Aggies Defeat Hawai'i 71-59, Advance To WAC Quarterfinals

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The New Mexico State women's basketball team notched their first conference tournament victory since the 2008 WAC Tournament by defeating 7-seed Hawai'i 71-59 on Wednesday night to advance to the quarterfinals round on the tournament. The Aggies got a game-high 20 points from Jasmine Lowe and 18 from Tabytha Wampler as the Aggies erased a nine point deficit midway through the first half. The Aggies used a 20-4 run over a six minute period spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half to seize control of the game.

The Aggies struggled from the field early as they hit just three of their first 17 shots from the field as the Wahine built a nine point advantage with 9:30 left in the first half. The Aggies would get a three point play from Tabytha Wampler to spark their offense which initiated an 12-2 run giving the Aggies their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 4:55 left in the half. The Wahine would answer with five straight points to take a 26-21 lead with 2:09 remaining in the half but the Aggies would get a pair of free throws from Erica Sanchez and back-to-back buckets from Jasmine Lowe to take a 27-26 lead into the break as Tabytha Wampler and Kaitlyn Soto led the Aggies combining for 17 of the Aggies' 26 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Defeat UTEP 1-0, Sweep Season Series

The New Mexico State softball team notched a 1-0 victory over I-10 rival UTEP on Wednesday night behind a sterling performance from Alex Newman who picked up her 11th victory of the season. Newman went the distance allowing just four hits while striking out six batters and walking just one. With the victory the Aggies improve to 18-5.

The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Vanessa Valles belted a solo home run breaking the scoreless tie.

The Aggies would strand Kyle Randall on third base in the bottom of the first, stranded Vanessa Valles at second in the second, then stranded a pair of runners in the fifth. The Aggies would get back-to-back singles in the top of the sixth inning but Valles would line out into a double play and Tehani Kaaihue would ground out to end the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Troy Gillenwater Earns NABC All-District Honors

LAS VEGAS, NV - New Mexico State junior forward Troy Gillenwater was named to the first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Six Team, the organization announced.

He leads the Aggies with a team-high 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. This is Gillenwater first career all-district honor, and the fifth consecutive season an Aggie has garnered the award.

Gillenwater guides the Aggies into the 2011 WAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. NM State has a first round bye and plays the winner of the No. 6 seed Nevada-No. 7 seed Fresno State game, Thursday, March 10 at 3:30 p.m. (MT) on ESPNU.

The Daily Aggie :: 03/09/11

The Aggie baseball team beat the Lobos last night 9-4 and in doing so notched the first season sweep over UNM since the 1995 season (we apologize for the '2001' misinformation last night, we somehow missed one of the UNM games in the media guide). The Aggies improve to 11-2 on the season and now head to out Corvallis, Ore. to take on VMI and former two-time national champion Oregon State. The Aggies will face each team twice this weekend.

The Aggie softball team is back in action today as they take on I-10 rival UTEP. The Aggies pulled off a come-from-behind victory over the Miners a couple weekends ago at UTEP's tournament as the rally started courtesy of the bat of freshman Valerie Swedberg who knocked a two-run blast over the fence to cut the Aggies' deficit to 6-5. They would go on to score three more times in the inning and held on for the 8-6 win.

The Aggies are off to a hot start at 17-5 overall with three of their five losses coming against Top 10 teams.

Alex Newman has emerged as the Aggies' ace with a 10-1 record. The Aggies have played very well with Newman in the circle.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) start. Streaming video will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team kicks off the WAC tournament tonight at 8:30 p.m (MT) as they take on 7-seed Hawai'i. This will be the rubber match between the two teams as they split the regular season series, each winning on the other's home court.

The Aggies match up well with the Wahine and if the Aggies' trio of senior guards, Madison Spence, Danisha Corbett and Jasmine Lowe play like they did on Saturday against Boise State, there is not a team in the tournament that they cannot beat.

Tonight's game will also feature two of the members of the WAC's All-Freshman team as UH forward Kamilah Jackson and Aggie guard Jasmine Rutledge. The two are the top two freshman rebounders in the league.

The Aggies will of course once again need to keep Jackson and UH sharpshooter Megan Tinnin under control. The Aggies did a great job on Tinnin in the first meeting, getting her into early foul trouble and she never found her rhythm. Jackson had 12 points and 9 boards in the first meeting and 10 points and 14 rebounds in the second meeting. Tinnin had 14 points in the second meeting and hit UH's only two three point baskets. The Aggies also need to keep Keisha Kanekoa off the free throw line. Kanekoa went 5-of-6 in both games against the Aggies this year as she scored 17 and 11.

The Aggie women are hoping to make another run to the championship game this year and their path is favorable with Hawai'i tonight, Utah State looming in the quarterfinals and then a possible rematch with Fresno State in the semis.

The Aggies have the athletes to compete for a title and with some continued stellar defense and hot shooting they can certainly make it back to the title game this year.

Tonight's game is scheduled for an 8:30 p.m. (MT) tipoff and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces.

The WAC is also streaming live video from select games at this year's tournament on WAC.tv (for a fee of course).

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NM State vs. New Mexico Game Photos

NM State vs. New Mexico Game Photos

Aggies Defeat UNM 9-4, Sweep Season Series

The New Mexico State baseball team swept the season series with in-state rival New Mexico for the first time since 2001 winning 9-4 on Tuesday night at Presley Askew Field.

The Aggies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Ryan Aguayo singled to lead off the inning. Bryan Karraker was hit by a pitch and Andy Lyon doubled down the left field bringing in Aguayo. Karraker would advance to third on the hit putting runners at first and third with nobody out. Kurt Snowley would ground out to the third baseman for the first out but Chuck Howard would walk to load the bases however Zach Voight would strike out and Chace Perkins would fly out to end the inning.

The Aggies would extend their lead in the bottom of the fourth as they would load the bases with one out and Zach Voight would triple to bring home Andy Lyon, Kurt Snowley and Chuck Howard to give the Aggies a 4-0 lead.

Starter Dan Reid would cruise through the first five innings facing just 19 batters and allowing just three hits.  Continue Reading This Post >>