Aggies Fall To Hawai'i On The Road 76-70

The New Mexico State men's basketball team fell 76-70 at Hawai'i on Saturday night dropping to 8-6 in WAC play and in the process dropping behind Boise State (9-6) for second place in the standings. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater was hampered by a thumb injury and finished with just six points while the Aggie centers were held scoreless in the loss.

Troy Gillenwater scored the game's first basket to give the Aggies a 2-0 lead but the Warriors would go on an 8-0 run getting layups against the Aggie defense. The Aggies would claw back to within two down 14-12 but Hawai'i would respond with an 8-2 run to take a 22-14 lead. UH's Zane Johnson would bury a three to give Hawai'i a 25-16 lead with 8:20 left but; Hernst Laroche would answer with a jumper to cut the Warriors' lead to seven at 25-18 with 7:17 left to play. Hawai'i would get back-to-back threes to take a 31-20 lead with 5:43 left in the first half prompting a 30-second timeout by the Aggies. New Mexico State would respond out of the timeout clamping down on defense as they would hold the Warriors to just four points in the final five and half minutes while going on a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to just two at 35-33 heading into halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Finishes Fifth At WAC Indoor Track And Field Championships

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NAMPA, ID - The New Mexico State women's track and field team finished in fifth place this weekend at the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The Aggies went into the final day of competition in fourth place with 31.5 points, but finished in fifth after being passed by eventual WAC Champion Louisiana Tech University.

NM State did have several bright spots as sophomore Courtney Schultz won the 5,000m with a time of 17:11.05, earning the Aggies 10 points. Courtney's sister Camille Schultz finished in third in the 5,000m with a time of 17:18.96, earning the Aggies six points.

Senior Leah Benton had a solid showing finishing third in the 60m and 200m with times of 7.69 and 24.51 respectively, earning a total of 12 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Dominates Doubleheader Against Buffalo

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball improved to 6-0 on the season after taking both games of a Saturday doubleheader at Presley Askew Field, 20-12 and 15-3 against the University of Buffalo. Buffalo falls to 0-2 on the season.

On the day, NM State hit .427 as a team, tallying 35 runs on 35 hits, 33 RBI, with eight doubles, a triple and a homerun. Ryan Aguayo hit .857 on the day, going 6-of-7 at the plate with five runs scored and four RBI. Andrew Lyon also had a solid day hitting the ball, going 3-of-5 with six runs scored and three RBI, for a batting average of .600. Zachary Voight also hit over .500 on the day, at .556. In all, nine Aggies hit over .400.

The Aggies’ pitching staff did just as well on Saturday, allowing 15 runs on 21 hits, while striking out 17 batters and walking just 10.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Upset Nevada 63-59, Remain In Hunt For First Round Bye In WAC Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RENO, NV - The New Mexico State women's basketball team rallied in the second half for a 63-59 victory over Nevada inside Lawlor Events Center Saturday afternoon.
NM State took the lead for good midway through the second half after a 12-2 run to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game at 51-44 with 6:37 left in the game. The home team closed to within a point of the Aggies on three occasions in the final minutes but NM State maintained the lead down the stretch.

Senior Jasmine Lowe led the Aggies with a season-high 19 points. Lowe found herself in early foul trouble early in the second half at the 17:32 left. She re-entered the game midway through the half to score nine points in the second until time expired.

Senior guard Madison Spence and junior Tabytha Wampler sealed the game in the final minute. Wampler finished with 10 in the game and senior guard Danisha Corbett finished with 11 off the bench.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/26/11

Must-win. That's the phrase of the day for the New Mexico State basketball teams (both men and women). While tournament berths are not at stake, tournament seeding and byes are. The women must win out to avoid having to win four games in four days to win the WAC title. For the men, they can still lose a game and finish in second but it's a little complicated and it depends on who they lose two and who they might end up tied for second with.

The men were handed a gift on Thursday night when Idaho defeated Nevada. Win out and the Aggies are the 2-seed, earn a double-bye and are just 80 minutes away from a second consecutive trip to the Big Dance.

