Siakam Scores Career-High 30, Aggies Pull Away From Tennessee Tech In Second Half

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 30 points as he led the Aggies to a 76-63 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday night at the Pan American Center.

Siakam, a 6-9 forward from Douala, Cameroon, split his points equally with 15 in each half in leading the Aggies (2-1). The WAC Preseason Player of the Year and current WAC Player of the Week also chalked up 11 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season and ninth of his career.

"Tonight was his night," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "He should have scored points against this team. I expected him to with his size advantage and his ability. If you're going to be out front and center, with rank comes responsibility. That's what he's supposed to do."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Named WAC Player Of The Year, Mike Jordan Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Gwen Murphy Named WAC Player Of The Year, Mike Jordan Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

KANSAS CITY, MO - The 2015 WAC volleyball award winners, as selected by the league’s eight head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Tournament banquet. NM State senior outside hitter Gwen Murphy was named WAC Player of the Year, while Utah Valley’s Abby Jensen was named WAC Freshman of the Year and NM State head coach Mike Jordan was named WAC Coach of the Year.

Six of the eight schools were represented on the teams. NM State led the way with five selections, while Seattle U had four.

Murphy earned WAC Player of the Year honors after ranking second in the league in hitting percentage (.435), fifth in blocks (0.98), seventh in points (3.78) and eighth in kills (3.00) in WAC matches. She hit .300 or better in 10 of 14 WAC matches and had 10 or more kills in eight WAC matches. She set the all-time WAC record for hitting percentage earlier this season when she hit .933 against Robert Morris.

Jensen earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 3.28 points, 2.88 kills and 1.87 digs in WAC play. In WAC play only, she ranked ninth in the conference in kills per set, had one double-double and posted 10 or more kills eight times.

Jordan led his team to a perfect 14-0 mark in WAC play to become just the fourth school ever to finish WAC play unbeaten. This is NM State’s third WAC regular-season title, its second outright title and first since the 2013 season. This is the fifth time Jordan has earned the honor.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/17/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/17/15 Your thoughts on the two conference wins last week, a hard fought victory over Seattle in five sets and a relatively quick win against Utah Valley.
Mike Jordan: Both teams have a lot of good players and they’re solid teams. We felt like playing on the road was going to be difficult, especially back-to-back weeks of traveling. But I think the Seattle match, they’ve got the length and the serving ability to give us problems and they were doing that for a while. We were in control early in sets and then we’d have passing breakdowns and get a little high error and they took over and were in control. We were struggling to put point runs together basically because we weren’t handling the ball well enough. We finally made a decision to go to a three person serve receive in set four and it paid off. It settled us down. We were just able to control the match from there. Did you play Jordan Abalos as your libero in set four?
MJ: Jordan played libero for one of the sets but then we switched her to left back in set four. We followed that up at Utah Valley with Andi Tauai and Jordan Abalos on the left and were able to pass real well against Utah Valley and that’s the key for us. I think in system we’re the best team in the conference but out of system, it’s a little bit of a crapshoot and we’ve got to make sure that when we’re out of system that we’re low error and that hasn’t always been the case, especially at Seattle. Against Utah Valley we did a better job of making good decisions when we were out of system and I think we were in control most of the way.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats New Mexico 78-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In-state rival, New Mexico, got as close as nine points midway through the third quarter, but that would be as close as they would get on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center as the NM State women's basketball team ran away with a 78-59 victory in the first edition of the Rio Grande Rivalry.

Tamera William once again paced the Aggies with a game-high 18 points, one short of tying her career-high (19) that she set last week. The junior also finished with six boards and a pair of steals.

"It's a big game," said head women's basketball Mark Trakh, when asked about what this win means for the program. "It's our rival that we've been thumped by the last 15 years, so we're excited. I was very proud of the kids; it was a big win for our program."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gwen Murphy Earns Third WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State senior outside hitter Gwen Murphy has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 9-15, the conference announced on Monday. This is Murphy’s third WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and her career.

The Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS native led the Aggies to a 2-0 record on the road last week to finish WAC play undefeated, becoming just the fourth team ever and the first team other than Hawai’i to do so since 1993.

