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Madison Spence Earns 2nd Team All-WAC, Jasmine Rutledge Earns Freshman All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Two New Mexico State women's basketball players earned 2010-11 All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors following a vote of the league's head coaches last weekend.

Aggie senior guard Madison Spence received All-WAC Second Team recognition while guard Jasmine Rutledge earned All-WAC Freshman Team honors.

The awards mark the fifth season in a row that the Aggies have placed a player on an All-WAC squad at the end of the season. Rutledge's selection is fourth straight season an NM State rookie has been named to the conference freshman squad.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Ward Interview :: 03/07/11 :: Part One

bleedCrimson.net: Parker Hipp was named the WAC Hitter of the Week after his play this past weekend down in Beaumont which included a grand slam against San Francisco and now has four home runs through the first three weekends
Rocky Ward: Yeah, leading the team. I didn't know he would do that. Last year to hit a home run he had to really get into. He got the bat cleared in Sacramento and got a home run out of it, it was a big blow in that series. But he just couldn't quite replicate it. He's starting to get comfortable with pitch selection. He still hits the ball the other way a lot as he did last year. You kind of develop the basis of what you have to do. As a left-handed hitter you have to be able to hit the ball the other way, you have to be able to when you can because every time a right-handed pitcher leaves a breaking ball out over the plate you have a chance to double with it on the pull side. He's kind of at the point now where he's got enough power to hit the breaking ball out. One of the four home runs he's hit was on the breaking ball. He'd gotten called out on strikes twice before that before he looked for it and hit it out. The other three have been fastballs that he's looked for and located and gotten the barrel through. He's become more hitter-ish. He was a good defender last year, a plus type defender. He's just starting to look like a hitter. He's always thought the game pretty well he just hasn't always been able to execute it physically. He's a full package now. He was a key to the weekend because we didn't swing the bats very well at all. Karraker and Aguayo who we'd been riding the first two weeks both had two or three hits between them, they really had bad weekends. Parker figured big-time into both of the wins.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hoku Nohara Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State softball senior infielder Hoku Nohara earned Hitter of the Week honors from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for her performance last weekend at Arizona State's Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, the league office announced Monday.

The honor is the first of the year for Nohara and fourth career accolade from the WAC. It marks the second conference recognition of the young season for the Aggies, following sophomore Alex Newman's WAC Pitcher of the Week distinction last week.

A senior from Waimanalo, Hawai'i, Nohara blasted six home runs in five games last weekend. The cleanup hitter swatted a home run in four of five contests and belted two homers in each of the Aggies' final two games.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Parker Hipp Named WAC Hitter Of The Week For Second Time This Season

DENVER, CO - Sophomore Parker Hipp has been selected as the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the second time this season by the WAC office for his play during the week of Feb. 28-March 6. He was also selected as WAC Hitter of the Week on February 21.

Hipp continues to stay hot at the plate as he hit .571 (8-of-14) and struck out only once in four-games during the YMBL/Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas. Hipp tallied a double, a grand-slam and nine RBI to go along with three walks and two runs scored.

"Our offense struggled a bit this past week in Beaumont but Parker continued to see the ball well and come up with big hits at the right time," head coach Rock Ward said. "Fans have a chance to see Parker and the rest of the team tomorrow when we play UNM."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 03/07/11

It's tournament week for the men's and women's basketball teams as the Aggies head to Las Vegas with hopes of returning with a WAC title.

The All-Conference selections on the men's side were announced yesterday and Troy Gillenwater was named to the WAC's First Team. We're a little surprised that no other Aggies were honored, namely Hernst Laroche who is averaging a league-best 5.1 assists per game and is 4th in the league in steals averaging 1.7 per game and Hernst is an ironman averaging 36.1 points per game, 4th highest in the league. Also not receiving any recognition but very deserving of recognition is Tyrone Watson. He may not be a stat-sheet guy but there is no doubt that he has an impact on nearly every game with his hustle plays. H's 10th in the league in offensive rebounds per game (averaging 2.0) and 4.9 rebounds per game overall and averages 7.4 points per game. Obviously every team has one of these type of players but we can think of numerous times this season when Watson's hustle kept the Aggies in the game.

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Troy Gillenwater Named First Team All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State junior forward Troy Gillenwater garnered first team All-WAC honors as voted on by the nine league coaches. This is Gillenwater’s first career All-WAC selection. This is the fifth consecutive season the Aggies have had a first team all-conference honoree.  
Gillenwater leads the Aggies with 19.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. In conference games, he averaged 20.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He has 12 games over 20 points this year and 15 in his career.
“I’m very happy for Troy,” head coach Marvin Menzies said. “He earned first team honors for his consistent play. His ability to score night in and night out helped us finish in the upper echelon of the conference”
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The Daily Aggie :: 03/06/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams picked up big time Senior Day wins yesterday. The Aggie women played outstandingly and thumped Boise State 82-51. It was a complete offensive and defensive performance for the women and should provide them with some good momentum heading into the WAC tournament this week. They will face off with 7-seed Hawai'i on Wednesday night. This is a good matchup for the Aggies because they should be extra motivated after losing to Hawai'i in the Pan Am a couple weeks ago.

