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AggieVision :: NM State vs. Boise State Highlights

Danisha Corbett Unstoppable As Aggies Crush Broncos 87-71

Danisha CorbettAggie senior guard Danisha Corbett scored a career-best 31 points hitting seven three pointers and leading her team to an 87-71 pounding of Boise State on Thursday night. The entire Aggie senior class performed well as Madison Spence added 18 points and was a perfect 4-of-4 from three point distance while Jasmine Lowe recorded 11 assists to go along with 17 points. Lowe's 11 assists were the most by an Aggie since NM State Hall of Fame point guard Mari Sanchez-Galaz dished out 10 during the 2001 season.

The Aggies started the game on a 17-2 run fueled by three three pointers coming from Madison Spence, Danisha Corbett and Kaitlyn Soto as the Aggies hit six of their first eight shots from the field. Madison Spence would hit a three to put the Aggies up 20-5 with 12:47 left in the first half and would extend their lead to 17 points on another jumper by Madison Spence with 11:17 left in the half. The Broncos would chip away at the Aggie lead over the next five minutes as they would go on a 16-8 run to cut the Aggies' lead to single-digits at 32-23. Danisha Corbett would bury a three to put the Aggies back up by a dozen but the Broncos would get a bucket from Lauren Lenhardt with 4:57 left in the half to cut the Aggies' lead to eight at 35-27. The Broncos would trip the lead to seven points but a quick 5-0 run would give the Aggies an 12-point lead at 41-29 at halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/27/11

It's a big night for Aggie basketball as both the men and the women are in action. The men host Boise State while the women are at Boise State. The Aggie men sit 4-3 in conference play and because of tiebreaker rules, they are in 5th place in the league. The Aggies lost to Boise State earlier this season in Boise. The Aggie offense sputtered in the second half after a blistering first half that saw the Aggies shoot 69.6 percent and hit eight first half threes. The Aggies hit just nine buckets in the second half and struggled to a 37.5 percent shooting half. Despite that the Aggies still only lost by three points but it was a game that the Aggies let slip through their fingers.

These two teams have has some high-scoring classics over the past several seasons and if you love offense, this is the game for you. The winner of the past eight meetings has scored at least 80 points in each of the eight games and the average final score over those eight games is 92-85 with each team winning four games.

Three factors to watch for tonight, transition defense, the Aggies did a terrible job against Utah State in this area. Look for improvement tonight. Rebounding. The Aggies had a horrendous time grabbing rebounds last week and were out-rebounded by an astounding 28 boards, 13 against Nevada and 15 against Utah State. Free throw shooting. The Aggies had a rough go of it against USU hitting just 5-of-13 attempts. Much has been made of the Aggies' ability to get to the line this season as they lead the nation in free throw attempts, however, if you can't knock 'em down, it doesn't do you much good (other than getting the other team in foul trouble). Third, the Aggie offense sputtered in the second half against Nevada and was not particularly efficient against Utah State. The Aggies need to get their offensive woes figured out in a hurry.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court and streaming online on ESPN3.com. Radio coverage will be available on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio is available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team is in Boise to take on the Broncos. The Aggies are 3-2 in conference play and coming off a very solid win against Utah State this past Saturday. It's an opportunity for the Aggies to stay in the top half of the standings.

The Aggies have had mixed success in Boise while in the WAC. Last season the Aggies won 87-83 in overtime, the season before that they lost by 15, in 2007-08 they lost by one in overtime, the season before that they lost by 18 and the first season in the WAC they lost by 25 (but defeated BSU in the WAC tournament by one).

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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The Daily Aggie :: 01/26/11

The college softball Preseason Top 25 polls were released yesterday with a pair of WAC teams garnering votes. The Aggies did not receive votes but with a strong non-conference showing, they could earn a Top 25 ranking this season. The Aggies will have plenty of opportunity to showcase their senior-laden squad with games against Preseason Top 10 teams in Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Hawai'i as well two other teams who are receiving votes in the Preseason Top 25 in Fresno State and East Carolina.

This could be the season that the Aggies finally break through to the NCAA Regionals but much of that will depend on the stability and consistency in the circle. The Aggies will rely heavily on a pair of true sophomores in Carissa Theis and Alex Newman. Newman was a rock for the Aggies coming out of the bullpen last season as a true freshman. The Aggies also have a heralded freshman pitcher by the name of Celisha Walker who has already been thrown into the frying pan when she started against the NPF All-Stars last fall.

We'll have more in the next week or two on the Aggie softball program when we preview the 2011 team with Coach Rodolph.

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 01/25/11

Editorial Note:This week's interview was conducted through a teleconference with members of the media from the Las Cruces Sun-News and Albuquerque Journal. The questions asked by bleedCrimson.net are marked as such.

