NM State vs. UTEP Game Photos

NM State vs. UTEP Game Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 11/24/10

The tough times continued last night for the Aggie team as the volleyball team lost in five sets to Utah State ending their season in the WAC tournament semifinals. The Aggies led the fifth set 13-10 but couldn't seal the deal. The Aggie careers of Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods come to a close as the Aggies finish the season with an 18-13 record.

The Aggies finished with 22 more kills than Utah State but were outblocked 20-9. It's a disappointing end to the season as the Aggies had hoped to at least make it through to the championship match against Hawai'i tonight. The Wahine had no trouble with Idaho last night in the other semifinal match.

We'll have photos from the match posted a little later today.

The Aggie men's basketball team's skid reached four games as they lost to UTEP last night. The Aggies were down by nine at halftime but unlike last year in El Paso, they were unable to pull off a comeback victory. The Aggies outrebounded UTEP 48-27, won the points in the paint battle 26-12 and won the second chance points battle 15-5 but much like the Aggie volleyball team, still came out with a loss even though they dominated most of the key stats. UTEP hit 12-of-24 three pointers against the Aggies which is akin to Utah State outblocking the Aggies 20-9. It just changes the way both Aggie teams (volleyball and men's basketball) played.

Troy Gillenwater bounced back from his benching with 18 points and 14 rebounds and Hernst Laroche finished with 11 points but only two assists.

The next three games for the Aggies don't get any easier as they return home to face UTEP next Tuesday followed by back-to-back games against New Mexico.

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Aggie Volleyball Ends Season With 3-2 Loss To Utah State In WAC Semifinal

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - The New Mexico State volleyball team fell in five sets (23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 14-16) to Utah State in the semifinal of the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as senior Kayliegh Giddens marked a career-high 29 kills.

The Aggies fell behind two sets to one and tied it up at 2-2 after taking set four 25-22. The Aggies took the momentum into set five staying with Utah State and eventually taking a 13-10 lead, but NM State errors proved to be the difference as USU won 16-14.

Giddens also tallied her 12th double-double of the year as she added 22 digs, while senior Whitney Woods marked 19 kills and freshman Rocio Gutierrez tallied 14. Junior setter Jennah DeVries scored her ninth double-double of the season with a season-high 64 assists and 13 digs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Loses Round I Of Battle Of I-10 73-56

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 23)-In the final game of a four-game road trip, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team fell at UTEP, 73-56, in the first meeting of the Sonic Battle of I-10 this season. Junior forward Troy Gillenwater directed the Aggies with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Junior guard Hernst Laroche was also in double-figures with 11 points. Senior guard Gordo Castillo added eight points on 2-for-4 shooting from the 3-point line, while freshman guard Christian Kabongo supplied seven points.

NM State out-rebounded the Miners, 48-27, but UTEP shot 50 percent from the 3-point line (12-of-24). The Aggies trailed UTEP, 40-31, at halftime. Gillenwater posted his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, while Laroche added seven points. NM State dominated the board with a 26-10 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Team Rested And Ready For Showdown With Utah State In WAC Semifinal Match

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State volleyball team doesn't want the season to end tonight against Utah State in the WAC Tournament semifinals. Utah State ended the Aggies' season in 2005 in the WAC tournament and swept the Aggies in Las Cruces last week. Junior setter Jennah DeVries says that the team is plenty motivated heading into tonight's match. "Coach [Jordan] said to us, 'You have two games left if you want it.' " She added, "It's up to us, that's motivation in and of itself."

The Aggies will need to pass better tonight than they did less than a week ago in Las Cruces to avoid Utah State's block. NM State was blocked 15 times by Utah State in that match and had 31 attack errors in just three sets. "We have to pass better. We passed it terrible at our place and they were able to just go stand in front of us," said Coach Jordan. "We have to be a little bit smarter attacking. If you make a bad pass and you know you've got two blockers in front of you on a high ball, you can't hit it right into them. You've gotta go off the fingertips and do that more often. Our outside hitters need to be a bit smarter in those situations."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/23/10

The Aggie women's basketball team took care of business against Western New Mexico last night but the win came at a price as senior point guard Madison Spence suffered a concussion and will likely be out for this weekend's games in the Thanksgiving classic.

The Aggies will probably use junior guard Kaitlyn Soto, senior guard Jasmine Lowe and freshman Andrea Chenier more in the rotation.

The Aggies are still looking to put together a complete game. Western New Mexico was able to stick close in the rebounding margin with the Aggies. Western finished with 31 rebounds just one fewer than the Aggies. WNMU also shot 47.8 percent in the first half, though the Aggies did hold Western to just 37 percent in the second half.

