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Aggie Shortstop Planning For His Future

Written By: Valerie Munoz, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2011 New Mexico State baseball season arriving in less than two weeks, senior shortstop Ryan Aguayo knows his college career will soon come to an end, and he's already planning for his future. Like any other athlete his dream is to play professionally, but if that doesn't work out for him he's also looking into becoming a coach.

Aguayo has coached high school baseball camps in the winter and summer and also at California State at Fullerton, and his junior college (Cuesta College). While he does work with many age groups his favorite to coach is young high school students because they are more experienced and he can relate to them.

"I really have enjoyed my time working with younger athletes because they are at an age where they are truly motivated to learn and it makes it so much more enjoyable," Aguayo said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Picked To Finish 4th; Two Aggies Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference softball coaches have selected Hawai’i to win the 2011 WAC regular-season crown. This is the third time the Rainbow Wahine have been the favorite to take the crown (2002, 2008).

The coaches also voted on 2011 preseason award winners. Hawai’i junior hurler Stephanie Ricketts earned preseason Pitcher of the Year honors, while teammate sophomore outfielder Kelly Majam earned preseason Player of the Year honors.

Reigning WAC champion Hawai’i took the top spot in the preseason poll with 48 points and six first-place votes. Fresno State came in second, picking up two first-place vote and 43 points, followed by Boise State in third place. New Mexico State edged Louisiana Tech for fourth place. Nevada was picked to finish sixth (24), followed by San Jose State in seventh with 13 points. Utah State rounded out the poll in eighth place with eight points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/31/11

A big homestand for the Aggie men's basketball team pushed them into solo second place in the WAC standings for the time being. Their two wins this weekend coupled with Louisiana Tech's surprising homestand sweep of Idaho and Boise State puts them a half game ahead of Nevada. The Aggies have just one game this week, at Fresno State, a team that is struggling since their 3-0 start. They've since lost six consecutive WAC games and are 3-6 in conference play. Hawai'i, Fresno State, San Jose State and Louisiana Tech now all sit within a game of each other for last place, the last place team does not make the WAC tournament.

Idaho is now a game behind the Aggies in the standings but effectively two games behind since the Aggies swept the season series. Boise State is also a game behind the Aggies in the standings with the tiebreaker still TBD.

The Aggies must avoid a letdown this week at Fresno State. Last season the team went into Fresno State riding a mini win streak of three games and played flat and lost by 19. With the sweep of the Idaho schools, the Aggies control their own destiny the rest of the way. Win out and they will earn at least the 2-seed in the conference tournament. Any missteps on the road (or at home) prior to the final week when they host Nevada and Utah State could cost them a coveted double-bye in the conference tournament.

The Aggie men's basketball team will find out their Bracketbusters opponent today as the field will be announced later this afternoon. The Aggies at 11-11 (10-11 against Division I opponents) and an RPI rating of 131 are unlikely to get one of the 11 televised matchups. With that in mind, the ESPNU committee will likely send a team from the West to Las Cruces to face the Aggies.

None of the teams from the Big West (Fullerton, Northridge, Irvine, Riverside) are in the general RPI vicinity of the Aggies except for Pacific (143) whom the Aggies already played this season and were paired with last season for Bracketbusters. Loyola Marymount is the only team from the West Coast Conference but their RPI is 278 and they have a 6-13 record. That leaves the Big Sky team as a potential opponent. Of the Big Sky teams in the field, the likeliest opponent would be Northern Colorado who has an RPI of 137 and a record of 9-8 against Division I competition. They're also regionally close to the Aggies and given that the Bracketbusters tries to keep the non-televised teams close to their region, that seems like a logical choice.

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action this week at home as they host Fresno State in their only game this week. The Aggies are coming off a loss at Idaho in which they shot just five free throws the entire game. The Aggies are a team that averages over 20 free throw attempts per game.

Sitting at 4-3 in conference play, if the Aggies can win at least one of the next three games (vs. Fresno and then LA Tech back-to-back) they will put themselves in position for a top four finish. After this stretch of three games, they have four of their final six games at home.

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Seniors Ready For New Season Of Aggie Softball

Written By: Marcus Royo, For NM State Media Relations

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - As February quickly approaches, the excitement of a new season is growing for the women of the New Mexico State softball team. This season is promising to be a great one for the returning seniors on this year's team.

