Karysta Donisthorpe Named WAC Pitcher Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State's Karysta Donisthorpe has been named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 2-8. This is the first honor of the season and second of her career for Donisthorpe.

Donisthorpe, a redshirt junior from Farmington, N.M., went 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four appearances last week, leading the Aggies to all three of their wins during the Hotel Encanto Invitational. She pitched 16.1 innings, allowing only three earned runs while striking out 15. In 16.1 innings of work, she limited opponents to a .262 batting average.

NM State Softball Drops Close Game To UTSA, 8-7

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team dropped to 2-2 on the year after a tough 8-7 loss to UTSA, in the third day of the Hotel Encanto Invitational, Saturday, Feb. 7 at the NM State Softball Complex.

The Aggies went into the seventh inning with a 7-6 lead but UTSA scored two runs in the top of the seventh to move to 3-0 in the tournament and on the year. The Aggies hammered out eight hits with first baseman Kelsey Dodd leading the offensive charge going 2-of-3 at the plate. Dodd also got on with a lead-off walk in the bottom of the fifth, which led to one of two runs scored in the inning giving the Aggies a 5-4 lead after falling behind 4-3 in the third.

CSU’s Kelsi Ott was the winning pitcher working 2.1 innings and striking out two Aggie batters, while the Aggies’ Dallas McBride fell to 0-1 on the season as she gave up the go-ahead run but stuck out three batters.   Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Pulls Away From UMKC For 77-63 Road Victory

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - New Mexico State used a powerful inside game, attacking the basket and the glass to pull away from Missouri-Kansas City 77-63 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The Aggies (15-10, 7-1) opened up a two-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference race with the win. UMKC (10-15, 5-3) remained in second in the league.

NM State got a DK Eldridge layup with 11:02 to play that ignited a 10-2 run midway through the second half to break open a tight game and the Aggies never trailed again.

But it was what the Aggies did inside that gave NM State it’s fifth straight win and 10th victory in the last 11 games.

Senior center Tshilidzi Nephawe collected his third double-double of the season as he led all scorers and rebounders with 20 points and 12 boards. Nephawe nearly had as many boards as the Roos, with NM State outboarding UMKC 38-13.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women Keep Rolling, Defeat UMKC 78-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team remains perfect in Western Athletic Conference play after its ninth-straight win in front of the home crowd, a 78-59 victory over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday afternoon inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (15-6, 8-0 WAC) have now won 11-consecutive games overall, the third-longest winning streak in team history surpassed only by a 15-game winning streak in the 1987-88 season and a 12-game streak in the 1976-77 season. The squad is also 15-1 in its last 16 games.

NM State improves to 8-0 in the WAC, their best start in conference play since that 87-88 season where they finished a perfect 10-0 in the High Country Athletic Conference. UMKC (4-19, 2-6 WAC), on the other hand, loses both of its games on the Texas-Pan American-NM State road swing and loses both games to the Aggies this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Nine-Run Inning Fuels Aggie Rally Past No. 18 Nebraska

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team did something no one had ever done to the Nebraska softball team, score 16 runs, as the Aggies defeated the 18th-ranked Huskers, 16-11, in a shootout at the NM State Softball Complex on Friday.

The most runs Nebraska had given up in a game in the history of the program was 15, but NM State, which moved to 2-1 in the Hotel Encanto Tournament, hit five home runs and racked up 20 hits en route to its record-breaking 16 runs.

It wasn’t easy, however, for the home team as the Aggies had to come back from deficits on two different occasions, including an 11-7 deficit in the middle of the sixth.

“I think we showed a lot of heart and fight today and no matter what the other team did we absolutely came back and fought,” Aggie head coach Kathy Rodolph said. “We just stepped up to the plate with composure and kept going after it.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Newkirk And Storey Earn Rider Of The Month Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Haley Newkirk and Rianna Storey were named Reining Rider and Horsemanship Rider for the month of January, the United Equestrian Conference announced.

Newkirk, a junior from Porterville, Calif., posted a 2-1 record in Reining in the month of January, including competitions against a pair of top-10 teams on the road. She averaged a score of 69.3 over the course of three meets, earning wins against opponents from Baylor and Delaware State.

Storey, a junior from Cambridge, Ontario, logged a 2-0-1 record in Horsemanship for the month of January, including competitions against a pair of top-10 teams on the road. She averaged a score of 73.3 for the week. She tied her opponent from No. 1 Baylor and earned wins over opponents from Delaware State as well as nationally ranked Texas A&M.

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Chicago State 70-53; Win Streak Hits 10

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team has now won 10-straight games and 14 of its last 15 games after defeating Chicago State, 70-53, inside the Pan American Center on Thursday night in front of the largest crowd at home this season.

The win was also the eighth-straight for the Aggies at home and catapulted NM State (14-6, 7-0 WAC) to an undefeated start in the Western Athletic Conference at the conclusion of the first half of conference play. Chicago State (3-17, 1-6 WAC), meanwhile, remains at the bottom of the conference.

The last time NM State was undefeated this far into conference play was in 1988 when it finished with a perfect 10-0 record in the High Country Athletic Conference. That season was also the last time the Aggies made the NCAA Tournament.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Men's Basketball Holds Off Chicago State 69-61 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO - The New Mexico State Aggies went on a 12-4 run in overtime to maintain their one-game lead in the Western Athletic Conference with a 69-61 victory at Chicago State.

The Aggies (14-10, 6-1) watched a 15-point second half lead evaporate, while Chicago State (5-19, 1-6) used a 12-5 run in the last 3:53 to send the game to an extra period on Clarke Rosenberg follow up of a missed shot with 5.6 seconds left in regulation.

The Cougars came up with their first lead in the game with the first score in overtime on a Sean Hill jumper.

But NM State senior Daniel Mullings answered with a 3-pointer from the left elbow to give the Aggies another brief lead.

CSU’s Anthony Glover got open for a jumper with 3:33 to go in the extra frame for a 61-60 Cougar lead, but it would be CSU’s last of the game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Splits Opening Day Games

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball team lost game one 5-3 to Texas Tech and hammered out an 8-0 six-inning win in the second game of the day versus Montana, Thursday, Feb. 5 at the NM State Softball Complex during day one of the Hotel Encanto Invitational. The Aggies start the season 1-1.

Game One
The Aggies led 3-2 heading into the seventh inning but Texas Tech put up three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-3 lead and eventually win the game by the same score.

The Red Raiders scored the first run of the game on a triple to right field in the top of the fourth and NM State tied the game in the bottom of the inning off a Tech throwing error before taking the first of its two leads in the game an inning later off a solo home run from Staci Rodriguez, the preseason WAC Player of the Year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NM State Radio Flagship Station Changes

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State University Athletic Department and Adams Radio Group of Las Cruces announce a change of stations for the network’s flagship in Las Cruces.

Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 5, NM State football and men’s basketball games will be heard on Fox Sports AM570, The Ticket. The games will no longer air on Classic Hits 98.7.

Additionally, Adams Radio Group will deliver Aggie women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball via the internet and develop a mobile application that will allow Aggie fans to access all audio broadcasts for free.

“We are pleased to have Las Cruces’ all-sports station as the flagship of the Aggie Sports Network,” said NM State associate athletic director Steve Macy. “We are also happy that Adams Radio has provided a mechanism that will allow our Aggie fans to continue to receive all of our broadcast programming.”  Continue Reading This Post >>