Chanachai Named WAC Women's Golfer Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its golfers of the week on Wednesday. After stellar play at the Wildcat Invitational, New Mexico State’s Pun Chanachai was named the WAC Women’s Golfer of the Week.

Chanachai shot a 77-76-74—227 (+11) to finish in a tie for 22nd at the tournament. The junior’s strong day saw her finish ahead of two top-50 and another top-100 golfer. This finish also saw the golfer finish with a 4-0-1 record against competing WAC players.

This is Chanachai’s second golfer of the week honor this season. The New Mexico State women’s golf team is set to get back in action at the Red Rock Invitational in Sedona, Ariz. from March 23-24.

Chris Jans Named WAC Coach Of The Year

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State head men’s basketball coach Chris Jans headlines the Western Athletic Conference end of the year awards with his second-consecutive Don Haskins Coach of the Year honor.

The second-year head coach led the Aggies to its second-straight WAC Regular-Season title and fourth in five years with a 27-4 overall mark and 15-1 record in league play. New Mexico State enters the WAC Tournament with a 16-game winning-streak to its name as well.

Jans joins a shortlist of WAC head coaches that have won the Don Haskins Coach of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons that include Jim Brandenburg (Wyoming, 1980-82), Mark Fox (Nevada, 2004-07), Stew Morrill (Utah State (2008-11) and Rod Barnes (CSUB, 2015-17). Of that list, Jans and Fox are the only two coaches to win back-to-back coach of the year honors in their first two seasons at the helm.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Salas Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Year

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DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team received a number of All-Western Athletic Conference honors with Brooke Salas winning WAC Defensive Player of the Year and her second-straight Player of the Year honor, the WAC announced Monday.

This is the second season in a row that Salas has won the WAC Player of the Year award while also being named First Team All-WAC. Salas led the league in scoring with 19.2 points per game as the Aggies won their fifth-straight WAC championship. This is the second-consecutive season that she finished first in the WAC in scoring. She also led the conference in rebounds at 11.3 per game while posting 19 double-doubles.

During conference play, Salas averaged 19.5 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. Her 329 rebounds on the year are also tied for seventh in the WAC single-season record book.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Caps Off Regular Season With 75-63 Win Over Cal Baptist

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team closed out the regular-season with a 75-63 win Saturday night against California Baptist inside the Pan American Center and sent Keyon Jones, JoJo Zamora and Eli Chuha on a high-note.

The 16-1 mark at home for NM State in 2018-19 after the win ties it for the second-most wins in program history at home, matching the mark set in 2016-17 (16-1), 2007-08 (16-4) and 1989-90 (16-0).

Unlike the first time these two teams s quared off, New Mexico State (27-4, 15-1 WAC) got off to a blazing-hot start thanks to C.J. Bobbitt who scored 14 of NM State’s 19 points at the 12:32 media break on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzales Named NCBWA National Player Of The Month

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association announced its first National Player of the Month for the 2019 season on Thursday. After a stellar opening month, New Mexico State's Nick Gonzales earned the NCBWA Player of the Month honor.

Gonzales has been red-hot since opening day, leading all three national Triple Crown categories with a .590 batting average, 10 home runs and 37 runs batted in through 13 games. The sophomore also leads the NCAA in runs (28), hits (36), slugging percentage (1.213) and total bases (74).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To No. 12 Arizona In Doubleheader

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LAS CRCUES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball hosted No. 12 Arizona at the NM State Softball Complex in a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Aggies fell to the Wildcats 11-3 in the first contest and 11-1 in the second game.


NM State (9-7) got behind early when starting pitcher Samaria Diaz walked three UA (17-5) batters before giving up a single to score a run. A walk and a hit batter brought in two more for Arizona, leaving the team trailing 3-0 before its first at bat. However, the Aggies countered the momentum swing with a leadoff home run by Kelsey Horton, her fifth long ball of the season.

New Mexico State saw trouble again in the top of the second when UA hit a long ball out over the left center fence. The momentum stayed with the Wildcats heading into the third when the Aggies allowed four runs on five hits in the top of the frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Challa Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

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- New Mexico State women’s tennis sophomore Harsha Challa was named the Western Athletic Conference Singles Player of the Week after going 2-0 this past weekend.

This is the first singles player of the week honor for Challa and the first singles honor for NM State in dual play.

Challa first took down Montana State’s Linnea Fristam at the No. 3 singles position 6-2, 6-4 before taking down Maria Oreshkina from Wyoming 7-5, 6-3 – for NM State’s lone point against the Cowgirls. The two wins pushed her streak to six-straight victories with two unfinished matches in between.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gia Pack Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - Gia Pack was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after nearly averaging a triple-double with 17 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists in a pair of conference home wins, the league announced Monday.

This is Pack’s first weekly honor of the season and second for her career. The junior from Phoenix, Ariz., also won the award for the week of Dec. 24, 2017.

Pack recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 68-61 home win over Kansas City on Feb. 28. She scored eight of her 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Aggies erased a 12-point deficit to clinch their fifth-straight WAC Championship. Then, she finished just one assist shy of a triple-double in a 77-54 win over Chicago State, recording 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as NM State won its 13th-straight game.   Continue Reading This Post >>