The seven student-athletes returning to play their final season of NM State softball have a particularly strong bond, not only as teammates for the past three seasons, but also because they helped turn the softball team around with record-breaking performances. As with any other athletic team at NM State, the focus of these teammates is on winning a Western Athletic Conference Championship, and taking the team into post-season play.

What one might not expect when meeting these seven athletes is how humble they are, and how supportive they are of their fellow teammates. They each had the usual things to say about hard work and a positive mindset, but they also spoke fondly of their fellow seniors and their journey together. Head coach Kathy Rodolph also spoke very highly of them.

"This group of seven seniors is one of the most talented groups that I've coached over the last 25 years," Rodolph said. "Strength comes in numbers, and anything that they set their minds to, they definitely have the ability to accomplish."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Idaho Game Photos

NM State vs. Idaho Game Photos

Aggies Defeat Vandals 73-65, Sweep Regular Season Series

Gordo CastilloSenior guard Gordo Castillo scored a game-high 19 points and led the Aggies to a 73-65 come-from-behind victory over Idaho on Saturday night in the Pan American Center. Castillo hit five three pointers including three during a critical 12-3 run midway through the second half that propelled the Aggies to a seven point lead. The victory, coupled with Boise State's loss at Louisiana Tech, moved the Aggies into second place in the WAC standings.

The Aggies led early 8-6 but fell behind 14-8 with 13:36 left in the half. After pulling to within four at 20-16, the Vandals would extend their lead to seven after a Brandon Wiley layup. The Aggies would cut the lead to three, 25-22, after a jumper from Troy Gillenwater. However, the Vandals would extend their lead back to eight points on a dunk by Kyle Barone. Gordo Castillo would hit back-to-back threes to cut the Idaho lead to two points but Barone would get a dunk with time winding down to send the Aggies into halftime trailing 37-33.

The Vandals would extend their lead to five early in the second half but the Aggies would get to within one on a dunk by Troy Gillenwater with 15:54 left in the game. The Aggies would tie the game at 40 as Tshilidzi Nephawe would hit one of two free throws. The Vandals would take a 44-42 lead on a layup from Luiz Toledo but the Aggie offense would go on a 12-3 run spurred by three three-pointers from Gordo Castillo to take a 54-47 lead with 7:56 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision :: NM State vs. Idaho Highlights

Aggies Fall Late At Idaho, 64-51

The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell on the road at Idaho on Saturday afternoon 64-51. Madison Spence led the way for the Aggies with 13 points and freshman Jasmine Rutledge grabbed 11 rebounds for the Aggies who fall to 4-3 in conference play with the loss.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead as Madison Spence scored five of the first seven points for the Aggies. The Vandals would get their first basket at the 15:09 mark in the game as Yinka Olorunnife would score on a layup to cut the Aggies' lead to 7-2. The Aggies would still lead by seven after a Tabytha Wampler jumper made the score 11-4 but the Vandals would go on an 11-4 run to even the score at 15 with 8:10 left in the half. The teams would trade the lead back and forth with the Aggies holding a slim 21-20 lead with 4:48 left to play in the half after a fastbreak layup by Andrea Chenier. Idaho would respond with a 10-0 run to take a 30-21 lead with 2:20 left in the half but the Aggies would get a jumper from Danisha Corbett and a layup from Ariella McGhee to cut the Vandals' lead to five at 30-25 but the Vandals would take a 35-28 lead into the halftime break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 01/29/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action today as they both take on the Idaho Vandals. The Aggie women play at 3:00 p.m. (MT) in Moscow as they try to improve to 5-2 in conference play. Idaho is coming off a 63-56 loss to Louisiana Tech on Thursday night. However, as the Aggies did on Thursday night, the Vandals blew out Boise State winning by 20 points. That being said, the Vandals lost the game before that the a previously winless San Jose State team, 63-61. On a side note, the Idaho men's and women's teams have given up the first conference win to the worst team on both the men's and women's side losing to San Jose State on the women's side and losing to Louisiana Tech on the men's side.

Idaho is led by Yinka Olorunnife who is averaging 15 points per game and 9.8 rebounds per game. Rachele Kloke is second on the team at 11.5 points per game while Derisa Taleni ias averaging 10.1 points per game.

The Vandals are averaging 65 points per game on the season and just slightly below that, 64.2 points per game, in conference play. The Aggies are averaging 63.8 points per game in conference play meaning that this could be a very tightly contested game. The Aggies are 3-1 on the road this season with their only loss coming at Fresno State. A win this afternoon would be huge for the Aggies as they would sit 5-2 with a tough three-game stretch coming up as they return home to face second place Fresno State and then league leader Louisiana Tech in back-to-back games.

