Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

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 >>

Women’s Basketball Adds Good, Rozendaal To 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 Courtney Good as the Coordinator of Player Development and former Aggie Kelsie Rozendaal as a graduate assistant.

Good played basketball at UC Riverside from 2005-08 where she led the Highlanders to a Big West title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006 and again in 2007. She was named Big West Academic All-Conference as a senior and made the Dean’s List for two years. Good graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2008 and received a master’s in teaching as well as her teaching credential in 2012.

“Courtney is a great addition for us,” Trakh said. “She brings a great skill set and has a good background in academics. She will be able to assist in that area, along with her other duties. She is very talented and works very hard.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Announce 2013-14 Women's Basketball Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule, Monday, August 19, which features 14 home games, including the annual Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic.

The season begins with an exhibition game versus Western New Mexico, Nov. 2, with the regular season starting, Nov. 12, against I-10 rival UTEP in El Paso, Texas.

The 14 home games are the second least for NM State since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. That season, just 13 games were played in Las Cruces. The Aggies start the home schedule, Thursday, Nov. 14, with Boise State before heading on the road for two games in California. The team rounds out the month at home against Eastern New Mexico, Nov. 23.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Women’s Basketball Signs Audra Jones

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the signing of freshman Audra Jones to a financial aid agreement for the 2013-14 season. Jones joins eight new Aggies for the upcoming season.

Jones is set to compete for both sports during the 2013-14 season, with the Aggie volleyball season beginning with the NM State Alumni Game on Aug. 24, at 5 p.m.

“Audra (Jones) is going to be a big asset for our program,” Trakh said. “She is a tall, mobile post player that has a lot of potential. We are extremely excited about the addition of Audra.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

Stephanie Gilbreath Named WAC Newcomer Of The Year, Second Team All-WAC

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball senior guard Stefanie Gilbreath was named Newcomer of the Year and received second team All-WAC accolades by the Western Athletic Conference, announced Monday. The 2012-13 All-WAC awards are based on a vote by all 10 of the league's head coaches.

The senior transfer from USC worked her way to Newcomer of the Year award by claiming the third best scoring average (17.4) in the conference. She finished the season by scoring in double figures in each of the Aggies 18 WAC games and 20-plus points in nine games this season.

In WAC games, the senior ranked third in the conference in scoring (19.4) and three-pointers per game (2.44), fifth in free throw percentage (83.3), ninth in blocks (0.94) and 12th in rebounding (7.3).  Continue Reading This Post >>

Stephanie Gilbreath Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State women's basketball guard Stefanie Gilbreath was named Player of the Week for the Western Athletic Conference for the week of March 4-10, the conference office announced Sunday. This is the first honor for the senior and third for the Aggies this season.

The Katy, Texas native led the Aggies to a pair of road wins, including its first-ever win in Ruston, La., over Louisiana Tech. She opened the week with 18 points and five rebounds, helping NM State to the 11-point win over the Lady Techsters. Gilbreath then came back for her fifth double-double of the year with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the 72-66 win over UT Arlington on Saturday, March 9. She had four assists and two steals on the Saturday win as well. Gilbreath has tallied 20 or more points in nine games this season and finished the regular season with double-digit scoring in each of the Aggies 18 WAC games.  Continue Reading This Post >>