Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At New Mexico 84-55

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The second game of the season at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. was full of emotion as the New Mexico State Aggies dropped the first Battle of I-25 bout with the University of New Mexico Lobos.

NM State was on high alert on defense, forcing 21 turnovers for the second straight game. The finishing touch was just not there, however, as the Aggies only capitalized on six baskets off of those turnovers. The scoring was started and finished by UNM over 40 minutes of play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats San Jose State 66-55 In Season Opener

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State women’s basketball team didn’t miss a beat in its 2016-17 season-opener Friday evening as it defeated San José State 66-55 in front of the Las Cruces faithful.

“Offensively, we got stagnant and we turned the ball over a lot,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “But our kids know how to win after three years, and our missed lay-ups and missed shots were just a part of the battle. Both teams were great tonight defensively.”

San Jose State (0-1) opened up right away with a quick bucket, but NM State (1-0) responded with six-straight points before the teams started exchanged buckets. With 3:30 left in the first quarter, the Aggies used a 10-3 run behind Brooke Salas to take the 22-16 lead after the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Falls To Arizona State 74-52 In First Round Of NCAA Tournament

Arizona State defeated New Mexico State 74-52 in the first round of the 2016 Division I Women's Basketball Championship in Tempe, Arizona.

Posted by bleedCrimson.net on Friday, March 18, 2016

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TEMPE, AZ - Another historic season came to an end on Friday afternoon for the New Mexico State women’s basketball team, as the 15th-seeded Aggies fell to No. 2-seed Arizona State, 74-52, at Wells Fargo Arena in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

“Proud of the kids,” head coach Mark Trakh said in his postgame post-conference opening statement. “Arizona State, my hat's off to them. They are really good. I hope they go to the Final Four. Love their coach, love their style of play. They are aggressive. They are tough. They work hard on the boards. No, I'm really impressed with the way they played, especially in the first half. I was proud that the kids didn't pack it in at halftime”

Arizona State (26-6) came as advertised in the opening minutes of the game as the Sun Devils jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the 4:49 media timeout, turning NM State (26-5) over four times for seven points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>