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Lasasha Aldredge Named WAC Indoor Track Athlete Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Lasasha Aldredge and Hawai'i's Sarah Saddleton were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Jan. 10-16.

Aldredge, a sophomore from Fresno, Calif. (Central East HS), had a great start to the 2011 season at the University of New Mexico Lobo Open Invite in Albuquerque, N.M., on Jan. 15. Aldredge placed first in the 400 meters with a time of 57.27 seconds. Her time is the best mark in the WAC thus far in the early portion of the season. She was also a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that placed first finishing with a WAC-best time of 3:53.50. Aldrege also had a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters finishing with a time of 25.50.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/19/11

If you're in the Las Cruces area we encourage you to make it out to the Aggie Coaches Show tonight (or tune in on KSNM AM 570 or to the live online stream on KSNM570.am) as Kyle Doperalski will have former Aggie coaches Michael Needham who was just named the head women's soccer coach at Rhode Island, Don Flora who was just named the head volleyball coach at Texas Tech (Don will be calling in), Aggie softball coach Kathy Rodolph and Aggie women's basketball coach Darin Spence. Spence and the Aggies will host Utah State on Saturday night and we'll post our interview with him a bit later today.

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out the latest group of verbal commitments that Aggie head football coach DeWayne Walker and the staff have received. And speaking of Coach Walker, he will be in Albuquerque on Saturday, February 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque The Magazine offices. The event is free and all Aggie fans in Albuquerque are encouraged to attend and hear Coach Walker talk about the 2011 recruiting class as well as the state of the Aggie football program.

To RSVP: call (575) 646-5151 or send an e-mail to aac@nmsu.edu.

Don't forget to check out this week's interview with Aggie head basketball coach Marvin Menzies. The Aggies are on the road this week to take on Nevada and Utah State and with a sweep on the road they would move into a share of first place in the WAC.

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bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 01/18/11

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. The questions asked by bleedCrimson.net are marked as such.

Marvin Menzies: This is a huge trip for us potentially. It depends on the result but it's going to be a big trip just when you have two environments to play in like Lawlor and in Logan. You've got to be ready to play. Yesterday's practice and today's as well as tomorrow even though that's a little trickier because we're on the road so it'll be light. I'm just anticipating trying to get better on the defensive end and trying to get some consistency there as well as shoring up a few things on offense. I think that you can throw the records out the window when you play either one of these teams. There'll be a lot of passion in both those games so we've got to make sure we match it with our energy and enthusiasm. We just have to go out and play the best ball we can play. With that we've been playing the best ball we've been playing as of late but you can't attach one game to the next unfortunately. Each game will stand on its own so it'll be interesting to see how this road trip works out for us.

bleedCrimson.net: Last season you went into this same road trip in a similar situation and didn't have a very good results. Obviously you got your revenge in the conference tournament the next week against both teams but is there anything that you do differently this time around?
Different team, different players. I think every year it kind of just depends on the matchups and so forth and that'll be a different component that we have to look at. As far as how we traveled and what we did, I think we had the most expeditious form of travel that we could have laid out for ourselves, we just didn't get favorable results. I think the only difference now can be hopefully that we have learned a little bit and we've got some retention of players that have been there and that will be more focused and understand what they're going into and not let the crowds rattle them at either location.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/18/11

The Aggie football team continues to build an impressive recruiting class as we head towards National Signing Day next month. The Aggies had a few recruits in this weekend and came away with some big verbal commitments.

The headliner of the weekend, perhaps of this year's recruiting class is Kemonte Bateman, a 6'0" wide receiver from Pasadena CC. You can watch video of him here. He originally signed with Arizona State but had to go the junior college route and will suit up for the Aggies in 2011.

ESPN Scouts Inc. had this to say about Bateman:
There is a lot to like about Bateman as an inside or outside wide receiver. He has good size, adequate-to-good speed and is a crafty route runner in the short and intermediate passing game. He is a very competitive player, and he has a knack for getting open and he is very steady. He has excellent hands and he will come over the middle, he will catch the ball in traffic, and his concentration is excellent. He has great focus when the ball is in the air and he does a good job of adjusting to the ball.

The Aggies also received a verbal commitment from 6'2" corner Jeremy Harris from East Los Angeles College. Harris runs a 4.4 40 and you can see video of him here.

Along the defensive line the Aggies received a verbal commitment from Stephen Meredith out of Garden Grove HS (CA). Meredith is a 6'4", 215 pound defensive lineman and his video can be seen here.

The Aggies also got a pair of verbals from teammates at Riverside Community College. Lester White, a 6'2" defensive back and James Calhoun, a 5'11" wide receiver. Harris finished the season with 17 tackles, 10 solo, three interceptions, three pass breakups and one fumble recovery in seven games.

Finally, the Aggies got a verbal commitment from Promise Amadi, a 5'11" athlete who plays wide receiver, running back and cornerback at Chni High School. You can read more about Amadi here and watch his highlight tape here.

The Aggie recruiting class for 2011 is shaping up to be one of the best the Aggies have put together.

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The Daily Aggie :: 01/17/11

It's a big week for the Aggie men's basketball team. The Aggies are coming off a home sweep of Hawai'i and San Jose State and sit tied for second place at 4-1 in conference play with Idaho. The Aggies make the annual Reno/Logan road trip this week with a chance to come home with a share of first place in the conference. This will be undoubtedly the toughest road trip the Aggies have left (the Hawai'i/San Jose roadtrip notwithstanding just due to the sheer amount of travel involved). Nevada is playing well and just picked up their first road conference victory defeating Boise State. And of course there is Utah State. The UtAgs are 16-2 and 5-0 in WAC play and coming off a road sweep of their own defeating Boise State 68-59 on Thursday night and then notching an ugly 52-39 victory over Fresno State in Fresno.

