Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

Aggies Hold Off UTPA 74-71, Win Streak Hits Nine Games

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - Exactly two weeks ago the New Mexico State women’s basketball team saw itself on a six-game winning streak and were off to a 3-0 start in Western Athletic Conference play after a home win versus Seattle.

But Aggie head coach Mark Trakh cautioned that a tough three-game road swing loomed ahead for the young NM State squad, a road trip that would show him if his team was really for real.

The Aggie women (13-6, 6-0 WAC) set all doubt aside after going 3-0 on the road trip that concluded on Saturday afternoon with a heavyweight battle against second-place Texas-Pan American (11-10, 4-2 WAC), a battle NM State won 74-71, handing the Broncs only their second loss at home this season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Notches Eighth Straight Victory With 68-58 Win At Utah Valley

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team made it eight-straight wins and 12 of its last 13 after a 68-58 win over Utah Valley on Saturday afternoon at the UCCU Center.

Sasha Weber marked a career-high 24 points to lead the Aggies (12-6, 5-0 WAC) to a perfect 5-0 start in Western Athletic Conference play, their best start in conference play since a 6-0 start in the High Country Conference in 1990.

NM State ties its fifth-longest winning streak in program history after leading wire-to-wire against a very prepared Wolverine team. All 12 Aggie victories this season have been by double-digits.

“I’m really proud of the girls on this road trip,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We didn’t play well at times, but we go home with two road wins in two places that are difficult to win, so I’m proud of them.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Wins Seventh Straight, Defeat Grand Canyon 74-62

PHOENIX, AZ – The New Mexico State women’s basketball team continues to roll after defeating the Grand Canyon Antelopes, 74-62, on Thursday night inside the GCU Arena.

The Aggies (11-6, 4-0 WAC) now make it seven-straight wins, 11 wins in 12 games and begin Western Athletic Conference play 4-0 for the first time since joining the conference. The last time NM State began conference play 4-0 was in 1990 when the then Roadrunners began High Country Conference play 6-0.

NM State matched its season high field-goal percentage of 50 percent after sinking half of its shots from the floor (28-56). The Aggies also shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range (7-16) and hit 11 of their 13 free throws for an 84.6 percentage, the second-highest of the season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Use Late Surge To Defeat Seattle, 76-66

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the second-consecutive game the New Mexico State women’s basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit to bring home a Western Athletic Conference win after defeating Seattle U, 76-66, on Saturday afternoon inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (10-6, 3-0 WAC) are now winners of six straight, 10 of their last 11 and seven in a row inside the Pan American Center. The Redhawks (4-14, 1-2 WAC) have now lost consecutive conference games after starting 1-0.

“You have to give them (Seattle) credit, they played really well,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We didn’t play our best basketball, especially in the first half. But we regrouped in the second half and played pretty well. We didn’t want a letdown after the Bakersfield win.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Stays Hot, Rolls To 60-48 Victory At UMKC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

KANSAS CITY, MO - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team continued its hot streak after opening Western Athletic Conference play with a 60-48 road win over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies (8-6, 1-0 WAC) have now won eight of their last nine games after beginning the season 0-5. NM State is also currently on a four-game winning streak. UMKC (2-14, 0-1 WAC), meanwhile, lost its 11th-straight game and seventh in a row at home.

“A road win in a place that’s tough to win,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “I thought we did a good job, but we still got to work on some things because we got Bakersfield coming to our place next week and that’s going to be a really tough game.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Wraps Up Non-Conference Play With 81-39 Rout Of Northern New Mexico

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team moved over .500 for the first time this season after defeating Northern New Mexico College, 81-39, inside the Pan American Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Aggies (7-6) never trailed in the matchup with the Lady Eagles (9-8), who belong to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). By halftime NM State had already amassed a 25-point lead.

“I’m happy we got to play a lot of the kids,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We kept our starters under 20 minutes, which is what we wanted to do. We got balanced scoring and we got to see kids who haven’t played a lot to see what we have going into conference play.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Cruises Past Southern Utah 81-64, Improves To 6-6

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CEDAR CITY, UT - After starting the season 0-5, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team has had an outstanding month of December and now get to .500 for the first time this season after defeating Southern Utah, 81-64, on Monday afternoon.

Zaire Williams had a career shooting day as the freshman guard shattered her career high, finishing with 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. The 25 points is also the most points scored this season by any Aggie player. She already had a career high after 20 first-half points. Her seven 3-pointers also ties her for third-most 3-pointers in a game in program history.

As a team NM State shot 50 percent, both from the field (28-56) and from beyond the arc (15-30), both season bests. Sasha Weber added 19 points and Shanice Davis another 15 points and both players also finished with five assists.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats FAU 57-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LONG BEACH, CA - A day after watching its four-game winning streak come to an end, the New Mexico State women’s basketball team got back on the winning track by defeating Florida Atlantic, 57-44, on Saturday during the final day of the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State.

Friday saw the Aggies (5-6) allow the highest shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage they have allowed to a team all year in a loss to Pacific. Saturday, however, NM State turned the tables around and held FAU (5-5) to a 20.3 shooting percentage from the field and a 13.0 shooting percentage from 3-point land, both season bests for the Aggie defense.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Falls To Pacific 67-62

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LONG BEACH, CA - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team was down by as many as 19 with under 17 minutes left in their matchup with Pacific on Friday, rallied to cut the lead to as little as three with under three minutes left, but eventually lost to the Tigers, 67-62, during the first day of the Beach Classic hosted by Long Beach State.

The Aggies (4-6) allowed a 19-0 Pacific (8-2) run in the first half to fall in a deep hole. But 14-straight NM State points late in the game cut the Tiger lead to three with just over two minutes left in the contest. After a Pacific bucket, two Brianna Freeman free throws once again cut the lead to three at 65-62 with 55.1 seconds left in the matchup.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Cal Poly 79-65

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to break open a tight game and win its fourth-consecutive contest, defeating Cal Poly 79-65 on Tuesday night inside the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (4-5) remain undefeated in the month of December while the Mustangs (4-5) dropped their second-straight game.

NM State had a great all-around shooting night, finishing 42.4 percent from the field (25-59), 40 percent from 3-point range (10-25) and a season-high 82.6 percent from the free-throw line, sinking 19-of-23 shots from the charity stripe. The Aggies also continue to improve and leave their mark on the boards, outrebounding Cal Poly 44-37.

The defense also once again showed up for NM State. The Aggies held a streaky Mustang shooting squad to 35 percent from the field while forcing 15 Cal Poly turnovers.  Continue Reading This Post >>