Aggies Fall 71-54 At No. 11 Wichita State In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

WICHITA, KS - The New Mexico State Aggies battled No. 11 Wichita State early but a 14-5 run midway through the first half gave the Shockers a lead they’d never relinquish as Wichita State took a 71-54 win in the season opener for both teams.

NM State (0-1) never held the lead as the Shockers (1-0) collected their 32nd straight regular season win and 26th straight home win.

The Aggies collected 14 points and six rebounds from senior Daniel Mullings, while senior Remi Barry tallied nine points. Freshman Paschal Siakam had seven with five boards.

Wichita State guards Tekele Cotton and Ron Baker hoisted the Shockers with 17 points and 16 points respectively, while Cotton, Fred VanVleet and Evan Wessel each pulled down five boards.

The story of the game was turnovers for NM State, as the Aggies suffered 20 – including 12 in the first half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Falls At UTEP 78-73

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team, undersized, young, playing in a hostile environment and against a team that made it all the way to the final of the WNIT Tournament last season, battled throughout the game in Friday’s season opener but fell short to rival Texas-El Paso, 78-73.

The Aggies were down only two at 69-67 with just over five minutes left in the game, but the Miners would make their free throws and pull away late after going on a 9-1 run in the final portion of the game to take control. NM State would score five points in the final 35 seconds, including a 3-pointer by freshman Zaire Williams at the buzzer, to bring the final margin down to five.  Continue Reading This Post >> Coach Inoue Interview :: 11/13/14 :: Season Preview Like you’ve had with a lot of your teams, you’ve got a young team but you’ve got a lot of young players who got a lot of playing time last year so even though they’re young in terms of their class, they’re not young in terms of their experience. What are you expecting to see from those sophomores and juniors.
Tamara Inoue: With the young ones, our freshmen last year played a lot last year, Moriah Mack especially along with Tyler Ellis and Brianna Freeman, those three got a lot of quality minutes. Tamera Williams also had spurts of minutes but it’s interesting. That was probably the first time Coach Trakh and I have been through with a team with no seniors and playing such a young group. Even our young players, Sasha [Weber] and Abby [Scott] playing a lot of minutes, that was new for us too. To watch them from one year to the next, with all the playing time they got from one year to the next and then the run they had in the tournament, the mindset coming in this summer to preseason to now is like night and day. The maturity level, the hard work, to finishing plays. Doing what you ask them to do, knowing they need to go hard because that’s what they’re going to see every day in games. It’s interesting to watch that with just one year of difference.

Now we still have a long way to go and they’re still young and there is always going to be slippage but just watching them hold each other accountable… Last year they kind of let a lot of things go because they didn’t want to hurt each others’ feelings, they wanted to be liked, this year it’s more business. It’s been cool to see because that’s what we always push. We always tell them, we push you hard in practice, it’s going to be hard come game time but you’re going to be ready for it. We push them very hard so they’re able to take it and they’re able to understand why we’re doing it.

Sasha and Abby, Sasha especially, she started for us both years and she’ll start for us again her junior year. She’s probably the most experienced player we have. For her to come in with the leadership that she has, that’s been fun too because not a lot of kids get to start and play all three years. Sasha has been able to walk into that role. She’s the most composed player we have. She’s calm and really keeps us together. That’s been really good too.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Chicago State; Sets Up Showdown For WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State volleyball team set up a showdown for a share of the Western Athletic Conference regular-season crown by easily handling Chicago State on Thursday in straight sets, 25-11, 25-16, 25-11.

The Aggies (16-9) move to 10-3 in WAC play and will face Missouri-Kansas City (23-5) on Saturday for a share of the WAC title on the line. The ‘Roos also won in straight sets on Thursday to move to 11-2 in the conference, a record that includes a win in Las Cruces earlier in the season over NM State.