Lose and things become a little more dicey needing two straight wins to close out the season to earn a 2-seed as they're battling three teams with six conference losses: Boise State (currently the 3rd place team, needs to win out and have New Mexico State lose to Nevada), Idaho (the Vandals would need to win out and have the Aggies lose twice and Boise State lose to Nevada) and Nevada (needs to win out and have Idaho lose to Utah State tonight).

The Aggies face Hawai'i tonight at 10:00 p.m. (MT). The game can be seen on AggieVision and ESPN3.com.

The Aggies must contain UH sharpshooter Zane Johnson and match the intensity of Bill Amis and Jeremiah Ostrowski. The Aggies have come out flat in several of their games this season, something that puzzles us and no doubt is driving head coach Marvin Menzies crazy.

On a side note, at 14-14 and three games left in the regular season and hopefully needing only wins in the WAC tournament, an NCAA bid would be the only chance for the Aggies to reach 20 wins this season. In fact, Utah State could end up being the only team in the league to win 20 games this season. The WAC has not failed to produce two 20-win teams in the same season since the 1982-1983 season when no WAC teams reached the 20-win plateau (UTEP finished with 19 wins and SDSU and Utah finished with 18). That's a span of almost 30 seasons in which the league has had at least two 20-game winners (an in most cases three, four and five teams with at least 20 wins).

Our best wishes go out to Aggie football player Mike Yocius who according to Joe Stevenson of the Northwest Herald, collapsed a couple of weeks ago while participating in the Aggies' offseason workout program. Yocius had a fever of 107 degrees and his kidneys and liver have shut down.

Yocius' grandfather gave the newspaper an update on Mike's condition stating:

"Mike's liver numbers are improving. The kidneys have not shown any improvement, and he is on dialysis. The kidney doctor feels that once his liver is improved, the kidneys will start. Mike sleeps a good deal of the day. His mom and dad have been with him since Feb. 17. They moved him out of intensive care and into a room."

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Tiare Jennings' Two-Run Blast Powers Aggies Past Texas State

The New Mexico State softball team blanked Texas State 3-0 to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Aggies scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning including a two-run shot by Tiare Jennings to break open the scoreless game.

Alex Newman picked up the victory for the Aggies improving to 4-0 on the season. She allowed just four hits while striking out four and walking just one.

The Bobcats put together a threat in the top the first inning after the first two batters were put out as Haley Lemons singled down the left field line and McKenzie Baack doubled to put runners on second and third however, Newman would get out of the jam getting Allison Snow to ground out.

The Aggies would go down in order in the bottom of the first. Newman would work around a one-out walk to send the game into the bottom of the second scoreless. Ashley Maroda would draw a one-out walk but would later be put out at second on a fielder's choice.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Hoku Nohara Delivers 12-10 Walk-Off Victory Over Bradley

The New Mexico State softball team completed a come-from-behind victory for the second straight game defeating Bradley 12-10 on a walk-off three-run home run from Hoku Nohara, three of her six RBI on the day.

The Braves scored two in the top of the first inning as they got a leadoff double from Brittany Fairbairn who would advance to third on a single from Julie Sherman. Brianne Joseph would fly out scoring Fairburn and advancing Sherman to second. After Aggie starting pitcher Carissa Theis struck out the next Bradley batter, Madline Lynch-Rumrine would single up the middle to score Sherman giving the Braves a 2-0 lead.

The Aggies would answer back in the bottom of the second as the Aggies would get back-to-back singles from leadoff hitter Amber Olive and Kandis Jones. After a Tiare Jennings strikeout, Hoku Nohara would hit her first of two doubles in the game to score Olive from second. Jones would end up on third and would be brought home by Teresa Conrad sacrifice tying the game at 2-2.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/25/11

The Aggie women's basketball team fell 72-61 last night at Utah State but despite the loss, the Aggies can still finish in the top four in the league standings. They must win their remaining three games and have Nevada lost to Fresno State and Louisiana Tech (most likely happening) and Idaho lose to Louisiana Tech (also most likely happening). If that scenario unfolds, New Mexico State and Nevada would both finish 8-8 but because the Aggies split with 3rd place Utah State, they would hold the tiebreaker over Nevada who was swept by the northern Aggies. The key here is they have to win on Saturday night. If they don't, it really won't matter what they do in their final two games at home next week in terms of seeding because they will have to play four games in four days whether they're the 5, 6, 7 or 8-seed.

