bleedCrimson.net Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 12/15/10

bleedCrimson.net: Your thoughts on the past two games, the loss against New Mexico and the win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff?
Marvin Menzies: Obviously I wasn't here for the New Mexico game, they guys played really hard. We just didn't have enough depth to win on the road in that environment with Troy going out. I was proud of their fight and their heart and who hard they played. We've just got to continue to grow. There were times when we had three freshmen and two sophomores on the floor and they just weren't ready to win in that type of environment yet.

Pine Bluff was good to get back in the win column. That team has been on the road a lot and we caught them without a lot of legs. They're a better team than they showed that night. I thought we did what we were supposed to do which when you have a stronger team at home you should dominate and we did that.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jennah DeVries Earns AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Honors

Jennah DeVriesKANSAS CITY, MO - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the All-America teams on Tuesday, December 15 and junior setter Jennah DeVries earned honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season. DeVries becomes just the second Aggie to earn All-American honors multiple times.

The All-American honor is the latest in a list of accomplishments this season as DeVries was also named First Team All-WAC and AVCA West Region First Team.

DeVries, a native of Sedalia, Colo., earned the honor for the second consecutive year as she led the Aggies and was second in the Western Athletic Conference at 11.06 assists per set.

DeVries finished the season with 1,205 assists and now has 2,833 assists in her career. She is sixth on the Aggies' career assists list passing Jill Hendry who played for NM State from 1987-88. She is now behind Jessica Rombach (1996-99) who posted 3,031 assists in her career while Christine Jinbo tallied 4,294 from 1993-96 to sit atop the all-time list.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 12/15/10

We spoke with Coach Menzies this morning for this week's interview which we will have posted later today. The Aggies were headed off to practice and it sounds like they'll be playing without Gordo, Troy and Hamidu again tomorrow night as well as Saturday night against Pacific. All three were scheduled for MRIs yesterday and the coaching staff will know more about their injuries after tomorrow, though Coach Menzies did say their absences could be anywhere from two to six weeks for each of them.

Oklahoma Panhandle State comes in tomorrow night and will be the Aggies' second game this season against a Division II team. The Aggies defeated OPSU last year 83-73. That game saw Jonathan Gibson score a career-high 30 points in the win. Gibson is now playing professionally in Turkey and fellow backcourt mate Jahmar Young is playing professionally in Spain according to Coach Menzies.

Despite being shorthanded this week, Coach Menzies and his staff still expect to come away with victories in both games this week and they still have their sights set on playing their best ball come March.

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Davonte Wallace Named To Phil Steele’s All-Freshman Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Davonte WallaceLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State freshman offensive tackle Davonte Wallace has been named to the Phil Steele’s 2010 All-Freshman Team, announced late Tuesday afternoon.

Wallace, a native of El Paso, Texas, played tackle as a true freshman for the Aggies in 2010, starting 11 of the 12 games. Wallace helped the Aggies rush for 1,526 yards and eight touchdowns, while the NM State passing game threw for 2,009 yards and nine touchdowns. On the season, Wallace collected 27 knockdowns, recording five knockdowns against New Mexico (Oct. 9), Idaho (Oct. 23) and Nevada (Nov. 20). Wallace allowed just two sacks on the season and committed just two penalties.

Wallace has also been nominated for Freshman All-American honors that will be announced in early January.

AggieVision :: NM State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Highlights

AggieVision :: NM State vs. UNM Game Highlights

The Daily Aggie :: 12/14/10

The losing streak is over. The Aggies snapped their seven game skid in dominating fashion despite playing without three of their big guns (four if you count Wendell McKines' continued absence). It was a glimpse of the future of Aggie basketball all night long. The most impressive thing about the Aggies' win was the defense and certainly it was partially a lack of offense from Arkansas-Pine Bluff but nonetheless the Aggies held the Golden Lions to 49 points. It's the first sub-50 defensive effort out of the Aggies since the 2007-2008 season when they held Prairie View A&M to 43 points.

The biggest gripe that we've had in the past when the Aggies have played these buy games is that they allow too many points from the opponents. Sure it's great to score 80, 90, 100 points but it can be a little frustrating when you give up 75 or 80 points to teams like Oklahoma Panhandle State, Prairie View A&M, North Carolina A& T, Texas Southern or Western New Mexico (and yes we realize that a faster paced game means more possessions for the opponent).

It's the oldest cliche in the book. Offense puts fans in the stands but defense wins championships (you don't have to look any further than Butler's run to the national title game last year. They held five of their six opponents in the tournament to 60 points or less and the team they didn't hold under 60, Duke, scored 61. The reason the Aggies won the WAC tournament last year is because they played pretty darn good defense down the stretch.

