Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

Jason Glover Joins NMSU Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the addition of Jason Glover to his staff Tuesday morning.

“I’m truly honored and excited to join Coach Trakh’s staff here at New Mexico State,” Glover said. “I look forward to contributing in any way I can. With the talent returning, on top of the freshmen class coming in, I can’t wait to get in the gym and work with this talented group and help them win another conference title.”

Glover comes to Las Cruces after spending the last three seasons in Orem, Utah, where he served as the associate head coach at Utah Valley. He comes to NM State with a plethora of experience, ranging from the prep ranks all the way up to the professional levels in both the NBA and WNBA.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aarika Hughes Honored By WBCA With Thirty Under 30 Award

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LILBURN, GA - New Mexico State women's basketball assistant coach Aarika Hughes was named as one of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's inaugural "Thirty Under 30" honorees on Friday.

"Aarika is one of the top youngest assistant coaches in the country and I'm honored to have coached her as a player and to have a relationship with her as an assistant coach," head coach Mark Trakh said. "I'm very proud of her for what she's accomplish. She's a great game-planner, runs practice very well and is one of the top recruiters in the country in my opinion. I think her potential is limitless."

Hughes has played an integral role since joining the staff in 2011, a year removed from player under Trakh at USC where she was a four-year letterwinner.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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


COACH TRAKH: Needless to say we are very excited and happy to be a part of March Madness. I felt we had a very successful season. We tied the school record for most wins in a season, tied the school record for most wins in a row. First time we've been in a tournament back-to-back since the late 80s. This is the first time we've won a tournament, our conference tournament, back-to-back since the late 80s, regular season.  Continue Reading This Post >>

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


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 >>