LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce this year’s inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.
The class of 2015 includes former women’s basketball star Connie Vau-Limon, former men’s basketball great Johnny Roberson and former Aggie basketball player and benefactor Stuart Meerscheidt.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at halftime on March 7 when the Aggies close the regular season against Chicago State at the Pan American Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
CONNIE VAU LIMON
Women’s Basketball 1991-95
One of the foundation blocks of the outstanding New Mexico State women’s basketball teams of the early 1990s, Connie Vau was a highly sought after player from Cibola High School in Albuquerque, who signed early with the Roadrunners in November 1990.
By the time she completed her career in 1995, Vau etched her name as one of the top point guards in NM State women’s history as she helped lead the squad to a 24-8 record as a senior and the 1995 Big West Conference Championship.
She also directed the Roadrunners to a 20-9 mark as a junior in 1993-94, leading them to the 1994 National Women’s Invitational Tournament in Amarillo, Texas.
Vau started 88 games in her final three years with the team, missing one start as a sophomore. She played in 105 in her career, averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds a contest.
But it was passing the ball where Vau excelled.
She dished out assists by the hundreds and finished her career with 531 assists, just missing the NM State record by two assists as she ended second on the all-time list. Still, Vau holds the program’s best per game assist average of 5.06 per game.
Vau tallied the second-most assists in a game for NM State when she dished out 15 against UC-Santa Barbara on Jan. 3, 1995. This was after she posted 13 at Texas on Jan. 2, 1994 and versus Long Beach State on Feb. 26, 1994.
She also averaged 1.70 steals per game, notching 178 swipes in her career.
Her best scoring game came as a junior, when she collected 15 points in an 83-63 NWIT victory over Gonzaga on March 25, 1994.
Vau was selected honorable mention All-Big West Conference following her senior season after averaging 4.3 points, 5.7 assists, 2.4 steals and 3.7 rebounds.
She helped direct NM State to a 77-43 record during her four year career, including a pair of 20-win seasons.
Following her graduation 1996, Vau married husband Jaime Limon and became a math teacher and coach. Today she is the principal of Las Cruces Catholic School and St. Mary’s High School.
She has two children, Maria and James.
Men’s Basketball 1986-89
One of the all-time greats in Aggie hardwood history, Johnny Roberson concluded his NM State career with his name dotted across top 10 lists in scoring, field goal shooting, free throw shooting, rebounds and blocked shots.
When the product of San Antonio, Texas Southwest High left NM State following the 1989 season, he was eighth on the all-time scoring list with 1,223 points, seventh on the all-time rebounding list with 716, second on the career blocked shot list with 98 and fourth in career steals with 103.
Roberson was also among the top 10 all-time at the end of his four seasons in field goals (450), field goal percentage (.506), free throws made and attempted (322-of-478).
And with 121 games played in his career Roberson played the most games as an Aggie when he hung up his sneakers.
As a senior, Roberson earned first-team All-Big West Conference as he led the Aggies to a 21-11 record and a berth in the NIT. It was the Aggies first 20-win season in a decade and started a string of six straight.
That senior season, Roberson averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. He shot 57.8 percent from the floor, posting the third-best for a season in school history at the time.
As a junior he helped pace the Aggies to a 16-16 record by averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.
His breakout year was his sophomore season where he averaged 11.2 points with 7.2 rebounds and 31 blocked shots as NM State wen 15-15.
Following his career with the Aggies, Roberson played 12 seasons of professional basketball overseas and the in CBA.
He is married to former NM State volleyball star Lisa Roberson.
Basketball 1948-49, Benefactor
An Aggie for life, Stuart Meerscheidt was a World War II veteran who was a member of the 1948 and 1949 New Mexico State basketball teams and parlayed his NMSU degree into success as a businessman.
And the lifelong resident of the Mesilla Valley, used his success to help others and the NM State Athletic Program.
A staunch supporter of the Aggies, Meerscheidt has been a generous supporter for numerous activities in our area.
An active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was among a group of Southern New Mexico veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial for the first time and was part of a documentary on the trip.
He was also among a group of veterans of the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II honored by the New Mexico Senate in March 2011. Meerscheidt had compiled stories and photos from eight Las Cruces veterans from the 10th Air Force and produced a book about their experiences, presenting copies to the NM State library.
Meerscheidt’s support and knowledge of the NM State Athletic Program continues with his work as a member of the Aggies’ US Bank/NM State Athletic Hall of Fame committee. In his role, Meerschedit has been a part of identifying worthy NM State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and individuals to be bestowed the athletic department’s highest honor.
His contributions and foresight established the Stuart and Betsy Meerscheidt Athletic Training Education Program Endowed Scholarship Fund. His gift to the training program is memorialized with the Stuart and Betsy Meerscheidt Hydrotherapy Area in the Stan Fulton Center.