Aggies Stun North Dakota 82-81; Wamper And Spence Each Score 20 Points

The Aggie women's basketball team won their first game of the 2010-2011 season in dramatic fashion as they rallied from a 15-point first half deficit and an 11-point second half deficit as they trailed 49-38 with 14:07 left in the game but chipped away over the final 14 minutes and took the lead for the very first time when Tabytha Wampler hit a layup out of a timeout with under 10 seconds left to go ahead 82-81. The Aggie defense would hold giving the Aggies the comeback victory.

The Aggies had five players in double-figures as Madison Spence and Tabytha Wampler each scored 20 points. Ariella McGhee would add 14 points while Jasmine Lowe would score 13 and Danisha Corbett would add 10.

The Aggies fell behind 7-1 just four minutes into the game as they would miss their first eight shots from the field, however, they would trail by just one point, 9-8 after a free throw by Tabytha Wampler with 13:25 left in the first half. The Aggie offense would be unable to generate much offense as the Fighting Sioux would outscore them 31-17 to take a 15 point lead with one minute left in the half.

The Aggies would get back-to-back threes from Madison Spence and Erica Sanchez in the final minute of the half to cut their deficit to nine points and went into halftime down 40-31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Louisiana Tech Scores Two Late Touchdowns; Aggies Fall 41-20

The Aggie football team battled the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs closely for nearly the entire game trailing by just seven points but two touchdowns in the final five minutes sealed the Aggies' fate as the Bulldogs left Las Cruces with a 41-20 victory ending a 10-game road losing streak.

In his second career start, Andrew Manley threw his first career touchdown pass connecting with Todd Lee on a 30 yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. Manley finished the game 20-of-40 for 216 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Robert Clay, in his first start filing in for injured Seth Smith and Kenny Turner finished with 108 yards on 22 carries with an average of 4.9 yards per carry.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Inks All-American Pitcher From New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph announced that Karysta Donisthorpe an accomplished senior pitcher from Piedra Vista High School in Farmington, N.M., signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play at NM State beginning the 2011-12 season.

If Donisthorpe's name sounds familiar to you that's because the highly acclaimed hurler has already made a name for herself; leading her high school team to four straight softball titles in the state of New Mexico prior to her upcoming senior season. Her first title came as a young eighth-grade hurler on the varsity squad.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/13/10

The Aggie men's basketball team opened their season with a convincing win last night over Louisiana. Any questions whether the Aggies would be able to score at the same rate they did last year were answered, at least for one game. The Aggies got career highs in points from Troy Gillenwater (30), Hernst Laroche (21) and got a solid 18 points from Hamidu Rahman. The one returner that didn't have the best night was Gordo Castillo who finished with just three points but did have four assists.

The Aggie newcomers faired pretty well last night also as just about everyone played last night for at least a few minutes. This team should only get better as the season progresses and the win over Louisiana was a good starting point. There were plenty of good things, winning, scoring 92 points, showing they can still shoot the three ball at a high rate. There were also some not so good things, Hernst Laroche fouled out (just about the only bad thing he did all night), 10 second half turnovers, Louisiana shooting over 40 percent. Plenty of things for the Aggies to build on as they move forward. After Monday night's game against Western New Mexico, things get significantly more difficult.

Last night's win was also the first win in a road opener since the 2004-2005 season. The Aggies had lost (in reverse chronological order) to St. Mary's (CA), USC, Ohio, Loyola Marymount (CA) and UCLA in the previous five road openers.

The Aggie women's basketball team also kicked off the season last night as their rally fell just short at North Dakota State. The Aggies were a bit sluggish out of the gate and fell behind by 16 points, however, they mounted a furious rally at the end of the half and trailed by just three heading into halftime. The second half was tight all the way to the end with the Aggies eventually falling by nine points.

The Aggies were severely hampered by fouls last night. There were 32 fouls called against the Aggies and NDSU was in the double-bonus before the 10 minute mark of the second half. That being said, the Aggies were tied with five minutes left in the game but couldn't quite get over the hump and NDSU hit 7-of-8 free throws in the final 90 seconds to ice the game.

The Aggies are back in action tonight when they face North Dakota. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. MT. Live Stats will be available for tonight's game via the North Dakota athletic website.

The Aggie football team is also back in action today as they host Louisiana Tech. The Aggies are hoping to bounce back from their loss to Utah State last weekend. LA Tech is also looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss as they gave up 23 fourth quarter points to Fresno State and ended up losing by six points last weekend.

It will be interesting to see what the Aggie defense has dialed up for the spread offense of Sonny Dykes. The Aggies struggled a bit against the pass against San Jose State a couple weeks ago as Jordan La Secla passed for almost 400 yards.

LA Tech quarterback Ross Jenkins is capable of having that type of day proving that in a big win over Idaho. While the Aggie secondary has to worry about the pass, they'll also need to be aware of LA Tech running back Lennon Creer. Creer is averaging 85 yards per game but had big games against both Idaho schools.

