Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

Brianna Freeman Scores Career-High 27 In 65-54 Win Over Northwestern State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Brianna Freeman’s career-high 27 points against Northwestern State in the opening game of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic propelled the Aggies to a 65-54 win Friday afternoon at the Pan American Center.

“Brianna [Freeman] showed what she can do today against a very good team,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We played a very good NCAA Tournament team that’s been there the last two years.”

The win moved NM State to 5-0 on the year, its best start since 1993-94 when the team started the year 8-0. Friday’s win also extended the Aggies’ home winning-streak to 16. NM State is now two games shy of tying its second-best home winning-streak since the 1992-94 seasons (18).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats Southern Utah 75-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The NM State women’s basketball team extended its home winning-streak to 15 games on Tuesday as the Aggies rolled past Southern Utah, 74-60, behind Tyler Ellis’ career-high 14 points.

The win also moved NM State to 4-0 on the year, matching its best start since the 2007-08 season when the Aggies started 4-0 as well.

Ellis was very efficient off the bench, shooting 6-for-6 from the floor with five rebounds in just nine minutes of action.

The Aggies struggled early on to start the game, shooting 1-for-11 in the first six minutes of action before the rally in the second half.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Squeezes Past Sacramento State 80-77

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With 10 seconds left in the game, Abby Scott sank both of her free throws to give NM State the cushion it needed on Thursday night as the Aggies narrowly escaped Sacramento State, 80-77.

The last time NM State started the season 3-0 was back in the 2007-08 season when that squad started the year 4-0.

“Big RPI win for us,” head coach Mark Trakh said, when asked about the game. “They’re going to win a lot of games and New Mexico is going to win a lot of games, so we had two good RPI wins for us in the last two days.”

A layup by Freeman, who finished the night with a team-high 18 points and 12 boards, gave NM State (3-0) a 75-72 lead with 3:28 left to play.

However, a scoring drought after Freeman’s basket coupled with a bucket from Sacramento State’s Adella Rnadle-El made it a one-point ball game with 1:31 left on the clock.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Defeats New Mexico 78-59

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - In-state rival, New Mexico, got as close as nine points midway through the third quarter, but that would be as close as they would get on Tuesday night at the Pan American Center as the NM State women's basketball team ran away with a 78-59 victory in the first edition of the Rio Grande Rivalry.

Tamera William once again paced the Aggies with a game-high 18 points, one short of tying her career-high (19) that she set last week. The junior also finished with six boards and a pair of steals.

"It's a big game," said head women's basketball Mark Trakh, when asked about what this win means for the program. "It's our rival that we've been thumped by the last 15 years, so we're excited. I was very proud of the kids; it was a big win for our program."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Opens Season With 79-69 Win At North Dakota State

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

FARGO, N.D. - Active defensive pressure from NM State late in the second quarter propelled the Aggies past North Dakota State, 79-69, on Friday night in their 2015-16 season opener at the Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse.

"I'm proud of how hard the kids played tonight in a hostile environment," head coach Mark Trakh said. "North Dakota State was prepared to play us from the get-go. Our defense got us back into the game and gave us the lead. Tamera [William] and Sasha [Weber] played a huge part in getting us back into the game. In the second half, Shanice [Davis] gave us a huge boost with seven assists and Brooke [Salas], who started her first-career game, came away with seven steals."

NM State (1-0) was paced by William with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor while Weber chipped in with 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Fall 75-57 To Top Seeded Maryland

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team concluded its 2014-15 campaign with a 75-57 loss at the hands of No. 4/3 Maryland on Saturday inside the XFINITY Center during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

The 16th-seeded Aggies (22-8) kept the game close throughout the first half and fought hard until the final buzzer, even while the top-seeded Terrapins (31-2) began to pull away in the second half.

NM State caps off a fantastic season that saw the team win its first conference title in 20 years and win its first-ever conference tournament crown to advance the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women Rout Broncs 70-52, Punch Ticket To Big Dance

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NM State Women Win Semifinal OT Thriller

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team needed overtime, but pulled out an action-packed 79-75 victory over Seattle U inside the Orleans Arena on Friday during the semifinal round of the WAC Tournament.

The Aggies (21-7, 13-1 WAC) survived a game that saw the No. 1 seed down by five at the half, start the second half on an 18-0 run, lead by three with under five seconds left in regulation before a Redhawk 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left tied the game and finally win in overtime after three Moriah Mack free throws in the final 16 seconds.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Picks Up 20th Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

CHICAGO, IL - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team concluded its regular-season schedule by defeating Chicago State, 62-54, on Saturday afternoon inside the Jones Convocation Center.

The Aggies finish the regular season 20-7 overall and 13-1 in Western Athletic Conference play. They will head into the WAC Tournament next week winners of four in a row and 16 of their last 17 games.

NM State gets to 20 wins for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the team went 23-9. It is also the most wins and best record in conference play for the Aggies since joining the WAC.

The 13 WAC wins is the most conference wins since going 14-4 in the Big West in 1996. The 13-1 record is also the second-best record in conference play in program history, only outdone by the 10-0 High Country Athletic Conference finish in 1988.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Wins Outright WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the first time in 20 years the New Mexico State women’s basketball team stands alone atop a conference as the Aggies won the outright Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship on Saturday after handling Texas-Pan American, 80-60, in front of a raucous Pan American crowd.

NM State (19-7, 12-1 WAC) wins its final 12 home games after losing the first two and has now won 19 of its last 21 games. The 19 wins surpass the 18 the Aggies had in 2009-10, the last time they earned a postseason nod.

The 12 WAC wins is the most ever since joining the conference in 2005 and is the most conference wins since that 1994-95 season when NM State went 14-4 in the Big West and last won a conference championship.  Continue Reading This Post >>