A win on Saturday in the conference finale will give the Aggies a share of the WAC regular-season title for the second time in the program’s history as they also shared the WAC crown with Hawai’i in 2008. A loss would give UMKC the regular-season title and No. 1 seed in next week’s WAC Tournament and drop NM State to the second seed.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Menzies Interview :: 11/12/14 :: Season Preview It’s a brand new season, you’ve got a bunch of new players as well as a few experienced returning players. How do you feel like your team has taken shape during the preseason?
Marvin Menzies: I’m happy with the offseason work the guys put in. I thought they were very diligent about getting in and working on their games independently of the coaching staff. We’ve got some guys that are new but not necessarily new to the university and the program which gives us a nice comfort level because they’ve been around. Jalyn [Pennie], Matthew [Taylor], Johnathan [Wilkins] , Tanveer [Bhullar], I think having all of those guys around has helped for a quick start the chemistry and productiveness that we’re having so far in practice. The new guys that you mentioned that were redshirts that practiced with you last year and were around, what do those guys bring to the table in their basketball ability?
MM: They’re all long guys that are athletic and can play multiple positions for the most part. They’re guys that fit into a system that’s a more up tempo style of play and they’re all great people.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/11/14 You had one match last week, a win against UTPA. How do you think your team did adjusting to the changes you’ve had to make because of the injuries?
Mike Jordan: We did fine. We had one bad set and some up and down play here and there but I think the thing that’s interesting about this group is we have some versatile people and I’m not afraid to change things. For instance we had Andi Tauai at libero for two sets and felt like we needed to make her a left. We put Ari Sierra at libero and they both did a good job. We’re fairly versatile at this point and I think the group understands that they need to compensate for the loss of the players we had and they’re willing to do whatever is asked of them. How would you rate the play of Andi Tauai now that she’s gotten a little more time under her belt at libero?
MJ: She’s doing well. She’s a competitive person which is half the battle and she wants to be good at it so she’s working hard. I think the serve receive has been very solid. She’s serving the ball tougher now. Defensively she’s improving and quality of dig is what we’re looking for now. I think she’s touching a lot of balls but we’re looking for quality of dig and she’s doing a good job.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Soccer Head Coach Freddy Delgado Reinstated

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced the reinstatement of Aggie Soccer coach Freddy Delgado effective immediately.

Delgado had been placed on administrative leave on Oct. 14.

“A thorough investigation by units outside of the athletic department has determined that Coach Delgado was operating the women’s soccer team within NCAA rules and the investigation has no findings,” said Boston. “Coach Delgado will continue as head coach of the women’s soccer program.”

Boston added that any allegations against a program are taken in a very serious matter.

“The NMSU administration under President (Garrey) Carruthers is committed to managing Title IX under the Federal SaVE Act. It requires NMSU to facilitate due process to determine that the rights of student-athletes have not been violated.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Women’s Basketball Signs Two During Early Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2014-15 season opener days away, New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh is already bolstering his lineup for next season, as Jeneva Toilolo and Brooke Salas both signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play for the Aggies beginning next fall.

Toilolo hails from Honolulu, Hawai’i, where she is entering her senior year at Farrington High School. The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 16.7 points per game as a junior last season. She had six games where she scored at least 20 points.

“Jeneva at 6-3, plus Tyesha Taylor who is 6-4 and redshirting this year, will both give us something that we have been missing since I've been at NM State,” Trakh said, “and that's a big, quality inside game. Jeneva can post up and shoot the 17-footer. We will go from an average size team to a very big team next year with the addition of Jeneva.”  Continue Reading This Post >> Podcast :: 11/11/14 Weekly Coach Martin Interview :: 11/11/14 You knew going into the game against Lafayette that it was going to be a tough game. They’re the best team in the league from a physical and talent standpoint and that showed itself in the game on Saturday.
Doug Martin: Yeah, with the exception of LSU they’re the most talented team we’ve played. It’s very obvious that it’s going to take us one more recruiting class to catch up to them. Our freshmen class is a talented one but we need at least one more before we’re going to be at the level of Lafayette. You mentioned that the game was going to be a measuring stick. Were there any areas where you felt like you were close in talent?
DM: Yeah, I think defensively we got better again. Our defense did better again, we’re just not giving them any help. We’re not scoring points and we’re not just helping them get off the field. We played the run better, probably one of the better games we’ve played defensively. Then when you look at our wide receiver corps, Teldrick Morgan and those guys, Greg Hogan, we’ve got guys that can compete out there in the perimeter. About the only thing we’re lacking offensively is consistent quarterback play. Tyler makes a lot of plays but he kills you with the turnovers. Unless we get consistent quarterback play, we’re not going to win and right now we don’t have a quarterback that’s doing that.  Continue Reading This Post >>