Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Seattle 64-53

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team played host to Western Athletic Conference foe Seattle University on Sunday afternoon in the Pan American Center. For the second straight game Gia Pack recorded a double-double and the Aggies used an early third quarter run to build a lead that could not be overcome as they took down the Redhawks 64-53.

After the win split the regular-season series with the Redhawks head coach Brooke Atkinson commented, “The kids were really locked in and I think over the years in the WAC that Seattle has been one of their tougher opponents. They got the best of us up there this year but that’s the benefit of a home-and-home because they were really ready to go for this game.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Beats Utah Valley 59-51

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team played host to Western Athletic Conference foe Utah Valley on Thursday night at the Pan American Center. An early run in the third quarter, followed by stout defense to close out the game led the Aggies to a 59-51 victory over the Wolverines.

Following the victory to end a two-game skid head coach Brooke Atkinson said “Getting back to being us by sharing the basketball, playing with energy and playing strong on the defensive end really spurred us. The ability to rebound and push also really helped and that is when we are at our best.”

The contest started slow with each team only putting up eight points at the media timeout 6:05 into the first quarter. Following the stoppage NM State (13-11, 7-3 WAC) was able to knock down back-to-back three-pointer to grab a 13-10 advantage over Utah Valley (12-15, 4-6 WAC) through 10 minutes of play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls 50-34 At GCU

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

PHOENIX, AZ - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team closed out a three-game road swing in Phoenix, Ariz. against Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon at GCU Arena on Saturday. A tough game shooting plagued the Aggies and they fell to the Lopes, 50-34.

Shooting looked to be the kryptonite of each team as the game opened. The first basket came 1:37 into the contest when Gia Pack knocked down a jumper for NM State (RECORD). Grand Canyon (RECORD) proceeded to go on a 7-2 run for the first lead change of the contest.

Through the first 10 minutes of action, the Aggies trailed the Lopes 12-8. The GCU lead came off a pair of made three-pointers, the only two of the opening quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Wins Thriller At UTRVG

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EDINBURG, TX - New Mexico State women’s basketball traveled to the Lone Star State to take on Western Athletic Conference foe UT Rio Grande Valley on Saturday evening at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. A deep three from Zaire Williams tied the contest up with 12 seconds left in regulation and the guard then knocked down two free throws in the waning seconds of overtime to take down UTRGV, 79-77.

Despite winning the opening tip and pressuring UTRGV (11-11, 1-6 WAC), the NM State (12-9, 6-1 WAC) squad went down early due to three turnovers and a quick foul. However, the Aggies quickly found their stride for an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the contest, 8-3, at the 4:58 mark.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Holds Off UMKC Rally For 70-62 Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball played host to Western Athletic Conference foe UMKC at the Pan American Center on Saturday. After winning the tip and scoring the opening basket the Aggies cruised to victory, now having not trailed for eight straight quarters of play, in a 70-62 win over the Roos.

Following the crucial conference victory head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “When you get into league play every game is going to be tough. The fact that we buckled down, got stops when we needed too and made big free throws, which is what makes me proud. We stepped up and were able to outplay them today.”

In a game of runs NM State (11-9, 5-1 WAC) got the first one going on a quick 12-0 run to open the contest which forced UMKC (7-14, 3-3 WAC) to call a timeout just 2:29 into the first quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 82-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team closed out a two-game road swing at Utah Valley University in Lockhart Arena on Saturday. A lights out shooting first quarter gave the Aggies an early lead, which helped the team take down the Wolverines 82-72.

NM State (10-9, 4-1 WAC) came out flying in the first quarter, after winning the tip and scoring the first basket the Aggies would not give up a lead over Utah Valley (9-11, 3-2 WAC) for the rest of the night.

A great shooting opening frame featured the Aggies going 7-for-7 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the line. The impressive numbers saw NM State close the opening quarter on a 20-3 run and lead UVU 30-10 through 10 minutes of play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls 69-59 At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State women’s basketball took to the road for the first time in Western Athletic Conference play taking on Seattle U at the Connolly Complex on Thursday night. Seattle U led by five at the end of the first quarter and the deficit for the Aggies continued to expand over the remaining 30 minutes and the Crimson & White fell 69-59.

A slow start to the contest saw the teams combine to go 0-for-10 from the field. The first basket came from the free throw line for Seattle U (9-10, 3-1 WAC) 2:34 into the opening quarter. NM State (9-9, 2-1 WAC) responded with a basket from Gia Pack and a three-pointer from Brooke Salas to take a lead midway through the first.

Seattle U then came out on a 9-0 run before Monique Mills could answer with a pair of baskets to cut into the deficit. Through 10 minutes of action, the Aggies trailed the Redhawks 16-11.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball sits alone atop the Western Athletic Conference standings and is the only team still undefeated after taking down CSU Bakersfield, 56-48, on Saturday. After a tough first half, the Aggie defense held the Roadrunners to just 16 points in the final two quarters to walk away with an eight-point victory.

Following a slow start head coach Brooke Atkinson commented on how the team was able to turn things around saying, “It’s is all about continuing to trust the process. Whether it is going well or not, just stay the course. This team a month ago may have struggled, but now it is contagious where the returners preach what it takes to turn things around. The leadership from this group is great and they have really bought in on the defensive end, which has made a big difference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Grand Canyon For Third Straight Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team won its third game in a row taking down Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon, 64-60. Ahead by just one NM State’s Brooke Salas drove the lane and knocked down a crucial jumper to put the Aggies up 61-58, which proved to be an insurmountable lead for the Lopes.

Following the victory head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “We took a big step toughness wise and in our maturity tonight. I am seeing more and more leadership with this group and they are buying in defensively. I liked to see that energy and effort is what this team can control and they did a great job of that in this game.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Chicago State 74-59 Behind 33 Points From Brooke Salas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team opened Western Athletic Conference play against Chicago State on Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center. Despite trailing after 20 minutes, the Aggies came out and dominated in the second half, led by Brooke Salas, en route to a 74-59 victory over the Cougars.

Following a win in the conference opener head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “Any time you can get a win it is huge. We look to approach every game the same way and the team played with a lot of perseverance and battled back which is what I am really proud of after this one.”  Continue Reading This Post >>