NM State Equestrian's Western Team Hosts Oklahoma State Saturday

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State western team will host Oklahoma State, Saturday, at the NM State Equestrian Center in Las Cruces, N.M. This will be a western competition only and the event begins at 10 a.m. with Horsemanship, followed by Reining.

“We are looking for a consistent, strong showing from a group of riders that gained a lot of experience last fall,” Western Coach Robin Morris said. “I expect that we will be able to step right back into where we were at the end of the fall season and keep moving forward."

The Aggies defeated Oklahoma State last season, 6-4 on the Western side.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Men’s Golf Kicks Off Spring Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State men’s golf team will compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Cup, Saturday, Feb. 12, in Truth or Consequence, N.M. The Aggies will travel Gaston De La Torre, Ross Prachar, Collin Pratt and Will Holdridge.

“This is a good chance to get some of the younger player some tournament experience,” head coach Scott Lieberwirth said. “It will be a nice 36-hole competitive setting for our guys to get ready for the spring season.”

Last year at the New Mexico Collegiate Cup, Will Holdridge and Ryan Word tied for first overall with a two-round score of 3-under par, 141. Justin Shin would finish tied for third at 2-under par, while Gaston De La Torre placed tied for eighth with a two-round score of even par.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Play Well In Round One Of Arizona Invitational

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State women's golf team tallied a 297 finishing round one of the 2011 Wildcat Invitational in sixth place. Seniors Pang Chanachai and Mint Swaschuto led the way for the Aggies as both players scored an even par at The Golf Club at Vistoso, which is a par 72, 6,250 yard course in Tucson.

NM State carded 13 birdies to finish sixth in the 16 team field, which includes the likes of No. 7 California, No. 11 Arizona, No. 22 UC-Davis, and No. 27 Washington. Chanachai tallied three birdies and 12 pars while Swaschuto marked two birdies and 14 pars to tie for 11th on the individual leader board after 18-holes of play.

"We played well today and the team seemed to be playing comfortably," head coach Paul Brilliant said. "Hopefully this is a sign that we picked up right where we left off in the fall."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/08/11

LA Tech week commenced for the Aggie men's and women's basketball teams with the women falling 85-63 in Ruston and the men coming out victorious, 75-57 in Las Cruces.

It was really a similar type situation in both games for the home teams. The LA Tech women jumped out to a big lead in the first half and the Aggie women battled back to make it a seven point game at halftime. In Las Cruces, the Aggie men jumped out to a big lead but the LA Tech men battled back to make it a nine point game at halftime (getting as close as four points with under three minutes left).

The LA Tech women scored the first six points of the first half to build a 15-point lead and never really looked back, the Aggie women got to within 11 but never closer than that and trailed by anywhere from 14 to 19 points most of the second half before losing by 22. The Aggie men scored the first seven points of the second half to build a 16-point lead and led by as many as 23, LA Tech closed to within 13 but never got closer than that the rest of the way as the Aggie lead was anywhere from 15 to 20 points before winning by 18.

The Aggie women got to the free throw line against Louisiana Tech as we said they needed to do last night, they shot 21 free throws hitting 17. Unfortunately, they did not hit three pointers last night shooting just 2-of-15. The Lady Techsters on the other hand were hot from three point distance converting 7-of-13 and matching (and exceeding by one) the Aggie free throw total. The 22-point final margin of victory can mostly be attributed to those 15 extra points that the Lady Techsters scored from three point distance. We mentioned yesterday that the Aggies were the best three point shooting team percentage-wise in the WAC during conference play. The Aggies shot well under that average and Louisiana Tech shot well above their average.

As for the men, they did a great job of keeping Olu Ashaolu contained. He scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds and his numbers were largely matched by Tshilidzi Nephawe who finished with five points and seven rebounds.

One major concern for the Aggies is the status of Troy Gillenwater who went down late in the game with an ankle injury. His status for Saturday's game is unknown as of right now but we'll find out more later this week on his status.

From here on out every conference game is a must-win for the Aggies as they try to stay in second place in conference play. Nevada is tied with the Aggies in the loss-column with the two teams appearing to be headed for a showdown for second in the final week of the season. The Aggies can't afford to slip up in conference play as Nevada has no more "guaranteed losses" on their conference schedule having played Utah State twice already this season. The Aggies don't have a cushion, they could have built a little one had they been able to defeat Fresno State last week, unfortunately that is not the case and New Mexico State must face both Nevada and Utah State the final week of the season as well as make the dreaded San Jose/Honolulu swing where wins are not guaranteed.

As for the Aggie women, they sit 4-4 at the midway point of their conference slate and have played just two home conference games. That's not too shabby. That means the Aggies will play six of their final eight conference games at home, if they can finish 6-2 or 5-3 in that final eight game stretch they'll be right around the top four in the conference standings.

