Gia Pack Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Gia Pack was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after nearly averaging a triple-double with 17 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists in a pair of conference home wins, the league announced Monday.

This is Pack’s first weekly honor of the season and second for her career. The junior from Phoenix, Ariz., also won the award for the week of Dec. 24, 2017.

Pack recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 68-61 home win over Kansas City on Feb. 28. She scored eight of her 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Aggies erased a 12-point deficit to clinch their fifth-straight WAC Championship. Then, she finished just one assist shy of a triple-double in a 77-54 win over Chicago State, recording 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as NM State won its 13th-straight game.   Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Defeats Chicago State 92-58 For 15th Straight Win

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CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State men’s basketball team picked up its 15th-consecutive win on Saturday at the Jones Convocation Center when it defeated Chicago State 92-58.

The win was also NM State’s seventh-straight win on the road and pushed its all-time record against the Cougars to 17-1.

New Mexico State (26-4, 14-1 WAC) got the season started with a bang, blitzing Chicago State with a 17-0 run paced by Ivan Aurrecoechea and AJ Harris – who had six points and five points respectively. The Cougars didn’t get their first point until the 13:11 mark when Patrick Szpir hit the second of his two free-throws. Rob Shaw then gave CSU its first field-goal of the day shortly thereafter with a basket with 12:59 on the clock.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Routs Chicago State 77-54 On Senior Day

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to 13 games after a 77-54 win over Chicago State at the Pan American Center on Saturday, the fourth-longest winning streak in program history. This was the Aggies 22nd-consecutive Western Athletic Conference home win.

New Mexico State (22-6, 14-1) opened a 7-2 lead early after a three from Gia Pack at the 7:12 mark. However, the Cougars (2-26, 2-13) then went on a 12-5 run to lead 14-12 with 2:33 to play in the first. Stabresa McDaniel then gave the Aggies the 16-14 lead after back-to-back scores but Chicago State scored the quarters final four points to lead 18-16 after one.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Baseball Opens Delaware Series With 11-3 Win

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State baseball team opened a four-game weekend series against Delaware on Friday night at Presley Askew Field. In a game that saw five home runs and scoring in the final six innings for the home squad, the Aggies walked away with an 11-3 victory over the Blue Hens.

For the series opener, NM State (8-2) sent out regular Friday night starter Brock Whittlesey to take on Delaware (0-7) southpaw Brandon Walter. Each hurler brought their best stuff early on tossing a pair of scoreless frames to open.

Then in the bottom of the third, the Aggie offense got on the board. With one out, sophomore slugger Nick Gonzales belted a solo home run to left field for the first run of the game. The next at-bat then saw Tristen Carranza follow up with a solo home run of his own for back-to-back shots that put the team’s lead at 2-0.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women Rally For 68-61 Win Over UMKC, Clinch Fifth Straight Outright WAC Regular Season Title

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With a shot at clinching its fifth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship slipping through its fingers, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team held Kansas City to just four fourth-quarter points as it erased a 12-point deficit with 8:24 to win 68-61 in the Pan American Center Thursday night, its 12th-straight win.

Monique Mills got the Aggies going with a three just thirty points into the game. After forcing a turnover, Gia Pack scored to make it 5-0 NM State just 37 seconds into the game. NM State then went up 13-7 after a three from Monique Mills at the 6:16 mark. From there Kansas City closed the quarter on a 19-2 run to end the quarter with a 26-15 lead. New Mexico State shot just 26.7 percent from the field while the Roos hit 10 of 16 shots (62.5%).  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Routs UMKC 75-55, Clinches WAC Regular Season Title Outright

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KANSAS CITY - When the clock struck zero at Swinney Recreation Center Thursday night, the New Mexico State men’s basketball team laid claim to its second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference Regular-Season with the 75-55 win over Kansas City.

NM State (25-4, 13-1 WAC) has now won 14-consecutive games on the year and 13-straight in conference action with the win. It is also now the fifth regular-season title the Aggies have captured since joining the WAC for the 2006-06 season.

Kansas City (10-19, 5-9 WAC) started the game with a quick 5-0 run after winning the tip but that didn’t last as NM State answered with a 7-0 run of its own by the 15:43 media break. After an exchange of a couple baskets, the Aggies reeled off a 14-0 run capped off by a lay-in from Trevelin Queen which gave NM State the 23-11 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gavino, Keijzerwaard Named WAC Women's Tennis Doubles Team Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women's tennis doubles of team of Chloe Gavino and Rebecca Keijzerwaard was named the Western Athletic Conference Doubles Team of the Week Tuesday morning.

This is the first doubles team of the week honor for Gavino and Keijzerwaard together as a team and first for NM State this spring as well.

In their first match of the weekend together Gavino and Keijzerwaard took down then No. 11 Central Oklahoma's doubles team 6-2. The pair followed up with a 6-1 win over UTSA's tandem two days later at home.

Gavino, a freshman from Tucson, Ariz., has now won seven-straight doubles matches with three different teammates – including three-straight with Keijzerwaard. She is also 7-0 in dual matches this season.

The Aggies hit the road this weekend as they head to Laramie, Wyo., for a pair of matches against Montana State (March 2) and Wyoming (March 3).

Benitez Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Week

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DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s tennis senior Mauri Benitez was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week in singles on Tuesday the league announced.

This is the first player of the week honor for Benitez and second singles player of the week honor for NM State – three if you include the fall, which is voted on monthly.

Benitez went 2-0 last weekend in singles at the H-E-B Tournament of Champions, including the match clinching point against UT Rio Grande Valley this past weekend.

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, product first took down Texas A&M – Corpus Christi’s Okkie Kellerman in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Benitez then clinched the match for the Aggies when he rallied back down one set to take down UTRGV’s Clement Sarradin 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a preview of what’s to come in league play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nick Gonzalez Named WAC Baseball Hitter Of The Week For Second Consecutive Week

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DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its baseball players of the week on Monday morning. Another stellar performance at the plate in the past weekend series earned New Mexico State’s Nick Gonzales his second-straight WAC Hitter of the Week honor.

This past weekend series versus Yale saw Gonzales pick up a hit in each of the Aggies’ four games. The sophomore finished the week hitting .611 (11-of-18) from the plate, posting a 1.222 slugging percentage with six extra-base hits.

Gonzales drove in 11 runs and scored another seven as NM State took 3-of-4 from the Bulldogs. His strong play was highlighted in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader where the second baseman went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and six runs batted in. Then in the series finale Gonzales continued to roll going 3-for-5 with 5 RBI. On the season, Gonzales is hitting .675 with 19 runs scored, 27 RBI and six home runs.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Softball Falls To Ohio State To Close Out Mary Nutter Classic

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CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - New Mexico State softball closed out the Mary Nutter Classic with a contest against Ohio State on Sunday morning. The Aggies fell to the Buckeyes 5-1 in the tournament finale.

How It Happened
NM State (9-5) got behind early when starting pitcher Samaria Diaz gave up a solo home run over the centerfield fence to Ohio State (8-4). After an easy second that included a pair of strikeouts for the junior, Diaz fell into trouble during the third when the Buckeyes loaded the bases with a single, a walk and a hit batter. The pitcher escaped the jam when the next batter grounded out, keeping New Mexico State’s deficit at just a run.  Continue Reading This Post >>