It will also be interesting to see what the Aggie offense can do today. They've shown marked signs of improvement in the past two weeks but without running back Kenny Turner who has really come to life late in the season, the offense is without some of its explosiveness.

Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. MT. This game was previously scheduled to air on AggieVision but will due to unforseen circumstances the game will not be televised. You can still watch the game on, the game will also be broadcast on the radio on the Aggie Sports Network with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

The Aggie volleyball team is back in action as they wrap up their regular season road schedule before returning home next week. The Aggies are just two wins way from the 20-win plateau. The Aggies have wrapped up second place in the WAC after winning at Idaho on Thursday night.

The Aggies' Kayleigh Giddens should become the Aggies' all-time single-season kills leader tonight. She needs just 12 kills to surpass the previous high of 499.

Tonight's match against Boise State is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. first serve and can be heard on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570 with streaming audio available via Aggie Access (subscription required).

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Aggie Women's Basketball Falls On The Road 88-79 In Season Opener At North Dakota State

The New Mexico State women's basketball team lost their season opener 88-79 at North Dakota State on Friday night. The Aggies could not overcome 43 free throw attempts by the Bison as NDSU converted on 31 attempts. The Bison also got career nights from Janae Burich and Katie Birkel who finished with 27 and 25 points respectively. The Aggies had five players finish in double-digits scoring-wise as Jasmine Lowe led the way with 13 points but was just 1-of-7 from behind the three point arc. Seniors Madison Spence and Danisha Corbett each scored 12 points while junior college transfer Ariella McGhee finished with 10 points and junior Tabytha Wampler added 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

The Aggies trailed early 10-4 but cut the lead to 13-10 after a free throw by Tabytha Wampler with 13:26 left in the half. The Bison would go on an 8-0 run to push their lead to 11 at 21-10 and just three minutes later held a 16-point lead at 31-15 with 8:46 left to play. The Aggies would still trail by 15 points with 5:19 left as they were behind 37-22 but a jumper by Andrea Chenier with 4:48 left would spark a 12-2 run that cut the led to just five points at 39-34 with 1:10 left in the half. The Aggies would get a pair of layups in the the final 33 seconds of the half to go into halftime down by just three at 41-38.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Opens Season With 92-76 Victory At Louisiana

The New Mexico State men's basketball team got career highs from Troy Gillenwater and Hernst Laroche as the Aggies cruised to a 92-76 season opening victory over Louisiana on Friday night. Gillenwater scored 30 points hitting five twos, five threes and five free throws. Laroche had a near perfect night from the field hitting 6-of-6 from the field including 4-of-4 from three point distance. His lone miss came from the free throw line finishing 5-of-6 from the charity stripe. Hamidu Rahman added 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and finished 6-of-9 from the free throw line.

The Ragin' Cajuns jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead just over two minutes into the game but the Aggies would take an 8-7 lead on the first of Troy Gillenwater's five three pointers. The Aggies would score five more unanswered points to cap an 11-0 run taking a 13-7 lead with 14:06 left in the half. The Cajuns would trim the Aggies' lead to just two points at 16-14 with 11:29 left in the half but the Aggies would go on a quick 8-3 run to push their lead back out to seven points at 24-17.

Louisiana would cut the lead back down to two points at 24-22 with 6:56 left in the half but the Aggies would go on a 15-8 run over the next four and a half minutes to take an 11 point lead with just over two minutes left in the half. The Cajuns would close the half outscoring the Aggies 6-3 to send the teams to halftime with the Aggies leading 42-34.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 11/12/10

The college basketball season officially opens today for both the Aggie men and the Aggie women. Both are on the road to open up conference play because of the Mariachi convention being held at the Pan Am (something that neither coach Menzies or Coach Spence sounded particularly thrilled with).

Nonetheless both Aggie teams are on the road and both are looking to open up the season with wins. The Aggie men are in Lafayette, LA to take on the University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Cajuns have a new head coach, Bob Marlin, formerly the head coach at Sam Houston State. Louisiana has seven new players on their roster including three true freshmen. They've graduated their top two scorers who were responsible for 32 poins per game but do return guard Randell Daigle who averaged 11.5 points per game and was te team's best three point shooter at 38.6 percent (176 attempts).

The Ragin Cajuns own the season series with the Aggies holding a 10-2 advantage all-time. The last time these two teams met in Lafayette was in the 2004-2005 season, the Aggies last season in the Sun Belt, also the Aggies' worst season this decade. The Cajuns pasted the Aggies winning 91-49. That was a long time ago and thankfully a lot has changed since then.

The game tonight is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. MT tipoff. The game can be heard on the Aggie Sports Network with Jack Nixon calling all the exciting action. Streaming audio will also be available via Aggie Access. Live Stats will also be available via the Louisiana athletic website.

