NMSU Women's Basketball Takes Round One In Battle Of I-10

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EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team raced out to an early lead against UTEP before making clutch shots down the stretch to win its second-straight Battle of I-10 in El Paso, 69-65, on Saturday afternoon. NM State won last year’s meeting 76-68, also in the Sun City.

Although UTEP would get the scoring going with a three at seventh minute mark of the first quarter, the quarter was all Aggies from there. NM State got a three from Brooke Salas to get on the scoreboard before scoring 12 straight points to take a 15-3 lead with 1:56 to go . UTEP then scored two free throws before Salas capped an 18-3 run with a three with 1:15 until the end of the first.

The Miners nailed a three with 17 seconds to play in the period for an 18-8 NM State lead at the intermission. The Aggie defense held UTEP to just 2-13 shooting in the quarter while shooting 50% (7-14).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference player of the week after posting a pair of 22 point games on 66.7% shooting in Aggie wins last week, the conference announced Monday.

The reigning WAC Player of the Year scored 22 points with six rebounds in a 70-38 win over UT Permian Basin in the season-opener at home. She also dished out two assists and recorded five steals.

Against Western Michigan, Salas dropped 22, all in the second-half, to propel the Aggies to a 66-54 comeback victory on the road. She also pulled down six rebounds against the Broncos. Salas moved into 12th on the NM State all-time scoring list and now sits at 1,346 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Routs UTEP 96-69 In Round One Of Battle Of I-10

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State men's basketball team took down Battle of I-10 rival UTEP, 96-69, Friday night at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies improved to 2-0 on the season and won their eighth-straight against the Miners. UTEP has yet to beat the Aggies at the Pan American center since 2010.

UTEP got off to an 18-9 start before NM State went on a 14-9 run to cut the Miner lead to 27-23 with 8:02 left in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Wins At Grand Canyon 3-1

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PHOENIX, AZ - New Mexico State volleyball faced Grand Canyon at the GCU Arena on Thursday night. In their final road match of the regular season, the Aggies defeated the Lopes 25-20, 25-21, 25-27, 25-20. Julianna Salanoa set an NM State record in the victory when the sophomore posted a .722 hitting percentage in the four-set match.

"It was a good team win. We did a lot of things well offensively," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We needed to defend the out-of-system ball a little better than we did but winning on the road shorthanded, I'll take that."

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NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past North Dakota State 73-56 In Season Opener

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Dominant play from the get-go for the New Mexico State men's basketball team saw it overpower North Dakota State, 73-56, Tuesday night in the Pan American Center as part of The Summit League/WAC Challenge.

Led by JoJo Zamora and Terrell Brown's 16 points and 13 points, respectively, the Aggies never trailed from start to finish to pick up their first win of the 2018-19 campaign. With the victory, NM State is now 56-18-1 all-time when the home and season-opener are on the same day.

New Mexico State got off to a great start after picking up a thunderous slam from JUCO transfer Ivan Aurrecoechea to put the Aggies on top 5-1. From there, NM State shocked the Bison with a 13-2 run that was capped off by Mohamed Thiam's 18-footer and forced North Dakota State to call a timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Opens Season With 70-38 Win Over UT Permian Basin

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team cruised to a 70-38 victory over UT Permian Basin behind an outstanding defensive performance in Tuesday night's season-opener.

"I thought we really brought it on the defensive end tonight," said head coach Brooke Atkinson. "I liked our energy on that end of the floor. I thought we did really good job challenging them on that end of the floor. That's where we make or break the game and I really challenge the players to take pride on that end of the floor."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Football Defeats Alcorn State 52-42

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State football team welcomed Alcorn State to Aggie Memorial Stadium for the final home contest of the season on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies sent their veterans out right on senior day dominating the Braves from the game’s opening kickoff en route to a 52-42 victory.

NM State (3-7) wasted no time getting on the board to open the game. Alcorn State (7-3) sent the opening kickoff to the edge of the end zone and Aggie returner Jason Huntley took off for a 99-yard score that gave the Crimson & White a 7-0 lead just 13 seconds into the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Volleyball Falls In Five Sets At Utah Valley

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OREM, UT - The New Mexico State volleyball team continued Western Athletic Conference play with a match against Utah Valley at Lockhart Arena on Saturday. The Aggies fell to the Wolverines 25-21, 25-19, 15-25, 23-25, 20-22 in a five-set thriller

"Congrats to UVU, they outlasted us today," head coach Mike Jordan said. "Utah Valley made fewer errors and it showed."

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NMSU Volleyball Sweeps Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA - The New Mexico State volleyball team faced Western Athletic Conference foe Seattle U at the Redhawk Center on Thursday night. The Aggies swept SU 25-23, 25-19, 26-24 in the league match.

"I think we could've played better but I'm happy with the outcome. We missed some easy opportunities to score but, given the fact we were short-handed without Cat [Kelly], I think we made good adjustments," head coach Mike Jordan said. "We were pretty good from the service line. Halle Razo, for being under the weather, played exceptionally well. Also, a great performance by Megan Hart. I'm always happy to get a win on the road."

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Clara Rizea Named WAC Women's Tennis Singles Player Of The Month

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women’s tennis sophomore Clara Rizea was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Month for singles on Thursday after going 3-1 in singles play for the month of October.

This is the first WAC Singles Player of the Month honor for the ULM transfer and second-straight month an Aggie has earned the honor.

Rizea first took down New Mexico’s Maddie Chavez 6-3, 6-3 to open the UNM Halloween Howl before ousting Chavez’s teammate, Lauren Rich, in similar fashion 6-3, 6-1. The Timisoara, Romania, product dropped her lone match to Emily Kolbow 0-6, 7-6, 7-6 before rallying on the final day with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Iowa State’s Karen Alvarez.

NM State concludes its fall slate this weekend at the Gonzaga Invitational (Nov. 2-4) up in the Pacific Northwest.