Aggie Women's Basketball Falls 82-62 In Home Opener Against Houston

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team could not overcome two double-digit runs by a veteran Houston team in each half, falling 82-62 to the Cougars in the Aggies' home opener at the Pan American Center on Saturday night.

Houston put together a 15-0 run after the under-eight minute media timeout of the first half to pull ahead 30-19 with 3:24 left in the stanza. Cougar reserve guard Roxana Button stunned the Aggies by scoring seven straight during the rally with two threes and a free throw.

Down 39-25 at halftime, Aggie junior forward Tabytha Wampler attained double digits after a pair of free throws to cut the UH lead to 12. But the Cougars responded with a 10-0 run to go up 49-27 at the 16:55 mark and held off NM State the rest of the way.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls 71-57 To UMass

Troy Gillenwater finished with 13 points and seven rebounds as the Aggies dropped their second consecutive game losing 71-57 to UMass at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass on Saturday night.

The Aggies trailed 44-23 at halftime behind hot shooting by UMass and ice cold shooting by the Aggies. UMass hit 65.4 percent of their shots in the first half while the Aggies hit just 30.4 percent. Hamidu Rahman paced the Aggies with 10 points in the first half but did not score the rest of the game. UMass jumped out to a 6-1 lead and by the under 12 minute media timeout the Aggies trailed 20-7. UMass would go outscore the Aggies 7-2 and at the under eight minute media timeout the Aggies trailed 27-9. The Aggies would fall behind even further trailing 35-13 with 5:27 left. The Aggies would cut the deficit to 14 points down 37-23 with 3:02 left but the Aggies would not score the remainder of the half and trailed 44-23 at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 52-6 To No. 18 Nevada

The Aggie football team fell 52-6 to No. 18 Nevada on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Stampler hit two of three field goal attempts to account for the Aggies' only scoring.

Nevada received the ball to start the game and drove 75 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown taking a 7-0 lead. The Aggies' first drive started at their own 21 yard line and on the first play from scrimmage Andrew Manley hit Taveon Rogers for a 44-yard completion down to the Nevada 35 yard line. Manley would complete a pass to Marcus Allen for seven yards but the Aggies' drive would stall after back-to-back incompletions. Tyler Stampler would miss a 46 yard field goal just his third miss of the season.

The Wolf Pack would take over and drive 53 yards on seven plays settling for a 36-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead. Following the field goal the Wolf Pack would score touchdowns on three of their next four possessions while the Aggies would get a second quarter field goal, a 47-yarder from Tyler Stampler as the Wolf Pack held a 31-3 lead at halftime.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/20/10

The Aggie football team is in Reno today to take on the 18th ranked Wolf Pack. Consider it a redemption game for both teams, although for different reasons. The Aggies are hoping to redeem themselves from a very poor defensive performance against the Wolf Pack last year at Aggie Memorial stadium. Nevada ran around, over, through the Aggie defense last year to the tune of 574 yards rushing and a 63-20 shellacking that wasn't as close as the 43 point difference would suggest. The Aggies scored two garbage time touchdowns to make the final score a bit more palatable (if that's even possible). The Wolf Pack had three players with over 100 yards rushing, became the first team to ever have three different players rush for 1,000 yards in the same season and just about everybody that touched the ball on a running play had success.

This year the Aggies hope to erase the bad taste from their mouth with a better defensive performance. The goal for the Aggies is to be competitive in this game. They had some success containing Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel who possesses a lot of the same skillset that Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick has. With two games left in the season it's no longer about wins and losses for the Aggies. It's about being competitive against good teams and heading into the offseason with some forward momentum.

For Nevada they're looking for redemption from an embarrassing loss to the Aggies in 2008. That year the Aggies went to Reno and pulled out a 48-45 victory over the Wolf Pack. Apparently that memory is still fresh in the Wolf Pack players' and coaches' minds and they say they're not overlooking the Aggies as the showdown with Boise State looms large next weekend.

Today's game is scheduled for an early 2:05 p.m. MT start. Fans can listen to the game on the Aggie Sports Network with Kyle Doperalski calling the action filling in for Jack Nixon who is with the Aggie men's basketball team at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action after their 80-75 overtime win against UTEP on Wednesday night. The Aggies host Houston also from Conference USA. The Aggies are 2-4 against Houston but the last time the Cougars visited the Pan Am they were ranked in the Top 25 and the Aggies came out with a 68-63 victory.

It's the first home game for the Aggies and they'll need to avoid a letdown coming off the emotional victory over UTEP. As will be the case all year long, the Aggies need to have good games from Madison Spence and Tabytha Wampler and have other players also contribute with solid games.

The Cougars have played one game this season, an 88-48 drubbing of UT-Arlington. The Cougars' top five scorers are all upperclassmen. It will be a good test for both teams and should be a high-scoring affair. The Aggies have scored at least 79 points in all three games, however, the Aggies have also given up at least 75 points in all three games.