The Aggies are back in action on Friday and Saturday for the Thanksgiving classic and will face Alcorn State and either Northern Iowa or Louisiana-Monroe.

The Aggie men's basketball is back in action tonight as they renew the rivalry with UTEP. The game is at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso where the Aggies pulled off a stunning upset of UTEP last season after head coach Marvin Menzies was ejected from the game after receiving two technical fouls in the first half. The Aggies trailed by 11 with just over eight minutes left in the half and went on to win by seven points, 87-80.

The Aggies are looking to work past some on the court issues that have popped up in the past three games. The Aggies did not finish their game against Arizona last week and then saw their go-to player Troy Gillenwater sit out the second half of their game against USC as head coach Marvin Menzies felt he did not come out ready to play.

UTEP is 2-1 on the season losing to Pacific in their home opener but defeating Mercer and Western Carolina in their past two games. Randy Culpepper is their returning go-to guy and has been a noted Aggie-killer in the past. Julyan Stone is averaging 12 points and eight rebounds for UTEP.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. tipoff and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling the action. Live Stats will be available via the UTEP athletic website.

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Aggie Women's Basketball Rolls Past Western New Mexico 90-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball posted its first home win of the season with a 90-59 defeat of Western New Mexico at the Pan American Center on Monday night.

NM State got a scare in the second half when leading scorer and senior guard Madison Spence went down early in the second half in what looked like a potential concussion. She did not return, finishing the night with three points in just 13 minutes of play.

Two reserve Aggie guards stepped up to fill the void, scoring in double digits. Junior Kaitlyn Soto led all scorers with 15 points while freshman guard Andrea Chenier added 14 both off the bench. Starting senior guard Jasmine Lowe netted 13 points, while sophomore backcourt mate Camila Rosen put up 12.

All 13 active players on the roster saw time on the floor with a dozen scoring and 11 playing double-digit minutes. All but two players grabbed a rebound as well. Junior forward Ariella McGhee led the Aggies on the boards with seven. "I thought we had much better energy tonight than we did on Saturday," said head coach Darin Spence. "I think we rebounded the ball better and got some minutes from our bench. So everybody got a chance to grow tonight and that will help us down the road."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/22/10

The Aggie men's basketball team lost their third straight game yesterday afternoon falling 80-61 to a previously struggling USC team. Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes in the loss and was benched for disciplinary reasons according to Jeff Thomas of The Republican.

This was a lost opportunity for the Aggies to pick up some resume boosting victories. While it's difficult to gauge how good UMass was it was clear that USC was struggling coming into the Tipoff. At the very least earning a split on the road would have been acceptable. Unfortunately that was not in the cards for the Aggies and they now head to El Paso tomorrow night for the first of two games against UTEP.

The Aggies need to figure out their on-the-court issues. Two of the past three games head coach Marvin Menzies has had some unflattering things to say about either the team or individual peformances. Against Arizona he felt that the Aggies quit playing in the second half. Against USC yesterday he called the entire team "flat from the beginning" and also said that Troy Gillenwater was not ready to play and that he was "not very happy with him right now."

The Aggies should at the very least have a good scout on UTEP since head coach Tim Floyd was the head coach at USC when Marvin Menzies and the Aggies played the Trojans in Los Angeles two years ago.

The Aggies still have plenty of RPI-boosting opportunities left with four games against UTEP and St. Mary's and Pacific both coming into the Pan Am before the end of the year.

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action tonight as they try to bounce back from a tough loss to Houston on Saturday. The Aggies are hosting Western New Mexico. This will be the first official game for the Mustangs who have lost a pair of exhibition games against Northern Arizona and UNM. The Mustangs have not played since November 9th. This should be a rout and it should be over by halftime.

One thing that the Aggies need to do is put together a good defensive performance for an entire game. It hasn't happened so far as the Aggies have given up at least 80 points in three of their four games and gave up 75 (albeit in overtime) in their other game.

The Aggies have shown the ability to score points but on nights like this past Saturday when the shots aren't falling, the Aggies need to be able to also keep the other team from scoring.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. The game can be heard on the radio on KSNM AM 570 and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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Five Aggies Earn All-WAC Honors; Three Named To First Team


Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS - Four New Mexico State volleyball players earned Western Athletic Conference honors as the awards were announced at the WAC Volleyball Tournament banquet, Sunday, Nov. 21, in Las Vegas. The award winners were selected by the league's head coaches.

Senior outside hitter Kayleigh Giddens, junior middle hitter Kelsey Brennan and junior setter Jennah DeVries earned first team All-WAC honors while senior outside hitter Whitney Woods tabbed second team honors.

It is the second consecutive season for Giddens, Brennan and DeVries to earn first team honors, while Woods earned first team honors in 2009.  Continue Reading This Post >>