Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

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

Danesia Williamson Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State junior guard Danesia Williamson has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 3-9. This is her first WAC Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Abby Scott Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State sophomore guard Abby Scott was names Player of the Week by the Western Athletic Conference for her stellar performance on the court during the week of Jan. 13-19.

The Madras, Ore., native led the Aggies to a pair of wins at the Pan American Center, breaking a conference and school record along the way. She notched a career-high 36 points with 11 three-pointers, breaking the WAC and NM State record for three-pointers in a game and moving in to tie for second in the NCAA. Scott also had five rebounds and four assists in the Aggies 82-61 win over Chicago State, while sinking nearly half of NM State’s points in the game. She came back on Saturday for 25 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals, helping the Aggies to a 106-77 win over Kansas City. She averaged 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and over three assists on the week while shooting 46.3 percent from three-point range.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Abby Scott Has Record Setting Night For Aggie Women's Hoops

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Abby Scott, a sophomore guard for the New Mexico State women’s basketball team, had a record-setting night against Chicago State on Thursday, Jan. 16, helping the Aggies to an 82-61 win. The Madras, Ore., native scored 36 points and set a new school and Western Athletic Conference record for most 3-point field goals made in a single game.

Scott was 11-for-20 from 3-point range, which surpasses Hall of Fame member Mari Sanchez’s 10 made 3-pointers from back in 2002 against Louisiana-Lafayette and sets her atop the NM State record book. Scott scored 36 points, which was the first 30-point game from an Aggie since Danisha Corbett in Jan. 2011. She is now tied for third in the Aggie record book for most points in a game. The 11 3-pointers also break the WAC record for most in a single game.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Offutt And Garner No Longer On Women’s Basketball Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced that freshman guard Vanessa Garner has made the decision to leave the team for personal reasons and junior forward September Offutt has been dismissed from the team after unfortunately being classified as academically ineligible.

“We are very sad to see Vanessa go. As a freshman, she started every game, played nearly 30 minutes and averaged 10 points, so she was a big contributor. The reason for her leaving is beyond the coaching staff’s control. We wish her all the best in the world and we are going to do everything we can to find her a school closer to her home in California,” Trakh said.

Garner started the season with five games scoring in double figures. She led the Aggies in scoring through most of non-conference play and scored a career-high 26 points against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 16. Offutt started nine games for NM State and led the team with 7.3 rebounds a game. She also averaged 9.1 points per contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>

US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall Of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State Athletics Department, in conjunction with US Bank, is proud to announce this year’s inductees into the US Bank/NM State Athletics Hall of Fame.

The class of 2014 will include former women’s basketball star Melanie Maynes-Alfaro, former men’s golfer and men’s golf head coach Scott Lieberwirth and the ‘Voice of the Aggies’ Jack Nixon. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Feb. 1 at halftime when the Aggies take on Utah Valley in the Pan American Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Women’s Basketball Inks Two For 2014-15

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Head coach Mark Trakh announcing the signing of two players to the 2014-15 New Mexico State women’s basketball team. Jasmine Cooper and Alisha Washington each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Aggies next fall.

Cooper, a 5-11 forward from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas, helped her team to a 13-14 overall record as a junior and was named second team all-district. She averaged 5.7 rebounds a game for the Tigers in her two seasons on varsity and had 70 steals during the 2012-13 season.

“She can rebound and get those offensive and defensive boards. She has a 15 to 17 foot jumper, but does need to work on her left hand a little bit and her three-point shot,” assistant coach Aarika Hughes said, but as far as giving us another scorer from that three/four position, I think she can help us out a lot.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Hoops Picked To Finish Third By Coaches And Media; Sasha Weber Named Preseason Second Team All-WAC

The New Mexico State women's basketball team was selected to finish third in the preseason coaches and media polls and sophomore guard Sasha Weber garnered Second Team All-WAC honors. The Aggies return six players from the team that finished in eighth place overall during the 2012-13 season with a 15-16 overall record and 7-11 record in league play.

2013-14 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
Rank Teams (1st-Place Votes) Points
1 Seattle U (6) 62
2 Idaho (3) 59
3 New Mexico State 47
4 Kansas City 36
5 Bakersfield 32
6 Utah Valley 30
7 Texas-Pan American 25
8 Grand Canyon 23
9 Chicago State 10

2013-14 Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches All-WAC Teams
First Team
Stacey Barr, Idaho
Alyssa Charlston, Idaho
Eilise O’Connor, Kansas City
Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U
Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

Second Team
Janae Coffee, Bakersfield
Judy Jones, Grand Canyon
Kim Nezianya, Kansas City
Ashley Ward, Seattle U
Sasha Weber, New Mexico State

Preseason Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell, Seattle U  Continue Reading This Post >>

AggieVision Basketball TV Schedule Announced

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State athletic department released the planned television schedule for men’s and women’s basketball. AggieVision will televise 12 men’s basketball games and six women’s basketball games in 2013-14.

AggieVision can be seen in over 14 million homes via distribution agreements with Comcast, Fox Sports Arizona, Altitude Sports, KVIA-El Paso and Comcast Sports Net-Houston. Men’s home games in Las Cruces may be televised on a tape delay basis only.

2013-14 Men’s Basketball
Nov. 15 UTEP 7 PM
Nov. 20 Northern Colorado 7 PM
Nov. 25 Bethune-Cookman 7 PM
Dec. 4 New Mexico 7 PM
Jan. 9 Seattle U* 7 PM
Jan. 11 Idaho* 7 PM
Jan. 25 Texas-Pan American* 7 PM
Jan. 30 Bakersfield* 7 PM
Feb. 1 Utah Valley* 7 PM
Feb. 13 Kansas City* 7 PM
Feb. 15 Chicago State* 7 PM
March 6 Grand Canyon* 7 PM

2013-14 Women’s Basketball  Continue Reading This Post >>