Aggie Women's Basketball Announces 2015-16 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The defending Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State Aggies announced the 2015-16 Women's Basketball Schedule, featuring 17 home contests on the 32-game schedule.

Coach Mark Trakh's Aggies return all five starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's 22-8 team that won their first WAC Championship with a 13-1 league mark, won the first WAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.

The 2015-16 slate features five postseason participants from last year in non-conference play (Northwestern State, Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Fordham and New Mexico) along with traditional powers Vanderbilt and Arizona.

Then it's on to WAC play, where two more postseason participants join in CSU Bakersfield and UTRGV.

"The schedule is competitive and challenging," Trakh said. "Along with playing some tough mid major schools we are also playing two school from Power 5 Conferences (Arizona and Vanderbilt). We believe that our program has the talent and experience to take a step up in the schedule's competitive quality. We look forward to seeing if our program can take another big step forward".

The Aggies open the season on the road on Nov. 13 against North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D., before returning for a five-game homestand.

The home opener for the Aggies will be the first of two match-ups with New Mexico on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Pan American Center. The Aggies will face the Lobos again at UNM on Sunday, Dec. 20.

Following the first Lobo game, the Aggies will remain at home for games against Sacramento State on Thursday, Nov. 19, and Southern Utah on Tuesday, Nov. 24, game time is 7 p.m. for both at the Pan Am Center.

The team hosts the Aggie Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28, during which NM State will face Northwestern State and Northern Arizona and welcome WNIT participant Long Beach State as the fourth team.

In December, the Aggies travels to Arizona before returning home for games against UTEP and Eastern New Mexico. Then, it's back on the road to face San Jose State and the Lobos before the Christmas break.

The Aggies visit the Bronx just before the new year for the Fordham Holiday Classic. NM State takes on Vanderbilt on Dec. 29, with either WNIT participant Fordham or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 30.

The Aggies start off 2016 at home, first with Western New Mexico on Jan. 4. They open defense of their WAC Championship on Jan. 7 against Utah Valley at the Pan American Center and follow that with a Jan. 9 game against Grand Canyon.

The Aggies host Seattle U. on Jan. 21 and WNIT participant CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 23.

The Aggies remaining three home contests are all on Saturdays, with Chicago State on Feb. 13, Missouri-Kansas City on Feb. 27, and WBI participant UTRGV to close the regular season on March 5.

The Aggies welcome back WAC tournament Most Valuable Player and WAC Player of the Year Brianna Freeman of Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights. The junior was a key component in the Aggies making the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 27 years. She led the team in rebounding (7.9 per game), blocked shots (29) and her .543 field-goal percentage not only led the team and the WAC, but also placed her 19th in the nation in the category. She also finished tied for second on the squad after averaging 13.7 points per game.

Senior Sasha Weber San Pablo, Calif./Timberline finished last season as the team leader in scoring (14.9 ppg) and 3-point shots made and average (72, 2.4 per game), second in 3-point field goal percentage (.351) and blocked shots (27) and third in field-goal percentage (.419), rebounding (5.2 per game), assists (2.1 per game) and steals (1.8 per game).

Shanice Davis, also of Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights, finished last season tied for second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game, while leading the squad in free throws made (107), free-throw percentage (.799), assists (116) and steals (74). Her 2.5 steals per game average not only led the WAC but placed her 44th in the country.

2015-16 NM State Women's Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 13 at North Dakota State Fargo, N.D. 6 p.m.
Nov. 17 New Mexico Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 Sacramento State Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
Nov. 24 Southern Utah Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
AGGIE THANKSGIVING CLASSIC (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Nov. 27 Northwestern State 1 p.m.
Nov. 27 Long Beach State vs. Northern Arizona 3 p.m.
Nov. 28 Northwestern State vs. Long Beach State 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 Northern Arizona 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 at Arizona Tucson, Ariz. 7 p.m.
Dec. 7 UTEP Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
Dec. 14 Eastern New Mexico Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 at San Jose State San Jose, Calif. 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 at New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. 2 p.m.
Fordham Holiday Classic (Bronx, N.Y.)
Dec. 29 Vanderbilt Noon
Dec. 30 Fordham or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi TBD
Jan. 4 Western New Mexico Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
Jan. 7 Utah Valley* Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 Grand Canyon* Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Missouri-Kansas City* Kansas City, Mo. 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 at Chicago State* Chicago, Ill. 1 p.m.
Jan. 21 Seattle U.* Las Cruces, N.M. 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 CSU Bakersfield* Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
Jan. 30 at UTRGV* Edinburg, Texas 6 p.m.
Feb. 4 at Grand Canyon* Phoenix, Ariz. 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 at Utah Valley* Orem, Utah 3 p.m.
Feb. 13 Chicago State* Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
Feb. 18 at CSU Bakerfield* Bakersfield, Calif. 8 p.m.
Feb. 20 at Seattle U.* Seattle, Wash. 3 p.m.
Feb. 27 Missouri-Kansas City* Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
March 5 UTRGV* Las Cruces, N.M. 2 p.m.
WAC Tournament (Las Vegas, Nev.)
March 9 WAC Quarterfinal TBD
March 11 WAC Semifinal TBD
March 12 WAC Championship TBD