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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 >>

bleedCrimson.net 2011 Aggie Baseball Preview

The New Mexico State baseball team has won 80 games over the past two seasons and are looking to put together a third straight 35-plus win season, something that has never been done in program history. The Aggies lost a lot of talent from the 2010 team that finished 36-23-1 and tied for second place during the regular season. Gone are the bats of Leo Aguirre (.388, 19 doubles, 11 HR), Mike Sodders (.380, 15 HR), Ben Harty (.408, 12 HR), Chris Auten (.299, 12 doubles, 8 home runs) and Nate Shaver (.367, 19 doubles, 4 triples).

That loss of productivity led the league's coaches to pick the Aggies to finish fifth in the regular season. However, New Mexico State has reloaded with both junior college and freshman talent and despite new bat technology that will reduce offensive numbers drastically, the Aggies are ready to prove the rest of the league wrong and are primed for another run at the WAC title and a return to the NCAA Regionals for the first time since the 2003 season.

The Aggie schedule will see them play their first eight at home followed by a tournament in Beaumont, Tex. and also a tournament in Corvallis, Ore where they'll face Oregon State twice as the Beavers are the last team to repeat as College World Series champions winning in 2006 and again in 2007, one of only four teams to repeat as CWS champions in the 63 year history of the championship. The Aggies will end non-conference play with 12 straight at home and will host conference foes San Jose State, Sacramento State and Hawai'i to end the regular season. Once again the WAC tournament will be held at a neutral site in Mesa, Arizona.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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Former NM State All-Americans Come Back To Play In Alumni Game Saturday

Written By: Valerie Munoz, for NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Four former All-Americans from New Mexico State will come back to play against the current Aggies in the Annual Alumni Game Saturday, Feb. 12, at Presley Askew field at 2:05 pm.

Since the first All-American selection in 1980 NM State has gone on to have 12 players named, eight of which have been under head coach Rocky Ward. Mark Aranda, Brian Marquez, and Billy Becher all played under coach Ward and will be returning for Saturday's game. The fourth All-American is Joe Williams who played from 1988-1990 under coach Elliott Avent.

"I always look forward to seeing so many of my former players come back to campus," Ward said. "It is hard to stay in touch once a players leaves your school, because they are so focused on starting their new jobs and new families. The game allows me to reconnect with young men who are very important to me."  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Women's Golf To Take On The Best This Fall

Written By: Lauren Cordova for NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's golf team will be participating in the Third Annual Golf Week Conference Challenge, Sept. 18-21 at Red Sky Golf Club- Fazio Course in Wolcott, Colo. They will be competing against the top teams from 18 different Division I conferences.

The Aggies will be taking on No. 15 Oklahoma out of the Big 12 conference, followed by the Big East's No. 18 Notre Dame, the Big West's No. 23 UC Davis, Pac-10's No. 29 Oregon, West Coast's No. 31 Pepperdine, No. 32 TCU out of MWC, No. 34 Mississippi out of SEC and No. 39 Denver out of The Sun Belt Conference.

"It is a matter of good recruiting and good coaching, good facilities, and good weather." head coach Brilliant said. The Aggies have improved and moved up in the rankings this year placing them higher then University of New Mexico as well as their I-10 rival UTEP. NM State is ranked 55 out of 254 other teams ranked according to Golfweek.com.   Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/09/11

The Aggie softball team kicks off their regular season this weekend as they host the Hotel Encanto Invitational. The Aggies open with Northern Colorado and Colorado State on Friday afternoon/evening then take on Northern Colorado and Minnesota on Saturday afternoon followed by Minnesota and Colorado State on Sunday morning/early afternoon.

With seven seniors on the roster the Aggies are primed for a run at the NCAA Tournament. The question of course will be whether the Aggie pitching can hold up. The Aggies will be starting a pair of true sophomores and also a freshman in the circle.

We hope to have our 2011 preview coming in the next day or two (keep your fingers crossed!)

In the meantime, check out the always outstanding WAC Softball Blog and their weekend preview as all eight WAC teams are in action.

The Aggie football team announced their spring practice schedule. As always, the practices are open to the public and the Spring Game is scheduled for April 30th.

Also, spring volleyball is right around the corner and we have at one date to keep open on your calendar and that is April 9th when the Lobos come to town for some spring ball.

On to today's links...  Continue Reading This Post >>