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NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

NM State vs. Louisiana Tech Game Photos

Aggies Overpower Louisiana Tech 75-57

Tshilidzi NephaweThe New Mexico State men's basketball team improved to 7-4 in conference play with a 75-57 victory over Louisiana Tech on Monday night in the Pan American Center. Troy Gillenwater scored a game-high 19 points but left late in the second half and did not return after injuring his right ankle. Tyrone Watson matched his career-high scoring 17 points and grabbing four rebounds, dishing out four assists, two steals and a block.

New Mexico State jumped out to a 6-0 lead but led by just one, 9-8, after a three pointer from the Bulldogs' DeAndre Brown, part of his team-high 18 points. The Aggies would respond with a 16-4 run to extend their lead to 13 points with 9:18 left in the first half and would go up by 14 at 30-16 with 7:41 left to play in the first half on a three pointer by Christian Kabongo. Louisiana Tech would cut into the Aggie lead over the next five minutes as they would get to within just four points, 32-28, after a layup from DeAndre Brown. The Aggies would answer with a 7-2 run over the final two and a half minutes of the half to go into the break leading 39-30.

The Aggies would open the second half on a 7-0 run to go up by 15 points and extended their lead to 23 points, 56-33, on a dunk by B.J. West. The Bulldogs would counter with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 13 capped by a three pointer from Lonnie Smith but the Aggies would answer back with a 5-0 run to take a 61-43 lead with 9:03 left in the game. The Aggies would push their lead out to 20 after a jumper from B.J. West with 3:26 left to play and the Aggies would hold on down the stretch for the 75-57 victory.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women Fall 85-63 At Louisiana Tech

Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe combined for 30 points but the New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 85-63 at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

The Aggies trailed early 11-4 but pulled to within a bucket at 13-11 on a jumper by Ariella McGhee with 14:44 left in the first half. The Aggies would continue the run taking a 14-13 lead on a three pointer from Jasmine Lowe but the Lady Techsters would score four in a row to take a 17-14 lead. After a free throw from Jasmine Lowe cut the Techsters' lead to two at 17-15, Louisiana Tech would go on a 16-2 run to take a 16 point lead going ahead 33-17 with 7:28 left in the first half.

Madison Spence would end the point run by the Techsters with a jumper and spark a 15-6 run over the final seven minutes by the Aggies as they went into halftime trailing just 39-32.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 02/07/11

The Aggie men's and women's basketball teams are back in action tonight as they take on Louisiana Tech. The women are in Ruston trying to hand the Lady Techsters their first loss in conference play. LA Tech defeated Fresno State 90-84 in overtime on Saturday. The loss by Fresno State puts the Aggies just a game behind Fresno State in the loss column.

LA Tech is averaging 80.1 points per game in league play, highest in the WAC. For the Aggies to come away with a win tonight, they'll need to find their way to the free throw line and they'll need to knock down a few threes. The Aggies are the second best free throw shooting team in conference play and the best three point shooting team percentage-wise at 37.3 percent.

The Aggies will also need to take care of the ball as LA Tech is averaging 11.5 steals per game in conference play.

Five of LA Tech's eight conference wins have been by seven points or less, three of them in overtime. If the Aggies can play well, this is a game that they definitely have a chance to win.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off and can be heard on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track tonight after a disappointing loss at Fresno State last week. The Aggies host Louisiana Tech tonight in a game that they should win but must be be focused.

The Bulldogs are coming off a hellish trip to Fresno. The Bulldogs led Fresno State 38-26 at the half but went cold in the second half losing 72-64. LA Tech point guard DeAndre Brown scored 23 points in the loss and could be a player that gives the Aggies some trouble. Brown is a scoring point guard and the Aggies struggled earlier this season with Nevada's scoring point guard Deonte Burton (22 points).

The Aggies also need to contain LA Tech big man Olu Ashaolu who is capable of putting up big numbers on the glass. Ashaolu had monster games against Nevada and Louisiana Tech with 26 points and 17 rebounds against the Wolf Pack and 24 points and 18 rebounds against the Vandals.

Rebounding has been an issue for the Aggies so they'll need to step up that area of their game against a player who can on any given night grab nearly as many rebounds individually as the three Aggie big men, Gillenwater, Rahman and Nephawe are averaging combined and particularly with Hamidu Rahman's status listed as questionable after taking an elbow to the face against Fresno State.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. (MT) tip-off can can be seen on AggieVision, ESPN Full Court with streaming video available on ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access.

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Aggie Swimming And Diving Defeats UNM For Fourth Consecutive Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team cruised to a 144-98 win over New Mexico in the regular season finale. The Aggies defeated the Lobos for the fourth consecutive time.

“I think it was the perfect meet to end on leading into conference,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “Our team swam with a lot of passion, and we had several in-season best times so that’s always promising.”

The Aggies also celebrated their five seniors, Mariesa Cloud, Kelly Conrad, Theresa Illgen, Alannah Lawrence and Kelly Runestrand, that competed in Las Cruces for the final time.

“I think our seniors were great,” Pratt said. “It was a real emotional day with a lot going through their minds. It’s always fun.”  Continue Reading This Post >>