Ian Baker Named First Team NABC All-District

Written By: WAC Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, MO - Three WAC men's basketball players have been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 Team selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. NM State's Ian Baker was a first team selection, while Jaylin Airington of CSU Bakersfield and LaVell Boyd of UMKC were named to the second team.

Baker, the WAC Player of the Year, ranked second in the league in assists (4.15), third in both free throw percentage (82.9) and assist-turnover ratio (1.85), fourth in minutes per game (33.09), fifth in scoring (16.7), seventh in steals (1.27), eighth in three-pointers per game (1.91) and 10th in defensive rebounds (3.73). He scored 20 or more points 10 times during the season and was named WAC Player of the Week three times.

Kayli Farmer Named WAC Outdoor Field Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Kayli Farmer was named the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week as announced by the league on Tuesday.

Farmer placed first in the high jump and second in the javelin at the Willie Williams Classic in Tucson, Ariz. Her mark in the high jump (1.70m, 5-7) is a new personal record, ranks best in the WAC, and ranks 24th in the NCAA. She also had a personal best in the javelin (42.39m, 139-1), as she ranks first in the WAC.

NM State track and field is back in action at the UTEP Springtime Classic on Saturday, March 25.

Kaur Earns Second Straight WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week Honor

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women’s tennis junior Rimpledeep Kaur was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week on Tuesday.

This is the third weekly conference honor for Kaur, two now during dual play and once during the fall slate, and the fourth overall for New Mexico State.

Kaur led NM State to a 2-1 record in Las Cruces last weekend when the Aggies hosted the first WAC pod. Individually, the Jassowal, India, native went undefeated in both singles and doubles action. The junior went 3-0 in singles play against WAC opponents, all at the No. 1 position, and led her Iowa State counterpart before the match was clinched.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Run Rules Omaha 14-6 In Six Innings

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OMAHA, NE - New Mexico State softball defeated Omaha 14-6 in six innings on Tuesday. The Aggies hit three home runs in the game, two by Kaitlyn Rubio and one by Nikki Butler.

How it happened

The Aggies got off to a hot start in the first. Singles by Rachel Rodriguez and Caity Szczesny started the inning as Kelsey Horton came to the plate. The sophomore drove Rodriguez home to give NM State the 1-0 advantage. Fahren Glackin followed with single of her own to score the second run of the inning. Kaitlyn Rubio brought home the third run of the inning to give the Aggies the early 3-0 lead.

Omaha put up a run in the bottom of the second to cut into New Mexico State's lead, but the Aggies followed by putting up two runs in the third. With runners on second and third, Glackin hit a single to drive in two and give New Mexico State the 5-1 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball's Upset Bid Falls Short Against 2-Seed Stanford

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MANHATTAN, KS - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off with the AP poll ranked No. 6 Stanford Cardinal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum. A great all-around showing for the Aggies saw the team lead the Cardinal for three quarters before dropping the game in a nail-biter, 72-64.

With the Aggies last win versus a ranked team coming against No. 21 Kansas (61-60) on January 3, 2010, the team came in as underdogs against Stanford but played 40 minutes of determined basketball as they led the Cardinal for the majority of the game.

After securing the opening tip, NM State came out early and scored the first two baskets and immediately put the opponent on their heels. Being led by Brooke Salas with nine points and Moriah Mack with seven, the Aggies ended the opening quarter ahead 23-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Women's Tournament Press Conference Quotes

New Mexico State Head Coach, Mark Trakh:

Opening statement…   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Ends Season With Loss To 3-seed Baylor In NCAA Tournament

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TULSA, OK - The beloved 14th-seeded New Mexico State men’s basketball team saw its season come to a close on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the third-seeded Baylor Bears in the BOK Center.

NM State (28-6), who made its 20th all-time appearance to the Big Dance, gave BU a run for its money before the Bears – who are ranked No. 12/11 in the latest AP and USA Today Polls – went on a run in the second half to extend their season 91-73.

New Mexico State came out as focused as it has ever been, knocking down 4-of-8 shots from the floor – including a five-footer from Jemerrio Jones that gave the Aggies an 8-3 lead heading into the first media timeout (15:17).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Postgame Press Conference Quotes :: New Mexico State

COACH WEIR: I have to tip our caps to Baylor. They played a terrific second half. It's a great team. You know, I was talking to Coach Henson earlier this week before we left, and coach told me that you're going to have to play well but they're going to have to have a bit of an off night and we didn't catch them on an off night. They went 14 for 14 on the free throw line in the second half. They made a lot of two-point jump shots and just made a lot of plays. So you gotta give Baylor credit.

I thought we played well, ran out of gas there towards the second half. But that has nothing to do with how hard these guys work or how much they care. It was just a little bit of maybe just running on a little bit of fumes from three games in three days last week. But an amazing opportunity for us. Unfortunately, the margin of error in games like this is really, really small. And we just had a couple of missed cues here and there, missed free throws here and there.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Postgame Press Conference Quotes :: Baylor

COACH DREW: Well, I thought our offense was good both halves. The big difference was second half. We held them 36 percent and 2-8 from three. So really defended better. And then we only had five turnovers, which we were able to keep them out of transition more because of that. I thought they're a very good team, very explosive team.

And I thought our effort in the second half to take care of the ball and make sure we got back in transition was really good. And all year long our depth has been a good strength.

Al and T.J. had monster games, and that's what the beauty of having depth is. So they're experienced players. They didn't want to stop playing, and they did a great job stepping up, especially when Mot was in foul trouble the first half.

Q. Terry, that first after in particular, with J. Mot in foul trouble, did you feel like you needed to step up at that point?  Continue Reading This Post >>

NCAA Tournament Press Conference Transcript :: Baylor

Q. Ish, obviously you guys want to get past the first round. How much motivation is that after what's happened the last two years?
ISHMAIL WAINWRIGHT: What happened the last two years? No, we haven't really talked about it. We know what we need to do. Coach has broke down everything. Just moving on. This is a new season, New Mexico State is a great team. They're led by a great point guard. Coach is amazing, too. So we know what's at stake and we know what we need to do.

Q. Johnathan, their coach talked about it that the teams are very similar in terms of if you look at stats in particular, both good offensive rebounding teams, both good three-point shooting defense. How much of an emphasis will it be to keep them off the offensive glass? Obviously they're going to try to do the same thing to you, but how much of that will be an emphasis for you guys?  Continue Reading This Post >>