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Women's Basketball News

2016 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship :: Arizona State Press Conference Quotes

CHARLI TURNER THORNE, ARIZONA STATE HEAD COACH: KATIE HEMPEN, ARIZONA STATE RS SENIOR GUARD: SOPHIE BRUNNER, ARIZONA STATE JUNIOR FORWARD: ELISHA DAVIS, ARIZONA STATE SENIOR GUARD:

COACH TURNER THORNE: Well, I can speak for our whole team and coaching staff. We're ready to play.

We've had a bit of a break here. It's been about almost two weeks since our last game, so we're excited to have an opponent. I think our region is just absolutely loaded.

Three amazing teams coming to Tempe: Obviously New Mexico State, 26-game winner, Wisconsin, Green Bay, Tennessee. So very, very excited for some fantastic basketball in Tempe, and I know just speaking for us, we're excited to play again.   Continue Reading This Post >>

New Mexico State Women's Basketball Draws 2-Seed Arizona State In NCAA Tournament

The WAC regular season and tournament champion New Mexico State women's basketball team learned its opponent on Selection Monday. The 15-seeded Aggies will stay close to home as they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on 2-seed Arizona State at the Wells Fargo Arena.

The Sun Devils were regular season co-champions in the Pac-12 and lost to Cal 75-64 in the Pac-12 tournament's first round. The Sun Devils are 25-6 overall and 13-2 at home this season. They're led by 6-1 junior forward Sophie Brunner who is averaging 10.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. She is the only Sun Devil averaging double figures in scoring, however, ASU boasts four other players averaging at least 7.9 points per game.

The game will follow the 7 vs. 10 matchup between Tennessee and UW Green Bay which is scheduled for a 3:30 P.M. start. Tip off time for the Aggies' game is scheduled for 5:30 P.M. MDT and the game will air on ESPN2.

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Trakh Repeats As WAC Coach Of The Year, Three Aggies Named To All-WAC Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh was named the Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year once again, as announced by the conference on Monday. Joining Trakh on all-conference awards list are Sasha Weber, Moriah Mack and Brooke Salas.

The fifth year head coach was picked by his peers after guiding NM State to a 24-4 overall record in the regular-season and a 13-1 mark in conference play. Trakh also led the Aggies to 15-straight wins this season, tying the program record set back in the latter half of the 1987-88 season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brianna Freeman Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State junior forward Brianna Freeman was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after posting back-to-back double-doubles over the weekend to help keep the Aggies undefeated on the year at 6-0.

This is the first player of the week honor for Freeman this season and the third recognition in her career.

The Killeen, Texas, product finished the weekend with 45 points, 26 rebounds, four blocks, four steals and a pair of assists in three games.

After a quiet night against Southern Utah, Brianna Freeman erupted in the two Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic games, notching back-to-back double-doubles to end the week.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Adds Three For 2016-17

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh bolstered his roster for the 2016-17 season with the additions of Ozahria Fisher, Najiyyah Pack and Aaliyah Prince on national signing day.

“We’re very happy with this recruiting class,” Trakh said. “It could be the best recruiting class since this coaching staff has been here. We have three quality skilled and athletic guards that can get to the rim and shoot the three. We’re very excited about them joining the Aggie family. They’ll have to fill the spots for Shanice, Abby and Sasha, but with these three we feel like we won’t skip a beat.”

Ozahria Fisher | Phoenix, Ariz.
5-5 | Guard | Thunderbird High School
GBL Lady Rebels - Candice Parker Elite  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Basketball Media Day Interviews

Aggie Women's Basketball Selected As Preseason Favorites, Brianna Freeman Named WAC Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The NM State women’s basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference in the 2015-16 WAC Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Junior forward Brianna Freeman also swept the honors as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year in both polls. The reigning WAC Player of the Year averaged 14.9 points and 5.2 rebounds to go with her 64 assists, 53 steals, 27 blocks and 41.9 shooting percentage last season.

In the head coaches poll, NM State tallied 7-of-8 possible first-place votes for a total of 49 points with CSU Bakersfield coming in second with 39 points. Seattle U garnered 33 points and was the only other team to receive a first-place vote. UT Rio Grande Valley tallied 30 points while Grand Canyon (27), Utah Valley (26), Missouri-Kansas City (13) and Chicago State (7) rounded out the rest of the league.

In the media poll, the Aggies tallied 9-of-10 first-place votes for a total of 79 points. The media poll was quite similar to that of the coaches poll except UTRGV was predicted to finish third instead Seattle U while CSU Bakersfield received the only other first-place vote.

Joining Freeman on the preseason first-team list are seniors Sasha Weber and Shanice Davis in the coaches poll. NM State led the pack with three players selected while CSU Bakersfield and Seattle U tied for second with two each.

In the media poll, Freeman and Weber earned first-team honors while Davis received second-team selections. The Aggies also led all teams with three honorees in the media poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Announces 2015-16 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The defending Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State Aggies announced the 2015-16 Women's Basketball Schedule, featuring 17 home contests on the 32-game schedule.

Coach Mark Trakh's Aggies return all five starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's 22-8 team that won their first WAC Championship with a 13-1 league mark, won the first WAC Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988.

The 2015-16 slate features five postseason participants from last year in non-conference play (Northwestern State, Sacramento State, Long Beach State, Fordham and New Mexico) along with traditional powers Vanderbilt and Arizona.

Then it's on to WAC play, where two more postseason participants join in CSU Bakersfield and UTRGV.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Twenty Aggies Earn All-Academic Honors For Winter Sports

DENVER, CO - The 2014-15 academic All-WAC men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been announced. A total of 276 winter student-athletes were named to the list including 20 New Mexico State student-athletes with the women's swimming and diving team garnering 13 honorees. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s contests.

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Pascal Siakam, So.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Brianna Freeman, So.
Sasha Weber, Jr.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Alyssa Cox, So.
Akuadasuo Ezenyilimba, So.
Diana Hawk, Sr.
Gabriela Rodrigues, So.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING
Alissa Bezenek, So.
Abigail Broome, So.
Natalie French, So.
Josi Gabaldon, So.
Jessica Legge, Sr.
Dorottya Lennert, Jr.
Logan Morris, So.
Emily Nightingale, Jr.
Chelsey Reber, Jr.
Lauren Reifel, Jr.
Cassandra Rupp, Jr.
Kara Schweitzer, Sr.
Mackenzie Soper, Jr.

Mark Trakh Named WBCA Region 7 Coach Of The Year; Finals For National Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on Wednesday that New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh is one of eight recipients of the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Regional Coach of the Year award, and is now a finalist for the Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.

Trakh, who is the Region 7 Coach of the Year, joins a list that includes the likes of Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, South Carolina’s Dawn Staley and Maryland’s Brenda Frese, whom Trakh faced off against in the NCAA Tournament, as candidates for the National Coach of the Year award, which will be announced during the Fifth Annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 6, in the Grand Ballroom of the Tampa Marriot Waterside as part of WBCA National Convention at the NCAA Final Four.  Continue Reading This Post >>