Spence Signs Erica Sanchez to Women's Basketball Team

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Darin Spence announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8 that he has signed Erica Sanchez to a Grant-In-Aid to attend school and play basketball for the Aggies this coming season.

Sanchez is a 6-3 forward from Chula Vista, Calif. and is a recent graduate of Eastlake High School. She was high school teammates with fellow incoming freshman Brittany Palmer and the duo helped guide the Titans to the San Diego section championship game as seniors.

Spence is pleased to have Sanchez join the Aggies this coming season as she will help give NMSU more size and depth inside.

“Erica is a solid player with good size, mobility and has a big upside to her,” Spence said. “She runs well, plays active at both ends and can step out and shoot the ball. She can play either a big wing or a forward spot for us.”

An All-CIF second team selection as a senior, Sanchez also received San Diego Union All-Area Team accolades and was selected to play in the San Diego All-Star Game. She was the Co-Most Valuable Player of the Elite Showcase.

Sanchez averaged 11 points and nine rebounds per game along with two blocks per contest. She had a 56.8 field goal shooting percentage and was excellent at the free-throw line, connecting on 82.4 percent of her attempts.

The Aggies are looking to bring in Sanchez and get her acclimated to the college game and life as student-athlete.

“Right now we will concentrate on her strength and adjustment to this level,” Spence said. “I believe she has a chance to be a solid player for us down the road. This also keeps our roots running deep in the Southern California area where we have established a strong recruiting presence.”

Sanchez is the seventh addition to the 2007 recruiting class. She and Brittany Palmer join Danisha Corbett (San Diego, Calif.), Brittany Henderson and Tiffany Henderson (Van Nuys, Calif.), Madison Spence (Las Cruces, N.M./Mayfield High School) and Danielle Stevens (Athens, Ga.) as newcomers to NMSU this year.

New Mexico State is coming off its championship game appearance in the WAC Tournament a season ago and are excited for the upcoming year. The Aggies were predicted to win the WAC by Michael White, a national women’s basketball expert, in his “Basketball Today” publication.

NMSU begins practice for its three Labor Day fall exhibition games in Vancouver, British Columbia on Aug. 22. The Aggies take on the College of Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser, a premier Canadian school that has won several championships on Sept. 1. Then on Sept. 2 NMSU plays its final exhibition game against Trinity Western.