Daniel Johnson Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Junior Daniel Johnson has been named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. This is the second time this season Johnson has received this honor, after receiving it after the opening series of the year.

A native of Vallejo, Calif., Johnson led the Aggies to a series sweep over Chicago State to open the WAC schedule, going 7-for-13 with five runs scored on the weekend. His best game of the series came in the series finale, going 3-for-4 with a home run as the Aggies won 8-2.

Johnson also stole three bases during the weekend and currently leads the WAC in stolen bases with 14 in 15 attempts.

In the Thursday game of the series, Johnson helped NM State to a 17-5 victory in seven innings, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. He was just a home run short of the cycle, hitting a double and triple during the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aarika Hughes Honored By WBCA With Thirty Under 30 Award

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LILBURN, GA - New Mexico State women's basketball assistant coach Aarika Hughes was named as one of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's inaugural "Thirty Under 30" honorees on Friday.

"Aarika is one of the top youngest assistant coaches in the country and I'm honored to have coached her as a player and to have a relationship with her as an assistant coach," head coach Mark Trakh said. "I'm very proud of her for what she's accomplish. She's a great game-planner, runs practice very well and is one of the top recruiters in the country in my opinion. I think her potential is limitless."

Hughes has played an integral role since joining the staff in 2011, a year removed from player under Trakh at USC where she was a four-year letterwinner.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pascal Siakam Selected To NABC All-District 6 Team

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State forward Pascal Siakam has added another honor to his collection as the National Association of Basketball Coaches selected him to the NABC All-District 6 first team.

The 6-9 sophomore from Douala, Cameroon led the Aggies (23-11, 13-1) to their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament.

The unanimous WAC Player of the Year, Siakam has also been chosen first team All-WAC, to the WAC All-Defensive Team and USBWA All-District VIII.

Siakam leads the nation with 27 double-doubles, ranking eighth in rebounding with 11.6 boards per game and 25th in scoring with 20.3 points per contest. He is the only player in NCAA Division I averaging a double-double that averages 20 points a game. Siakam is also ranked 32nd with 2.24 blocked shots per game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Routs Chicago State In WAC Opener

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Aggies burst into WAC play with an offensive explosion against Chicago State, winning 17-5 in seven innings. The 17 runs ties a season high set on Feb. 20 against Towson, in which the Aggies won 17-3. The 19 hits set a new season high surpassing the 17 hits in the same game against Towson.

Chicago State started the game swinging a hot bat, as they jumped on the scoreboard early with a two-run blast to right center in the top half of the first.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Falls To Arizona State 74-52 In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

Arizona State defeated New Mexico State 74-52 in the first round of the 2016 Division I Women's Basketball Championship in Tempe, Arizona.

Posted by bleedCrimson.net on Friday, March 18, 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - Another historic season came to an end on Friday afternoon for the New Mexico State women’s basketball team, as the 15th-seeded Aggies fell to No. 2-seed Arizona State, 74-52, at Wells Fargo Arena in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

“Proud of the kids,” head coach Mark Trakh said in his postgame post-conference opening statement. “Arizona State, my hat's off to them. They are really good. I hope they go to the Final Four. Love their coach, love their style of play. They are aggressive. They are tough. They work hard on the boards. No, I'm really impressed with the way they played, especially in the first half. I was proud that the kids didn't pack it in at halftime”

Arizona State (26-6) came as advertised in the opening minutes of the game as the Sun Devils jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the 4:49 media timeout, turning NM State (26-5) over four times for seven points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2016 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship :: NM State Press Conference Quotes

MARK TRAKH, NEW MEXICO STATE HEAD COACH: SASHA WEBER, NEW MEXICO STATE SENIOR GUARD: MORIAH MACK, NEW MEXICO STATE JUNIOR GUARD: SHANICE DAVIS, NEW MEXICO STATE SENIOR GUARD:

