Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

Brooke Salas Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the players of the week on Monday morning. A historic night in the WAC opener saw Brooke Salas earn the nod to open 2018.

The Placentia, Calif. native led the Aggies to a 74-59 victory over Chicago State to begin conference play. The strong play featured Salas scoring 23 of the Aggies 28 points over eight minutes of play, including knocking down a jumper to close out the third quarter and give NM State the lead. This buzzer-beating shot also made her the 23rd Aggie in program history to join the 1,000 point club.

After 39 minutes played for the Aggies, Salas recorded a double-double with a career-high 33 points to go along with 13 rebounds. The junior was also disruptive on the defensive end forcing five steals and adding three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gia Pack Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Gia Pack has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 18 through Dec. 24.

Pack, a sophomore forward from Phoenix (South Mountain HS), averaged 21.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game as the Aggies split a pair of games at the Beach Classic, falling to Northeastern before knocking off host Long Beach State. Against Northeastern, she finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in a 65-64 loss. A day later, she put up 27 points with 12 rebounds in a 72-63 win over LBSU, adding four steals in the winning effort.

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Arkansas 69-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State women's basketball took on Arkansas in the team's final game at the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to Razorbacks 69-60 to close out their tournament run.

"I feel like overall, we played a more complete game. We still can't have a quarter where we get outscored 24-15. This week is going to be huge for us to go back and look at what areas we need to work on, for instance defensive rebounding," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Our players did well in stretches and I thought we executed well down the stretch."

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NMSU Women's Basketball Picked To Win WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The New Mexico State women's basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference title in the 2017-18 WAC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Alexis Montgomery from Seattle U was selected as Preseason Player of the Year.

Junior forward Brooke Salas was chosen as a member of the All-WAC First Team in both polls. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Placentia, Calif. native was named First-Team All-WAC after averaging 13.5 PPG, 1.5 steals and 6.5 rebounds to go with her .418 shooting clip.

In the coaches poll, senior guard Zaire Williams earned second-team honors after scoring a season-high 19 points against Seattle U, dishing out a career-high 12 assists and led the Aggies with a .450 three-point shooting percentage during the 2016-17 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The three-time defending Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State women's basketball team announced its 2017-18 schedule that features 14 home games and 14 road matches with a matchup against a top PAC-12 team.

The Aggies welcome back eight players from the 2016-17 squad who led the team to a 24-7 record, which included a WAC regular season and tournament title as well as an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Head coach Brooke Atkinson brought in three new faces to the coaching staff for the upcoming season. Assistant coaches Ryan McAdams, Aisha Stewart and DeAudra Brown all join the NM State family. Earl Lewis returns for his second season as director of basketball operations.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Robinson Joins 2017-18 NMSU Women's Basketball Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team bolstered their roster for 2017-18 with the addition of transfer forward Baylee Robinson.

With the acquisition, head coach Brooke Atkinson said, "Baylee comes to New Mexico State with two years of junior college experience. Baylee is a skilled 4/5 player that can stretch the defense and will add depth in her position. Baylee is a New Mexico native and is very excited and proud to return to her home state to finish her career."

Robinson spent this past season at Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kan. While with the Cougars, Robinson averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds after starting in 31 of the 32 games she played in.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aisha Stewart Joins NMSU Women's Basketball Staff

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball program announced a new addition to the staff with the signing of assistant coach Aisha Stewart.

After the addition, NM State women’s basketball head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “Aisha comes to New Mexico State with a number of years of experience at the Division I level. She is a tireless recruiter and great role model for these young women. Aisha has a great energy and presence about her, the people of New Mexico State and Las Cruces will love her.”

Stewart spent the past two years as assistant coach with the North Texas women's basketball team. She also served as recruiting coordinator, academic liaison and guards coach.

During Stewart’s time with the Mean Green, she was able to improve the teams winning percentage in each of the two seasons. During the team’s 2016-17 campaign, they finished 12-19 overall and 8-10 in conference play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Adds Mills Twins To 2017-18 Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's basketball coach Brooke Atkinson bolstered her roster for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Dominique and Monique Mills. The twin sisters are each listed at five feet, 10 inches tall and hail from Salt Lake City, Utah.

"We are excited to have Monique and Dominique join the Aggie family,” said Atkinson. “Their accomplishments at the high school and junior college levels show they have been around winning programs. They will both bring length and athleticism to the guard position and help us on both ends of the floor."

Dominique and Monique Mills transfer in after leading 2016-17 Trinity Valley team to its 10th straight national tournament this past season. While with the Lady Cards, the team finished the season at 30-6 overall and 16-3 in conference play. The successful season also saw the Mills sisters help Trinity Valley capture the Region XIV title.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Ryan McAdams Joins NMSU Women's Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's basketball coach Brooke Atkinson announced the addition of Ryan McAdams to her staff on Wednesday.

“Ryan is a great addition to our staff here at New Mexico State,” Atkinson said. “He is a coaching veteran who is experienced in both men’s and women’s basketball. He is a tireless worker with great basketball knowledge, recruiting ties and is a proven winner. We would like to welcome Ryan and his family to Las Cruces and the Aggie family.”

McAdams comes to NM State after spending seven years as the head coach of Eastern Arizona. The Gila Monsters reached the national tournament in three of the last four seasons under McAdams.

EAC completed the 2016-17 campaign with an overall record of 20-11, including a 17-6 record in conference play which was good for third. The team advanced all the way to the region semifinal before falling to Arizona Western College.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Atkinson Named NMSU Women's Basketball Head Coach

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia has announced Brooke Atkinson as the 11th head coach in Aggie women’s basketball history Wednesday morning to the community and media.

Atkinson joins NM State after spending the past three seasons at Colorado State University. However, Atkinson is no stranger Las Cruces as the Colorado native spent eight seasons on the Aggie bench from 2003-11.

In her three seasons in Fort Collins, Colo., the Rams enjoyed three-consecutive Mountain West Conference regular-season titles, including an NCAA appearance during the 2015-16 campaign – their first appearance in the Big Dance in 14 years (2002).  Continue Reading This Post >>