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Women's Basketball News

Moriah Mack Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore Moriah Mack has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 8-14, the conference announced Monday.

This is the first player of the week nod for the 5-8 guard from San Antonio, Texas, and Reagan High School. It is also the second-consecutive WAC Player of the Week honor for NM State this season as junior Sasha Weber won the award for the week of Dec. 1-7.

“Moriah is playing very well right now, she’s playing great defense and she is starting to look for her shot more,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “She’s shooting at a great percentage, so she needs to shoot it more. She is playing every possession extremely hard. We are all very proud of her.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Sasha Weber Earns A Pair Of Player Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State guard Sasha Weber has been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week by the conference and by College Sports Madness, both entities announced on Monday.

The 6-foot junior from Lacey, Wash., earns her first WAC Player of the Week honor after a breakout week for the Aggies, marking a career-high 23 points, not once, but during both NM State games this past week en route to helping the Aggies pick up their first two wins of the season, including a win over rival New Mexico for the first time in over seven years.

“Sasha had great all-around games last week, especially against UNM,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “She played well offensively, rebounded, defended and had a great floor game. She also added some big shots when we really needed them. We are all very proud of her performance.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Women’s Basketball Signs Two During Early Signing Period

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - With the 2014-15 season opener days away, New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh is already bolstering his lineup for next season, as Jeneva Toilolo and Brooke Salas both signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday to play for the Aggies beginning next fall.

Toilolo hails from Honolulu, Hawai’i, where she is entering her senior year at Farrington High School. The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 16.7 points per game as a junior last season. She had six games where she scored at least 20 points.

“Jeneva at 6-3, plus Tyesha Taylor who is 6-4 and redshirting this year, will both give us something that we have been missing since I've been at NM State,” Trakh said, “and that's a big, quality inside game. Jeneva can post up and shoot the 17-footer. We will go from an average size team to a very big team next year with the addition of Jeneva.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Picked 5th By Coaches, T-3rd By Media In Preseason Polls

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS VEGAS, NV - The Western Athletic Conference announced its preseason coaches’ poll and media poll along with its All-WAC selections for women’s basketball during its annual Media Day in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

New Mexico State was predicted to finish fifth in the conference by the coaches with 29 total points, and in a tie for third place with Texas-Pan American by the media.

“We’re really excited about the upcoming season,” Aggie head coach Mark Trakh said. “We’re excited about the direction of our program and I think we’ll be very competitive this year.”

Aggie juniors Sasha Weber and Abby Scott are part of the All-WAC preseason teams. Weber was honored as a first team All-WAC member in both polls while Scott was placed on the second team All-WAC list in both polls.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Williamson Released From Aggie Women’s Basketball Team

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced Tuesday that senior Danesia Williamson has been dismissed from the team due to academic ineligibility.

Williamson sat out the first half of the 2013-14 season for the same reason, but came back during Western Athletic Conference play to have five 30-point games and set a new WAC and NM State record with 17 free throws made in the quarterfinals of the 2014 conference tournament. She sank a career-high 37 points in the same game and scored 20 or more points in 21 of her 22 games. She was named First Team All-WAC following the success of her junior campaign.

Russell-Nava Returns To Aggie Women’s Basketball Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced Monday afternoon that former Aggie Cecilia Russell-Nava has returned to Las Cruces as an assistant coach. Trakh also announced the Erica Sanchez has moved into the Director of Player Development position.

"We are excited to add Cece (Cecilia) to our staff,” Trakh said. “She is well known, respected and loved by our fans in the Las Cruces community having played for the Aggies. She is experienced and is a tireless worker. Cecilia will be an excellent recruiter and floor coach."

"I am very excited for this opportunity to return to my alma mater,” Russell-Nava said. “Coach Trakh is a great coach and I look forward to working with him and his staff, who are not only amazing coaches but wonderful people. Las Cruces is an area I love and call home. I know under Mark's leadership, the WAC title will only be the beginning.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Announces Women's Basketball Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Women’s Basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced Thursday the signing of guard Emily Hardin, power forward Kassandra Harris and point guard Shanice Davis to National Letters of Intent to play basketball for the Aggies beginning in 2014-15.

Hardin attended Monache High School in Calif. Hardin was a three-sport athlete competing in volleyball, basketball and track & field. In basketball, Hardin was a 4-year varsity winner and her teams combined for an overall 84-23 record and 51-1 in the East Yosemite League. Hardin’s teams won four straight East Yosemite League titles and two California Central Section DII Championships. During her senior year she averaged 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 5.9 steals and 3.0 blocks. Hardin was league MVP, an all-county first team selection by the Visalia Times Delta and was an all-section first team pick by the Fresno Bee. Hardin was inducted into the Monache High School Hall of Fame. She played her AAU Club Basketball with JBS Elite from Sacramento and coach Sean Chambers.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Williamson Named First Team All-WAC

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball junior guard Danesia Williamson was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference first team, the league office announced Monday, March 10. The postseason awards were voted on by the WAC’s nine head coaches.

Williamson, a San Diego, Calif., native leads the team with an average of 20.5 points a game. She has played and started in 20 games this season and scored 30-plus points in four of those contests. She scored in double figures in all but one game this year and shot 37 percent from the floor during league play.

She posted a pair of career highs in scoring against Idaho and Seattle U late in conference play. She scored 33 against the Vandals and then reestablished a career high of 36 just two days later versus the Redhawks.

She ranks third in the conference in scoring through league games with 21.4 points a game and averages 4.9 assists, which is second in the WAC. She received WAC Player of the Week accolades twice this season and picked up a double-double in the overtime win against Utah Valley with 13 points and 11 assists.