We'll get more into both teams as the week goes on but with the way New Mexico State is playing, there is plenty of reason to believe that the Aggies can come away with a road sweep.

Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News posed the question of whether the Aggies' win over San Jose State on Saturday night was the Aggies' breakout game. While we would agree that it was the Aggies' most complete effort from start to finish (literally from the start with Bandja Sy's dunk) to finish.

However, because SJSU was playing without Adrian Oliver, one can't really gauge if this was the Aggies' "breakout" game. We think after this week's games against Nevada and Utah State we'll have a better gauge of where the Aggies stand.

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NM State vs. San Jose State Game Photos

NM State vs. San Jose State Game Photos

Aggie Women Fall 76-49 At Fresno State

The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 76-49 to Fresno State on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center in Fresno dropping the Aggies to 2-2 in conference play. New Mexico State could not overcome a cold shooting night from the floor as they hit just 27.6 percent of their shots from the field. Freshman Jasmine Rutledge grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds and Madison Spence led the Aggie scoring with 14 points.

The Aggies and Bulldogs were tied 3-3 early after a Jasmine Rutledge layup but the Bulldogs would go on an 8-0 run to go ahead 11-3 forcing an Aggie timeout. The Aggies would respond with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 11 with 12:38 left in the first half. The Aggies would trail by one with 9:33 left in the half after a layup from Jasmine Lowe but the Bulldogs would go on a 5-0 run to push their lead to 20-14. The Aggies would cut the lead back to two with 7:35 left in the half after a pair of Andrea Chenier free throws but the Bulldogs would go on an 11-0 run to go up 31-18 with 4:31 left in the half. The Aggies would trim the lead to nine down 31-22 but the Bulldogs would finish the half on a 12-4 run culminated by a fast break layup by Jaleesa Ross on a turnover by Kaitlyn Soto to send the Aggies into halftime down 43-26.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Blow Out Oliver-less Spartans 78-53, Improve To 4-1 In WAC

The New Mexico State men's basketball team defeated an Adrian Oliver-less San Jose State 78-53 on Saturday night in the Pan American Center to improve to 4-1 in WAC play and 10-9 overall. Troy Gillenwater led the Aggies with 18 points and Christian Kabongo added 14 as the Aggies had no trouble with the Spartans.

Bandja Sy opened the game with a dunk and the Aggies jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead after a three pointer from Gordo Castillo, one of five he hit on the night en route to 17 points. The Aggies opened up a 22-9 lead with 11:21 left in the half after a Christian Kabongo three and back-to-back baskets from Troy Gillenwater gave the Aggies a 29-11 lead. The Aggies would push their lead to 20 points at 33-13 after a jumper from Tshilidzi Nephawe and would head into the halftime with a 35-18 lead.

The Spartans would make a run midway through the second half cutting the Aggies' lead to a dozen at 52-40 but back-to-back threes from Christian Kabongo and Gordo Castillo would push the lead back to 19 points and the Aggies would not be threatened the rest of the way cursing to the 25-point win.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/15/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight as they both face teams from California. The Aggie men tip off at 7:00 p.m. (MT) and face San Jose State. The Spartans picked up their first conference win on Thursday night against Louisiana Tech and did so without their top player, Adrian Oliver who sat out with concussion-like symptoms. His status is TBD for tonight's game and if he does not play it is a huge blow for the Spartans (and for basketball fans who like to see top notch players). It's good for the Aggies because they don't have to worry about defending one of the elite scorers in the league, however, this is still a team that just picked up a win without him.

Overall, the Aggies are the better team, they should win this game. They have the advantage at all five spots as well as better depth. If Oliver plays the Spartans have a fighting chance, without him, it will be tough for SJSU to hang with the Aggies.

Tonight's game can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court as well as ESPN3.com. Radio coverage is available via the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's team is on the road at Fresno State. The Bulldogs are coming off a triple-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Thursday night and tonight's game will be Fresno State's third this week. Hopefully that will aid the Aggies in their attempt to pick up their first win at Fresno State since joining the WAC. The Aggies have not had much luck in Fresno with their closest loss coming in 2007, a 63-57 loss.

Fresno State is averaging 75.9 points per game this season while allowing 70.3. They've played a tough schedule with games against Oklahoma, TCU, Stanford and USC. In their three conference games this season, all three opponents have hung tough with the Bulldogs (with the Lady Techsters picking up the win). Utah State lost by 10 but led by two at halftime, Idaho was tied in the second half with Fresno State before an 18-0 Bulldog run did them in.

The Bulldogs are a decent free throw shooting team hitting 67.7 percent of their attempts. They're also a decent three point shooting team hitting 35 percent of their shots. They're led in scoring by Jaleesa Ross who is averaging 16.4 points per game. Hayley Munro and Rosie Moult are averaging 12.6 and 12.3 points per game respectively.

Ross is the shooter the Aggies most need to be aware of as she is hitting 42.3 percent of her three point attempts. Rosie Moult is also a solid three point shooter hitting 37.1 percent of her tries. Those two have combined to take 269 of the Bulldogs' 494 tries. Fresno State makes a whopping 10.2 threes per game, nearly 41 percent of the Bulldogs' point production.

If the Aggies can execute on offense, they can find success. Opposing teams have averaged 44.5 percent shooting against the Bulldogs. The Aggies need to avoid trying to get into a three point shooting contest with the Bulldogs and establish Tabytha Wampler's presence in the post.

If the game comes down to a free throw shooting contest, the Aggies have a decided advantage. Jaleesa Ross is just a 60.6 percent free throw shooter. Hayley Munro is the only starter to average above 70 percent at 70.9 percent.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tipoff. Radio coverage will be available via KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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