The tipoff is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and the game can be heard in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with Jeff Matthews calling the action. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie men's basketball team is also back in action as they look to bounce back from a disappointing result against Arizona on Thursday night. The Aggies are also looking to get back to being a hard-working team for 40 minutes after getting called out by Coach Menzies for a lack of effort and desire in the final 10 minutes of the game that saw them go from an eight point deficit to a 26-point loss.

UMass is 2-0 on the young season with victories over Rider and Sacred Heart. The Aggies should be favored in this game despite it being a virtual home game for the Minutemen. UMass is led in scoring by redshirt senior guard Anthony Gurley who is averaging 24.5 points per game. Second leading scorer for UMass is sophomore guard Freddie Riley who is averaging 18.5 points per game.

UMass is a solid free throw shooting team through two games having hit 40-of-55 (72.7 percent). The Aggies struggled from the stripe against Arizona and are hitting just 65.3 percent (49-of-75).

Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. MT and can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling the action. Streaming audio is also available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats are also available for the game and UMass will be conducting a Live Blog.

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NM State Equestrian Photos

NM State Equestrian Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 11/19/10

The Aggie basketball team lost last night to Arizona by 26 points. It was a relatively close game for the first 30 minutes, the Aggies trailed by just eight points with 9:30 left to play but within the next two and a half minutes the game was out of reach as the Wildcats led by 15 and eventually went up by 20-plus.

Perhaps the most concerning part of the loss wasn't the loss itself but the lack of effort over the final 10 minutes of the game. Coach Menzies told Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News after the game, "We stopped playing. We didn't give the effort that we needed. We didn't use the same effort to climb back into it. The kids were playing the score instead of playing the next play."

That may be more valuable than actually winning, having your coach question your desire. Expect to see a much harder playing group this weekend against UMass and USC and for the rest of the season. Hopefully this will be the last time the Aggies' desire and effort gets called into question.

On a much more serious note, we'd like to pass along our condolences to the family of Aggie recruit Kofi Mensa who passed away after a battle with cancer. Mensa signed with the Aggies and we believe was supposed to have been a part of this year's class.

Frank Juzenas of the Brampton Guardian wrote, "At 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds Mensa, a shooting guard was a tremendous leaper who caught the attention of a number of other NCAA schools including St. Joseph’s and West Virginia.

It was nearly two years ago that he began feeling ill while at Mountain State. Doctors at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto diagnosed him with cancer.

McIntyre said New Mexico State University remained committed to him and said it would honour his scholarship even if he could not play basketball again."

(H/T Kevin at Parsing The WAC)

By now you've probably heard the news that Hawai'i has entered negotiations that would make them football only members of the Mountain West Conferece. It's just the latest in a long line of exits from the WAC this year.

The only good news is that according to WAC Commissioner Karl Benson there is pending NCAA legislation which will allow the WAC to keep its automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Benson told Dennis Dodd at CBS Sports, "We're anticipating the new NCAA legislation that is expected to be adopted in January that eliminates the continuity-of-membership issue."

The current NCAA continuity-of-membership clause states:
Further, the continuity-of-membership requirement shall be met only if a minimum of six core institutions have conducted conference competition together in Division I the preceding five years in men’s basketball. There shall be no exception to the five-year waiting period.

The legislation that is pending would get rid of the six-for-five clause and just require that a league have seven active members (which the WAC would have, barely, with Utah State, Idaho, New Mexico State, San Jose State, Denver, UTSA and Texas State).

When Hawai'i leaves, the WAC will have just six football playing schools. Commissioner Benson has stated that ideally the league wants nine football playing members and 10 members for other sports like basketball and volleyball. Unfortunately it doesn't appear that there are three more football schools to add. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next several weeks regarding TCU's status in the Mountain West and whether they decide to stay or if they get the call from the Big East.

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Arizona Blows Out Aggies In Second Half; Aggies Lose 83-57

The Aggie men's basketball team trailed by nine at halftime and was blown out in the final 10 minutes the second half falling 83-57 in Tucson on Thursday night. The highly anticipated battle between Aggie forward Troy Gillenwater and Arizona forward Derrick Williams did not disappoint as Troy Gillenwater scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds while Derrick Williams finished with 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

The Aggies grabbed an early 9-7 lead after a three pointer by Gordo Castillo who scored all five of his points in the first six and a half minutes. The first media timeout came at the 13:25 mark and Arizona head coach subbed out his entire starting lineup and the newcomers sparked the Wildcats to a 12-0 run giving Arizona a 21-9 lead. The Aggies would fall behind by 14 points after a jumper by Arizona's Jesse Perry gave the Wildcats a 28-14 lead with 4:54 left in the half.

