Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Salas Named WAC Player of the Week for the Second Time This Season
NM State sophomore Brooke Salas was named the WAC Player of the Week after wins over two WAC opponents

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Aggies to two victories, while averaging 15 points and seven assists per game, to go along with three steals and one block, over 49 minutes of play.

The Placentia, Calif. native led the Aggies to a pair of wins to open conference play this past week. In the WAC-opener against UMKC, she scored 17 points and brought down seven rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals as the team defeated UMKC, 78-72, the fifth straight win over the Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brandee Walton Nominated For Allstate/WBCA Good Works Team

Written By: WAC Media Relations

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)and Allstate Insurance Company today announced 97 nominees, including four from the WAC, for the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®. This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

Earning recognition from the WAC was Chicago State’s Kaylee Allen, UMKC’s Justice Collins, NM State’s Brandee Walton and Utah Valley’s Britta Hall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after putting up a double-double in the team’s season opener, which helped the Aggies beat San Jose State, 66-55. This is the first WAC player of the week honor of Salas’ career.

The Placentia, Calif. native dropped 18 points, including 4-4 from the free-throw line, and a career-high 13 rebounds. This was the first double-double of the sophomore’s young career at NM State.

Along with the shooting and great work on the boards, Salas added four assists, three steals and a block to her impressive game totals. The career game for Salas helped the Aggies start the season on the right foot, 1-0, as the team corralled 52 rebounds and forced 21 turnovers on Friday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Announces 2017 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head women's basketball coach Mark Trakh bolstered his roster for the 2017-18 season with the additions of Kalei Atkinson, Shanaijah Davison, Makayla Mabry, Pam Wilmore and Jaelyn Royal on national signing day. The signings feature three guards and two forwards with a pair being ranked in the top-150 nationally.

When asked about the recruiting class, Trakh said, "We are very excited about this class. This could be the best recruiting class that we have brought in since I have been at New Mexico State. We have speed, quickness, athleticism, length and shooting ability. This is a class we feel can keep us at the top of the conference."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Picked To Win WAC; Mack, Freeman, Salas Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The NM State women's basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference in the 2016-17 WAC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced on Wednesday. Shawnte’ Goff of UT Rio Grande Valley was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Senior guard Moriah Mack was chosen as a member of the All-WAC First Team in both polls. The Texas native earned First Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive team honors in 2015-16 after she averaged 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds to go with her 50 assists, 40 steals, and 46.2 field goal percentage.

In the head coaches poll, NM State tallied 7-of-8 possible first-place votes for a total of 49 points. UTRGV came in second with 42 points and the remaining first-place vote as Grand Canyon garnered 34 points for third. CSU Bakersfield tallied 29 points while UMKC (26), Utah Valley (23), Seattle U. (13) and Chicago State (8) rounded out the rest of the league.

In the media poll, the Aggies earned six first place votes to total 90 points which just beat out UTRGV, who earned five first place votes to finish with 88 points. The media poll was quite similar to that of the coaches poll except Utah Valley was predicted to finish fifth and UMKC in sixth. CSU Bakersfield received the only other first place vote.

Joining Mack on the preseason first-team list is senior Brianna Freeman in the coaches poll. NM State led the pack with two players selected while Grand Canyon, UTRGV and Utah Valley each received one.

In the media poll, Freeman and Brooke Salas earned second-team honors. The Aggies also tied with UTRGV for the lead with three honorees in the media poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State women's basketball team announced its 2016-17 schedule, featuring 13 home contests.

Head coach Mark Trakh's Aggies return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's 26-5 (school record for wins) team that captured their second-consecutive WAC regular season championship (13-1 league record), WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Coach Trakh brought in a few new faces on the bench this season as well. Joining the Aggies coaching staff are Jason Glover, Ashley Ford and Blanche Alverson. Earl Lewis was also named the director of basketball operations.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Finalizes Women's Basketball Staff With Ford Hiring

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh completed his staff with the hiring of former Nebraska standout Ashley Ford.

Ford joins the NM State women’s basketball staff after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Nebraska, her alma mater, where she was the starting point guard from 2005-07 under head coach Connie Yori.

“Ashley is an experienced coach, having been an assistant at USD for five years and at Nebraska for three years,” Trakh said. “She has coached and played at the highest levels. She has a reputation for being a great on-floor coach and a great recruiter. We are all very excited to have her become a part of the Aggie family.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Adds Alverson To Women's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's basketball coach Mark Trakh continues to assemble his coaching staff with the addition of former Auburn standout, Blanche Alverson on Tuesday.

"We're fortunate to have Blanche as a member of our staff," Trakh said. "She was a star player at Auburn and came highly recommended at Texas Tech. Blanche has great potential to become a great recruiter as well. She has a great future and I look forward to working with her."

Alverson comes to Las Cruces after spending the last two seasons at Texas Tech University under head coach Candi Whitaker where she served as a graduate assistant.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Jason Glover Joins NMSU Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the addition of Jason Glover to his staff Tuesday morning.

“I’m truly honored and excited to join Coach Trakh’s staff here at New Mexico State,” Glover said. “I look forward to contributing in any way I can. With the talent returning, on top of the freshmen class coming in, I can’t wait to get in the gym and work with this talented group and help them win another conference title.”

Glover comes to Las Cruces after spending the last three seasons in Orem, Utah, where he served as the associate head coach at Utah Valley. He comes to NM State with a plethora of experience, ranging from the prep ranks all the way up to the professional levels in both the NBA and WNBA.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aarika Hughes Honored By WBCA With Thirty Under 30 Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LILBURN, GA - New Mexico State women's basketball assistant coach Aarika Hughes was named as one of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's inaugural "Thirty Under 30" honorees on Friday.

"Aarika is one of the top youngest assistant coaches in the country and I'm honored to have coached her as a player and to have a relationship with her as an assistant coach," head coach Mark Trakh said. "I'm very proud of her for what she's accomplish. She's a great game-planner, runs practice very well and is one of the top recruiters in the country in my opinion. I think her potential is limitless."

Hughes has played an integral role since joining the staff in 2011, a year removed from player under Trakh at USC where she was a four-year letterwinner.  Continue Reading This Post >>