to a close as NM State led Bakersfield, 13-11.  Continue Reading This Post >>

California Baptist University To Join Western Athletic Conference In 2018-19

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RIVERSIDE, CA - California Baptist University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2018, CBU and WAC officials announced today at a joint news conference. The invitation is contingent upon CBU completing the reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. The Lancers will begin WAC regular season competition during the 2018-19 school year.

“Several factors make California Baptist University a great fit for the WAC,” Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. “Commitment to quality academics and athletics programs, along the extraordinary vision provided by President Ellis, are at the top of the list. There is no doubt that CBU will make a smooth transition to Division I and to the WAC.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeat GCU 81-69, Notches Program's 600th Win In Pan American Center

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With six players in double-figures led by Jemerrio Jones, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team strolled past Grand Canyon, 81-69, Thursday night in front of a raucous crowd for the Pan American Center’s 600th victory.

The win now ties this year’s squad with the 1993-94 (16-1) team for the best start to a season. It was also NM State’s 14th-consecutive win this season and now chases the 1968-69 team that won 16-straight.

Both teams were evenly matched early on with both squads tied at nine heading into the first media timeout. However, a 15-4 run by the Aggies that included a 10-0 spurt that force GCU (10-7, 1-1 WAC) head coach Dan Majerle to call a timeout with New Mexico State leading 24-13.

The Aggies then tacked on another 18 points to take a 38-25 lead into the locker room behind 27 points from the NM State starters.  Continue Reading This Post >>