Danisha Corbett, Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe set the Pan Am on fire in their final games as Corbett finished with 21, Madison finished with 18 and Lowe had 14.

Those three need to continue to play well for the Aggies to make a deep run in the tournament, something that they are more than capable of doing especially if they play defense as well as they did both last night and a week ago against Nevada. The good news for the Aggies is that they are on the opposite side of the bracket from Idaho, the one team in the WAC that they just can't quite figure out. Winning the conference tournament isn't always about having to beat the best teams in the tournament, it's (although sometimes your path is blocked by them), more often than not it's about playing and beating teams that you match up well with. The Aggies match up well with Hawai'i, they match up fairly well with Utah State also. USU will be their quarterfinal matchup on Thursday if they're able to take care of business against Hawai'i.

The Aggie men sent out one senior Gordo Castillo with a bang as they came back to defeat Nevada in a back and forth game. The Aggies looked ready to seize control of the game on two or three different occasions and finally did so when Gordo sparked the final run for the Aggies hitting a three to bring the Aggies to within one at 52-51. The Aggies would regain the lead shortly thereafter and not trail the rest of the way. Gordo also picked Senior Night to pick up his first double-double of his career finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Aggies played perhaps the best they've played since defeating Pacific all the way back at the end of the non-conference schedule. The Aggies were outstanding on the boards out-rebounding Nevada 35-25. For once it was the Aggies who were grabbing all the offensive rebounds and getting the second chance opportunities.

The Aggie defense also played better for longer stretches than they have all season. Both are good signs for the team as they head into the conference tournament.

The Aggies earned the 3-seed with their win and can now sit and wait their quarterfinal opponent, either Nevada or Fresno State. The Aggies play at 3:30 p.m. (MT) on Thursday and the game will be televised on ESPNU (we're predicting a lot of Las Crucens will be heading home after lunch on Thursday!).

The Aggie baseball team is now 10-2 on the season after splitting a pair of games yesterday. The Aggies defeated San Francisco 7-6 but fell in the second game 12-6 to tournament host Lamar.

Aggie sophomore Parker Hipp continues to hit the cover off the baseball as he went 3-for-5 yesterday with a grand slam against San Francisco. He went 0-for-2 against Lamar but did have two RBIs.

The Aggies return home to face UNM on Tuesday as they go for the season sweep over the Lobos.

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NM State vs. Nevada Game Photos

NM State vs. Nevada Game Photos

Aggies Lock Up 3-seed And First Round Bye With 77-68 Victory Over Nevada

The New Mexico State men's basketball team earned a 77-68 victory over Nevada on Senior Night on Saturday and with it earned the 3-seed and a first round bye in next week's WAC tournament where they'll face the winner of the 6 vs. 7 matchup.

The Aggies held Nevada to just 42.9 percent shooting while hitting 54 percent from the floor (27-of-50) and 58.3 percent from three point distance (7-of-12). The Aggies' lone senior, Gordo Castillo, played 38 minutes and scored 15 points hitting four threes including a critical three pointer in the second half with his team trailing 62-58 with 8:58 left in the game. The three pointer from Castillo would spur the Aggies to a 7-0 run giving them a 65-62 lead and they would not trail again in the game.

The Aggies jumped out to a 17-10 lead with 12:17 left in the first half but the Wolf Pack would cut the lead to just two after a three pointer from Deonte Burton with 8:52 left in the half. The Aggies would go on a 8-0 run to extend their lead to 10 at 27-17. The Aggies would maintain a 10 point advantage up 33-23 with 4:33 left as Troy Gillenwater hit a jumper but the Wolf Pack would go on a 9-0 run to take a 34-33 lead with 1:55 left in the half. The Aggies would get a jumper from Troy Gillenwater to regain the lead 35-34 but the Pack would get a pair of free throws from Deonte Burton to take a 36-35 lead into the halftime break.

The Pack would score the first basket up the second half to extend their lead to 38-35 but Gordo Castillo would bury a three to tie the game at 38 just a minute into the second half. The Aggies would extend their lead to five at 44-39 after a pair of free throws from Tshilidzi Nephawe and would maintain their five point lead at 47-42 after a layup from Troy Gillenwater.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Boise State Game Photos

NM State vs. Boise State Game Photos