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Women's Basketball News

Mark Trakh Named NM State Head Women's Basketball Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State athletic director Dr. McKinley Boston announced the hiring of Mark Trakh as the new head coach of the Aggie women's basketball program on Friday.

Trakh (pronounced TRACK), 55, becomes the 10th head coach in NM State history and has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine.

"I'm very excited that Coach Mark Trakh has accepted the offer to be our next women's basketball coach," Boston said. "His credentials are exactly what I was looking for when I started this search and to have someone that has been successful at a mid-major like Pepperdine, while understanding our goal of being one of the best mid-majors in the country was big key. With his success at USC, I felt that he was the right person to lead this team into the future."  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: 04/07/11 :: Next Women's Basketball Head Coach Will Be Mark Trakh

New Mexico State is scheduled to hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. (MT) on Friday to announce the next women's basketball head coach at New Mexico State.

We've been told by our sources that the person to be introduced tomorrow will be current San Diego State Associate Head Coach Mark Trakh. According to his bio page at SDSU, Trakh has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine. He compiled a 199-123 record while at Pepperdine and 90-64 record while at USC.

Collegiate Coaching Honors/Accomplishments
- NCAA First Round (2000, 2002, 2003)
- NCAA Second Round (2005, 2006)
- WNIT (1999, 2001, 2004)
- WCC Champions (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003)
- WCC Coach of the Year (1999, 2002)

Again, the official announcement is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. (MT)

bleedCrimson.net Madison Spence Interview :: 03/30/11

bleedCrimson.net: You're headed to Indianapolis this weekend to participate in the WNBA free agent camp. How did the opportunity come about?
Madison Spence: I heard I was invited towards the end of the season. I really didn't know whether I was going to do it or not. I've always enjoyed playing basketball and wanted to see how far I could go. Up until this year, after the concussion, I started debating if this was something I wanted to do in the future or if I should just move on to the next level in school. I want to go to med school and become an opthamologist. Throughout the season I was debating on what I wanted to do. Once it was all over… I don't want to give it up. I want to see how far… if I can keep playing.

bc.net: How excited were you when you got the invitation?
MS: I was very excited. I'm playing at a smaller school, not as much publicity for players and to be noticed was exciting.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Darin Spence Resigns As Head Women's Basketball Coach

Statement from NM State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston Announces Spence Resigns -
“Coach Spence has resigned his position as Head Women's basketball coach effective April 30, 2011. Coach Spence has managed his program in a very professional manner over the past eight years and I thank him for that service.”
 
Statement from Women’s Basketball Coach Darin Spence on his Resignation –
“I want to thank New Mexico State University and the City of Las Cruces for the opportunity to be the head women’s basketball coach over the last eight years. We made a lot of strides in this program and had lots of firsts and that is something that I’m very proud of. I’m just at the point in my career, where I need a new challenge.”

AggieVison :: Senior Trio Profile

Madison Spence Earns 2nd Team All-WAC, Jasmine Rutledge Earns Freshman All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - Two New Mexico State women's basketball players earned 2010-11 All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors following a vote of the league's head coaches last weekend.

Aggie senior guard Madison Spence received All-WAC Second Team recognition while guard Jasmine Rutledge earned All-WAC Freshman Team honors.

The awards mark the fifth season in a row that the Aggies have placed a player on an All-WAC squad at the end of the season. Rutledge's selection is fourth straight season an NM State rookie has been named to the conference freshman squad.  Continue Reading This Post >>

The Daily Aggie :: New Mexico State Seeding Scenarios

Coming off another disappointing road trip the Aggies have slipped from second to third behind Boise State who has one game remaining. Boise State had a midseason swoon in which they lost six of seven games but have rebounded with five in a row including four straight conference games to move into second place. The Broncos finish up with a home game against San Jose State and can finish 10-6. There are two games left for the Aggies and they face Utah State and Nevada at home. They can finish 10-6 and if they do, they'll earn the 2-seed due winning the tiebreaker with Boise State. The two teams split their regular season meetings but the Aggies would earn the 2-seed in this scenario because they would have spit with Utah State while the Broncos were swept by USU.

The armageddon scenario for the WAC would be the one in which Hawai'i and Nevada both win their final two games to finish 9-7, New Mexico State splits and finishes 9-7 (beating Utah State and losing to Nevada), Idaho defeats Fresno State to finish 9-7 and Boise State loses to San Jose State to finish 9-7. That would render a 5-way tie for second place.

The first tiebreaker when there are more than two teams tied is to look at each teams' head-to-head record against the teams they are tied with. In this scenario the records would be as follows:

Boise State: 5-3 (swept Idaho, split with Nevada, New Mexico State, Hawai'i)
New Mexico State: 4-4 (swept Idaho, split with Boise State, Hawai'i, swept by Nevada)
Idaho: 4-4 (swept Hawai'i and Nevada, swept by Boise State and New Mexico State)
Nevada: 4-4 (swept New Mexico State, split with Boise State and Hawai'i, swept by Idaho)
Hawai'i: 3-5 (split with Boise State, Nevada and New Mexico State, swept by Idaho)

In this scenario Boise State would earn the 2-seed by virtue of finishing with the best head-to-head record among the four other teams they're tied with. Hawai'i would be seeded 6th because of a 3-5 record against the other four teams.

Here's where it gets tricky. NMSU, Idaho and Nevada would each sport a 4-4 record against the other four teams with NMSU sweeping Idaho, Idaho sweeping Nevada and Nevada sweeping New Mexico State. According to Jason Erickson, the WAC's men's basketball media relations director, in that case then the three teams' records against the team starting from first place down would examined (in this case Utah State). Since Idaho and New Mexico State both split with the Utags and NMSU split with Boise State and Idaho was swept, NMSU would earn the 3-seed, Idaho the 4-seed and Nevada the 5-seed (UI would own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Nevada).

The Aggie men control their own destiny. Win out and they earn the 2-seed if they don't then things look like this:

2-seed: Aggies win out
2-seed: Aggies defeat USU, lose to Nevada, BSU loses to SJSU, Nevada loses to LA Tech

3-seed: Aggies defeat USU, lose to Nevada, BSU loses to SJSU, Nevada defeats to LA Tech, Idaho loses to Fresno State
3-seed: Aggies defeat USU, lose to Nevada, Nevada defeats LA Tech, Idaho defeats Fresno State, BSU defeats SJSU
3-seed: Aggies lose to USU, defeat Nevada and BSU loses to SJSU (BSU wins tie-breaker due to sweep of Fresno State)
3-seed: Aggies lose to USU, defeat Nevada, BSU defeats SJSU

4-seed: Aggies defeat USU, lose to Nevada, Nevada defeats LA Tech, Idaho defeats Fresno State (Aggies own head-to-head tiebreaker with Idaho)
4-seed: Aggies defeat USU, lose to Nevada, Nevada defeats LA Tech, BSU loses to SJSU, Idaho defeats Fresno State
4-seed: Aggies lose to USU and Nevada, Nevada defeats LA Tech, Idaho loses to Fresno State

5-seed: Aggies lose to USU and Nevada, Nevada defeats LA Tech, Idaho defeats Fresno State

That's our best guess of the scenarios. There's probably a scenario or two that we missed but that's about the gist of it. Hopefully the Aggies just win out and avoid all this mess.

You can examine the tiebreaker rules after the jump.  Continue Reading This Post >>