NMSU Football Adds 25 In 2017 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin inked 22 players for the 2017 season in addition to three gray shirts for the upcoming 2017 season. Martin added nine Aggies out of high school, 13 JUCO transfers and three gray shirts.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Soccer Signs Seven For 2017

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2017 soccer season just six months away, New Mexico State women's soccer head coach Freddy Delgado announced the signing of nine players for the upcoming campaign.

"This may be the deepest and most well coached freshmen class we've had," Delgado said. "Each of these student-athletes comes from a high level of club soccer. They train and compete on a daily basis with and against some of the best players in the country. Because they come from some of the most competitive teams in the nation, I expect they will be a bit more advanced than the average freshmen class. I expect them to contribute from an early point in the year."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Picked As Co-Preseason Favorites; Kelsey Horton Named WAC Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - Grand Canyon and NM State are the preseason favorites to win the 2017 Western Athletic Conference softball title in a vote of the league’s six head coaches, who could not vote for their own team.

The coaches also voted preseason award winners and NM State’s Kelsey Horton was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year and Grand Canyon’s Taylor Nowlin was selected as the Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The Lopes and Aggies tied for the top spot in the preseason poll with 23 points and three first-place votes each. CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U tied for third place with 13 points apiece. UMKC was fifth with 11 points, while Utah Valley rounded out the poll in sixth place with seven points.

NM State placed the most players on the Preseason All-WAC team with four, while Grand Canyon had three and UMKC and Utah Valley had two apiece.

The 2017 season begins Friday, Feb. 10. The 2017 WAC Softball Tournament will be held May 11-13, at the NM State Softball Complex in Las Cruces, N.M., and will include all five eligible teams.

2017 WAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
T-1. Grand Canyon (3) 23
T-1. NM State (3) 23
T-3. CSU Bakersfield 13
T-3. Seattle U 13
5 UMKC 11
6 Utah Valley 7

2017 Softball Preseason All-WAC Team
Player School Yr. Pos.
Paige Bouska Seattle U Sr. UT
Victoria Castro NM State So. OF
Julea Cavazos CSU Bakersfield Jr. OF
Kayla Green NM State So. P
Kelsey Horton NM State So. 1B
Kendra Leach UMKC Jr. OF
Bailey Moore Utah Valley Sr. P
Taylor Nowlin Grand Canyon Sr. P
Rachel Rodriguez NM State Jr. INF
Bri Sims UMKC So. INF
Shea Smith Grand Canyon So. SS
Brittney Vansway Utah Valley Sr. INF
Camree Wartman Grand Canyon Sr. 2B

Preseason Player of the Year: Kelsey Horton, NM State
Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Taylor Nowlin, Grand Canyon  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Extends Win Streak To 18, Survives Road Test At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - Timely buckets from Ian Baker and Eli Chuha down the stretch late in the game lifted the New Mexico State men’s basketball team past Utah Valley, 74-69, Saturday night at the UCCU Center.

The win coupled with Oregon’s loss at Colorado, NM State now owns the nation’s second-longest active win-streak at 18.

The Aggies trailed early on to the Wolverines as UVU hit four of its first six attempts from 3-point range to take a 9-4 lead. New Mexico State then started to click offensively and took a 14-13 lead before Utah Valley responded with a 5-0 run.

It wasn’t until the ninth lead-change of the half before Utah Valley would fire off an 11-2 run the last 3:35 minutes to send the Aggies into the locker room trailing 38-31.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Utah Valley; Moriah Mack Joins 1,000 Point Club

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball finished off the first half of their 2017 conference schedule against the Utah Valley Wolverines on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies played strong defense from start to finish, in a game fueled by over 100 young Aggie fans in attendance that were a part of the morning kid’s clinic hosted by the coaches and players.

After guiding the Aggies to their eighth straight win, head coach Mark Trakh commented on the game saying, “We spread the ball around well against the zone defense and came up with big shots to win today.”

The game opened up slow on the offensive end throughout the first half, as each team’s defense made scoring tough. In the first quarter, NM State forced 10 turnovers and Utah Valley forced six as each team shots under 35 percent from the field. After forcing four steals and adding three blocks, the quarter ended tied at seven.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Pull Away Late At Seattle For 71-56 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a tough shooting night, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team found a way to click offensively in the second-half and grinded out a 71-56 win over Seattle U in Key Arena for its 17th-consecutive victory.

The 17 wins remain tied with Oregon for the nation’s second-longest active win-streak and trails just Gonzaga (21).

“Seattle does a really good job in their zone and they really make you think that there’s some things there and then they’re not there,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said.

Both teams struggled offensively to start there game, going 1-for-6 from the floor at the 15:29 media timeout with NM State (19-2, 6-0 WAC) leading the home team 5-2.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Seattle In Battle For First Place In WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball squared off with the Seattle U. Redhawks on Thursday night at the Pan American Center. Each team entered undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play and held unblemished records in 2017, but after a hectic 45 minutes of play, NM State left on top, 73-69.

NM State opened up winning the tip and scoring the first basket, as the team led 10-5 over the first four minutes. However, Seattle U battled back behind 11 points from their season leading scorer, Alexis Montgomery (16.2 PPG). Strong play in the paint and a perfect six-for-six from the free-throw line allowed the Redhawks to end the first quarter ahead of the Aggies, 21-18.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Rebecca Keijzerwaard Named WAC Women's Tennis Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

New Mexico State’s Rebecca Keijzerwaard has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for January 16-22.

Keijzerwaard, a freshman from Oudenhoorn, Netherlands went undefeted against UNLV and Weber State. She won both flight 3 singles matches, beating her opponent from Weber State (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) and was beating her opponent from UNLV when the match was stopped. She also teamed up with Vanessa Valdez, winning their doubles match against Weber State (7-6) and beating UNLV at the time the match was stopped.

Aggies Sweep Weekly WAC Track And Field Honors

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Katara Nelson and Keyarha Wilson have been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 16-22.

Nelson, a senior from Arlington, T.X., ran a 25.04 in the 200m at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. She finished 14th of 54 in the 200m and her time is the best in the WAC this season.

Wilson, a freshman from Las Cruces, N.M., was the top DI finisher in the high jump at the Cherry and Silver Invitational. She finished third of 14, clearing a height of 1.70m, the best in the WAC this season.

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats UMKC 94-71

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team steamrolled UMKC 94-71 Saturday night for its 16th-consecutive win and tied for the third-longest active NCAA win-streak. NM State also won its 22nd-straight win at the Pan American Center in front 9,893 fans for its Pack the Pan Am promotion.

“It was awesome, obviously, for our players and for our program to get that many people,” Aggie head coach Paul Weir said. “There wasn’t a lot of sit of the edge of your seat moments. But, to have that volume of people here is terrific. Hopefully the people that came for the first time or haven’t seen us play enjoyed what they saw and will hopefully come back again. Hopefully it’s a sign for greater growth in the future.”  Continue Reading This Post >>