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 >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball sits alone atop the Western Athletic Conference standings and is the only team still undefeated after taking down CSU Bakersfield, 56-48, on Saturday. After a tough first half, the Aggie defense held the Roadrunners to just 16 points in the final two quarters to walk away with an eight-point victory.

Following a slow start head coach Brooke Atkinson commented on how the team was able to turn things around saying, “It’s is all about continuing to trust the process. Whether it is going well or not, just stay the course. This team a month ago may have struggled, but now it is contagious where the returners preach what it takes to turn things around. The leadership from this group is great and they have really bought in on the defensive end, which has made a big difference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Uses Late Surge To Down Grand Canyon

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PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team pulled away late in the game with a 70-59 victory on the road over Grand Canyon thanks to its lock-down defense that held the Lopes to just 22 points in the second-half Thursday evening in GCU Arena.

“Our guys have developed a road toughness about them which is exciting to watch,” Aggie head coach Chris Jans said. “They were learning to understand that when you defend and rebound, you always give yourself a chance regardless of the environment.”

NM State is now 8-2 against GCU all-time after the win and 3-2 on the road. The win was also its first win at GCU Arena since 2015, 72-55.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Grand Canyon For Third Straight Win

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team won its third game in a row taking down Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon, 64-60. Ahead by just one NM State’s Brooke Salas drove the lane and knocked down a crucial jumper to put the Aggies up 61-58, which proved to be an insurmountable lead for the Lopes.

Following the victory head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “We took a big step toughness wise and in our maturity tonight. I am seeing more and more leadership with this group and they are buying in defensively. I liked to see that energy and effort is what this team can control and they did a great job of that in this game.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

27 Aggies Earn Fall WAC All-Academic Honors

DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference today announced the 2017 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 263 student-athletes were named to the list. Of the first and second team All-WAC selections from the fall sports, 66 percent were also honored as Academic All-WAC honorees. Utah Valley had the most honorees with 44, followed by Seattle U with 35, Kansas City with 34 and Grand Canyon with 33. Of the sports, women’s soccer had the most honorees with 91.

Women’s Cross Country
Meghan Aguilera, So.
Crissey Amberg, Sr.
Cassey Amberg, Sr.
Nichole Gomez, Jr.
Corinne Hanson, So.
Elana Kresl, So.
Sydney Salas, Sr.
Leah Salazar, So.
Julia Yescas, So.

Women’s Soccer
Samantha Afonso, Jr.
Cristina Bertoldo, Sr.
Kelly Burton, So.
Audriana Chavez, Jr.
Aileen Galicia, Jr.
Amy Gulczynski, Jr.
Rebecca Mazzie, Jr.
Jessica McDow, So.
Micaela Milavec, Sr.
Alexandria Otero, Jr.
Danielle Smith, Sr.
Sarina Stockton, Jr.

Volleyball
Jordan Abalos, Sr.
Briana Ainsworth, Jr.
Megan Hart, Jr.
Brigette Lowe, So.
Kaylee Neal, Sr.
Kassandra Tohm, Sr.

NMSU Softball Releases 2018 Schedule

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball head coach Kathy Rodolph unveiled the 2018 softball schedule on Monday. This season Rodolph looks to challenge her squad with a demanding schedule as the team looks to claim its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship and third WAC Tournament title in the past four years.

The 2018 slate features 51 regular-season contests with 17 games against Power-5 opponents. The Aggies are also set to take on seven teams that went on to play in last year’s NCAA Tournament including Women’s College World Series semifinalists Washington and the two-time defending national champions Oklahoma.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the players of the week on Monday morning. A historic night in the WAC opener saw Brooke Salas earn the nod to open 2018.

The Placentia, Calif. native led the Aggies to a 74-59 victory over Chicago State to begin conference play. The strong play featured Salas scoring 23 of the Aggies 28 points over eight minutes of play, including knocking down a jumper to close out the third quarter and give NM State the lead. This buzzer-beating shot also made her the 23rd Aggie in program history to join the 1,000 point club.

After 39 minutes played for the Aggies, Salas recorded a double-double with a career-high 33 points to go along with 13 rebounds. The junior was also disruptive on the defensive end forcing five steals and adding three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jemerrio Jones Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State men’s basketball forward Jemerrio Jones was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after opening league play last Saturday with his 10th double-double of the year en route to the Aggies’ 97-60 victory over Chicago State.

This is the first weekly honor for Jones since joining the Aggies last season and the fourth WAC Player of the Week accolade for NM State this season.

The 6-5 forward nearly had a double-double at halftime, scoring 10 points to go with eight rebounds before finishing the game with 18 points and 16 rebounds. In addition, the Memphis, Tenn., product also had five assists on the evening with a .562 shooting clip on 9-of-16 shooting.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blow Out Chicago State 97-60 In WAC Opener

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CHICAGO, IL - Led by Jemerrio Jones’ 10th double-double of the season, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team strolled past Chicago State 97-60 Saturday afternoon at the Jones Convocation Center.

Despite a good start to the game, a couple 3-pointers surrendered by the Aggies (13-3, 1-0 WAC) saw it trail the Cougars 12-10 at the first media break (13:13).

Jones teamed up with Eli Chuha for a nice high-low action in the paint and tied things up at 18-18 before five-straight points from Chicago State’s leading scorer, Fred Sims Jr., gave them a 23-20 advantage with 7:19 left in the first half.

Jones once again made another great pass, this time an alley-oop to Johnny McCants to cut the Cougar (2-17, 0-1 WAC) lead to 23-22 before going coast-to-coast himself for the 24-23 lead – which forced Chicago State to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>