Malena Padilla Named WAC Hitter Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball outfielder Malena Padilla has been named the Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for the week of Mar. 16-22, the conference announced Monday.

This is the first-ever hitter of the week award for the senior from Oakley, Calif. and the second-consecutive week the Aggies have won the award as Fiana Finua took the honor last week. It is also the fourth for NM State this season. Emma Adams picked up the first WAC Hitter of the Week award for the Aggies earlier this season and freshman Corrin Green followed a short time later.

“Malena has come through with clutch RBIs all season,” NM State head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “I’m happy she has been recognized for her performance last week because it was pivotal for us.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Baseball Falls 12-1 In Series Finale At Hawai'i

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The New Mexico State baseball team (4-17-1) fell 12-1 in the finale of a four-game series to the University of Hawai’i (9-14) at Les Murakami Stadium, Sunday, March 22.

The Aggies allowed nine runs on 12 hits and were held one run while marking six hits and struggled defensively committing five errors. UH’s starter Jarrett Arakawa was credited with the win working 5.0 innings and NM State’s starter Trey Higginbotham falls 0-3 on the year after throwing 3.2 innings, giving up three runs and striking out two batters. NM State ended the afternoon using seven pitchers and UH used three.

NM State was in the game through five innings of play as the Rainbows had a 3-0 lead. The NM State defense couldn’t hold down the UH offense late in the game allowing two runs in the sixth, four in the seventh and three more in the eighth to fall behind 12-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 75-57 To Top Seeded Maryland

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team concluded its 2014-15 campaign with a 75-57 loss at the hands of No. 4/3 Maryland on Saturday inside the XFINITY Center during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The 16th-seeded Aggies (22-8) kept the game close throughout the first half and fought hard until the final buzzer, even while the top-seeded Terrapins (31-2) began to pull away in the second half.

NM State caps off a fantastic season that saw the team win its first conference title in 20 years and win its first-ever conference tournament crown to advance the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 03/21/15

Today the New Mexico State women's basketball team takes the court for their first NCAA Tournament game in nearly 30 years as they face top seed in the Spokane Regional, Maryland. The Terps come into the game having lost just two games (back-to-back), both in the non-conference and both early in the season. A 70-64 setback against Washington State at home and then a 92-72 no-shame-in-that-loss at perennial national championship contender Notre Dame. Since that time the Terrapins have rattled off 26 consecutive victories as they rolled through the Big Ten undefeated which was unofficially the fourth best RPI rated conference.

Maryland, as we discussed on the podcast, is the best team the Aggie women's basketball program has faced in at least 15 years. Sure, the Aggies have faced ranked teams such as Kansas (whom they defeated), very good and often-times ranked UNM teams, a very good (in recent years under Keitha Adams) UTEP program but this is Maryland. They are one of women's college basketball's bluebloods. They own a national championship and are perennial national title contenders in their own right.

So what are the Aggie women facing today when they step on the court? They are facing a team that has beaten their opponents by an average of 19 points per game (16 points per game in conference), a team that is sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (47.3 percent) and third in the country in offensive points per possession (1.085). Defensively, they're just 123rd in field goal percentage defense, however, they are 38th in three point percentage defense allowing opponents to hit just 28.5 percent of their three point attempts. The Aggies live and die from the three point arc so facing a team that give us such a stingy percentage does not bode well in a game in which the odds are already stacked against the team.

Perhaps a positive for the Aggies is that the Terrapins faced Iowa, a team that likes to shoot three pointers and does so quite well (they boast the nation's third best three point percentage), and they allowed the Hawkeyes to convert 8-of-15 attempts. Though the Hawkeyes lost, they kept it close losing 92-88.

The biggest key for the Aggies will be to go out, have fun, play loose and understand that there is absolutely no pressure on them. As Coach Trakh said in an interview with the Las Cruces Sun-News, nothing that happens today on the court diminishes what the team accomplished this season.

The Aggies play at 11:30 a.m. MDT and the game is slated to be televised on ESPN2 and can also be seen on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

Tournament Links

Women's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News takes a look at the Aggies tough task against Maryland.

