Hannah Smith Named WAC Women's Field Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week on Tuesday. After posting season-best performances in both the triple jump and long jump, Hannah Smith earned the weekly honor. This is the first award of the season for Smith and the second conference accolade for the team this season

Smith claimed third at the New Mexico Team Invitational with a personal and league-best mark in the triple jump this past weekend. She shifted to third all-time at NM State when she recorded a mark of 12.01m (39-5). The junior also jumped a season-best in the long jump, posting a mark of 5.26m (17-3.25).

For its next meet, the New Mexico State squad travels back to Albuquerque, N.M., for the New Mexico Classic which begins on Friday, Feb. 2.

Enrique Asmar Named WAC Men's Tennis Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State men’s tennis junior Enrique Asmar was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week in singles late Tuesday morning.

This is his first weekly honor of the season and second of his career. It is also the first weekly honor for NM State since opening the dual season last week.

Asmar opened the dual season going undefeated in both singles and doubles – teaming up with freshman Louis Menard at the No. 3 doubles slot.

The 6-1 righty first took care of business against San Francisco’s Paul Giraud 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 singles before playing the next two matches at the No. 4 singles position. In his second match, Asmar bested Saint Mary’s Matis Bot 6-4, 6-4 before returning home to Las Cruces for the 6-1, 6-1 win this past Sunday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Pun Chanachai Takes First Place At Mission Hills Invite

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - The New Mexico State women's golf team opened the spring season at the Mission Hills Individual Invite on the Arnold Palmer Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. As the only golfer to shoot under par, Pun Chanachai took home her third first-place finish of the year shooting a 70 (-2) on the 18-hole event.

Strong play from the Aggie golfers did not stop there with Dominique Galloway shooting a one-over (73) to tie for fourth. That was followed by Angela Xu who finished in eighth with a one-round total of 76 (+4).

Maria Prado and Kennedie Montoya were one stroke behind at five-over (77) to tie the NM State golfers for ninth. Freshman Tiegan Taylor rounded out the Aggies after firing a 79 (+7) to tie for 18th.

New Mexico State women's golf returns to action at the Bruin/Wave Invitational, Feb. 26-27, in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Brooke Salas Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Brooke Salas has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 22 through Jan. 28.

Salas, a junior guard from Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado HS), led the Aggies to their fifth WAC win to keep NM State atop the conference standings. Against Kansas City, she was 10-for-13 from the field with a pair of three-pointers and a pair of free throws for 24 points, also adding 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. The junior was also aggressive on the defensive end with three blocks and three steals in a 70-62 win. She ranks second in the WAC in scoring during conference play with 21.8 points per game and is the leading rebounder against league opponents with 9.7 rebounds per game. Her .560 shooting percentage from three-point range in also a league best during WAC play.

NMSU Men's Basketball Cruises Past UMKC 73-48

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - An offensive blitz coupled with a tough defensive stance in the second-half saw the New Mexico State men’s basketball team cruise past UMKC 73-48 Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium.

The win keeps NM State undefeated in league play and moves the Aggies to 18-3 overall on the year while pushing its win-streak to seven-straight along with its road win-streak.

The Aggies got a great jump to the game on a slam from Johnny McCants, who made his first-career start. An 8-2 run after the first media timeout then put the Aggies on top 15-6 with 9:50 left in the first-half.

Both teams hit a scoring lull before UMKC closed within 19-15 of the Aggies. However, after that media timeout with 3:29 left to play, New Mexico State closed out the first half with a 13-5 run to take a 32-20 lead against the ‘Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Holds Off UMKC Rally For 70-62 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball played host to Western Athletic Conference foe UMKC at the Pan American Center on Saturday. After winning the tip and scoring the opening basket the Aggies cruised to victory, now having not trailed for eight straight quarters of play, in a 70-62 win over the Roos.

Following the crucial conference victory head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “When you get into league play every game is going to be tough. The fact that we buckled down, got stops when we needed too and made big free throws, which is what makes me proud. We stepped up and were able to outplay them today.”

In a game of runs NM State (11-9, 5-1 WAC) got the first one going on a quick 12-0 run to open the contest which forced UMKC (7-14, 3-3 WAC) to call a timeout just 2:29 into the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Tanisha Scott Named WAC Track Athlete Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced its Women’s Track & Field Athletes of the Week on Tuesday. After posting a stellar performance on the track in her first meet of the season, Tanisha Scott earned the weekly honor. This is the first award of the season for Scott as well as the team’s first accolade of 2018.

Scott ran a new personal best in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.72 seconds at the MLK Jr. Invitational. Her time placed her ninth out of 75 competitors and puts her third in the WAC for the season thus far. The senior placed 43rd out of 106 competitors in the 200-meter dash when she clocked in with a time of 25.54. She is also ranked third in the conference in the 200-meter event. Along with her individual races, Scott helped the 4x400 relay team clock in at 3:59.37, which ranks third in the league.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Chase Holbrook To Take Over As Quarterbacks Coach For NMSU Football

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head football coach Doug Martin named former tight ends coach and NM State alum Chase Holbrook the team’s quarterbacks coach for the 2018 season.

“Chase Holbrook will do a great job with our quarterbacks and I have full confidence that this move is best for our entire team,” said Martin following the announcement. “Being a head coach, quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator is just too much for me to do and because of the outstanding offensive staff we have at NM State this is best for our quarterbacks and team. Because we only have eight full time coaches, unlike all other programs that have ten, our tight end position will be coached by one of our graduate coaches.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Men's Basketball Blitzes Utah Valley 86-59

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A barrage of 3-pointers from New Mexico State saw it cruise past Utah Valley Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center 86-59 and took sole possession of first-place in the Western Athletic Conference as it handed the Wolverines their first loss of league play.

The 15 triples from New Mexico State is a season-high for the Aggies. The last time NM State hit 15-plus from beyond the arc was on Dec. 28, 2008, against Loyola Marymount. With the win, the Aggies have now won six-straight games, including a 10-straight in WAC play spanning into last season.

Jemerrio Jones and Johnathon Wilkins got things going early for the Aggies and gave them an 18-9 lead at the first media break (12:39). Utah Valley (15-6, 4-1 WAC) cut the lead several times to single-digits in the first-half, but the Aggies found an answer each time to bring it back into double-digit range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 82-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team closed out a two-game road swing at Utah Valley University in Lockhart Arena on Saturday. A lights out shooting first quarter gave the Aggies an early lead, which helped the team take down the Wolverines 82-72.

NM State (10-9, 4-1 WAC) came out flying in the first quarter, after winning the tip and scoring the first basket the Aggies would not give up a lead over Utah Valley (9-11, 3-2 WAC) for the rest of the night.

A great shooting opening frame featured the Aggies going 7-for-7 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the line. The impressive numbers saw NM State close the opening quarter on a 20-3 run and lead UVU 30-10 through 10 minutes of play.  Continue Reading This Post >>