Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At Arizona 83-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State women's basketball team took on Arizona at the McKale Center on Thursday afternoon. Despite a 20 point effort from Brooke Salas, the Aggies fell to the Wildcats 83-44.

How It Happened

NM State (3-6) fell behind 7-2 to the Wildcats (3-6) to start the contest with Salas scoring New Mexico State’s lone basket. The Aggies looked to cut into Arizona’s lead, but at the media timeout, the team remained behind by five. Offensive woes plagued New Mexico State following the timeout and at the end of the period, the Aggies trailed 17-8 with Salas posting six of the NM State’s points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketbal Falls To UNM 101-93

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico at the Pan American Center on Saturday. Despite Gia Pack scoring a career-high 33 points, the Aggies dropped the 101-93 contest for the team's third-straight loss.

"Our team competed for 40 minutes today. They left everything out on the floor. They didn't always execute but they played through their mistakes. I think today's game was a game of runs and we fought back and I'm proud of our team for doing that," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Defensively, we need to continue to continue to get better. We need to continue to create our identity on the defensive end."

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NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Texas Southern 66-50

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women's basketball team traveled to take on Texas Southern in the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Friday afternoon. The Aggies fell to the Lady Tigers 66-50 to open the tournament.

NM State (2-3) began the contest with an 8-0 run in the first quarter. The Aggies lead dwindled late when TSU (1-3) scored eight–straight to tie the game at 14-14. Monique Mills hit a three-pointer with less than a minute remaining in the opening period, putting NM State ahead 17-14 at the break.

New Mexico State fell behind early as the Lady Tigers went on a five-point run to start the second quarter. Mills ended the Texas Southern rally by nailing a three-pointer and converting her free-throw on the play. The back-and-forth action continued but NM State maintained a single-point advantage as the team went to the locker room leading 25-24.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At UNM 86-75

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Despite Gia Pack and Zaire Williams each registering double-doubles, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team’s rally in the second-half was not enough in its 86-75 loss to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico Saturday afternoon at Dreamstyle Arena.

Coincidentally, the last time NM State had two players tally double-doubles was against UNM back on Nov. 30, 2016. Tamera William (23 points, 12 rebounds) and Brooke Salas (20 points, 10 rebounds) were the last two to do it.

“Our kids kept battling,” Aggie head coach Brooke Atkinson said postgame. “They were aggressive. You know, I told them I’ll never be mad at them for making an aggressive move down the floor and getting an offensive foul. It’s just those ticky-tack fouls 94-feet from the basket. We have to be smarter as a unit.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Atkinson Notches First Career Coaching Victory As NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UT Permian Basin

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball hosted UT Permian Basin in the team’s second game of the 2017-18 season at the Pan American Center on Tuesday night. After going on a 16-0 run early in the first quarter, the team kept its foot on the gas to cruise to an 85-58 victory over the Falcons.

The Aggies grabbed their first win of the season and first of head coach Brooke Atkinson’s career. After the big win Atkinson said, “I’m just happy we won. The kids played well and executed our game plan tonight. I’m pleased with what they did overall.”

After UTPB (0-3) opened the contest with the first basket of the night, NM State (1-1) proceeded to take over and go on a 16-0 run to lead the Falcons 16-3 at the 4:22 mark of the opening quarter. This run led the team to a 28-11 lead after 10 minutes of action.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls In Season Opener To Western Michigan

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team hosted Western Michigan in the season opener on Sunday afternoon at the Pan American Center. In a game full of runs and momentum swings the Aggies fell behind in the fourth quarter and dropped the season opening contest, 64-55.

Following the loss head coach Brooke Atkinson commented on the team’s opener saying, “I challenge the team to form an identity defensively and I think we did that really well tonight, but we just didn’t have a great shooting night and a few consecutive possessions put us behind.”

The game began with little scoring from either side which kept the game close in the opening 10 minutes. The Aggies saw six players contribute to the scoring and the team trailed 18-15 at the end of the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball's Upset Bid Falls Short Against 2-Seed Stanford

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MANHATTAN, KS - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off with the AP poll ranked No. 6 Stanford Cardinal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum. A great all-around showing for the Aggies saw the team lead the Cardinal for three quarters before dropping the game in a nail-biter, 72-64.

With the Aggies last win versus a ranked team coming against No. 21 Kansas (61-60) on January 3, 2010, the team came in as underdogs against Stanford but played 40 minutes of determined basketball as they led the Cardinal for the majority of the game.

After securing the opening tip, NM State came out early and scored the first two baskets and immediately put the opponent on their heels. Being led by Brooke Salas with nine points and Moriah Mack with seven, the Aggies ended the opening quarter ahead 23-20.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Wins Third Consecutive WAC Tournament Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team squared off against the Seattle U Redhawks in the team’s third-consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship appearance at the Orleans Arena on Saturday. The Aggies made history as they won their third straight tournament championship with a 63-48 win over the Redhawks.

After the historic night, head coach Mark Trakh commented on the championship saying, “We just defeated a really good team that had an incredible season. Credit to their head coach Suzy Barcomb and the team on a great year. With this win our team made history and I’m so proud of these girls because they represent the New Mexico State University so well on and off the floor.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UMKC 71-63 To Advance To WAC Tournament Title Game

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team played their first game in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in the semi-finals against the UMKC Roos on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats UTRGV, Finishes Conference Play Unbeaten

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced off against the UTRGV Vaqueros in Edinburg, Texas to close out the regular season on Saturday night. The season finale saw NM State achieve two historical feats in the program’s history.

With a 64-46 win on Saturday, the Aggies went undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play (14-0) for the first time in the team’s history. NM State also won their 15th straight game for the second season in a row, which ties the program record set by Joe McKeown and the Aggies back in 1987-88.

After the historic victory for the team, head coach Mark Trakh said, “This is a huge accomplishment and the credit really goes to these great players. They showed such great dedication and perseverance to achieve such a feat. I’m just so happy for them and what this program has been able to achieve.”  Continue Reading This Post >>