The game is scheduled for a 3:00 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). Live Stats will also be available via the Idaho athletic website.

The Aggie men are back in action tonight after their overtime victory against Boise State, an important win that moved them into a four-way tie for second place. Idaho meanwhile laid an egg against Louisiana Tech, a team that was winless in the WAC and on an eight-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs scored 71 points against Idaho, just the second time in the losing streak that they had scored more than 60 (the Bulldogs, even with the 71 point outburst are averaging under 60 points per WAC contest).

Idaho has the league's second best scoring defense at 62.1 points per game coming into tonight's contest and they are second in the league in field goal percentage (47.7 percent), first in the league in field goal percentage defense (38 percent), the best three point shooting team at 37.3 percent, though the Aggies are at 35 percent. Interestingly enough, the Aggies and Vandals are tied for first with the best three point field goal percentage defense allowing opponents to connect on just 25.8 percent of their attempts. The two teams are both averaging about six made threes per game so the winner of tonight's game could be the one that finds the most success from three point territory.

Idaho, much like Utah State, is a very patient offense as they average a league-best 15.6 assists per game. Tonight's game will be a challenge for the Aggie defense. They will need to play with better energy than they did against Boise State (at least the first 30 minutes of the game) and they will need to play much better defense than they have the past three games.

The question tonight will be, which Idaho and which New Mexico State teams show up to play. Will it be a classic battle between the two teams that showed up in the first meeting (preferably the offenses that showed up in the second half, not the first half)? Or will it be the Aggie team that showed up at Nevada and lost by 19 and the Idaho team that showed up against Louisiana Tech and lost by 15?

The answer will come tonight as tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (MT) The game can be seen on AggieVision and ESPN Full Court with streaming video available via ESPN3.com. The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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The Daily Aggie :: 01/28/11

Huge wins for the both the Aggie men's and women's basketball teams last night. We'll start with the women as Danisha Corbett put together a career-high 31 points last night helping the Aggies take down Boise State 87-71. For Corbett it was her second-straight 20-plus game. We're not 100 percent sure but that may be the first time in her Aggie career that she has notched consecutive 20-plus point performances. All three Aggie seniors came to play last night as Madison Spence added 18 points and Jasmine Lowe added 17.

It should also be noted that a couple of milestones were set last night as Danisha Corbett's 7-of-9 performance from behind the arc puts her in a tie for second most made three pointers in a game behind only the great Mari Sanchez-Galaz who dropped in 10 against UL-Lafayette on February 23, 2002. Jasmine Lowe finished with 11 assists which is the most by an Aggie since Mari Sanchez-Galaz dished out 14 against Idaho on November 17, 2001.

With the victory, the Aggies move into third place by themselves. They'll take on Idaho on Saturday afternoon and if they can win that game, they'll be 5-2 headed into a tough stretch where they take on Fresno State in the Pan Am and then Louisiana Tech in back-to-back games.

The Aggie men picked up a huge win last night in overtime defeating Boise State 96-87. We mentioned yesterday that the winner of the last eight BSU/NMSU games had scored at least 80 points, make that nine straight games. We also mentioned that the average final score in those eight games was 92-85, last night's score was nearly on that average.

The win became even bigger given Idaho's stunning loss to a hapless (apparently not-so-hapless now) Louisiana Tech team in Ruston, by 15 points. Their loss coupled with Boise's loss to the Aggies and Nevada's win over Fresno State creates a four-way logjam for second place at 5-3 in the league. A win on Saturday would keep the Aggies in a tie for second (or solo second depending on the outcome of the Boise State/Louisiana Tech matchup, Nevada is off on Saturday).

The Idaho loss also goes a long way towards Utah State's regular season title hopes. The UtAgs have wins over every WAC team except Idaho this season (the two have yet to play each other). USU would have to lose at least four of their final eight games to not win the regular season title. We simply don't see that happening.

Back to New Mexico State, with a win on Saturday, they will control their own destiny in terms of securing a top two seed. Boise State still has games at Nevada and Utah State, Idaho still faces Utah State twice, Nevada still faces Utah State and still has to come to Las Cruces.

As we said before, this homestand is vitally important to the Aggies' hopes of finishing in the top four in the conference standings and after last night, the Aggies hopes of finishing in the top two got a lot better.

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