On the men's side, New Mexico State received an unbelievable gift last night as Idaho dumped Nevada 67-59 in Reno, maintaining the Aggies one-game lead in the loss column over the Wolf Pack. It's a very fortunate circumstance for the Aggies as it gives them a little wiggle room down the stretch. If the Aggies win on Saturday against Hawai'i and Nevada beats Boise State and then the Aggies defeat Nevada on Senior Night next Saturday, they can still afford a loss to Utah State on Wednesday night.

Obviously If they win all three games, they would finish in second place alone. If they lose on Saturday at Hawai'i, things get a little dicey as they would also need Nevada to beat Boise State and then come back to Las Cruces and win both home games next week.

What the Aggies definitely want to avoid is a situation in which they finish this four game stretch at 1-3. That scenario could see them drop all the way to the 6th seed.

Both Aggie basketball teams can simplify things. Just win and you get byes.

Here's the puzzling thing for us. You have two teams, New Mexico State and Nevada, that have put themselves in a position to earn a double-bye in the conference tournament. All they have to do is win and yet both teams lose to teams that realistically they should beat (the Aggies to the 8th place team and the Wolf Pack at home). And yes, we understand that on any given night, anyone can beat anyone else. The puzzling thing is the lack of effort exerted by the Aggies and Wolf Pack. Here are quotes from each game:

"We need to bounce back and bring the second-half intensity to the whole game." -- Tyrone Watson, New Mexico State

"I feel like we just didn't show up. We didn't do what we were supposed to do. Our effort wasn't there." -- Nevada forward Olek Czyz"

"We came out flat in the first half with no energy," -- Nevada point guard Deonte Burton

If the players know what is at stake and that a double-bye means you're only 80 minutes away from the Big Dance, why do they come out with a lack of energy, focus, intensity, whatever? In both cases, neither of the teams are good enough to just "show up" and win. Both teams showed that in the non-conference (both teams had seven game losing streaks and both were under .500 heading into conference play, NMSU at 6-8, Nevada at 3-10).

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Aggie Softball Rallies For 8-6 Victory Over I-10 Rival UTEP

The New Mexico State softball team used a 5-run top of the sixth to power past the UTEP Miners on Thursday evening in El Paso. New Mexico State trailed 6-3 heading into the sixth after UTEP took advantage of a bases loaded, one-out situation in the bottom of the fifth. The Aggies started the scoring in the sixth with a two-run home run from freshman Valerie Swedberg to cut the Miners' lead to 6-5.

The Aggies' Brittany Clifton and Kylie Randall each drew walks. Clifton was lifted for a pinch runner and two-hole hitter Kandis Jones singled through the middle to bring around the pinch runner tying the game at 6-6. Tiare Jennings would follow with a single bringing home Randall and Jones as the UTEP outfielders would mishandle the ball giving the Aggies an 8-6 lead. The Aggies would load the bases as Hoku Nohara and Ashley Maroda would each draw walks but Teresa Conrad would strike out and Tehani Kaaihue would ground out to end the inning.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Corbett Hits 1,000 Career Points In Aggie Loss At Utah State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LOGAN, UT - New Mexico State women's basketball senior guard Danisha Corbett moved into the Aggie 1,000-point club with nine points Thursday night as NM State fell 72-61 to Utah State inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Corbett needed nine points to become the 18th Aggie all-time to reach the milestone. The senior drained a three late in the second half to reach exactly 1,000 points. She joins current teammate Madison Spence who joined the exclusive club late last season.

The senior guard tandem of Jasmine Lowe and Spence led the Aggies on offense alongside junior forward Tabytha Wampler, all scoring in double figures. Lowe led the way with 14 points while Wampler posted 12 and Spence made 10.  Continue Reading This Post >>