Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Drops Rivalry Game To UTEP 71-65

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - A pair of free-throws from Sasha Weber brought New Mexico State within 67-65 with 24 seconds to go, but a missed long-ball followed by a layup and two free-throws from UTEP saw the Aggies dropped a 71-65 decision to the Miners on Saturday at the Pan American Center in the Battle of I-10.

It was the first loss seen by the Aggie (6-2) women on their home floor since Nov. 29 of last year, snapping a 17-game winning-streak at home. The 17-straight victories at home is the third-longest in program history behind the squads from 1992-94, who won 18 in a row.

Trailing 50-44 heading into the final 10 minutes of play, NM State and UTEP (7-0) exchanged baskets to start the fourth quarter until a timely long-ball from Shanice Davis and layup from Tamera William cut the Miner lead to 59-58 with 4:59 left to play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Falls At Arizona 68-64

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The NM State women’s basketball team couldn’t hang on to its lead late in the second half and suffered its first loss of the season against Arizona Wednesday night, 68-64, at the McKale Center.

The loss moves NM State to 6-1 on the year, matching the 2007-08 with a 6-0 start to the year.

Despite shooting .478 from the floor in the second-half and a career-high 20-point effort from Tamera William, it was second-chance points that doomed the Aggies. Arizona (5-1) turned an 11-5 edge on the offensive boards into 16 points compared to the Aggies two.

The Aggie defense gave NM State an early 13-0 lead and held the Wildcats scoreless until the 3:54 mark when Dejza James made the backend of her two free throws. Malena Washington gave the Wildcats their first field goal on the next possession.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Cruises Past Northern Arizona 83-57

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Lights-out shooting from NM State and stout defense paved the way for the women's basketball team Saturday night as the Aggies cruised to an 87-53 win over Northern Arizona in the final game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic.

The win pushed the Aggies to 6-0 on the year and also extended their home winning-streak to 17, one shy of tying the second-best record (18) set from 1992-94.

Senior guard Sasha Weber was also lights out for NM State, shooting her way to a new career-high of 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting. The Lacey, Wash., product was also 7-of-10 from downtown, which was also a new career-high.

The Aggies were focused out of the gate, gaining a 20-6 edge with 4:09 left the first quarter before taking a 20-10 lead into the second frame.  Continue Reading This Post >>