Murphy averaged 4.31 points, 3.25 kills on .632 hitting, 1.25 blocks, 0.50 digs and 0.38 service aces per set over the two matches. With the 4.31 points, she accounted for 25.09 percent of the Aggies total points for the week.

On Wednesday, she finished with 12 kills on .611 hitting, five blocks, four digs and two service aces in a thrilling five-set win at Seattle U.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Named WAC Men's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State’s Pascal Siakam is the first Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the 2015-16 season after his strong play in the first two games of the season.

Siakam, the media’s choice as the WAC’s Preseason Player of the Year, opened up the year with a boom.

The Douala, Cameroon, native averaged 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as the Aggies went 1-1 on the week. In a season-opening win over Houston Baptist, he finished with a career-high 28 points on 67 percent shooting and recorded his eighth career double-double as he added 11 rebounds to go with three blocks. Siakam followed it up with 23 points, eight boards and four blocks in a loss to New Mexico Sunday.

After the first week of play, Siakam leads the WAC in scoring, blocked shots and minutes per game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls To UNM 83-74

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies fell victim to the hot shooting of New Mexico Lobo Elijah Brown as UNM invaded the Pan American Center and grabbed an 83-74 win on Sunday night.

Brown scored 31 points, 20 in the first half, to lead the Lobos (2-0) in the Rio Grande Rivalry victory. The Aggies (1-1) suffered their first loss at home since December of 2014.

“It hurts to lose a rivalry game,” said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. “It has a different kind of taste, a different kind of sting, a different kind of pain. Hats off to Craig (Neal). His team did an excellent job of coming into Cruces and playing really good basketball.”

The Aggies jumped out to an early nine-point lead, only to see UNM come back at the end of the first half thanks to Brown’s heroics. His off balance fade away at the buzzer gave UNM a 39-38 lead and the Lobos never trailed again.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Sweeps Utah Valley, Finishes Undefeated In WAC Play

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - NM State finished conference play undefeated with a 3-0 win over Utah Valley on Saturday at the Utah Valley PE Building.

The Aggies are the first team since Hawai’i in 2011 to finish WAC play undefeated, and the first team other than Hawai’i to accomplish the feat since BYU in 1993.

“We feel we are a very physical team, and probably the most physical team in the conference,” said head coach Mike Jordan. “We worked really hard in the offseason and it’s paying off. What I am most proud of is the fact that we have not loss since Sept. 19, and all of our losses have come against Top-30 teams. I think we are not getting the level of respect that these girls deserve; we should be getting votes in the poles. There are days when we are certainly a Top-25 team.”

NM State was able to seal the match with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 decision.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Routs Houston Baptist 91-69 In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies opened with a 13-3 run against the Houston Baptist Huskies and never looked back in winning their season opener 91-69 Friday night at the Pan American Center.

The defending Western Athletic Conference champion Aggies (1-0) kept the pressure on the Huskies (0-1) of the Southland Conference, and never fell under a double-digit lead after the 14:42 mark in the opening half. The Aggies won their 11th straight game on the parquet floor of the Pan Am and have claimed 52 of their last 56 games at home.

"I was very excited about the way we came out," said NM State head coach Marvin Menzies. "The guys had a very, very good energy level to start out the game. Having a young team, I think that's a sign of maturity and handling our business at the house. When it was all said and done we did a great job in that area."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Opens Season With 79-69 Win At North Dakota State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FARGO, N.D. - Active defensive pressure from NM State late in the second quarter propelled the Aggies past North Dakota State, 79-69, on Friday night in their 2015-16 season opener at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

"I'm proud of how hard the kids played tonight in a hostile environment," head coach Mark Trakh said. "North Dakota State was prepared to play us from the get-go. Our defense got us back into the game and gave us the lead. Tamera [William] and Sasha [Weber] played a huge part in getting us back into the game. In the second half, Shanice [Davis] gave us a huge boost with seven assists and Brooke [Salas], who started her first-career game, came away with seven steals."

NM State (1-0) was paced by William with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor while Weber chipped in with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown.  Continue Reading This Post >>