Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggie Women's Basketball Repeats As WAC Tournament Champions

The Aggie women's basketball team cruised to an 80-53 victory over UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday afternoon at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Aggies are making their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament and their fourth trip overall.

Photos of the women's championship game between No. 1 NM State and No. 2 UT Rio Grande Valley. (Photos by Mark Nessia)

Posted by Western Athletic Conference on Saturday, March 12, 2016

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Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 58-44, Advances To WAC Championship Game

Photos of the women's semifinal game between No. 1 NM State and No. 4 Utah Valley. (Photos by Mark Nessia)

Posted by Western Athletic Conference on Friday, March 11, 2016

The New Mexico State women's basketball team advanced to its second consecutive WAC Championship game after defeating No. 4 seed Utah Valley 58-44 on Friday afternoon at the Orleans Arena. After a slow start to the game which saw just two points scored in the first four minutes, the Aggies slowly built an 8-0 lead and led 12-2 after the first quarter. The Aggies stretched their lead to 25-10 with 3:16 remaining in the first half and took a 27-14 lead into the break.

Coming out of the break the Aggies continued to pull away from Utah Valley going ahead 41-18 midway through the third quarter. UVU would outscore the Aggies 9-6 over the final five minutes of the third quarter but the Aggies headed to the final quarter with a comfortable 20-point lead at 47-27.

The Aggies would see their lead trimmed to just 13 points at 51-38 after a UVU three pointer with 4:49 left to play and just 10 at 53-43 with just over a minute and a half left but the Aggies would close the final stretch hitting five of six free throw attempts to secure the 58-44 win.

Moriah Mack led the way for New Mexico State on 6-of-10 shooting finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. UVU's Patrice Toston led all scorers with 19 points. The Aggies await the winner of the 2 vs. 3 matchup between UTRGV and CSU Bakersfield.

Aggie Women's Basketball Outlasts UMKC 78-74 In Overtime

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team survived a scare on Saturday, battling back to late in the fourth quarter to eventually win in overtime against UMKC, 78-84, at the Pan American Center.

The win gave NM State its 15th-straight, tying the program record for consecutive wins. The last time the Aggies won 15-straight was back in the latter half of the 1987-88 season. That streak was snapped in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament to Washington, 85-74.

With 2:11 left to play in regulation, junior Tamera William drained both of her free-throws to give NM State (24-3, 13-0 WAC) its first lead of the game, 63-62. From there it went back-and-forth until UMKC’s (9-17, 4-9 WAC) Aries Washington sank a floater at the baseline to tie things up at 68 with 55 seconds remaining.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball With 14th Straight With 66-56 Win At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - A solid shooting night and huge first quarter on Saturday saw NM State win its 14th-straight game of the season and remain undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play with a 66-56 win over Seattle U at the Connolly Center.

The win moves NM State to 23-3 on the year and one game closer to the program record of 15-straight victories set in the latter half of the 1987-88 season.

"We had a lot of kids step up tonight," head women's basketball coach Mark Trakh said. "Tyesha is finally coming back from an injury and playing like the player she was when we recruited her. Brooke and Sasha shot well for us on the offensive end, and Tamera William continues to be a rock for us on the defensive end, locking down the opposing team's best shooter."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Clinches Outright WAC Regular Season Title With 67-59 Win At Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BAKERSFIELD, CA - The New Mexico State women's basketball team captured its second-straight Western Athletic Conference championship on Saturday thanks to veteran play from Shanice Davis and Moriah Mack. The two combined for 37 points in the Aggies' 67-59 victory over CSU Bakersfield at the Icardo Center, giving NM State its 13th-straight victory.

"Have to tip my hat to CSU Bakersfield, it was the best defense we've seen all year," said head coach Mark Trakh. "Their kids played hard and well, but I'm proud of my kids for gutting it out. It was just a very well-played conference game."

With the win tonight, NM State (22-3, 11-0) secured the No. 1 seed in the WAC Tournament (March 9-12), and will have a bye in the quarterfinals.

Down 45-41 heading into the final 10 minutes of play, New Mexico State's defense finally turned up the heat on CSU Bakersfield and forced the 'Runners into seven turnovers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Clinches Share Of WAC Regular Season Title In 76-63 Win Over Chicago State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Led by a season-high 22 points from freshman Brooke Salas, the NM State women's basketball clinched a tie for the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title on Saturday with its 76-63 win over Chicago State.

The Aggies were able to clinch a tie for the regular-season title thanks to UMKC's, 59-57, victory over UT Rio Grande Valley on the road. NM Still now just needs to win one of its next four games to clinch the No. 1 seed at the WAC Tournament and win the regular-season title outright.

The last time NM State (21-3, 10-0) won back-to-back regular season titles dated back to the 1986-87 (T1st; 23-7, 10-2 High Country) and 1987-88 (1st; 26-3, 10-0 High Country) seasons.

Leading 35-32 to start the second half, Salas opened up a 10-4 run of her own against Chicago State (4-20, 2-8 WAC) to force a timeout at the 6:58 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketaball Rallies For 59-53 Win At Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - With 2:26 minutes left to play, junior Moriah Mack single-handedly propelled the NM State women's basketball team past Utah Valley, 59-53, on Saturday for the program's 20th win of the season and 11th-straight win.

Mack, who finished with 15 points on 7-of-14 shooting and seven rebounds, started NM State's 13-2 in the final 2:26 with seven-straight points.

"Today was a gut check for our girls and they responded well," said head coach Mark Trakh. "There comes a game where you have no business winning, but they found a way to win. I'm very proud of the girls."

The San Antonio, Texas, product was also a major key on the defensive end for NM State (20-3, 9-0), forcing many of the turnovers down the stretch to help the Aggies convert 10 Utah Valley turnovers into 17 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Win At GCU 66-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - Defense once again served as the catalyst to the NM State women's basketball team's success Thursday night as the Aggies forced 19 Grand Canyon turnovers en route to their 64-44 victory at GCU Arena.

"Our defense played very well today and we got our offense going," head coach Mark Trakh said. "Brooke played great for us in the first half and then Shanice [Davis] finished things off for us down the stretch."

Davis picked up the Aggies in the second half, and scored a game-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting – including a 3-for-3 night behind the arc. Brooke Salas nearly recorded her first-career double-double again, but settled for 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Her eight boards ties her season-high for the third time this year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Cruises Past UT Rio Grande Valley 68-57

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - Staunch defense and solid shooting from Sasha Weber and Brianna Freeman saw the NM State women's basketball team cruise past UT Rio Grande Valley, 68-57, Saturday night at the UTRGV Fieldhouse.

Tonight's victory moved the Aggies to 7-0 in Western Athletic Conference play gave them a two-game lead over UTRGV league standings.

Weber finished the night with a game-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting, all from behind the arc, with five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Freeman added 17 points of her own on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor to go with four rebounds and a block, which gave her sole possession of eighth-place in the NM State all-time blocks list (76).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Crushes Bakersfield 86-63

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In front of a record-breaking 5,034 fans in attendance, the NM State women’s basketball teamed stepped up and dominated CSU Bakersfield, 86-63, on Saturday at the Pan Am Center.

The record number in attendance was a part of the “Pack The Pan Am 2.0” promotion.

Saturday’s win gave NM State its eighth-straight win as the Aggies remain undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play (6-0) to go with its 17-3 overall record.

The Aggie defense came up big, forcing 17 turnovers and converted them for 26 points. The defense also forced Bakersfield into four 10-second violations, the most NM State has forced all season.

NM State trailed early on in the first quarter, falling behind CSU Bakersfield 11-4 at the 4:49 mark in the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>