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Aggies Survive In Ruston, 50-49

The New Mexico State men's basketball team picked up their first road victory since January 29th by defeating Louisiana Tech 50-49 on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies improved to 8-4 in WAC play and remain in second place in conference. Hamidu Rahman led the Aggies with 14 points and grabbed three rebounds as the Aggies played without starting forward Troy Gillenwater who sat out after injuring his ankle against Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

Kenyon McNeaill scored a game-high 17 points hitting three three pointers including a three 36 seconds left that gave the Bulldogs a one point lead at the time. The Aggies' Hernst Laroche would get fouled with 12.2 second left and hit both free throws to give the Aggies a 50-49 lead. The defense would knock the ball out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left keeping possession with Louisiana Tech and DeAndre Brown would be forced into a tough leaning three point shot that hit the front of the rim and bounced back giving the Aggies the 50-49 win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Equestrian Western Team Knocks Off No. 4 Oklahoma State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State Equestrian team defeated Oklahoma State, Saturday afternoon at the NM State Equestrian Center, 6-4. This was a Western only competition. The Aggies took the Horsemanship event and the Reining event, 3-2.

“I thought the ladies rode with confidence and purpose today,” assistant coach, Robin Morris said. “We stepped up as a team a rode the way we needed too. I think Christina (Keyes) really benefited from the experience she gained last semester and it showed today. I expected a lot of good things out of her this spring. Chelsea (Campbell) is a very unique rider in the fact that she can ride in both Horsemanship and Reining and excel in each discipline. I thought she had a tremendous day for us and I look forward to watching her this spring.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/12/11

There's a lot going on this weekend but we start up in Albuquerque for a pair of items. The Aggie women's tennis team knocked off the Lobos 4-3 to notch just their third victory in Albuquerque and their first since 2001. It's the second straight season the Aggies have defeated UNM after losing seven in a row from 2003 to 2009. Wins by the Aggies have been few and far between in the 29 year history of the series. The Aggies have won just five times, 1985, 2001, 2002, 2010 and now 2011.

Also in Albuquerque tonight, Aggie head football coach DeWayne Walker will be meeting with alumni to talk about the 2011 recruiting class. If you're in the Albuquerque area, stop by from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the offices of Albuquerque the Magazine (1550 Mercantile Ave. NE, Top Floor). Admission is free.

The Aggie softball team picked up a pair of victories last night to open the 2011 season. The Aggies defeated Northern Colorado 7-3 and then run-ruled Colorado State 13-5 in five innings. The Aggies' first home run of the season came off the bat of Hoku Nohara, the first of many home runs to come this season.

The Aggies got outstanding performances yesterday from Kandis Jones (4-for-6, six RBIs, two walks and two runs scored) and freshman Valerie Swedberg (2-for-3 including a bases clearing triple, two walks, a run scored and four RBIs).

In the circle, the two Alex's, Alex Newman and Alex Villalobos, pitched well for the Aggies. Newman, a sophomore and the Aggies' most consistent pitcher last season, threw 4.0 innings of shutout ball. Alex Villalobos, a senior transfer who came in from Texas A&M last season but saw limited action, threw 3.1 innings of shutout ball in relief of Carissa Theis.

As is the case every season, the Aggie offense will score runs but it will be the pitching that determines just how far this Aggie team can go this season (i.e. an NCAA Regional birth for the first time in program history).

The Aggies return to action today as they take on Northern Colorado at 12:30 p.m. (MT) and Minnesota immediately following the conclusion of that game, roughly 3:00 p.m. (MT).

The Aggie men's basketball team is back in action today as well as they're in Ruston to take on Louisiana Tech for the second time in less than a week (thanks to some quirky scheduling, though this seems to be a regular occurrence in the WAC).

The Aggies defeated LA Tech 75-57 in Las Cruces but the Aggies may be without the services of Troy Gillenwater this afternoon. His play will be a game time decision according to head coach Marvin Menzies. Gillenwater sprained his ankle late against the Bulldogs and did not return to the game. Hamidu Rahman (teeth) and Gordo Castillo (ankle) should both be in the lineup and playing this afternoon.

The Aggies need to once again contain LA Tech's Olu Ashaolu. The Aggies did a good job of limiting him to just 10 points and seven rebounds on Monday and as we've noted, Ashaolu is capable of putting up some huge numbers. He had 26 points and 17 rebounds against Nevada and 24 points and 18 rebounds against Idaho just a couple weeks ago and has had 14 double-digit rebounding performances this season. Ashaolu is averaging 14.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season.

The Aggies also need to figure out a way to contain DeAndre Brown. He scored 18 points against the Aggies and is capable of lighting it up with games of 31, 26, 24, 24 and 23 this season.

