Brianna Freeman Scores Career-High 27 In 65-54 Win Over Northwestern State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Brianna Freeman’s career-high 27 points against Northwestern State in the opening game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic propelled the Aggies to a 65-54 win Friday afternoon at the Pan American Center.

“Brianna [Freeman] showed what she can do today against a very good team,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We played a very good NCAA Tournament team that’s been there the last two years.”

The win moved NM State to 5-0 on the year, its best start since 1993-94 when the team started the year 8-0. Friday’s win also extended the Aggies’ home winning-streak to 16. NM State is now two games shy of tying its second-best home winning-streak since the 1992-94 seasons (18).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Close Out Regular Season With Sweep Of UTEP; Await NCAA Tournament Selection Show

Written By: NM state Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX – NM State captured a hard fought 3-0 victory to claim the season series sweep over I-10 rival UTEP in the regular season finale on Wednesday.

"We've got to serve the ball a lot better," said head coach Mike Jordan. "We need to be a little smarter on who we are setting the three-pass balls to as well. We set a lot of balls into standing doubles and made a lot of silly mistakes, but we played well down the stretch in sets. I don't want to see us getting down [by] seven anymore. UTEP played hard and made a lot of plays. I think they out served us, and we have to make sure we give it our best at the service line. [Kassandra] Tohm did a great job. I thought she gave us a lot of kills and did a lot of good stuff. We really missed Nathalie [Castellanos] and her court presence. We've got a lot of pieces that can play."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Holds Off Robert Morris 81-71 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State had another career performance by sophomore Pascal Siakam, but needed overtime to overcome a strong performance by the Robert Morris Colonials 81-71 on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, racked up 35 points – 31 in regulation – in establishing a new career-high for the third time this season. The two-time WAC Player of the Week and Preseason WAC Player of the Year also grabbed 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies (4-1).

RMU (0-5) was paced by 29 points from sophomore Elijah Minnie. The Colonials sent the game into overtime on a 3-pointer by Isaiah Still with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 67-all, then had Minnie block a foul line jumper on the Aggies’ last shot of regulation.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Southern Utah 75-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State women’s basketball team extended its home winning-streak to 15 games on Tuesday as the Aggies rolled past Southern Utah, 74-60, behind Tyler Ellis’ career-high 14 points.

The win also moved NM State to 4-0 on the year, matching its best start since the 2007-08 season when the Aggies started 4-0 as well.

Ellis was very efficient off the bench, shooting 6-for-6 from the floor with five rebounds in just nine minutes of action.

The Aggies struggled early on to start the game, shooting 1-for-11 in the first six minutes of action before the rally in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/24/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/24/15 With the kind of season that you’ve had, running the table in the regular season but going into the tournament knowing that you would likely need to win the tournament to get into the NCAA tournament, how do you feel like your team handled that? They looked like they were as focused as they’ve been all season.
Mike Jordan: Yeah, unfortunately with RPI being such an important part of the selection criteria even though it shouldn’t be, it should be tossed out completely. Our players are very aware the fact that our RPI now stands at 64 which puts us outside of the bubble if they go exclusively by RPI or if the majority of the choices are made by RPI. The committee says that they’re not but it obviously is. I think they understood that and it adds pressure but a senior laden group that we have should be able to handle a little bit of pressure and they did and I’m proud of them. Andrea Tauai had a big match in the championship match against Bakersfield and was a big key as to why you were able to win that match.
MJ: She played even better against UMKC and has been playing very well the last half of the season. She’s a really competitive kid and coming in as a transfer from the junior college ranks a year ago, it takes a year to acclimate for sure. Last year was hard for her to go from the junior college level to the Division I level but she’s really made a lot of progress and she understands what we’re doing a little bit better and she’s a much more skilled player than what she was when she got her. All of that is starting to pay off. You add that to her competitiveness and you’ve got yourself a really good player.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Andrew Allen, Parker Davidson Earn Sun Belt Football Player Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - After leading the NM State football team to its third victory in a row, quarterback Andrew Allen and kicker Parker Davidson were named SBC's Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week and Special Teams Student-Athlete of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Monday.

This is the first time the Aggies have had two Student-Athletes of the Week in the same week since Sept. 8, 2014 when linebacker Rodney Butler and kicker Maxwell Johnson received the honors.

Allen's father was shot on Halloween night and passed away on Nov. 10. Allen was able to see his father before he passed. Saturday morning, the sophomore said his final goodbyes at a memorial service with his family and the sheriff's department where his father worked, then he traveled four hours to Lafayette, La. to guide the NM State football team to a 37-34 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Earns Second Consecutive WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore forward Pascal Siakam has been named Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 16-22. This is his second WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the fourth of his career.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Volleyball Brings Home WAC Tournament Championship

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO – NM State rolled to a 3-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield to claim the Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Cruises Past Mississippi Valley State 85-46

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State never trailed and had two players collect double-doubles as the Aggies took out Mississippi Valley State 85-46 on Saturday night at the Pan American Center

The Aggies (3-1) and Delta Devils (0-3) played close through the first five minutes of the contest before NM State went on a 28-4 run in a nine minute stretch to open a 42-15 lead and never looked back.

NM State held as much as a 27-point lead during the first half and got it up to 40 in the second before settling for the 39-point 85-46 triumph.

“I’m very pleased at the way we played tonight,” said Aggies head coach Marvin Menzies. “It was a good test against a team whose style of play is similar to what we’ll see from different opponents going forward this year. I was happy to see them handle this and get some success against it so we can have some video to refer to on how to beat it.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Football Tops UL-Lafayette For Third Win In A Row; Rose Sets Single Season Rushing Record

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAFAYETTE, LA - Rodney Bulter had his first interception of the season with 1:19 left in the game to secure the victory for the NM State football team as they won their third game in a row, this time a 37-34 victory of UL-Lafayette, on Saturday night at Cajun Field.

The Aggies held a 37-34 advantage with 1:29 remaining as the Ragin’ Cajuns (4-6, 3-3) began their final drive of the game. After an incomplete pass by UL-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack, Butler leaped in the air and grabbed the interception.

The Aggies are now 3-7 on the season and 3-3 in the Sun Belt. This is the first time NM State has won three games since 2011 and the first time they have won three in a row since 2004 when they won three SBC games during a 5-6 record that season.  Continue Reading This Post >>