Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the All-WAC honors on Monday morning. Head coach Mark Trakh and the Aggies earned seven individual accolades, more than any other WAC opponent, including Trakh for Coach of the Year and Moriah Mack for Player of the Year.
This was the third consecutive season Mark Trakh has been named the WAC Coach of the Year, after three-straight conference regular season titles. An undefeated (14-0) record in WAC play this year was a first in NM State program history, to go along with a 22-6 overall record. Trakh and the Aggies finished the season on a 15-game winning streak, for the second straight year, which ties the program record set by Joe McKeown in 1987-88.
Behind Trakh, the Aggies led the league in scoring offense (71.5), scoring defense (58.6), field goal percentage (.446), three-point field goal percentage (.381), rebounding margin (+5.4), turnover margin (+2.9) and three-pointers made (7.9).
Moriah Mack headlined the awards for players, earning WAC Player of the Year for the first time in her career. At season’s end, the senior was in the top-10 in nine different statistical categories in conference play. Mack averaged 15.1 points per game on .500 shooting from the field, to go along with 3.1 assists and a WAC-leading 2.2 steals.
The guard was an influential player on both ends of the floor with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for first in the WAC. Mack also led the team and was fourth in the conference in minutes played with an average of 36.3.
With the Player of the Year honor, Mack also added First Team All-WAC and All-Defensive Team to her resume. This was the second straight season Mack has been named First Team and All-Defensive.
Joining the San Antonio, Texas native on the First Team is sophomore guard Brooke Salas who averaged 14.4 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds. Salas’ .906 free throw percentage was good for first in the WAC.
After earning a spot on the All-Newcomer team last year as a freshman, the guard has now earned First Team All-WAC honors for the first time in her young career.
Tamera William also earned an All-Defensive team nod with Mack after grabbing 56 steals, which was third in the WAC, to go along with 17 blocked shots and 112 defensive rebounds. Along with the honor, William also earned a Second Team All-WAC nod after averaging 8.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists across conference play.
New Mexico State will be back in action in the semi-finals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. as the team will square off on Friday, March 12 at noon against the winner of the UTRGV versus UMKC game.