The Daily Aggie :: 11/28/10

The fall portion of the 2010-2011 athletic schedule has come to a close as the Aggie football team lost 59-24 yesterday to Hawai'i. The Warriors earned at least a share of the WAC crown as Boise State (6-1) and Nevada (6-1) still play Utah State and Louisiana Tech respectively. Should those two teams lose those games, and anything is possible. Who knows how Boise State will respond to the BCS-dream crushing loss and who knows how Nevada will respond after pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the year.

For the Aggies it's the end of year two for head coach DeWayne Walker's club. The Aggies started off the season very slowly both offensively and defensively but really started to show some progress in the middle of the season picking up a win over San Jose State in which the Aggies played one of their best offensive games in two years. The Aggie offense has some momentum heading into the 2011 season. After scoring 20-plus points in just one of the first seven games, the Aggies scored 20-plus points in four of the last five games and had legitimate chances to win three of those five games.

The Aggie secondary loses a big piece with the graduation of Davon House who in his final game as an Aggie had an interception that he returned for 48 yards as well as safety Alphonso Powell. The Aggie offense loses running back Seth Smith but returns Kenny Turner and Robert Clay as well as quarterbacks Matt Christian and Andrew Manley and nearly every wide receiver however there are bigger concerns for Coach Walker than just the who the returners are on the field.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Coach Walker feels that New Mexico State needs to evaluate their commitment to the football program citing the need for a better recruiting budget, higher pay for assistants and additional strength and conditioning coaches just for starters.

It will be an interesting offseason for sure as the Aggies head into year three of the Coach Walker era.

The Aggie women's basketball team won the Thanksgiving Classic by defeating Northern Iowa last night by a final score of 72-63. The Aggies have now won two straight without senior point guard Madison Spence who is out with a concussion. Tabytha Wampler has stepped up for the Aggies and is averaging a double-double at 12.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Wampler had a career-high 18 rebounds last night against Northern Iowa and also had 14 point and five assists as she helped the Aggies erase a 12 point deficit.

The Aggies face in-state rival New Mexico on Wednesday night in the Pan Am.

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NM State vs. Northern Iowa Game Photos

NM State vs. Northern Iowa Game Photos

Aggies Defeat Northern Iowa 72-63; Spence Notches 100th Victory As NM State Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Tabytha WamplerLAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Darin Spence earned his 100th victory as the Aggie general when NM State defeated Northern Iowa 72-63 at the Pan American Center on Saturday night to clinch the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic Championship.

The Aggies used an early second-half run to take the lead and never relinquished it, leading by as many as 11 before UNI closed the gap to two at 62-60 with under four minutes remaining. NM State held the Panthers off as junior forward Tabytha Wampler scored six of her 14 points over the final 3:30 of the game.

Wampler posted her third double-double of the season and fifth of her career with a career-high 18 rebounds to go with her 14 tallies. Meanwhile, the senior guard tandem of Danisha Corbett and Jasmine Lowe each scored a game-high 17 points in the win.

Senior point guard Madison Spence did not dress for the second straight game Saturday as junior Kaitlyn Soto made her second start of the season. Spence is day-to-day but improving with another formal evaluation scheduled for Sunday. Sophomore guard Camila Rosen earned her first start of the season as the Aggies started four guards and a forward against UNI.

NM State shot 51 percent in the game and held UNI to just 38 percent from the field. The Aggies out-rebounded the Panthers 36-31 in the contest. Each team finished with 15 turnovers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Hawai'i Game Photos

NM State vs. Hawai'i Game Photos

Aggie Football Ends 2010 Season With With 59-24 Loss To Hawai'i

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies ended the 2010 season with a loss to Hawai’i, 59-24. It was also senior day for the NM State, as 17 players wore the Crimson and White for the final time.

The Aggies finish the 2010 season with a 2-10 overall record and a 1-7 conference record. Hawai’i moves to 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the WAC, claiming a share of the conference title with Nevada and Boise State.

As a team, the Aggies tallied 214 yards of total offense, while Hawai’i racked up 606 yards in the half. Andrew Manley led the Aggies with 135 yards passing on 20-of-35 passing and two interceptions. Kenny Turner led the Aggies’ rushing attack with 52 yards on 10 carries. Todd Lee caught five passes for 50 yards, while Kyle Nelson caught four passes for 43 yards. Defensively, Boyblue Aoelua, Darien Johnson, B.J. Adolpho and Donyae Coleman led the Aggies with five tackles each.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Alcorn State Game Photos

NM State vs. Alcorn State Game Photos

Aggie Women's Basketball Holds Off Alcorn State 67-61

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team earned a hard-fought 67-61 victory over Alcorn State at the Pan American Center on Friday night in the first round of the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic.

The Aggies led by as many as 20 in the first half. However, Alcorn State used a 17-6 run over NM State in the middle of the second half to close the gap to two at 47-45. The Braves would tie the score twice at 55 all and 58-58, but could not overtake the lead, NM State closed out the game on a 9-3 run for the final margin.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/26/10

The Aggie women's basketball team returns to action today as the Thanksgiving Classic gets underway at the Pan Am. The Aggies will face off against Alcorn State today at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Braves are 0-3 on the season with their closest loss coming against UTEP by 13 points. Alcorn State guard Carolinsia Crumbly is averaging 20.3 points per game and fellow guard Kiara Ruffin is averaging 13 points per game. Expect the Aggies to try to key in on Crumbly. Crumbly is not only the leading scorer but also their best three point shooter so far this season hitting 11-of-20 attempts.

The Lady Braves have four players who have played the bulk of their minutes and they are all guards. The Aggies should be able to wear down the Braves with their depth and should be able to dominate the boards and points in the paint tonight.

The game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. (MT) tipoff and radio coverage will be available on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces with streaming audio also available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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DeWayne Walker: It was much more competitive than last year. Last year was a disaster game. I really thought we made some improvements schematically on defense and we get one more shot at these guys next year before they leave the conference. I just didn't feel the score indicated how the game actually went. I thought we moved the ball on them pretty good on them throughout the game we just couldn't score any touchdowns. Obviously Manley throwing the pick six didn't help us any. The one touchdown before halftime was uneventful but for the most part I really thought we improved this year versus last year. Your defense did a good job of containing Colin Kaepernick's running game holding him to under 50 yards of rushing.
DW: I thought Coach Lindsey came up with a great game plan and I think our defense did a great job. I think we kept him to 48 yards rushing. They probably threw the ball a little bit more. I think the game was never close enough for them to feel that we were threatening them but I knew they felt like we were just more competitive and we made them earn everything they got. I think they took a couple more chances throwing the ball just trying to get Kaepernick ready for the Boise game but again I thought it was a good gameplan and I thought we executed pretty good.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State vs. Utah State WAC Tournament Semifinal Match Photos

NM State vs. Utah State WAC Tournament Semifinal Match Photos