Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Pepperdine 75-66

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Coach Trakh’s first game against his former school, Pepperdine, ended in New Mexico States favor as they prevailed 75-66 on Wednesday. A game that started out looking like the Aggies were going to coast to victory, turned into a tightly contested game that came down to the last minute of action.

The game featured two teams shooting under 35-percent from the floor. About half of the points for each squad came from the free-throw line, after they shot a combined 72 free throws. After a tough shooting contest, head coach Mark Trakh commented, “We were 27-of-33 from the line which was good, but we need to get better shooting from the field.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Hawai'i 56-53

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The final game of the Bank of Hawai’i Classic had each fan sitting on the edge of their seat to see who would prevail. Defense was key in the final bout in Honolulu as each team forced more than 15 turnovers. The tight contest concluded with Hawai’i on top, 56-53.

Top performers for the Aggies were Tyesha Taylor and Tamera William each each earned a spot on the Bank of Hawai’i All-Tournament Team. At the end of the final game, William put up 11 points and nine rebounds, while Taylor had 10 points of her own, coming off the bench.

The game began with an aggressive first half that seemed to work against each team offensively. The stats sheet featured more fouls (13) than combined baskets (11) for the two teams. However, the play did allow the Aggies to start 5-6 from the free throw line and finish the quarter ahead, 11-6.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Sacramento State 99-73

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The first game in the Bank of Hawaii Classic was a match up in paradise for the New Mexico State women’s basketball team. From the first tip to the final buzzer, NM State outplayed and outscored the Sacramento State Hornets, to a final score of 99-73.

Friday’s contest was a career night for multiple Aggies. Jasmine Cooper had a career-high six rebounds against the Hornets, while Tyesha Taylor had a career-high 16 points. Not to be outdone on the homecoming trip, Hawaii native Jeneva Toilolo set career highs in points with 16 and blocks with two.

Head coach Mark Trakh was impressed with what he saw in the victory and commented, “I like the way our team played tonight, they rebounded well and our bigs played a great game, to help us secure the win from start to finish.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

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 >>