Mark Trakh Named WAC Women's Basketball Coach Of The Year, Brianna Freeman Named Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team’s magical season continued on Monday after the Western Athletic Conference announced the team has picked up the conference’s coach and player of the year awards as voted on by the eight WAC head coaches.

Head coach Mark Trakh is the 2014-15 WAC Coach of the Year while sophomore Brianna Freeman has been tabbed the 2014-15 WAC Player of the Year.

This is the first time the Aggies have received either a coach or player of the year by the WAC. The last NM State head coach to garner a conference coach of the year honor was Joe McKeown who was tabbed as the High Country Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1988, which was also the last season the Aggies, then Roadrunners, made the NCAA Tournament.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Karysta Donisthorpe Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball right-hander Karysta Donisthorpe has been named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, the conference announced Monday.

The redshirt junior from Farmington, N.M., picks up her third career pitcher of the week award after going 2-0 and also picking up her first save of the season this past weekend in round robin play at the NM State Softball Complex.

“Karysta showed great composure and maturity this weekend,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “On Friday she didn’t feel like she had her best stuff, but she made the most of what she had. She was a calming force for us each time she went in. It’s very exciting to watch her evolve into a high level competitor.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Extend Win Streak To 10 With 9-4 Victory Over North Dakota

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball Aggies ran their winning streak to 10 straight as they wrapped up the NM State Round Robin Tournament with a 9-4 victory over North Dakota at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies (18-7) took advantage of the long-ball, bashing a 3-run home run and a pair of 2-run shots.

Junior righthander Karysta Donisthorpe (10-2) collected nine strikeouts, while giving up two hits and one unearned run in pitching 6 1/3 innings.

North Dakota (3-15) dropped all five of its game in the tournament, with Hannah Bergh (3-6) going the distance allowing nine runs, seven earned, and striking out seven as the Aggies racked up 10 hits.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season With Win At Home

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies got a double-double from redshirt freshman Pascal Siakam, but had to fight off a pesky Chicago State squad to close the regular season with a 61-57 Western Athletic Conference victory Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam racked up his sixth double-double of the season posting 11 points with 10 rebounds to go with a career-high tying five blocked shots against the Cougars (8-23, 4-10 WAC).

The WAC Regular Season Champion Aggies (21-10, 13-1) won their 11th straight, establishing the program’s 10th longest winning streak. The Aggies also picked up their 10th straight home win and their 28th WAC home victory.

The Aggies never trailed in the game, but saw their 16-point lead with 15:23 remaining get whittled down to two with 1:48 to play by turnovers forced by a tenacious Cougar defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie State Softball Extends Win Streak To Nine Straight

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team ran its winning streak to nine in a row with wins over Tulsa and North Dakota Saturday evening at the NMSU Softball Complex.

NM State upended Tulsa 12-10 and fought past North Dakota 19-13.

“Both wins were great team efforts,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said following the win over North Dakota. “What I like about this team is our overall depth on offense. We can sub in a player and we don’t lose a lot at the plate. We were a little disappointed with our defense, but we’ll continue to get better in that area.”

In game one against the Golden Hurricanes, NM State used a fast start to gain early momentum. Tatum Reedy’s two RBI single highlighted a four-run first inning and the Aggies led 4-1 after one complete.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Picks Up 20th Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team concluded its regular-season schedule by defeating Chicago State, 62-54, on Saturday afternoon inside the Jones Convocation Center.

The Aggies finish the regular season 20-7 overall and 13-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. They will head into the WAC Tournament next week winners of four in a row and 16 of their last 17 games.

NM State gets to 20 wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the team went 23-9. It is also the most wins and best record in conference play for the Aggies since joining the WAC.

The 13 WAC wins is the most conference wins since going 14-4 in the Big West in 1996. The 13-1 record is also the second-best record in conference play in program history, only outdone by the 10-0 High Country Athletic Conference finish in 1988.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Basketball Pulls Away Late For 69-48 Victory At UTPA

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EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State Aggies had to spend four extra days in south Texas before playing Texas-Pan American, but Tshilidzi Nephawe made it payoff as the Aggies beat the Broncs 69-48 Wednesday night at UTPA Fieldhouse.

Nephawe racked up his fourth double-double of the season in leading the Aggies with 19 points and 14 rebounds to go with two blocked shots, two assists and a steal.

The Aggies (20-10, 12-1 WAC) collected their fourth straight 20-win season under head coach Marvin Menzies, as well as the sixth time in Menzies eighth season. It was the 26th time to win 20 games for the NM State program.

UT-Pan American (9-20, 3-10) lost its third straight and the seventh time in the last eight games.

“We played fantastic defense,” said Menzies. “We forced them into some bad shots. Offensively we stepped up, especially Chili (Nephawe).”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 10-0 At Arizona

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team was shutout for the first time this season falling 10-0 to Arizona at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson, Ariz., Wednesday, March 4. The Aggies are now 1-12 on the season while Arizona moves to 12-4.

Both pitching staffs picked up six strikeouts but the NM State offense was only able to put three hits up on the board with designated hitter Michael Barrientos, first baseman Michael Paulson and right fielder Phillip Clark each getting a hit. The Wildcats crossed the plate 10 times on 14 hits.

Starting left-handed pitcher Robert Kraft was credited with the loss after working 4.2 innings and striking out five Wildcat batters. Arizona reliever Rio Gomez picked up his first win of the year as he came into the game during the fifth inning and stayed in the game for 2.1 innings on the mound.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brianna Freeman Named WAC Player Of The Week

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball sophomore Brianna Freeman continues to make her case for the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as the forward from Killeen, Texas, has been named the WAC Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week, the conference announced Monday.

Freeman finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds, both game highs, in an 80-60 win over Texas-Pan American on Saturday as the Aggies secured an outright conference title, their first-ever WAC regular-season championship and the first conference title for the program in 20 years.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Corrin Green Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Corrin Green has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for Feb. 23-March 2. This is the first-ever WAC Hitter of the Week honor for Green.  Continue Reading This Post >>