Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/25/14 :: Season Wrap Up Your season can be broken up into really three or four different sections: non-conference, conference play before the injury to Hannah Walker, post Hannah Walker injury and then post the Sasha-Lee Thomas injury.
Mike Jordan: Going into the season I felt as though we would have some growing pains for sure. We graduated five players from last year’s team. They all played so even in a 6-2 system like ours where you’re playing high number of people, we’re having to replace three-quarters of our lineup. Seventy-five percent of your lineup is difficult to overcome, especially when a majority of them were really big pieces of the puzzle. But, we were all very excited about the level of athletic ability on our team. The incoming players all have a lot of athletic ability and as a coach you realize it’s going to take a while before their skill develops, some more than others. You realize it’s going to take a while for them to understand the systems and what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. The hardest part of this season for us was trying to create a balance between the amount of skill work and the amount of system stuff you do in practice every day. We want them to develop their passing skills, that attacking skills, etc., but we also have to make sure that when they’re on the floor, they know how to play with the person next to them, that they understand the blocking system, that they go the right way defensively. When you’ve got a young team you have to rely heavily on upperclassmen to help you get the young players going in the right direction. So we knew going into the season we were going to have some bumps in the road early, especially with the strength of our non-conference schedule. It was not a surprise to me that we weren’t able to beat BYU and CSU, a couple of those teams we dropped early matches to, Montana State, we probably beat them 99 times out of 100 if we played them. Those things weren’t that much of a surprise to me. But along the way I think we were all pretty happy with the way we were developing. We were seeing good performances from players at time. Some of our players were getting more consistent week-to-week. Not noticeable changes necessarily sometimes but they were definitely improving. Then once the injuries started, and side note, Audra Jones was hurt all year, our number three middle, our backup middle, a 6-5 sophomore, was not available to us this year because of the [ACL] injury in basketball. To lose Hannah [Walker] who as a senior and the libero and the toughest kid on the team bar none, Hannah was the heart and soul of the defense, she was the one who was the one helping the young players, pointing them in the right direction, motivating the team a lot, holding people accountable. Losing her was a big blow.

When you play another young player, Ariadnne Sierra at the libero spot or Andi Tauai moves to libero and has never played it before and you put a younger player in her place at outside hitter, you’re getting a little bit at a lot of spots, not just the one. We were still overcoming it. I felt like we were making some progress and even with that going on I felt like we could win the conference tournament. Then when Sasha [Thomas] went down with the injury, that was really, really a tough blow and not just because she was really starting to develop as a freshman and from a physical standpoint one of the premiere middles in the conference already, to lose that blocking ability and have to have an outside hitter because of Audra’s injury, having to play middle, it’s like taking a guard and trying to make them play center. It weakens you. It got harder and harder as the year went on. We just couldn’t catch a break in some respects. To lose those players off a team that was already young to begin with made our skill level and our volleyball IQ, our understanding of the systems, was really not there. We were playing hard and I appreciate that about this team. We were playing hard, we just weren’t playing efficiently at times. It was difficult but not completely unexpected. The injury part was the tough part to swallow. You just have to suck it up. It is what it is.  Continue Reading This Post >> Coach Inoue Interview :: 11/24/14 You had three games last week and I’m not sure if you could have gotten three more different styles of basketball out of three consecutive games.
Tamara Inoue: No kidding! UTEP was a really tough game. Our kids really stepped up to the challenge and really played well. Shanice Davis came out ready to go and Briana Freeman and our freshman Zaire William came out composed. We played so good there. We didn’t come out with the game at the end but we battled really well.

We go up to Boise and it’s completely different. They run something similar to us but they have two BCS transfers with some size and that’s the first time we’ve seen that size and we struggled a little bit with it just in terms of what we want to do in driving the lane and boxing out and getting offensive boards. That was just not happening for us. Then playing two days later against Sac St. and that was an absolute track meet. Again, our kids battled and played great, we just haven’t finished on the road. That’s what we struggled with.

Different preparation for every game. I would have loved three to four days before Sac St. just because they’re so different in the way they play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Cruises Past Stetson 88-68

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Freshman Pascal Siakam scored 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for his first career double-double and New Mexico State powered past Stetson 88-68 Monday evening at the Pan American Center.

NM State crashed the boards and came away with 62 rebounds – including 38 on offense.

“They were really aggressive and it was something that we talked about at the beginning of the game,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We’d struggled with that (rebounding) so far this season, but I’ll take what we did tonight.”

The two teams traded baskets to start the first half, however, NM State broke a 13-13 tie at 14:43 and went on a 28-8 run that lasted 10 minutes. Defensively, the Aggies finished the first half on a strong note and entered intermission with a 51-35 advantage – their largest halftime lead of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Athletics Announces Hiring Of Mario Moccia As Next Director Of Athletics

Written By: Justin Bannister, NMSU Communications

Mario Moccia (MO’-cha) has been appointed New Mexico State University’s new Director of Athletics. Moccia, an NMSU graduate, has served as Director of Athletics at Southern Illinois University since 2006.