Today's game is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. (MT) start time and can be seen on AggieVision and Altitude Alternate (DirecTV 682). The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie equestrian Western team is hosting No. 4 Oklahoma State today as well. The Aggie Western team is 3-1 on the season while Oklahoma State is 6-1 on the season.

The Aggie baseball team is also in action for the first time this season as they host the alumni at 2:05 p.m. at Presley Askew Field.

The Aggie women's basketball team begins a stretch of four home games and an overall stretch of six games in the next two weeks. The Aggies host league leader Louisiana Tech tonight (also for the second time in less than a week thanks to the WAC's scheduling quirks). The Aggies lost 85-63 to the Lady Techsters on Monday. Jasmine Lowe and Madison Spence each had good games as did true freshman Jasmine Rutledge, however, the Aggies didn't get the help they needed from Danisha Corbett and Tabytha Wampler was in foul trouble the entire game.

The Aggies will need to somehow find a way to contain LA Tech's All-American candidate Adrienne Johnson who is averaging a ridiculous 22.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in conference play.

The keys to this game will be the same as the keys to their first meeting. The Aggies must compete on the boards, get to the foul line and they've got to hit threes. The Aggies hit just two three pointers against the Lady Techsters on Monday night while LA Tech converted seven. That's a 15 point differential in a game that was a 22 point final margin of victory.

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

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Aggie Women's Tennis Defeats UNM For Second Consecutive Year

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The women's tennis team of New Mexico State University defeated the University of New Mexico in a tight 4-3 victory to give the Aggies their first win against their rival in Albuquerque, N.M., in years.

The Aggies won two of the three doubles matches to win the doubles point, which would prove to be vital to the Aggies' success. Junior Manon Sylvain and sophomore Jodie Williams defeated Nikolina Grbac and Michaela Bezdickova 8-5 in the second doubles match. Natalia Salum and Ros-Polly Nguyen defeated Michaela Oldani and Laura Richardson 8-1 in the third doubles match.

NM State relied on the bottom half of the order for the singles wins against UNM.

Salum defeated Kristen Eggleson 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, in the No. 4 match, Williams defeated Richardson 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, in the No. 5 match and Nguyen defeated Oldani 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 6 match.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Northern Colorado Game Photos

NM State vs. Northern Colorado Game Photos

Aggie Softball Opens 2011 With A Pair Of Victories

Tiare JenningsThe New Mexico State softball team opened the 2011 season with a pair of victories in the Hotel Encanto Invitational as they defeated Northern Colorado 7-3 and run-ruled Colorado State 13-5 in five innings.

GAME ONE: NM State 7, Northern Colorado 3
Sophomore Alex Newman got the nod in the circle in the season's first game and Newman shut out the Bears for four innings while senior first baseman Hoku Nohara provided the season's first home run, a two-run blast, in the bottom of the third capitalizing on a Tiare Jennings walk.

The Aggies would add three more runs in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore shortstop Teresa Conrad drew a leadoff walk. The Aggies would load the bases after sophomore outfielder Amber Olive reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and senior second baseman Kylie Randall reached on a fielder's choice. Fellow senior Kandis Jones would get a bases clearing triple to put the Aggies up 5-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Pitcher Dan Reid Looks To Improve On Strong Junior Season

Written By: Kyle Purcell, For NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After having a successful junior campaign in 2010 for the New Mexico State Baseball team, senior right-hand pitcher Dan Reid still thinks that there is room for improvement.

Last season Reid tied the team-high for wins with a 6-3 record in 14 starts. He also led the team in innings pitched with 73 1/3. He also finished the season with a 6.38 ERA and 50 K's. Reid showed great command throughout the season with only 13 walks and four wild pitches.

"On a scale of 1-to-10 I would rate last season as a six," Reid said. I was good with some things, bad with others."

Against Sacramento State, Reid pitched a season-high seven complete innings and only gave up two runs that game in route to a 4-2 Aggie win. In game two of a double header against Hawaii, Reid pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up only one run.   Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/11/11

Aggie softball season kicks off this afternoon at the NM State Softball Complex as the Aggies host Northern Colorado at 4:00 p.m. (MT) and then Colorado State following the conclusion of the UNC game. The Aggies have high hopes for this season with seven seniors on the roster including Kandis Jones, Kylie Randall, Hoku Nohara and Ashley Maroda who have all been fixtures in the starting lineup all four years that they've been in Las Cruces. The quartet has helped lead the Aggies in becoming one of the premiere offenses in the country including leading the country in batting average in the 2009 season.