COACH TRAKH: Needless to say we are very excited and happy to be a part of March Madness. I felt we had a very successful season. We tied the school record for most wins in a season, tied the school record for most wins in a row. First time we've been in a tournament back-to-back since the late 80s. This is the first time we've won a tournament, our conference tournament, back-to-back since the late 80s, regular season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2016 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship :: Arizona State Press Conference Quotes

CHARLI TURNER THORNE, ARIZONA STATE HEAD COACH: KATIE HEMPEN, ARIZONA STATE RS SENIOR GUARD: SOPHIE BRUNNER, ARIZONA STATE JUNIOR FORWARD: ELISHA DAVIS, ARIZONA STATE SENIOR GUARD:

COACH TURNER THORNE: Well, I can speak for our whole team and coaching staff. We're ready to play.

We've had a bit of a break here. It's been about almost two weeks since our last game, so we're excited to have an opponent. I think our region is just absolutely loaded.

Three amazing teams coming to Tempe: Obviously New Mexico State, 26-game winner, Wisconsin, Green Bay, Tennessee. So very, very excited for some fantastic basketball in Tempe, and I know just speaking for us, we're excited to play again.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Falls To UCF, 2-1

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ORLANDO, FL - The NM State softball team concluded an eight-game road swing on Wednesday as they dropped a 2-1 decision to UCF in the final game of the UCF Spring Fling at the UCF Softball Complex.

The Aggies (20-13) scored one run and amassed one RBI on eight hits. They left nine runners on base. Amy Bergeson went 2-for-3 and scored one run. Karysta Donisthorpe pitched 5.1 innings and had three strikeouts in 22 batters faced.

UCF (21-10) scored two runs and had two RBIs on five hits. Shelby Turnier pitched 4.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits in 19 batters faced.

After six scoreless innings, the Aggies broke through in the top of the seventh inning and took the lead. Bergeson hit a bunt single and advanced to second as Rodriguez grounded out. Kelsey Horton then hit a single to right field to score Bergeson as the Aggies took a 1-0 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls To Arizona 11-8

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TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State baseball team fell to Arizona 11-8 on Tuesday at Hi Corbett Field. The lone bright spot was Daniel Johnson, who went four-for-five at the plate with two RBI and was just a double shy of the cycle.

The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first inning. The first run came on a single to center, scoring a run from third. The other three runs came on a three-run blast to left center, Bobby Dalbec’s first homer of the game. The Wildcats added three more runs over the next two innings.

Down 7-0 in the fifth, the Aggies showed some life, with L.J. Hatch earning a four pitch walk. Daniel Johnson singled up the middle, moving Hatch to second. Dan Hetzel doubled to left center, clearing the bases and scoring Hatch and Johnson. Austin Botello singled to right to score Hetzel. The Aggies cut the lead to 7-3.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State End Season With 58-56 Loss At Saint Mary's In First Round Of NIT

After suffering a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer against Bakersfield in the WAC Tournament final, the Aggies fell against in devastating fashion at Saint Mary's in the first round of the 2016 NIT. Trailing by as many as 13 point in the second half, the Aggies held Saint Mary's without a field goal over the final 4:24 while outscoring the Gaels 10-0 to forge a 56-56 tie with just two seconds remaining after a Tanveer Bhullar layup.

On the ensuing inbounds, Braxton Huggins was called for a foul putting Saint Mary's guard Joe Rohan on the free throw line for a one-and-one. Rohan would hit both and Ian Baker's three-quarter court heave as time expired hit the backboard.

Trailing by four points, the Aggies forced five Saint Mary's turnovers in the final 2:12 and eventually tied the game on Bhullar's layup. The Aggies also saw several shows rim in and out including an Ian Baker lay-in with 33 seconds left that would have also tied the game.

Pascal Siakam recorded his 27th double-double of the season finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds while Evansville's Egidijus Mockevicius for the most double-doubles in NCAA Division I this season.

The Aggies finish the season with a 23-11 record.