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

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Brooke Salas has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 22 through Jan. 28.

Salas, a junior guard from Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado HS), led the Aggies to their fifth WAC win to keep NM State atop the conference standings. Against Kansas City, she was 10-for-13 from the field with a pair of three-pointers and a pair of free throws for 24 points, also adding 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. The junior was also aggressive on the defensive end with three blocks and three steals in a 70-62 win. She ranks second in the WAC in scoring during conference play with 21.8 points per game and is the leading rebounder against league opponents with 9.7 rebounds per game. Her .560 shooting percentage from three-point range in also a league best during WAC play.

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past UMKC 73-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - An offensive blitz coupled with a tough defensive stance in the second-half saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team cruise past UMKC 73-48 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The win keeps NM State undefeated in league play and moves the Aggies to 18-3 overall on the year while pushing its win-streak to seven-straight along with its road win-streak.

The Aggies got a great jump to the game on a slam from Johnny McCants, who made his first-career start. An 8-2 run after the first media timeout then put the Aggies on top 15-6 with 9:50 left in the first-half.

Both teams hit a scoring lull before UMKC closed within 19-15 of the Aggies. However, after that media timeout with 3:29 left to play, New Mexico State closed out the first half with a 13-5 run to take a 32-20 lead against the ‘Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Holds Off UMKC Rally For 70-62 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball played host to Western Athletic Conference foe UMKC at the Pan American Center on Saturday. After winning the tip and scoring the opening basket the Aggies cruised to victory, now having not trailed for eight straight quarters of play, in a 70-62 win over the Roos.

Following the crucial conference victory head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “When you get into league play every game is going to be tough. The fact that we buckled down, got stops when we needed too and made big free throws, which is what makes me proud. We stepped up and were able to outplay them today.”

In a game of runs NM State (11-9, 5-1 WAC) got the first one going on a quick 12-0 run to open the contest which forced UMKC (7-14, 3-3 WAC) to call a timeout just 2:29 into the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanisha Scott Named WAC Track Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week on Tuesday. After posting a stellar performance on the track in her first meet of the season, Tanisha Scott earned the weekly honor. This is the first award of the season for Scott as well as the team’s first accolade of 2018.

Scott ran a new personal best in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.72 seconds at the MLK Jr. Invitational. Her time placed her ninth out of 75 competitors and puts her third in the WAC for the season thus far. The senior placed 43rd out of 106 competitors in the 200-meter dash when she clocked in with a time of 25.54. She is also ranked third in the conference in the 200-meter event. Along with her individual races, Scott helped the 4x400 relay team clock in at 3:59.37, which ranks third in the league.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chase Holbrook To Take Over As Quarterbacks Coach For NMSU Football

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin named former tight ends coach and NM State alum Chase Holbrook the team’s quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season.

“Chase Holbrook will do a great job with our quarterbacks and I have full confidence that this move is best for our entire team,” said Martin following the announcement. “Being a head coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator is just too much for me to do and because of the outstanding offensive staff we have at NM State this is best for our quarterbacks and team. Because we only have eight full time coaches, unlike all other programs that have ten, our tight end position will be coached by one of our graduate coaches.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blitzes Utah Valley 86-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A barrage of 3-pointers from New Mexico State saw it cruise past Utah Valley Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center 86-59 and took sole possession of first-place in the Western Athletic Conference as it handed the Wolverines their first loss of league play.

The 15 triples from New Mexico State is a season-high for the Aggies. The last time NM State hit 15-plus from beyond the arc was on Dec. 28, 2008, against Loyola Marymount. With the win, the Aggies have now won six-straight games, including a 10-straight in WAC play spanning into last season.

Jemerrio Jones and Johnathon Wilkins got things going early for the Aggies and gave them an 18-9 lead at the first media break (12:39). Utah Valley (15-6, 4-1 WAC) cut the lead several times to single-digits in the first-half, but the Aggies found an answer each time to bring it back into double-digit range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 82-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team closed out a two-game road swing at Utah Valley University in Lockhart Arena on Saturday. A lights out shooting first quarter gave the Aggies an early lead, which helped the team take down the Wolverines 82-72.

NM State (10-9, 4-1 WAC) came out flying in the first quarter, after winning the tip and scoring the first basket the Aggies would not give up a lead over Utah Valley (9-11, 3-2 WAC) for the rest of the night.

A great shooting opening frame featured the Aggies going 7-for-7 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the line. The impressive numbers saw NM State close the opening quarter on a 20-3 run and lead UVU 30-10 through 10 minutes of play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Seattle 75-62 In WAC Home Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A balanced offense coupled with another staunch night on defense powered New Mexico State past Seattle U 75-62 Thursday night at the Pan American Center to stay undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play.

“Obviously the game couldn’t start any better for us, we jumped on them early 12-2 and 17-4,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “Unfortunately, in my experience it usually doesn’t continue that way, the other team usually fights harder to come back. The team usually leading relaxes a little bit and that’s human nature and they did that. The second half was kind of a start and stop half and we got through it and got the win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls 69-59 At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State women’s basketball took to the road for the first time in Western Athletic Conference play taking on Seattle U at the Connolly Complex on Thursday night. Seattle U led by five at the end of the first quarter and the deficit for the Aggies continued to expand over the remaining 30 minutes and the Crimson & White fell 69-59.

A slow start to the contest saw the teams combine to go 0-for-10 from the field. The first basket came from the free throw line for Seattle U (9-10, 3-1 WAC) 2:34 into the opening quarter. NM State (9-9, 2-1 WAC) responded with a basket from Gia Pack and a three-pointer from Brooke Salas to take a lead midway through the first.

Seattle U then came out on a 9-0 run before Monique Mills could answer with a pair of baskets to cut into the deficit. Through 10 minutes of action, the Aggies trailed the Redhawks 16-11.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Closes Out Road Trip With 66-53 Win Over Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Another second-half surge on defense propelled the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past a physical CSU Bakersfield team 66-53 Saturday night in the Icardo Center.

The win wrapped up an eight-game road trip for the Aggies (15-3, 3-0 WAC) that’ll span for 37 days between home games when it takes Lou Henson Court on Thursday, Jan. 18, against Seattle U. During that long stretch away from home, the Aggies went 7-1 with wins over Illinois, Davidson and then-No. 6/7 Miami.

Only two other teams had more days between home games were Penn and Harvard – who went 6-2 and 2-6, respectively – with 39 days between home contests. The win also pushed NM State’s win-streak in true road games to six – which is good for the fifth-longest in the nation behind Wichita State (11), Middle Tennessee (11), Saint Mary’s (10) and Kansas (10).  Continue Reading This Post >>