Anthony January To Miss 2014-15 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies announced today that forward Anthony January will get further medical treatment for his injured ankle that will force him to miss the 2014-15 basketball season.

A 6-8 sophomore transfer from Los Angeles, Calif./Taft via Cerritos JC suffered the injury during preseason practice with the Aggies.

“Obviously not having Anthony will have a huge impact this season,” said Menzies. “But more importantly, this will allow him to get healthy as soon as possible and have a full recovery.”

NM State will seek a hardship waiver for January because of the medical condition.

January was a four-star recruit and high school all-American coming out of Los Angeles’ Taft High School. He averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds as a senior in leading his team to a 29-5 overall record.

Boise State Fights past Aggie Women's Hoops, 70-45

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BOISE, ID - Junior Shanice Davis scored a team-high nine points, however, New Mexico State struggled to find its groove and dropped a 70-45 decision to Boise State Tuesday evening at the Taco Bell Arena.

The Aggies shot 30 percent (17-of-57), while BSU hit 44 percent (27-of-61) of its shots from the field.

“We have to give them credit,” NM State associate head coach Tamera Inoue said following the game. “They executed their game plan and we struggled to find good shots.”

NM State kept it close early. At 18:30 in the opening stanza Moriah Mack forced a turnover and Brianna Freeman converted a jumper to give the Aggies a 5-2 lead.

The two teams then traded baskets and Abby Scott drilled a deep 3-pointer at 11:21 to tie it at 10-10.

However, the Broncos (2-0) went on a 14-2 run that lasted nearly five minutes and built a comfortable 24-12 lead. BSU went into halftime with a 35-17 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Hoops' Road Woes Continue With 83-71 Loss At St. Mary's

MORAGA, CA - The New Mexico State men's basketball team couldn't overcome a nearly 12 minute field goal drought that spanned the late first and early second half as they lost 83-71 to St. Mary's on Tuesday morning at the McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Softball Signs Six To Next Year’s Squad

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State softball team head coach Kathy Rodolph announced the signing of six high school players to National Letters of Intent to play softball for the Aggies beginning next season.

Among the players signing with NM State is a name local fans will recognize, Alexis Maynez who plays for Centennial High School in Las Cruces. Joining Maynez as part of this year’s signing class are Victoria Castro, Kayla Green, Kennedy Johnson, Emili Olague and Kelsey Horton.

“Our 2015 signing class can really be described in one word, ‘powerful,” Rodolph said. “These are all powerful student-athletes with tremendous drive and coachability. They have some big shoes to fill, but I believe they are excited and ready for the challenge.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Volleyball Falls At UMKC 3-1

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State volleyball team lost for the second time this season to Missouri-Kansas City after falling in four sets, 25-11, 25-20, 23-25, 25-12, on Saturday afternoon to the Kangaroos.

The Aggies (16-10, 10-4 WAC) finish in second place in the Western Athletic Conference behind UMKC (24-5, 12-2), which had its greatest season in program history.

NM State heads into the WAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed, which carries with it a first-round bye and an automatic placement in the tournament semifinals.

The Aggies struggled from the get go on Saturday. The ‘Roos outhit NM State .284 to .116 as the Aggies had a total of 25 service errors. Only junior Gwen Murphy hit at or above .200 for NM State, and she was right at .200.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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

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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 >>