Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.
SEATTLE, WA - Former New Mexico State women’s basketball star Brooke Salas signed a training camp contract with the defending Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) champion Seattle Storm, the team announced Thursday. Salas is just the third Aggie to sign a contract with a WNBA team, joining Moriah Mack in 2017 and Anita Maxwell in 1997 when she was the 29th pick in the WNBA draft.
“I’d like to thank the Seattle Storm organization for giving me an opportunity to continue my playing career,” said Salas. “I look forward to competing for a spot on the team.”
In her four years in the Mesilla Valley, Salas led the Aggies to four Western Athletic Conference regular-season championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. She appeared in 126 games in the Crimson & White with 125 starts while she averaged 15.3 points and 7.6 rebounds for her career.
The 2018-19 season saw the guard post 21 double-doubles to average 19.1 points and 11.1 rebounds as she paced the team in both categories. Salas also recorded the school’s first triple-double since 1992 with 32 points, 22 rebounds and 11 blocks against Alcorn State in Miami on Dec. 21. During her senior campaign, the Aggies tied program records for wins (26) and longest winning streak (17).
The Placentia, Calif., native wrapped up her career with three First Team All-WAC honors, two WAC Player of the Year honors and as the 2018-19 WAC Defensive Player of the Year. Salas became the first player in WAC history to win both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season.
In addition to the hardware she earned, she also left NM State in the top-10 in a number of single-season and career records. She is the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,931 points, its career leader for blocks with 156, is third in steals (233) and fifth in rebounds (953). Her 629 points in 2018-19 are fourth in a single season while the 592 she scored in 2017-18 are eighth. She also pulled down 367 rebounds in 2018-19, third in a single-season.