The Aggie women's basketball team is in the state of North Dakota where tonight they'll take on North Dakota State. The Bison were picked to finish fifth in the Summit League this year and return a First Team All-Conference player in guard Katie Birkel who averaged 12.3 points and 2.6 assists per game last season.

The Bison also welcome back to the court Hannah Linz who is battling Hodgkins lymphoma which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. Linz was diagnosed on April 10th of this year and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments. We wish Linz a speedy recover in her battle.

North Dakota State also has a 6'5" center in Janae Burich who the Aggies will try to go after and get into foul trouble. Burich averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game last season and played an average of 18 minutes per game.

The Bison are tough to beat on their home court. A victory tonight by the Aggies would be a very solid win. NDSU has a 384-58 record at home and is 113-24 in the past 10 years. They also draw well averaging 1,277 fans last season. This certainly won't be played in front of an empty gym.

Tonight's game is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. Live Stats will be available via the North Dakota State athletic website.

The Aggie volleyball team was victorious again last night earning a 3-1 victory over Idaho in Moscow. The Aggies got a career night from freshman Rocio Gutierrez who finished with 17 kills, five more than her previous career best. Kayleigh Giddens also had a career night with 17 digs. She added 19 kills and now stands just 12 kills shy of becoming the single-season leader in kills and the first Aggie to ever record 500 or more kills. That record should fall tomorrow night in Boise when the Aggies take on Boise State.

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2010-2011 Aggie Men's Basketball Preview

The 2010-2011 New Mexico State men's basketball team has been picked to finish second in the WAC by both the league's coaches and media after winning the 2010 WAC Tournament and narrowly losing to eventual Final Four participant Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and in spite of losing nearly 40 points per game with the graduation of Jonathan Gibson and early departure of Jahmar Young.

The Aggies also suffered a setback in their frontcourt as Wendell McKines, the Aggies' best rebounder, suffered a broken foot in practice just days after the team opened practice for the 2010-2011 season leaving head coach Marvin Menzies to rely on role players and newcomers to fill the void left by McKines until his projected return at the beginning of 2011. "He's going to be sorely missed and it's a huge hit to not have Wendell here in our non-conference especially with our tough schedule," said head coach Marvin Menzies. But he also added, "I also feel like if other guys step up and pick up the slack, obviously you're not going to replace Wendell, but maybe you can replace him with two or three or four guys that get an extra rebound or two because Wendell is not around. It starts with the coaches and staff being willing to do the extra things to make sure the kids that are getting the opportunity to play are ready to take advantage of those opportunities."

Offensively the Aggies will need to find a way to replace roughly 50 points per game in scoring with the losses of Gibson, Young and McKines. If the Aggies' lone exhibition game is any indication, that shouldn't be an issue. The Aggies scored 98 points against Division II Eastern New Mexico.

The Aggies do return four other key members of their NCAA tournament squad in Hernst Laroche, Troy Gillenwater, Gordo Castillo and Hamidu Rahman. Those four combined with the newcomers and the potential return of McKines for WAC play gives the Aggies an excellent shot of repeating as league champions.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies For 3-1 Victory Over Idaho In Moscow

Rocio GutierrezThe Aggie volleyball team overcame a first set loss and an eight point deficit in the second set to win their match over Idaho 3-1 on Thursday night in Moscow, ID. The Aggies also clinched first round bye in the upcoming WAC tournament with the victory as they have assured themselves of no worse than a second place finish in the regular season. The Aggies lost the first set 25-20, rallied from down 21-15 to win the second set 25-23 and rode big leads in the third and fourth sets to 25-21 and 25-20 set victories.

The Aggies got a career-high 17 kills from Rocio Gutierrez on 41 swings with just five hitting errors. Gutierrez also recorded three block assists and a solo block and finished just two digs shy of a double-double. "Rocio Gutierrez was fantastic, for her to do what she did was really good," said head coach Mike Jordan after the match. "She passed the ball real well and served it great. She did a good job and put a lot of pressure on their outside hitters."

The Aggies also got 19 kills from Kayleigh Giddens who now needs just 12 kills to become the all-time single-season kills leader and the first Aggie to record 500 kills. Giddens had a team-high 17 digs and recorded her 12th double-double of the season. Fellow senior Whitney Woods added 12 kills, seven digs and four block assists.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Adds Denver, UT-San Antonio And Texas State

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference today announced that invitations for membership have been issued to and accepted by the University of Denver, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas State University to join the conference effective July 1, 2012.
The announcement was made by the chair of the WAC Board of Directors and Utah State University President Stan Albrecht and WAC Commissioner Karl Benson after the Board unanimously voted to issue the invitations earlier this week.

"The Board of Directors is extremely dedicated to the long-term stability and growth of the Western Athletic Conference," said Albrecht. "The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University and the University of Denver are three very strong institutions, both in their commitment to building athletic excellence and in their commitment to academics. We believe that all three will help us in our quest to make the WAC one of the outstanding athletic conferences in the country."  Continue Reading This Post >>