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 >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Loses Third Straight Falling 80-61 To USC

The Aggie men's basketball team dropped their third consecutive game falling 80-61 to the USC Trojans on Sunday afternoon at the Hall of Fame Tipoff in Springfield, Mass. Christian Kabongo led the Aggies in scoring with 14 points while Troy Gillenwater played just eight minutes and scored just two points, both from the free throw line.

The Aggies scored the game's first basket but six minutes into the game the Aggies trailed USC 15-5.

The Aggies would trim the deficit to three points at 24-21 after a pair of free throws by Christian Kabongo but a quick 7-2 spurt by USC gave the Trojans an eight point lead. The Aggies would get a three pointer fromGordo Castillo with 2:11 left in the first half to cut the deficit to five points but USC would go on a 12-5 run over the final 1:53 to take a 12 point lead into the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/21/10

It was a tough day for Aggie fans of just about any sport yesterday as three of the four teams competing yesterday were beaten and beaten soundly. The Aggie equestrian team was the only Aggie team to come out of the day with a victory as they defeated Fresno State.

As for football, women's basketball and men's basketball, the three teams lost and lost big. The Aggie football team lost to Nevada 52-6 in Reno. Just about the only good thing about the game was that at Nevada didn't roll up 844 yards of offense as they did against Idaho a couple weeks ago. The Aggies were able to hold the Wolf Pack to under 500 yards and did a fairly decent job against Colin Kaepernick in the run game.

The Aggies will wrap up the 2010 season next Saturday against Hawai'i. The Warriors defeated San Jose State 41-7 yesterday and threw for a school record 560 yards.

The Aggie women's basketball team went through a first half scoring drought and fell behind by 14 points at halftime and just could not recover and lost by 20 points to a veteran Houston Cougar team last night in the Aggies' home opener.

Tabytha Wampler finished the night with 14 points and seven rebounds, Jasmine Lowe finished with 18 points and Madison Spence finished with 14 points. The rest of the Aggies combined for 16 points.

Up next for the Aggies is a home game against Western New Mexico on Monday night. It will be the first of three games this week as the Aggies will also host their Thanksgiving Classic. All three games this week are very winnable for the Aggies.

The Aggie men's basketball team had an even worse time than the Aggie women's basketball team falling behind by 19 points at halftime. The Aggies could hit nothing in the first half hitting just seven shots while UMass did not have that problem hitting 67 percent in the half. The Aggies were able to cut the deficit to 12 points on a couple of occasions in the second half but just couldn't get the deficit into single-digits.

The Aggies have to rebound quickly as they face USC today at 12:30 p.m. MT. The Trojans led Bradley until the very last second as the Braves hit three free throws with under a second left to steal the game.

USC will not be a happy team after losing in that manner and coming off a 20-point loss to Rider as well.

Today's game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network and streaming audio will be available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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NM State vs. Houston Game Photos

NM State vs. Houston Game Photos

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 >>