Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Seattle 69-54

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State fans saw the Aggie defense turn the Redhawks over 24 times en route to its seventh-straight, 69-54, victory Thursday night at the Pan American Center and also saw offensive outbursts from Brooke Salas and Shanice Davis.

Salas finished with a game-high and season-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting to go with seven boards, six assists and a steal. She was joined by Davis who turned in a season-high 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.

Brianna Freeman also chipped in with 14 points and three blocks tonight as the trio combined for 52 of the team’s 69 points.

NM State also had relentless effort from Moriah Mack and Tamera William on the defensive end as the Aggies outscored the Redhawks 36-10 in points off turnovers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Baskeball Defeats Chicago State 70-60, Improves To 4-0 In WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - Solid night at the free-throw line and 20-points from Tamera William saw NM State clip Chicago State on the road, 70-60, and move to 4-0 in Western Athletic Conference play on Saturday at the Jones Convocation Center.

William was huge for the Aggies in the final five minutes of play, going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. The 20-points tied the junior’s career-high, which she set back in December against Arizona (Dec. 2, 2015).

“Tamera was key for us today against an aggressive Chicago State team,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “Experience really played a big role down the stretch for her [William], knocking down eight free-throws with the game on the line. Zaire [Williams] gave us great minutes, knocking down key 3-pointers in the game as well as Brooke [Salas] in the first half.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Holds Off UMKC 68-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - Solid shooting night from Shanice Davis, Sasha Weber and Moriah Mack helped NM State weather a second-half charge by Missouri-Kansas City as the Aggie hung on for the 68-62 win Thursday night at the Swinney Recreation Center.

Davis finished with a season-high in points with 17, while Weber had a game-high 18 to go with Mack’s 16 points.

Davis finished the night 6-of-7 from the floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc with three steals, two blocks and two assists. As a team, the Aggies shot .472 from the floor, their third-best shooting night on of the year.

“I was proud of the girls for grinding out this win,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “UMKC has vastly improved. We had great games from Moriah, Sasha and Shanice. They did a great job defensively and we’re looking forward to the game on Saturday.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Survives Scare From Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Veteran play down the stretch was critical to the NM State edging Grand Canyon, 60-58, Saturday afternoon at the Pan Am Center.

The win moved the Aggies' women's basketball team to 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play and 13-3 overall on the season. It was the first win for NM State this season when trailing an opponent heading into the fourth quarter. The Aggies were 0-2 heading into Saturday's contest.

Down 51-49 with 2:43 left to play, Shanice Davis broke to the basket to tie the game up for NM State. The fourth tie of the game.

Grand Canyon (8-10, 0-2 WAC) took a short-lived lead, 52-51 after Dana Jones hit 1-of-2 free-throws before Moriah Mack went right back the other way to give the Aggies the lead for good.

After a pair of free-throws from Mack, a point-blank bucket from Brianna Freeman put NM State on top, 57-52, with 37 seconds left to go.  Continue Reading This Post >>