The goal for the Aggies? Simple. Postseason Play. This season the Aggies were picked to finish fourth behind the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine, Fresno State Bulldogs and Boise State Broncos (a program that is in just its third season of existence, those Bronco programs sure do know how to rise to the top of the league don't they?)

The key this season, as it is every season, is pitching. We all know the Aggies will score and score often. The question is can the Aggies keep the other team from scoring and scoring often? Last season the Aggies scored 321 runs. However, their opponents scored 291 runs.

The starting pitching staff will revolve mainly around three young pitchers in Carissa Theis, Alex Newman and freshman Celisha Walker. Theis and Newman are just sophomores but they gained a ton of valuable experience last season as true freshmen. Theis went 8-10 with a 5.64 ERA in 31 appearances getting 24 starts. We expect her numbers to be markedly better this season, perhaps even finishing with a sub 3.00 ERA. Newman was 1-0 with a 2.44 ERA and proved to be a great stopper for the Aggies coming out of the bullpen, however, she'll need to transition into a starting role for the Aggies this season. Walker, as we mentioned earlier, is a true freshman but you can figure out just how much the coaching staff believes in this youngster because they gave her the start against the National Fastpitch All-Star team. Walker had been on campus just a couple weeks and was thrown right into the fire. We guarantee that she won't see a more potent lineup than she saw that night back in early October.

In addition to the group of seniors, the Aggies welcome three freshmen, including in-state product Valerie Swedberg who is the state's all-time home run leader, breaking the mark held by former Aggie Angie Ortega. The freshmen are joined by super sophomores Amber Olive, Theresa Conrad and Tehani Kaaihue. Joining the underclassmen is junior Tiare Jennings who has put together a pair of outstanding seasons in her first two years in Las Cruces.

Today's opponents, Northern Colorado and Colorado State are no strangers to Las Cruces as both teams have participated in the Aggies' early season tournaments before. The Bears were here last season and pulled a shocker upsetting the Aggies 11-10 in extra innings, a game in which the Aggies jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning but gave up seven runs in the top of the second (something that would become a bit of a theme for the season, big leads, big collapses). The Aggies did rebound to defeat Northern Colorado 21-3 in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Aggies defeated Colorado State 10-0 in their only meeting last season.

UNC is 0-2 on the young season after falling 12-1 and 6-2 to UTEP. The Bears were picked to finish 2nd in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division. Colorado State was picked to finish 4th in the Mountain West and has a whopping 10 freshmen on the roster this season.

Both Northern Colorado and Colorado State are under the direction of first year head coaches.

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Spence Interview :: 02/10/11

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the game at Louisiana Tech and the performance of freshman Jasmine Rutledge, 10 points and six rebounds going up against All-American Adrienne Johnson?
Darin Spence: Well we found out that LA Tech is back. I don't know if they ever went away. I'm sure some people did a couple years ago, thought they'd fallen off the planet, but they're good. They're really good. They're physical, they've got good talent, they've got great experience they're an older team, a lot of seniors and juniors, not much in the way of younger kids. They've got it going. It's interesting, you look through the history of Louisiana Tech sports and that women's basketball team has kept that boat floating for a long time. You walk into that arena and see three national championship banners and two runner up banners and that's five times, Final Four stuff. Now those banners don't come down and play the game but that's that tradition. They've got such a strong tradition and they've decided to recommit to that women's basketball program and they've got it going. There were a couple thousand there when we played, there were over 7,000 there a couple nights before when Fresno State played. The 2,000 that were there at that game, you'd have thought it was 7,000. You could tell that they'd had it going there for a long long time, just the energy and the atmosphere, the fans, the band, the cheerleaders, they all knew what was going on at the same time, it was a great atmosphere.

They're good, regardless of how we played, good or bad, and we did both in stretches, you're going to have to be really good to beat them, especially at their place. They're playing at a really high level of confidence and they're doing a lot of good things.  Continue Reading This Post >>

bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 02/10/11

Editorial Note: This week's interview was conducted through a teleconference with members of the media from the Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces Bulletin and Albuquerque Journal.

On the team's injury situation:
MM: Troy's ankle is still bothering him. We're kind of going day to day and just waiting to see Saturday how he feels. He's definitely going to travel, it'll probably go all the way to Saturday until we actually know if he's going to play or not. Gordo will practice, his ankle is sprained but he'll be okay. Hamidu should be good to go, he'll practice today.

On who might get the extra minutes if Troy is unable to play:
MM: It just depends on who we're playing. You've got different guys now. We feel like we can go to CK and go small and put Tyrone at the four or we can play Renaldo now and keep the guard rotation the same. It just depends what we feel like the best way to start the game off will be. You'll see all those rotations at some point but it's just really about trying to get a good start.  Continue Reading This Post >>