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

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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 >>

Aggie Volleyball Rallies For Five Set Victory At Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA - NM State managed to pull out a win in a five-set thriller against Seattle U on Wednesday night at Seattle Academy.

The Aggies leave Seattle with 3-2 victory over the Redhawks with a 21-25, 26-24, 16-25, 25-16, 15-11 decision.

"I feel very fortunate to come away with a win tonight," head coach Mike Jordan said. "[Seattle U] kicked our butts for the better part of three sets, but we finally put together some good stretches and showed a lot of courage late."

Both times these two schools have faced off this year the matches have gone to five sets, with the Aggies taking both 3-2.

"When [the Redhawks] are healthy, they are a very good team," said Jordan.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Adds Three For 2016-17

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh bolstered his roster for the 2016-17 season with the additions of Ozahria Fisher, Najiyyah Pack and Aaliyah Prince on national signing day.

“We’re very happy with this recruiting class,” Trakh said. “It could be the best recruiting class since this coaching staff has been here. We have three quality skilled and athletic guards that can get to the rim and shoot the three. We’re very excited about them joining the Aggie family. They’ll have to fill the spots for Shanice, Abby and Sasha, but with these three we feel like we won’t skip a beat.”

Ozahria Fisher | Phoenix, Ariz.
5-5 | Guard | Thunderbird High School
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Aggie Softball Sights Seven For 2016

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Seven new players have signed their National Letters of Intent to play with the NM State softball team for the 2016 season, announced head coach Kathy Rodolph on Wednesday. Caity Szczesny, Kaitlyn Rubio, Samaria Diaz, Alexis Devers, Jeanelle Medina, Destiny Blueford and Shelby Shultes will join the team next fall.

Szczesny, from Woodcreek High School, had a batting average of .530 through 83 at bats in 2015. She amassed 44 hits, which included 10 doubles, three triples and six home runs. Szczesny racked up 32 runs and 26 RBIs. She was a perfect 15/15 in stolen bases, and she helped her team become undefeated league champions. Szczesny led the league in both home runs and slugging percentage. She was also second in batting average, runs and on base percentage and third in stolen bases.  Continue Reading This Post >> Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/10/15 Weekly Coach Jordan Interview :: 11/10/15 Congratulations on winning the WAC regular season championship. I’m sure it was one of the team’s goals entering the season. What are your thoughts on this team being able to accomplish that goal?
Mike Jordan: We felt like certainly if we were healthy that we would be the favorite. UMKC obviously was picked to win in the preseason but I think last year with the difficult year because we had so many injuries and we were young, I felt like we had the most talent. We just needed to stay healthy and improve the offseason. I felt like this was possible, what we’ve done. Players have to go out and do it. You’ve got to work hard to get those goals and fortunately they did and they’ve earned what they’ve done so far. What are your thoughts on the two matches last week against Bakersfield and Grand Canyon and your team’s play?
MJ: We were solid. We’ve been pretty good offensively most of the year. We were a little high error in the first match on Thursday but did some other things pretty well. I thought our defense was solid and we served the ball pretty well. Saturday we were very good offensively in stretches. The one set we dropped we were really bad defensively. In fact I told the team we played two types of defense in that set, bad defense and no defense. We just had to get it together and get after it defensively again. We did that in the third set and it obviously changed how we attacked the ball too. We hit for a big percentage and we did fine. Obviously in November you’d like to see some but at this point of the season you just take them as they come.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Larry Rose III Earns Second Consecutive Sun Belt Offensive Player Of The Week

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - Larry Rose III had a stellar performance to lead his team to victory on Saturday, a feat which earned him the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week, announced the league office on Monday. This is the second week in a row Rose III has earned this honor.

Rose III led the offensive attack with 207 rushing yards, three touchdowns and a game-high 292 all-purpose yards. The sophomore had 31 carries and lost just five rushing yards on the night.

With the Aggies trailing by a four points in the fourth quarter, Rose III amassed two touchdowns in the final 10:12 of the game to help NM State win their second game in a row. His final touchdown of the night was a flat pattern pass from quarterback Nick Jeanty, which Rose III took 77 yards to the end zone.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Clinches Outright Regular Season WAC Title With 3-1 Win Over GCU

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State clinched the WAC regular season title outright on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Grand Canyon on Senior Day.

“I’m really happy for [the seniors]” head coach Mike Jordan said. “They worked really hard. They have done so much. This is really a great way to win [the regular season title] at home, on Senior Day. You can’t write a better script. This is what players and coaches dream about. I’m just proud of everything they have done.”

The Aggies were able to defeat the ‘Lopes in a 25-15, 22-25, 25-9, 25-16 decision, and notched their 12th straight conference win and 14th straight overall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Football Beats Texas State 31-21

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SAN MARCOS, TX - Bolstered by a solid defensive performance from Jacob Nwangwa, which included a career-high two interceptions, the NM State football team won its second game in as many weeks with a 31-21 victory over Texas State on Saturday.

Nwangwa grabbed interceptions on back-to-back Texas State (2-6, 1-3 SBC) drives in the fourth quarter to secure a win for the Aggies (2-7, 2-3 SBC). With Texas State in the red zone, Nwangwa stepped in front of a Tyler Jones pass and grabbed his second interception of the season with 3:36 left in the game. On the ensuing Bobcat possession, Nwangwa again grabbed an interception, this time on the first snap of the drive, to give NM State the win. Nwangwa also had a team-high 10 tackles.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Sweeps Bakersfield, Clinches Share Of WAC Regular Season Title

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In Thursday’s 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield, NM State clinched a share of the WAC regular season title.

“I’m happy for the players,” head coach Mike Jordan said. “We want to win [the title] outright, and we do that on Saturday hopefully. I think these five senior have done a lot for us and I’m excited they’re going out with a title.”

The Aggies took care of business against the Roadrunners with the 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 decision, their 11th straight win in conference and 13th overall.

The senior trio of Bradley Nash, Andrea Tauai and All-America candidate Gwen Murphy set the pace for NM State. Nash, the Kayenta, Ariz./Monument Valley HS native, led all scorers with 10 kills. Tauai, a native of Tauranga, New Zealand/Tauranga HS, registered nine kills and 14 digs. Murphy, from Elfrida, Ariz./Valley Union HS, had nine kills and three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Soccer's Season Ends With 2-1 Loss To Bakersfield In WAC Tournament

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BAKERSFIELD, CA - A late goal by Sabrina Ruiz with 34 seconds remaining in regulation on a set piece from Morgan Campbell was too little too late as the 2015 season came to an end for NM State in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals, a 2-1 loss to CSU Bakersfield on Thursday night at the Main Soccer Field.

“I’m proud of our team, not only for tonight but for the whole season,” Delgado said.

Ruiz’s goal was her fifth of the season, tying Aileen Galicia for the team lead in goals. Ruiz, however, leads the team in points with 13 (5g, 3a), one point ahead of Galicia.

“We absorbed a lot of pressure in the first half,” Delgado said. “It’s always difficult when you play the host team. Bakersfield came out with a ton of energy and emotion.”  Continue Reading This Post >>