California Baptist University To Join Western Athletic Conference In 2018-19

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RIVERSIDE, CA - California Baptist University has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2018, CBU and WAC officials announced today at a joint news conference. The invitation is contingent upon CBU completing the reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I. The Lancers will begin WAC regular season competition during the 2018-19 school year.

“Several factors make California Baptist University a great fit for the WAC,” Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. “Commitment to quality academics and athletics programs, along the extraordinary vision provided by President Ellis, are at the top of the list. There is no doubt that CBU will make a smooth transition to Division I and to the WAC.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeat GCU 81-69, Notches Program's 600th Win In Pan American Center

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With six players in double-figures led by Jemerrio Jones, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team strolled past Grand Canyon, 81-69, Thursday night in front of a raucous crowd for the Pan American Center’s 600th victory.

The win now ties this year’s squad with the 1993-94 (16-1) team for the best start to a season. It was also NM State’s 14th-consecutive win this season and now chases the 1968-69 team that won 16-straight.

Both teams were evenly matched early on with both squads tied at nine heading into the first media timeout. However, a 15-4 run by the Aggies that included a 10-0 spurt that force GCU (10-7, 1-1 WAC) head coach Dan Majerle to call a timeout with New Mexico State leading 24-13.

The Aggies then tacked on another 18 points to take a 38-25 lead into the locker room behind 27 points from the NM State starters.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Grand Canyon 81-65

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PHOENIX, AZ - New Mexico State women’s basketball squared off with conference rival, Grand Canyon University on Thursday night in Phoenix, Ariz at GCU Arena. A strong performance on both ends from the Aggies saw the team defeat the Lopes, 81-65.

At the opening of the game, GCU won the tip and each team traded baskets early as the score sat at 4-4, but that was the last tie fans would see. The Aggies then took over and went on a 10-0 run to put the team ahead 14-4, only 6:30 into the game. The intensity was sustained to close out the quarter as Tamera William forced five steals and Brooke Salas added two blocks as the team scored seven points off those turnovers. As the first 10 minutes of play closed out, the Aggies led the Lopes, 20-8.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Seventeen Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference today announced the 2016 Academic All-WAC honorees from men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. To be eligible for the honor, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. A total of 17 student-athletes from New Mexico State were named to the list.

Men's Cross Country
Ricardo De Santiago, Sr.
Marco Perez, Sr.

Women' Cross Country
Cassey Amberg, Jr.
Crissey Amberg, Jr.
Nichole Gomez, So.
Regina Marquez, So.

Women's Soccer
Gabby Campbell, Sr.
Audriana Chavez, So.
Aileen Galicia, So.
Zorena Hazen, So.
Ashley Martin, So.
Rebecca Mazzie, So.
Alexandria Otero, So.
Dominique Rivera, So.
Sarina Stockton, So.

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NMSU Baseball Unveils Challenging 2017 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State baseball head coach Brian Green looks to challenge his team this spring as he unveiled the 2017 schedule Tuesday afternoon.

The 2017 slate for NM State baseball features 52 regular-season games against eight teams that went on to play in last year’s NCAA Tournament as well as three teams that advanced to Omaha to play in the College World Series – including an Arizona squad that lost in the championship series.

“We are really excited about the 2017 season,” Aggie skipper Brian Green said. “When we sat down a couple of years ago, it was really important for us to put together as competitive as a schedule as we could. We are confident that we have done that. We will compete outside of conference in 19 games against NCAA post season participants, as well as eight games versus 2016 College World Series participants.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Braxton Huggins Named WAC Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - NM State junior guard Braxton Huggins has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 2-8. This is his first WAC Player of the Week honor of his career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

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Salas Named WAC Player of the Week for the Second Time This Season
NM State sophomore Brooke Salas was named the WAC Player of the Week after wins over two WAC opponents

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Aggies to two victories, while averaging 15 points and seven assists per game, to go along with three steals and one block, over 49 minutes of play.

The Placentia, Calif. native led the Aggies to a pair of wins to open conference play this past week. In the WAC-opener against UMKC, she scored 17 points and brought down seven rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals as the team defeated UMKC, 78-72, the fifth straight win over the Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Routs Chicago State 100-63

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball played their second Western Athletic Conference game of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Chicago State Cougars. A strong shooting night for the Aggies saw the team hit the century mark for the first time this season with an impressive 100-63 victory over CSU.

When asked about the team’s performance after the game, head coach Mark Trakh said, “We’ve seen the ball drop the last few games, now we just need to tighten up on defense. Chicago State played really hard but just wore out at the end because of their limited bench, which is understandable. We have to improve in some areas but I was impressed with the win tonight.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises To 78-62 Win At Chicago State

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CHICAGO, IL - Junior guard Braxton Huggins continued his stellar play Saturday afternoon, dropping 27 points on 5-of-10 shooting from deep as New Mexico State cruised past Chicago State 78-62 in the Jones Convocation Center.

The Aggies (15-2, 2-0) brought their win-streak to 13-consecutive games, tying the 2013-14 squad’s end of year run that was halted in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

Travel and two days between games didn’t seem to faze Huggins in the opening half as the junior launched a 16-point offensive barrage on Chicago State behind 6-of-8 shooting – three of which came from downtown. The trio of Huggins, Eli Chuha and Ian Baker went on scoring sprees to keep NM State on top 41-32 at the break.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Opens WAC Play With 78-72 Win Over UMKC

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball teams first Western Athletic Conference game of the season pit the squad against the UMKC Roos on Thursday night. A tight game, reminiscent of the team’s 78-74 overtime victory over the Roos last year, saw the team win a close one, 78-72.

After the hard-fought contest, head coach Mark Trakh said, “The team shot well and did a really good job on the offensive boards tonight. UMKC really ran their plays well and were very well-coached, but we just hung on and beat them at the end with solid team play.”  Continue Reading This Post >>