Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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 >>

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 >>