Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Opens Title Defense With 73-68 Victory Over Utah Valley

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A career-high 21 points from junior Moriah Mack and double-figures from Brianna Freeman and Sasha Weber saw NM State outlast Utah Valley on Thursday in its Western Athletic Conference home-opener, 73-68, at the Pan American Center.

The win pushed the Aggies to 12-3 on the year and 8-1 when playing at home. It was also NM State’s third-straight win when playing in its WAC opener under head coach Mark Trakh and put the Aggies at 7-4 all-time in their conference opener.

The third quarter proved to be the key to NM State’s success on Thursday night as they Aggies (12-3, 1-0 WAC) outscored the Wolverines (7-9, 0-1 WAC) 15-9.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Cruises To 68-39 Victory Over Western New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Zaire Williams led the way for NM State on Monday at the Pan American Center with a season-high 17 points as the Aggies cruised to a 68-39 victory over Western New Mexico in their final non-conference game of the year.

NM State concluded the non-conference slate with an 11-3 record as Western Athletic Conference play is set to begin on Thursday. This is the best start for the Aggies since the 1993-94 season when they went 14-3 before getting their fourth loss.

Williams netted eight of 17 points in the first quarter when she connected on back-to-back 3-pointers and followed up with a layup. Brooke Salas, who finished with 13 points and seven boards, bookended the quarter to give NM State the 17-8 advantage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Cruises Past Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BRONX, N.Y. - Brooke Salas led the NM State charge on Wednesday at Rose Hill Gym with a career-high 18 points as the Aggies bounced back with a 70-51 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the final game of the Fordham Holiday Classic.

"I felt that with the rest, the kids got their legs back underneath them," head coach Mark Trakh said. "It was a great way to bounce back from what was probably their worst defeat of the year. I was happy with the way the kids bounced back."

The win put NM State at 10-3 on the year, the fourth-straight year with double-digit wins under Trakh, with one more non-conference game left to play before Western Athletic Conference play begins.

"Now we get ready for one more game," Trakh said. "Hopefully we'll have 11 [wins] before we start league. You know 11-3 in non-conference considering Moriah Mack missed the first eight games, I'll take it!"  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Drops Tourney Opener To Vanderbilt, 71-45

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

BRONX, N.Y. - Despite a nightmarish travel schedule due to a snowstorm that swept across Southwest and Midwest, NM State was down just one basket to Vanderbilt late in the game but eventually fell, 71-45, in its Fordham Holiday Classic opener at Rose Hill Gym on Tuesday.

“I think we had a lot of chances and missed a lot of layups,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “They’re a very, very good team and 71 points is a lot to give up for us.”

The Aggies (9-3) started the game off with a quick 5-0 run, but finished the game shooting just .347 from the floor.

Three-straight buckets from Vanderbilt’s (10-2) Marqu’es Webb, who finished with a game-high 17 points, knotted things up at eight before free-throws from Abby Scott and William made it 10-8 in favor of NM State.

VU then went on a 13-0 run that was finally snapped by Moriah Mack, who scored on a layup followed by a 3-pointer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats UNM 52-47, Sweeps Season Series

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The NM State women's basketball team stormed back late in the second quarter with a 22-0 run that spanned into the third to sweep the Rio Grande Rivalry with a 52-47 victory over New Mexico on Sunday at WisePies Arena.

The win made it three-straight for the Aggies against their neighbors to the north. The last time NM State (9-2) won three-straight against the Lobos was during a five year stretch (1992-96) when NM State won 10-straight. Sunday's game was the first time the Aggies held an opponent under 50 points since its 60-48 road win at Missouri-Kansas City.

"I'm so proud of the kids, they played great against a big hostile crowd of about 4,000 people," head coach Mark Trakh said. "It's a big win for us. We haven't beaten them twice since 95-96. I really was proud of the kids. They really defended, rebounded, played hard, they were scrappy and were all over the place."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Holds Off San Jose State 75-66

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SAN JOSE, CA - The NM State women's basketball team fended off a resilient San Jose State team late in the fourth quarter behind three players with double-figures for the 75-66 road victory Thursday night at The Event Center.

Sasha Weber led all scorers with 20 points on 7of-13 shooting, six of which came from three-point land. Brianna Freeman recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards to go with four assists and a pair of steals while Moriah Mack chipped in with 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

"Sasha [Weber] was big time for us," head coach Mark Trakh said. "She was the best player on the floor tonight. I'm really happy with her. I was happy with our defense. We had some breakdowns with [Dezz] Ramos, but I was happy with the kids. We came out on their floor against a team that averaged 80 points and held them to 66."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Pulls Away From Eastern New Mexico, 76-61

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State Aggies needed a quarter to shake off the cob webs, as Tyesha Taylor paced the women’s basketball team with a career-high 15 points in the 76-61 victory over Eastern New Mexico at the Pan Am Center on Monday night.

The last time NM State (7-2) followed a home loss with a win against Eastern New Mexico (4-4), it went on to win 22 of its final 25 games (2014-15).

After a sluggish start for the second-straight game, the Aggies used a 21-11 run in the second frame behind 10-of-19 shooting to take the 33-25 lead into the break.

Shanice Davis led the charge for NM State, scoring all seven of her points in the second quarter. The senior guard was 3-for-3 from the field during that stretch, including a 3-pointer at the 3:20 mark to give the Aggies their largest lead in the first half, 27-18.   Continue Reading This Post >>