“I’m delighted to welcome Mario Moccia back to New Mexico State University,” NMSU President Garrey Carruthers said. “He has a tremendous amount of leadership experience in university athletics and is skilled in working with the NCAA. Importantly, he’s a talented fundraiser and clearly a person who knows how to build sponsorships. He’s also an NMSU Aggie.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Swimming And Diving Signs Five

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State swimming and diving head coach Rick Pratt is pleased to announce the signing of five student-athletes during the early signing period.

The Aggies will welcome three swimmers and two divers.

“Our goal with recruiting is to find individuals who have a passion for our sport and academics, and on that side we really hit our mark. All five ladies are incredible individuals who have strong ambitions,” Pratt said. “I am very proud of our recruiting efforts and this is a strong class to sign in the early period. We still have a couple pieces to put together, but these ladies will all contribute immediately and allow our program to keep moving forward."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Loses Home Finale To UL Monroe, 30-17

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Freshman running back Larry Rose III ran for 229 yards, etching his name in the New Mexico State record book Saturday, Nov. 22, in a 30-17 loss to Louisiana Monroe in the Aggies’ final home game of the season.

NM State is now 2-9 on the season and 1-6 in Sun Belt play, while ULM moved to 4-7 overall and 3-4 in the SBC.

Rose is now No. 5 all time for single game rushing attempts with 35 carries and No. 7 all time for single game performances with his 229 yards. The last time an Aggie ran for over 200 yards was in 2003, when Eric Higgins recorded 218 yards; coincidentally against the Warhawks.

“When you [Rose] are up over six yards a carry you are doing some special things. He is going to be a special player and grew up a bit today too,” said Aggie head coach Doug Martin. “He battled through a couple bruises and he is going to be a special player here for a long time.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops Falls At UTEP 77-76

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - Four New Mexico State players scored in double figures, however, UTEP rallied late in the second half to defeat the Aggies 77-76 in Battle of I-10 Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center.

“Two heavyweight fighters went toe-to-toe and the hometown team came away with the win,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “There were some miscues that hurt us in the second half but you need to tip your hat to Tim (Floyd) and his crew.”

Early in the second stanza NM State led 46-34, but UTEP gradually chipped away at the Aggies’ lead.

CJ Cooper hit a 3-pointer at 4:44 and Miners took a 66-65 lead, their first since 12:53 in the first half.

The Aggies were down by as much as six in the final three minutes and fought to the waning moments.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Miner Q&A With Miner Rush's Alex Nicolas

Know The Foe :: UTEP

UTEP picked up a season-opening win over Washington State but hasn’t played since then. Do you think that’s an advantage or disadvantage considering the Aggies have played three games in that same time span?
I think it’s a mixture of both. Giving Tim Floyd pretty much a full week prepare is a huge advantage for the Miners, though sometime info overload could also be a bad thing. UTEP went through a timed scrimmage on Thursday, and with the intensity of a Tim Floyd practice I think the Miners will be ready mentally, but the Aggies definitely are battle tested and have a slight edge in that regard having played 120 minutes of game action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Know The Foe :: Warhawk Q&A With Warhawk Report

UL Monroe is having a down year at 3-7. The season started out well with the team going 3-1 early but six straight losses have eliminated the Warhawks from postseason contention. What has been the biggest reason for the six game slide? Aside from the losses at Arkansas State and Kentucky, all of the others have one-possession losses.
Football is often said to be a game of inches, and the Warhawks have fully experienced that this season. 18 points is the total point difference over the past four games. Some of the woes have been to injuries, while the bulk of the issues has just been lack of execution and bad offensive line play. All of last season saw the offensive line allow just 27 sacks; through 10 games, the line has surrendered 41. This has really made the offense one dimensional with 5th year senior Pete Thomas having to throw the ball an average of 44 times per game over the past four contest, compared to senior running back Centarius Donald rushing for just 47 yards per game over the same span.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Lose Shootout At Sacramento State, 93-85

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SACRAMENTO, CA - Shanice Davis scored a game-high 23 points but New Mexico State couldn’t keep up with Sacramento State and fell 93-85 Thursday evening at The Nest.

The Aggies started the game off on the right foot and midway through the first half opened up an 11-4 lead.

However, the Hornets (1-3) went on a quick 9-0 run and took a 13-11 lead. For the remainder of the first stanza both teams traded baskets and SSU went into halftime with a 36-33 advantage.

SSU, who runs a fast-break offense, opened the second stanza on an 18-8 run and led 54-41 at the 14:37 mark.

Despite keeping up with the Hornets’ high-octane offense for the majority of the game, the Aggies had a difficult time gaining traction late. In the final 10 minutes NM State cut to within six points on four separate occasions.

The Hornets won the game on the boards and outrebounded the Aggies 48-38, including 23-2 in second-chance points.  Continue Reading This Post >>