Jason Groves: Your thoughts on being 4-3? You're right there.
Marvin Menzies: Yeah, we're in the hunt. I wish we could have at least split this road trip. Obviously the first choice would have been to win both of them. We were playing pretty going into that, I knew Nevada was due for a good game just watching them. They played very well against us and we didn't play very well. Partly because of their defense, they did a good job. It's one of those games where you look at that one and then the Utah State environment is always tough to win in, we got off to a good start and then shot selection and in general our offense sputtered real bad. That took us out of having a chance to win that one because I thought we defended real well at Utah State. Everything's gotta be a perfect storm, everything's gotta come together to win at that place. They've got a phenomenal environment. You need to have experienced guys and then you need to play well too to win there. Overall now at 4-3, obviously we'd like to have a better record at this point and still say we're competing for a league championship but right now Utah State is in the driver's seat but there's nine games left and that's a lot of games. We've gotta hold serve here at home first. That's the biggest thing we can put our focus on right now is just taking care of business here against Boise and Idaho this weekend. If we can do that I'm sure next week sitting here we're feeling a little different and heading in the right direction.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kelly Conrad Earns WAC Swimmer Of The Week

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior swimmer Kelly Conrad was named the Verizon WAC Swimmer of the Week, for Jan. 17-23. This is the first time she has earned the award this season and third time in her career.

Conrad led NM State to a pair of road wins at Northern Colorado and Colorado State, Jan. 21-22. Her performances lifted the Aggies to victory over Northern Colorado. She swam the anchor leg of the winning 200-medley relay (48.14), and also claimed victory in the 50 free with a time of 24.69. Conrad went on to wrap up the 132-108 victory for the Aggies as the leadoff leg for the winning 200-free relay team (1:36.29).

Her two individual wins against Colorado State helped propel the Aggies to their first-ever victory over the Rams in 14 dual meets. Conrad claimed the top spot in the 100 free, recording a season-best time of 51.98 in the event, and in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.71. The Aggies won the meet, 156.5-143.5.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/25/11 :: WAC Members Intact For Now

The Mountain West Conference has opted against expanding their conference to 12 teams at least for the time being according to a statement issued on the Mountain West's website.

"Over the past two days, the Board of Directors has engaged in a very thorough discussion of several key topics pertinent to the future of the Mountain West Conference. This has included, but not been limited to, issues related to television, the Bowl Championship Series and membership. The Board feels strongly the membership configuration already established going forward creates outstanding prospects for future success. In addition, we are continuing with our strategic initiatives related to our television partnerships and the MWC's efforts to effect change in the BCS structure. The Board is excited about what is undoubtedly a bright future for the Conference."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Swimming and Diving Team On Its Way To No. 1

Written By: Lauren Cordova, For NM State Athletics

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -With the WAC Championship coming up in February, there is a lot of buzz going around that the New Mexico State swimming and diving team has a good chance at capturing its first title. The Aggies excelled in the 2010 season finishing second at the WAC Championships.

In 2008, NM State finished in fifth place with a score of 460.5 points. The Aggies scored in the diving events for the first time in program history with diver Mariesa Cloud setting a school record on the platform. The relay teams also posted three school records. In 2009, the Aggies set a school record with the highest score at the WAC Championship, with the total of 572 points while placing third. There were also 17 school records that were broken.

“I feel that we are going to finish the best that we ever have finished. I think we are going to win,” senior Alannah Lawrence said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/25/11

Will today be the day that the Mountain West finally delivers the coup de grâce to the WAC? Word leaked out early yesterday afternoon that the Mountain West Conference was about to make an offer to Utah State (for the second time in the past eight months) and much like Colorado and the Pac 10, they don't intend on turning it down. According to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, Comcast is driving the inclusion of Utah State in the latest (and perhaps final) round of MWC expansion as they hope to keep a foothold in the Utah market (namely Salt Lake City). The surprise to many however is the potential inclusion of San Jose State as the 12th MWC team. Keep in mind that this has everything to do with television money and less to do with AQ status in the BCS. San Jose is the sixth largest television market in the country and Comcast is a major player in the cable market there. Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News was the first in the media to report the possibility of an SJSU defection to the MWC last week.

The MWC wraps up their meetings today and there could be an announcement today or there could be no announcement. The two teams, Utah State and SJSU, have until July 1st to announce their intentions to withdraw from the WAC in order to join the MWC for the start of the 2012 season.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens but in any event, things do not look good for the WAC. Should USU and SJSU indeed depart the WAC, it would leave the conference with just five football playing schools and six total schools. Recently passed legislation did away with the continuity clause instead replacing it with a minimum of seven schools to retain autobids. The WAC should have no problems finding non-footballs schools to fill the void (Utah Valley and Seattle are two schools that have been mentioned), the problem is what will the WAC be able to do about adding football programs.

Should this happen, the greatest concern could be more poaching of WAC teams, but not from the MWC, from the Sun Belt. We were enlightened to the thought by a very smart friend of ours and it makes sense. The Sun Belt currently has nine football teams with South Alabama joining the ranks of FBS soon to make ten.

If you're SBC Commissioner Wright Waters, you're making a call to the Presidents of Texas-San Antonio and Texas State to gauge their interest in joining the Sun Belt, which at this point is now a much more stable league than the WAC is (hold on, we're shaking our head in disbelief at that last statement).

Adding those two schools would bring them to 12 teams and the SBC could then split into an East/West configuration with UNT, UTSA, Texas State, UL-Monroe, UL-Lafayette and Arkansas State in the West and Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Troy, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky in an Eastern Division. It's scares us how well this fits together and it should scare Karl Benson, Aggie, Vandals and LA Tech fans even more (can you imagine the former Sun Belt trio getting left out of a "new and improved" Sun Belt) and before you laugh and close the browser at that last statement, the Sun Belt had three bowl teams this year and went 2-1 in those bowl games. The WAC had just one more bowl team than the Sun Belt did and went 2-2 in bowl games. Just food for thought.

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