Playing good, solid defense takes a lot of pressure off of your offense, especially when you're struggling to put points on the board (like for instance the second half of the UNM game or the first 10 minutes last night).

If the Aggies can play good defense, it doesn't matter who they put out on the floor. They can be competitive. There's nothing wrong with winning games by scoring in the 60s. As Coach Menzies is so fond of saying, at the end of the day, a win is a win. It doesn't matter if you win by one or win by 100, if you score 60 or score 90. A win is a win and right now the Aggies need to string together a few of them.

The Aggie women were also in action yesterday up in Ann Arbor, MI. They were unable to pull out the win falling 68-54 in a game that was much much closer than the final score indicated. The Aggies were within six points and about to cut it to four but Kaitlyn Soto missed a contested fast break layup and the Wolverines turned it into a fast break the other way. The four point swing sent the Aggies down eight instead of down four and they never could recover.

Turnovers were a huge problem for the Aggies last night. The Wolverines forced 25 Aggie turnovers and scored 28 points off of those turnovers.

Had the Aggies had half the amount of turnovers they would have won the game probably pretty handily.

Tabytha Wampler finished with 14 points and all 14 came in the second half after she sat the majority of the first half after picking up two fouls in the first three and a half minutes of play. Her second half production against a Big 10 team just shows how good a player she is and can be when she stays out of foul trouble. If she keeps up her production through conference play and the Aggies have a high finish in the league (top three), she will be a very strong candidate for not only First Team honors but also WAC Player of the Year. She could very well end up being the best post player in the league.

The Aggies have a tough final four non-conference game schedule coming up. They face Arizona on Sunday afternoon in Tucson, then return home to face Utah, then up to The Pit to face New Mexico and then home to host UTEP before starting conference play. A split of those four games would be very good, a 3-1 record out of those four games would be excellent.

The Aggie football team continues to pick up quality players. They've received a verbal commitment from 6'5" DE Sean Brown from Chabot (Calif.) Community College. According to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle, Brown can play either weak side or strong side and at 6'5", he's one of the bigger DEs the Aggies have had in a while. Brown chose the Aggies over North Texas and Arkansas State among others.

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NM State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Game Photos

NM State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff Game Photos

Aggies Snap 7-Game Skid With 83-49 Victory Over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Christian KabongoAlso See: Tim Barnett-Queen's Game Photo Album

The Aggie men's basketball team played without Troy Gillenwater and Gordo Castillo and lost center Hamidu Rahman midway through the first half but still cruised to an 83-49 victory over visiting Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday night in the Pan American Center snapping their seven game losing streak.

The Aggies had four players finish in double figures as they got 19 points from Christian Kabongo, 16 points from Hernst Laroche, a career-high 15 from Bandja Sy and 12 from Tyrone Watson. Hamdidu Rahman scored eight points in eight minutes before re-injuring his calf.

The Aggies led the Golden Lions 12-6 at the 13:23 mark of the first half as the Aggie offense got off to a sluggish start. The Aggies scored eight of their first 12 points from the free throw stripe but the offense started to click as the Aggies pushed their lead to 13 points with 6:25 left to play. The Aggies would go on a 10-3 run to take a 20 point lead with 1:25 left in the half and took a 36-19 lead into the break.

The Aggies would push their lead out to 20 points with 15:33 left in the game and maintained a 20-point cushion with 11:27 left to play in the game. The Aggies expanded their lead to 60-32 after a thunderous B.J. West slam dunk from the middle of the lane with just under nine minutes left. The Aggies would push their lead out to 32 points at 74-42 after a three pointer and a layup from Hernst Laroche with three and a half minutes left to play. The Aggies would finish off the game outscoring the Golden Lions 9-7 to make the final score 83-49.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Turnovers Costly As Aggie Women Fall 68-54 At Michigan

The Aggie women's basketball team could not overcome 25 turnovers as Michigan scored 28 points off the Aggie miscues en route to sending the Aggies to a 68-54 defeat in Ann Arbor, MI on Monday night. The Aggies trailed by just six points with 1:47 left to play and appeared ready to make another late comeback as Kaitlyn Soto stole the ball from Michigan's Veronica Hicks and headed towards the basket for a fastbreak layup. However, Soto missed a contested layup and Michigan's Nya Jordan grabbed the rebound and sent the ball ahead to Rachel Sheffer who coverted the fastbreak layup creating a four point swing in the game. The Aggies would not recover as Danisha Corbett would have the ball stolen on the Aggies' next possession and Veronica Hicks laid the ball in giving Michigan a 10 point lead with 57 seconds left. The Wolverines would hit a three pointer and a free throw in the final minute to make the final score 68-54.  Continue Reading This Post >>