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/ 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/ 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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Aggies Rally To Force Overtime And Defeat UTEP 80-75

A late three by Erica Sanchez in regulation and perfect free throw shooting by Camila Rosen and Tabytha Wampler in overtime helped lead the Aggies to their fourth victory in a row over I-10 rival UTEP. Madison Spence led the Aggies with 18 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six steals in 38 minutes.

The Aggies fell behind early 6-0 but a jumper by Tabytha Wampler at the 17:51 mark broke the seal for New Mexico State. The early part of the game would see solid defense and cold shooting by both teams as the game would be tied 10-10 at the under 12 minute media timeout. The score would remain 10-10 until Kristine Vittola would hit a jumper with 9:21 left to play in the half to give UTEP a 12-10 lead. Erica Sanchez would answer seconds later with a jumper to tie the score at 12-12 with just over 9:00 left to play. The score would remain tied at 12 until the 5:32 mark when UTEP's Anete Steinberga would hit one of two free throws to give UTEP a 13-12 lead.

The Aggies would fall behind 18-12 after UTEP's Gloria Brown hit a pair of free throws with 3:25 left in the half but a quick three by Jasmine Lowe would get the Aggie offense back on the board and cut the UTEP lead to just three at 18-15. Danisha Corbett would hit a pair of free throws with just over two minutes left in the half to draw the Aggies to within a point at 20-19 and the Aggies would take their first lead of the game just a few seconds later as freshman Andrea Chenier would get a steal and a breakaway layup to put the Aggies up 21-20 with 1:45 left in the half. The lead was short-lived as UTEP scored two quick baskets to take a 24-21 lead. The Miner lead would grow to five points at 26-21 after a pair of free throws by Steinberga but Madison Spence would bury a three from the corner with three seconds remaining before halftime to draw the Aggies to within a deuce at 26-24.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Kayleigh Giddens Sets Single-Season Kills Record But Aggies Swept By Utah State On Senior Night

The Aggies bid farewell to their two seniors Kayleigh Giddens and Whitney Woods on Wednesday night and Giddens recorded 14 kills to become the Aggies' all-time single season kills leader with 513 kills but the Aggies were swept by Utah State 3-0 losing 25-21, 19-25 and 20-25 to fall to 18-12 and 12-4 in WAC play as they head to Las Vegas, NV for the WAC Tournament.

Set one saw runs by both teams as Utah State jumped out to a 7-4 lead before New Mexico State would put together a 7-1 run to go up 11-8. The Aggies would push their lead to four points up 13-9 after a kill by Whitney Woods but Utah State would put together a 6-0 run to go head 15-13. New Mexico State would answer Utah State's run with a 6-1 run to go up 19-16 as the Aggies would get a pair of kills by Kayleigh Giddens, Whitney Woods and a double-block by Woods and Desiree Scott as the run was capped by a kill from Rocio Gutierrez. Utah State would go on a 3-1 run to tie the set at 20-20. New Mexico State would take a 21-20 lead on a kill by Kelsey Brennan but the UtAgs would run off the final five points of the set to take set one 25-21.

The Aggies fell behind 8-2 early in set two and still trailed by six down 12-6. The Aggies would trim the Utah State lead to four points at 15-11 after an attack error by USU's Liz McArthur. The Aggies would still trail by four points down 18-14 after an attack error by McArthur. Utah State would push their lead to six points at 22-16 and put the set away winning 25-19 on a kill by McArthur.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer Earns NSCAA Team Academic Award

The New Mexico State soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches of America/adidas (NSCAA) Team Academic Award after posting a 3.33 grade point average.

NM State is one of five Western Athletic Conference squads to be recognized along with Boise State, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Utah State. The Aggies' 3.33 GPA was highest in the WAC.

A total of 630 soccer teams (194 men, 436 women) posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2009-10 academic year. Over 100 more women's soccer teams were honored this season. There were 125 schools that had both their men's and women's teams honored which was up from 97 last season.

The Aggies finished the 2010 season with a 7-8-1 record in the program's second year of existence.