Williamson is joined on the first-team list by Idaho’s Stacey Barr, Tyonna Outland of Bakersfield, Kaitlyn Peterson of Grand Canyon and Kacie Sowell from Seattle U.

The Aggies go into the 2014 edition of the WAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and face No. 4 Texas Pan American in the quarterfinals round on Wednesday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. (MT)

2013-14 All-WAC Postseason Awards

First Team All-WAC
Stacey Barr Idaho G 5-8 Jr. Melbourne, Australia (Maribyrnong)
Tyonna Outland Bakersfield F 5-8 RS-Jr. Compton, Calif. (Lynwood)
Kaitlyn Petersen Grand Canyon G 5-7 Jr. Mission Viejo, Calif. (Cal State Northridge)
Kacie Sowell Seattle U P 6-2 Sr. Ventura, Calif. (Buena)
Danesia Williamson New Mexico State G 5-6 Jr. San Diego, Calif. (University of San Diego)

Second Team All-WAC
Alyssa Charlston Idaho P 6-1 Sr. Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake)
Kim Nezianya Kansas City F 6-0 RS-Sr. Carrollton, Texas (Newman Smith)
Eilise O’Connor Kansas City G 5-8 Sr. San Francisco, Calif. (St. Ignatius Prep)
Sylvia Shephard Seattle U G 5-10 Jr. Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)
Melissa Sweat Bakersfield G 5-11 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. (Southern Oregon)

All-Defensive Team
Brittany Bush Texas-Pan American F 6-1 Jr. Moline, Ill. (Cowley County CC)
Deanna Daniels Grand Canyon F 5-10 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Pima CC)
Ali Forde Idaho P 6-2 So. Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville)
Tyonna Outland Bakersfield F 5-8 RS-Jr. Compton, Calif. (Lynwood)
Sylvia Shephard Seattle U G 5-10 Sr. Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)

All-Newcomer Team
Johnna Brown Grand Canyon F 6-0 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Dixie State)
Shawnte’ Goff Texas-Pan American G 5-8 Fr. Copperas Cove, Texas (Copperas Cove)
Katie Kuklok Utah Valley G 5-10 So. Poway, Calif. (University of San Diego)
Rhaiah Spooner-Knight Utah Valley G 5-10 Fr. Hamilton, New Zealand (Sacred Heart)
Melissa Sweat Bakersfield G 5-11 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. (Southern Oregon)

Player of the Year: Stacey Barr, Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Shawnte’ Goff, Texas-Pan American
Coach of the Year: Jon Newlee, Idaho

Men's And Women's Brackets Set For WAC Tournament

The New Mexico State men's and women's basketball teams will begin their quests for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament next week at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Due to Grand Canyon University's ineligibility for postseason play due to making the transition from Division II to Division I just eight teams will make the trek to Las Vegas for the tournament.

The Aggie women finished the regular season with a 7-9 record in conference play tying for sixth place. The Aggies earned the 5-seed and will face 4-seed UT Pan American at 3:30 MDT in the second of four quarterfinals to be played on Wednesday. The Aggies and Broncs split the two regular season meetings with each winning on their respective home courts. The Broncs defeated the Aggies 66-61 in Edinburg on January 25th and the Aggies returned the favor winning 83-71 on February 20th.

With a victory the Aggies would face the winner of the game between top seeded Idaho and 8-seed Chicago State.

Aggie men finished with a 12-4 earning the 2-seed and will face 7-seed Seattle at 9:30 p.m. MDT in the final game of the day on Thursday. The Aggies swept the Redhawks winning 96-87 on January 9th and 92-77 on February 8th. With a win the Aggies would advance to the semifinals to face the winner of the 3 vs. 6 matchup between Chicago State and Bakersfield.

All games except the championship game will be streamed online via WAC.tv. Both the men's and women's championship games will be televised on ESPNU.

WAC Women's Basketball Tournament Seeding Scenarios

Bakersfield
2 Locked in

Idaho
1 Locked in

Chicago State
8 Locked in

Kansas City
3 If Kansas City beats Idaho, Grand Canyon beats UTPA and Chicago State beats Seattle U
4 If Kansas City beats Idaho, UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Chicago State beats Seattle U OR If Kansas City beats Idaho, Grand Canyon beats UTPA and Seattle U beats Chicago State
5 If Kansas City beats Idaho, UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Seattle U beats Chicago State OR If Kansas City loses to Idaho, UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Seattle U beats Chicago State
6 If Kansas City loses to Idaho and Chicago State beats Seattle U OR If Kansas City loses to Idaho, Grand Canyon beats UTPA and Seattle U beats Chicago State

New Mexico State
5 If Idaho beats Kansas City and Chicago State beats Seattle U OR If Idaho beats Kansas City, Grand Canyon beats UTPA and Seattle U beats Chicago State
6 If Kansas City beats Idaho OR If Seattle U beats Chicago State, UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Idaho beats Kansas City

Seattle U
3 If Seattle U beats Chicago State OR If Seattle U loses, Grand Canyon beats UTPA and Idaho beats Kansas City
4 If Seattle U loses to Chicago State, UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Idaho beats Kansas City OR If Seattle U loses to Chicago State, Grand Canyon beats UTPA and Kansas City beats Idaho
5 If Seattle U loses to Chicago State, UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Kansas City beats Idaho

Texas-Pan American
3 If UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Chicago State beats Seattle U
4 If UTPA beats Grand Canyon and Seattle U beats Chicago State OR If UTPA loses to Grand Canyon and Idaho beats Kansas City
5 If UTPA loses to Grand Canyon and Kansas City beats Idaho

Utah Valley
7 Locked in