Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

Aggie Women Get A Visit From Hawaii

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - This season has been no surprise for New Mexico State University women's basketball coach Darin Spence.

With a home victory tonight against Western Athletic Conference rival Hawaii, the Aggies will secure their first winning record since the 2002-03 season.

In order to do so, the Aggies (14-5, 4-2 WAC) will have to avoid a mini-slump after losing two of their last three on the road, most recently, an 83-76 overtime loss at Nevada. The Aggies led most of the way and by as many as 14 in the first half.

"We competed, but we didn't do enough to win," Spence said. "In the second half, we kept going inside, but we weren't getting to the free-throw line like we were in the first half. Once they knew were weren't getting fouled, they could start pressuring our guards more."

Not only are the wins evidence of an improved program, but Spence points to the losses.

"We are in every game," he said.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Key Reserve Spanich Helping NMSU Women

Written by: Jason Groves/Sun-News Reporter

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Scoring the basketball has never been a problem for Hannah Spanich.

Spanich scored 23.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game as a senior at Victory Christian High School in Tulsa, Okla., her senior year, before signing with New Mexico State University.

The 6-foot Spanich came off the bench as a freshman last year and after a successful summer, found her way into the starting lineup for the first five games this season. Aggies head coach Darin Spence moved Spanich into a reserve role after a 72-66 loss to Texas-El Paso on Nov. 28. She seems to have settled in for the 14-5 Aggies.

"I showed improvement this summer and we (herself and Spence) talked and I told him I didn't want to start unless I earned it and can really produce," Spanich said.

Spanich has been redefining career highs as a sophomore in just about the same amount of playing time per game as last year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Spence Hopes Recent Loss Sparks Aggies

Written by: Teddy Feinberg/Sun-News Sports Editor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team finds itself in unfamiliar territory entering their game tonight against Utah State in Logan, Utah. That is, coming off a loss.

NMSU dropped its most recent game, a 57-50 defeat at the hands of Louisiana Tech. It was just the fourth loss of the season for the Aggies and the team's first within the Western Athletic Conference. NMSU stands at 13-4 overall, 3-1 in the WAC, good enough for second in the conference behind Fresno State (10-8, 5-0).

"I thought even leading up to Louisiana Tech, with the practices, that we took a big step backwards," NMSU coach Darin Spence said. "We didn't have that sense of urgency that we've had all year. It's human nature. Trying to win our sixth game in a row, that's tough to do. And I think the loss snapped us back to reality."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sherrell Neal Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written by: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior Sherell Neal has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for her play during the week of Jan. 7-13.

Neal, from Phoenix, Ariz. (Alhambra HS), helped New Mexico State to a 3-0 conference start with victories over Boise State and Utah State last week.

The senior forward tied a career high with 18 rebounds in addition to 14 points and two steals in a win over Boise State. Neal’s 18 boards against the Broncos ties the WAC’s single-game rebound mark this season. The double-double against Boise State is Neal’s eighth of the season and 33rd of her career. She followed up her performance against the Broncos with an 18-point, six-rebound effort against Utah State. Neal also dished out a season-high four assists in the win over the Aggies.

On the week, Neal averaged 16.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. She also registered a 90 percent clip (9-10) from the free throw line and shot 50.0 percent (11-22) from the field.

Neal Named To Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

ATLANTA, GA - Senior forward Sherell Neal of the New Mexico State women’s basketball team was named to the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List, presented by AT&T, as was announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Neal, who is the WAC’s active career leading scorer and rebounder with 1,107 points and 809 rebounds, has helped guide the Aggies to an 8-2 start to the season, which is tied for the third best start in program history. She currently ranks in the top 10 in the WAC in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, steals and blocked shots.

In the Aggies' first game of the season Neal scored a season high 19 points to push her over 1,000 career points, becoming the 16th Aggie ever to do so. Her 809 career rebounds has her in seventh place on the Aggies all-time list and she currently ranks second in career blocked shots with 111.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Spence Inks Three Players In Early Signing Period

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Darin Spence announced Wednesday, Nov. 14 that he has signed three players to national letters of intent to attend school and play basketball for the Aggies beginning in the 2008-09 season.

Guard Taylor Altenburg, guard Kaitlyn Soto and forward Tabytha Wampler are all set to come to NMSU after stellar prep and club careers.

Spence is excited by the three additions to his team, as he loses his five seniors following this 2007-08 season.

"All three of the players will be a good fit for us," Spence said. "The three of them are quality, hard-nosed kids that are good athletes and come from good high school programs. They also got great experience from club basketball where the three of them played for some of the better club teams in the country."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Face Western New Mexico In Final Exhibition Tonight

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team hosts Western New Mexico Monday, Nov. 5, in its final exhibition tune-up before opening up the regular season on the road Nov. 9 at UC Irvine.

Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. in the Pan American Center and live stats of the game are available on the web at www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU defeated New Mexico Highlands Thursday, Nov. 1, 93-57, in its first exhibition game. 12 Aggies scored in the contest and the Aggie defense forced 21 turnovers and held NMSU to just 30.8 percent shooting from the field.

Last season the Aggies defeated the Mustangs, 81-55 in its final preseason exhibition game. WNMU was 8-16 and 8-11 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference a year ago.

After Monday's exhibition, NMSU heads out to Irvine, Calif., to open its 35th season of women's basketball on the road for second consecutive season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Opens Season Up With First Exhibition Tonight

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team hosts New Mexico Highlands in its first exhibition game Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Pan American Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. (MDT) and live stats are available on the web at www.nmstatesports.com.

NMSU hosts Western New Mexico on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Pan American Center at 7:00 p.m. in its final exhibition tune-up before traveling to Irvine, Calif. for its season-opener against UC Irvine on Nov. 9.

The 2007-08 season marks the 35th season of women’s basketball at New Mexico State and the Aggies were picked to finish in fifth place in the conference in the preseason coaches poll. The media penciled NMSU in the fourth spot in the WAC.

Head coach Darin Spence enters his fifth year with the Aggies where he led NMSU to a 13-18 record and berth in the title game of the WAC Championships a year ago.

The Aggies return four starters from last season and nine lettermen in addition to the seven newcomers that are being thrown into this seasons mix, which is the deepest team Spence has had to work with in his tenure at NMSU.  Continue Reading This Post >>

2007/2008 Aggie Women's Basketball Schedule Wallpaper

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Aggie Women’s Basketball Set to Begin Practice for Canada Tour

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women's basketball team begins its preparation for its exhibition tour in Vancouver, British Columbia on Wednesday, August 23. The Aggies play three games over Labor Day weekend in Canada, beginning on Sept. 1.

NMSU departs Las Cruces on Friday, Aug. 31 for Vancouver. The Aggies face the College of Fraser Valley at 12:00 p.m. and Simon Fraser at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Then following its two games Saturday, New Mexico State concludes its exhibition tour with a single-game against Trinity Western at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Head coach Darin Spence is excited to get his players back on the hardwood in the first week of school for this rare preseason opportunity.

"Any time you can practice early you have a better chance to evaluate what you have," Spence said. "Being able to see our new kids before the start of the year and have them get some playing experience will help our team our immensely."  Continue Reading This Post >>