Childs Walker from the Baltimore Sun writes that the Terps are looking to avoid NCAA Tournament history and not become just the second No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed.

The Associated Press has a few notes on the College Park games.

Steve Megargee of the Associated Press looks at the history that Coach Trakh has made in leading the Aggies to the Big Dance.

Men's Basketball
Check out our photo gallery from the game in case you missed it.

Mark Rudi of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps the Aggies' loss to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

The Kansas athletic website recaps the Aggies' loss.

The Kansas athletic website shares video highlights from the game.

The Kansas athletic website also shares a photo gallery from the game

Matt Tait of the Lawrence World-Journal talks about the Jayhawks' strategy against the Aggie big men.

Matt Tait also recaps the Aggies' loss.

The Lawrence World-Journal has more on Kansas' win over NMSU.

The Lawrence World-Journal shares an infograph on the game.

Tom Keegan of the Lawrence World-Journal talks about KU's point guard Frank Mason III.

NM State vs. Kansas Game Photos

Aggie Men's Basketball Falls 75-56 vs. 2-seed Kansas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OMAHA, NE - New Mexico State opened the first few minutes going toe-to-toe with No. 10 Kansas in the opening second round of the NCAA Tournament at the CenturyLink Center, but the Big 12 champion Jayhawks used an 11-3 run to open up the tight start and beat the Aggies 75-56.

NM State ended the season at 23-11, while Kansas improved to 27-8 on the year.

NM State got a pair of baskets from Pascal Siakam holding the game at 4-4 before the Jayhawks went on the run keyed by a 3-pointer from Frank Mason III.

The 3-ball would be the bain of the Aggies.

Kansas connected on nine (of 13) 3-pointers, equaling the most against the Aggies this season. The Aggies also shot just 36 percent against Kansas, while the Jayhawks connected on 54 percent from the floor.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 03/20/15

The New Mexico State men's basketball team will face the Kansas Jayhawks, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, today at 11:15 a.m. CDT in the NCAA Tournament. For the Aggies it will be their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament as they look to break through in the win column. It will be a tough task but certainly not an impossible one.

The Aggies appeared relaxed and confident in yesterday's press conference and didn't show too many signs of being overwhelmed by the stage, as they shouldn't be coming into their fourth consecutive NCAA appearance.

The question becomes, how will that translate when the team steps out onto the court today? Kansas is relatively inexperienced in terms of key players with tournament experience, however, this Kansas team played the toughest non-confernece schedule in the country and navigated through the Big 12 to win another regular season title, arguably the toughest conference in the country (yesterday's tournament results notwithstanding). KU head coach Bill Self addressed the topic yesterday saying, "The things that we bring to the table from an intangible standpoint is that we're too young that we may not know, and sometimes that's the best way to do it, too."

So what can the Aggies do today to spring the upset? First and foremost it's important for the Aggies to get off to a good start offensively. This has been a bit of an issue for them in the past couple of tournaments. Against San Diego State last year the Aggies only had 14 points through the first 16 minutes of the game and only 20 at halftime. In the loss to Saint Louis the year prior, the Aggies only scored eight points through the first 14 minutes and had just 16 points at halftime.

If the Aggies continue that trend, they will not win this game.

Second, and this is the case with nearly all upsets in the tournament by mid-majors, the three point arc. The Aggies need to make at least six or seven three pointers in this game and they need to keep KU's three point shooters under wraps. The Aggies have done a good job this season guarding the three point arc, however, KU has four different shooters who have made at least 30 threes each and even though KU forward Perry Ellis is more of a threat down in the post, he can step out and hit the occasional three pointer having attempted 44 threes while making 17.

Finally, the Aggie need to finish plays around the basket. In the losses to Michigan State, Saint Louis and San Diego State, the Aggies missed numerous shots around the basket that they normally make. In the Saint Louis and San Diego State game, we believe those were directly attributable to the physical play inside of the Billikens and the Aztecs in combination with a fairly loose officiating whistle. The Aggies need to be able to finish through contact today because this is going to be a physical game down in the paint.

If the Aggies can manage those three keys in addition to a couple of other keys mentioned by Jason Groves, the Aggies have a strong chance to pull off an upset.