AggieVision :: NM State Sports Weekly :: 01/08/15

Nineteen Fall Sports Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors

DENVER, CO The 2014 academic all-WAC men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball teams have been announced for the fall. A total of 203 student-athletes were named to the list for the fall. A total of 19 New Mexico State student-athletes were named to the list.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests. The following is a list of the fall sport honorees:

Men's Cross Country
Evan Bekes, Sr.
Nathan Starr, Sr.
Stephen Wallace, So.

Women's Cross Country
Natalie Gorman, Fr.
Diana Hawk, Sr.
Renai Nez, Fr.
Carly Porter, Sr.

Women's Soccer
Victoria Archuleta, So.
Daniela Barraza, So.
Alexys Brownell, Sr.
Cynthia Buraczyk, Jr.
Mikaela Haley, Jr.
Tayler Hammack, So.
Salina Lucero, So.
Bree Luhrsen, Sr.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Hold Off New Mexico Highlands 75-67

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State used an efficient offense to upend New Mexico Highlands 75-67 Tuesday evening in a scrappy bout at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies finished the night shooting 51 percent (29-of-56) from the field – including 61 percent in the second half.

“We went with more inside touches in the second half,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said. “We didn’t do that enough in the first half and when we did we weren’t very efficient. But you have to give them credit; they battled and really wanted this game. We just have to pat them on the back and say thanks for giving us a great game.”

Senior Remi Barry scored the first seven points of the game and the Aggies led 7-0 at 17:38 in the first half. From there, however, the Cowboys slowly fought back.

Highlands, trailing 27-19 at 9:03, went on a 16-6 run and led 35-33 with 2:08 remaining in the half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Lauren Reifel Earns Second WAC Diver Of The Week Honor

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State’s Lauren Reifel has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Diver of the Week for December 29 - January 4.

Reifel, a junior from Fortville, Ind. (Mt. Vernon HS) earned runner up honors in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives Friday afternoon against Pac-12 No. 14 Arizona in a frigid dual meet. Reifel scored a 267.00 on the 1-meter board and a 253.35 on the 3-meter dive to lead New Mexico State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Wraps Up Non-Conference Play With 81-39 Rout Of Northern New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team moved over .500 for the first time this season after defeating Northern New Mexico College, 81-39, inside the Pan American Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Aggies (7-6) never trailed in the matchup with the Lady Eagles (9-8), who belong to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). By halftime NM State had already amassed a 25-point lead.

“I’m happy we got to play a lot of the kids,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We kept our starters under 20 minutes, which is what we wanted to do. We got balanced scoring and we got to see kids who haven’t played a lot to see what we have going into conference play.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ian Baker's Heroics Give Aggies 70-67 Victory Over UC Irvine

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Baker buried a 3-pointer from the left elbow with five second to play to lead New Mexico State to a 70-67 victory over UC Irvine Saturday night at the Pan American Center.

It was the third straight game that the Aggies (7-9) got Baker’s last-second heroics, as he drained 3’s beat Texas Southern on Tuesday night and send the game with No. 24 Colorado State into overtime last Saturday.

“Ian Baker the Big Shot Maker,” said NM State coach Marvin Menzies. “He’s playing at a very high level, especially at crunch time.

“He’s extremely cool and confident when it’s time to make the play. He wants it in his hands.”

With the game knotted at 67-all with 18.7 to play after UCI’s Travis Souza buried a 3-pointer, the sophomore from Washington, D.C., coolly brought the ball into the forecourt for an Aggie timeout.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Rally To Defeat Texas Southern 54-52

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Sophomore Ian Baker slashed to the basket and laid it in with 2.2 seconds remaining in the second half to propel New Mexico State past Texas Southern 54-52 Tuesday evening at the Pan American Center.

“We beat a good team,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “Our guys took a challenge of being down by eight at the half and displayed guts. We just need to continue to preach and teach and get these guys better. We took a major mental step tonight and I’m proud of them.”

The Tigers, who have defeated the likes of Michigan State and Kansas State, opened up an early lead and a David Blanks layup at 12:39 in the first stanza made it 14-5. From there, however, the Aggies fought back.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Cruises Past Southern Utah 81-64, Improves To 6-6

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CEDAR CITY, UT - After starting the season 0-5, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team has had an outstanding month of December and now get to .500 for the first time this season after defeating Southern Utah, 81-64, on Monday afternoon.

Zaire Williams had a career shooting day as the freshman guard shattered her career high, finishing with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. The 25 points is also the most points scored this season by any Aggie player. She already had a career high after 20 first-half points. Her seven 3-pointers also ties her for third-most 3-pointers in a game in program history.

As a team NM State shot 50 percent, both from the field (28-56) and from beyond the arc (15-30), both season bests. Sasha Weber added 19 points and Shanice Davis another 15 points and both players also finished with five assists.  Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Falls In Overtime Thriller To No. 24 Colorado State, 58-57

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Freshman Pascal Siakam scored 13 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for the double-double, however, No.24-ranked Colorado State edged New Mexico State 58-57 in overtime Saturday evening at the Pan American Center.

“I’m proud of my guys and they showed a lot of heart,” NM State head coach Marvin Menzies said following the game. “We had some missed opportunities at the free-throw line and a couple offensive rebounds that probably could have made a difference for us. At the end of the day we need to take care of the turnovers.”

The NM State offense was firing on its cylinders early and a Remi Barry layup at 10:22 in the first stanza gave the Aggies a 14-6 lead.

From there, however, CSU fought back and Joe De Ciman hit a pair of free throws with 1:21 remaining to push the Rams ahead of the Aggies 19-18 – CSU’s first lead of the game and the Rams went into intermission with a 22-20 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Dorottya Lennert Named WAC Swimmer Of The Week For Second Consecutive Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER,CO - New Mexico State’s Dorottya Lennert has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week for December 15-21.

Lennert, a junior from Budapest, Hungary (CSIK Ferenc HS) dominated the final day of the UNLV Winter Invitational early this week. After winning the 200 IM and taking second in the 100 butterfly, Lennert took home a second victory in the 200 butterfly on Monday. With a personal best time in prelims at 2:00.34, Lennert won the finals heat with a time of 2:00.51. Her time of 2:00.34 is now the fourth fastest 200 fly time in the WAC this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>