The Aggies would go on a 10-2 run to trim the deficit to just six points but a fast break layup by Derrick Williams followed by a Williams free throw gave the Wildcats a nine point lead with 1:56 left. The two teams would trade jumpers in the final 90 seconds as the Aggies would head to the locker room down 35-26 at the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Swimming And Diving Ranked In Top 20 In CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Poll

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State swimming and diving team is ranked No. 18 in the first CSCAA/CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll of the year.

“This is a nice indicator where we stand currently with un-rested times,” head coach Rick Pratt said. “It is still early in the season, yet I think this is a good indicator of our progression.”

The Aggies return to dual meet action at Northern Arizona, Dec. 4 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The mid-major ranking is available to those institutions that a) are not members of a BCS conference or Mountain West Conference, or b) provide less than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.

A record 57 schools submitted entries in the first ranking of the season. Future release dates are scheduled for Dec. 15, Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Utah State Match Photos

NM State vs. Utah State Match Photos

The Daily Aggie :: 11/18/10

It was a milestone night for Aggie volleyball last night but unfortunately not all of the milestones were ones to be proud of. Kayleigh Giddens finished with 14 kills and moved into first place on the all-time single-season kills list with 513 surpassing Jonna Steffens (1990) who recorded 499. Giddens is also the first Aggie to ever surpass 500 kills in a season. It was great that it happened at home and on Senior Night but the Aggies were unceremoniously dumped by Utah State in a three set sweep. Utah State is the first WAC opponent who wasn't Hawai'i to win in the Pan Am against the Aggies. It's the first time the Aggies have lost on Senior Night since 1998, Mike Jordan's first year as head coach. The loss snapped a nine match winning streak over Utah State dating back to the WAC tournament in 2005 which was the last season the Aggies failed to make the championship match.

The Aggies now head into the WAC tournament on a two-match losing streak having lost six straight sets to Boise State and Utah State. You can throw out our tournament seeding scenario from yesterday. Utah State likely earned themselves the 3-seed last night because Idaho will almost certainly lose to Hawai'i tonight in Honolulu. If Idaho, Boise State and Nevada each finish 8-8, Idaho earns the 4-seed (they were 3-1 against BSU and UNR), Boise State earns the 5-seed (they split with New Mexico State) and Nevada earns the 6-seed. That will also be seeding if Nevada loses tonight. Now, if Idaho somehow beats Hawai'i tonight, then Idaho would earn the 3-seed, Utah State would be bumped to the 4-seed and then the other two seeds would remain the same but... that is the unlikeliest of cases. Hawai'i is not going to lose at home to Idaho. Period. (See what we're doing here? Reverse psychology, it apparently worked against NM State last night).

The Aggie women's basketball team picked up an ultra-impressive 80-75 overtime victory over UTEP last night rallying from nine points down with two and a half minutes left to force overtime and then getting four clutch free throws from Camila Rosen and Tabytha Wampler to seal the game.

Madison Spence had probably the best game of her career statistically finishing with 18 points, seven assists, just one turnover, six steals and six rebounds. It was a very similar performance to one she put up two years ago against Kent State. That game the Aggies lost 84-82 but Spence had 30 points, five rebounds, seven assists just two turnovers and had one steal. Last night's performance gets the slight edge for three reasons. One, the Aggies won the game. Two, it came against a rival on their home court. Three, Spence had six steals, that's six extra possessions for your team.

Tabytha Wampler had 14 points and nine rebounds which is pretty close to what we stated yesterday that the Aggies need out of her on a nightly basis.

The Aggies return to action on Saturday against Houston for a 5:00 p.m. tipoff.

The Aggie men's basketball team is in Tucson to take on the Arizona Wildcats. It's a chance for the young Aggie squad to find out just how good they are. They've blown out Louisiana and Division II Western New Mexico and have not noticed any dropoff in point production over last season. Troy Gillenwater has been as good as expected stepping into the leadership role this season.

Arizona is led by forward Derrick Williams who coach Menzies says is similar in athleticism and ability to Troy Gillenwater. Whether or not the two guard each other tonight remains to be seen but it will certainly be the marquee battle to watch in this game simply from a scoring/rebounding perspective.

This is a very winnable game for the Aggies and if they can play well and pull off the upset tonight, it will give them a huge boost going into this weekend's Hall of Fame Tipoff where the Aggies should be heavy favorites to win (just FYI, Southern Cal got pasted at home last night by Rider).

One of the big keys for tonight's game will be for the Aggies to not be overwhelmed by the atmosphere. McKale is always a tough place to play and it will likely be one of the bigger crowds the Aggies play in front of all year (UTEP, UNM and Utah State being the others).

Tonight's game will be televised on FSN Arizona and Fox College Sports Pacific. It is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. MT tip and the game can also be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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