WAC Schools Earning the 2009-10 NSCAA/adidas Team Academic Award
School, Coach, GPA
Boise State, Steve Lucas, 3.19
Louisiana Tech, Kevin Sherry, 3.29  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 11/17/10 Your thoughts on the win against Western New Mexico?
Marvin Menzies: I thought the guys played very hard defensively and were very focused on playing our game and not worrying about the fact that it was a Division II and not really looking at the level of competition and gave them [WNMU] a lot of respect and played hard just because the fact that's what they should do. The Aggies were able to hold Western to around 32 percent shooting from the floor in that game.
MM: We concentrated on a lot of man to man in that game and our guys were holding each other accountable on defense and I think that aided the overall effort we ended up with.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/17/10

The Aggie women's basketball team is back in action tonight after their comeback victory over North Dakota this past Saturday. The Aggies are headed down I-10 to take on the UTEP Miners. The Aggies have won three in a row in this series and are looking for number four tonight.

The Aggies need to get another solid game from Tabytha Wampler tonight. Wampler is capable, when she stays out of foul trouble, of averaging close to a double-double in points and rebounds each game. She scored 20 points against North Dakota in the Aggies' comeback and while she may not score 20 points every game the Aggies would certainly love to get 13 to 14 points per game and eight to 10 rebounds per game from Wampler.

Madison Spence also needs to be a scoring threat for the Aggies not just tonight but throughout the season. She also scored 20 points in the Aggies' win over North Dakota and is certainly capable of averaging at least 15 points per game in her final season.

UTEP forward Gloria Brown scored 22 points for the Miners in their season opener against UC-Irvine and guard Dietra Cladwell chipped in 17 in the Miner's victory. The Aggies need to get off to a better start than they have in their first two games as they've fallen behind by 15 points in each of the first two games before making runs to close the gap before halftime.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. tipoff in El Paso with radio coverage available on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required). Live Stats will also be available via the UTEP athletic website.

The Aggie volleyball team wraps up the regular season tonight as they host Utah State on Senior Night. It will be the final home match for Whitney Woods and Kayleigh Giddens.

The Aggies are looking to send both out with a victory tonight and generate a little forward momentum heading into the WAC tournament after getting swept last weekend at Boise State. Utah State is currently tied for third place with Idaho. We were mistaken when we wrote on Monday that the Nevada was the six seed regardless of outcomes. Seeds three through six are still up for grabs as it looks like they could all finish at 8-8 in WAC play. Nevada faces LA Tech in their final match, that should be a victory to get them to 8-8. Idaho plays at Hawai'i, most likely a loss for Idaho which would drop them to 8-8. Utah State finishes with New Mexico State and if NM State wins, Utah State also finishes at 8-8. Boise State is done for the regular season and has an 8-8 record. We don't envy the WAC staff member that has to sort out the tiebreakers for the seedings but we'll take a quick crack at it.

Assuming all four teams finish 8-8, which seems like the most likely scenario, Idaho would earn the 3-seed because they finished with the best head-to-head record against the teams they're tied with finishing 4-2 against the other three. The remaining three teams all split their regular season meetings finishing 3-3 against each other, however, Boise State would earn the 4-seed because they split with New Mexico State (the second tiebreaker looks at record against teams starting from the top of the standings and working down. Everyone was swept by Hawai'i). Utah State would earn the 5-seed because they finished with a 1-1 record against Idaho while Nevada was swept by the Vandals (the 3rd place team) leaving the Wolf Pack as the 6-seed.

This is just our best guess based on the other four teams (Idaho, Boise State, Nevada and Utah State) all finishing 8-8 after tonight and tomorrow night's games and our interpretation of the WAC's tiebreakers.

Tonight's match between the Aggies and Aggies is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. first serve and can be seen on AggieVision with streaming video available via

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Aggie Volleyball Signs Three For 2011 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head volleyball coach Mike Jordan announced that three recruits have signed National Letters of Intent to attend and play at New Mexico State University.

Meredith Hays of Hereford, Texas, Jocelyn Leichner of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Bradley Nash of Kayenta, Ariz. have all signed with the Aggies to play next fall. All three are listed as outside hitters but are versatile enough to play other positions. Head coach Mike Jordan and his staff are excited to see what these three players can do for the program when they arrive to NM State.

"To say we're excited about this recruiting class is a huge understatement," Jordan said. "They're all great athletes and even better people."  Continue Reading This Post >>