Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

Trakh Promotes Hughes, Adds Nichols To Staff

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced changes to his coaching staff Monday with the promotion of Aarika Hughes to the program's second assistant position and the hiring of Stacey Nichols as the Aggies' third assistant coach.

During her first season with NM State as an assistant, Hughes helped departed senior forward Tabytha Wampler break into the 1,000-point club during the 2011-12 campaign. As a former guard/forward, she mentored the Aggies on the floor in practice as well as games.

Off the court, Hughes handled game-related duties for the Aggies as the staff's opponent contact. Hughes has also been a vital recruiter for the program since her arrival in the Mesilla Valley last summer.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Adds Former High School All-American For 2012-13

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Stefanie Gilbreath, a guard and transfer from USC recently signed a Financial Aid Agreement to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.

A former McDonald's High School All-American, Gilbreath comes to Las Cruces as a senior with one year of eligibility left. She will reconnect with Trakh at NM State who previously recruited her to Los Angeles. Gilbreath persevered through three injury-riddled seasons with the Women of Troy that included multiple anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Add Danesia Williamson to Roster for 2012-13

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Danesia Williamson, a point guard and transfer from the University of San Diego signed a Financial Aid Agreement this week to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.
Williamson comes to Las Cruces as a sophomore with three years of eligibility left. She last played at the University of San Diego starting one game and participating in 16 while averaging 12 minutes per game. The 5-6 guard averaged 5.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game with the Toreros.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Inks Three-Point Threat For 2012-13 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Alexis Nelson, a guard from West Aurora High School in Aurora, Illinois, signed a Financial Aid Agreement last weekend to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.

Nelson just completed her senior season at WAHS as the program's all-time three-point shot leader. She also broke the single-season three-point baskets made mark at the school after sinking 60 long-range shots in 2012. The 5'7" guard averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Blackhawks last season.

A two-time All-DuPage Valley Conference selection in her final two years, Nelson earned team Most Valuable Player Honors in 2012 after leading the Blackhawks to a third-place conference finish this spring. Nelson ended her career with 785 career points under the direction of head coach Connie Siljendahl.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Trakh Signs Guard For 2012-13 Season

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced that Samantha Donald, a point guard from Box Hill Senior Secondary College in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, signed a National Letter of Intent this week to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.

Donald is a 5-6 guard hailing from Melbourne, where she most recently earned 2011 Most Valuable Player honors at Box Hill Secondary College while averaging 11.8 points per game. Donald also averaged five rebounds, four assists and two steals per contest.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Student-Athletes Earn 34 Academic All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The 2011-12 Academic All-WAC men and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, women's swimming and diving and gymnastics teams have been announced. New Mexico State placed 34 winter student-athletes on to the list.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the winter sport honorees:  Continue Reading This Post >>

Wampler And Soto Lead The Aggie Charge Into Conference Play

The New Mexico State women's basketball team does not play like a team that has won just three games against Division I competition nor do seniors Tabytha Wampler and Kaitlyn Soto play like a pair of players just riding out their final playing days. With a new coaching staff, the transition hasn't always been smooth this season but the Aggies continued to play hard even as losses continued to pile up in the non-conference portion of the schedule. A one-point season opening victory over Houston gave way to a string of eight consecutive losses. They came in all forms, some by minuscule margins, some by large margins, some at the buzzer, some in overtime and some that were historically bad. But through it all, the Aggies continued to play hard and hold their heads up high and much of that credit is due to their head coach Mark Trakh and his stay-positive attitude with the group but a great deal of the credit lies on the shoulders of the four seniors and in particular Wampler and Soto.

"I didn't expect coming in the positivity that comes with Coach Trakh," said Soto who has taken over the role of starting point guard. "I think it's somewhat refreshing, especially for us older kids. Even though we're making a lot of mistakes he's very patient and I think we all really appreciate that."

While the team struggled early on offensively to adapt to the new system it was senior forward Tabytha Wampler who was a steady force for the Aggies posting seven double-doubles, matching her entire total from the 2010-11 season, and several near double-doubles all the while battling the foul trouble that has seemingly plagued her entire career. Despite an apparent need to carry the scoring load while her teammates found their way in the new system, Wampler said she felt no pressure to carry the team. "No pressure, no pressure. It's easy when you have really good teammates and excellent coaches so [there was] no pressure," said Wampler. "You still get nervous before every game, you still want to perform well but when you have your coaches and your teammates supporting you, and I support them, we all support each other."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggies Open Season With Thrilling 63-62 Victory At Houston

The Aggie women's basketball team opened the Mark Trakh era with a thrilling 63-62 victory on the road over Houston. The Aggies staved off the Cougar comeback and a career-high 37 points from Porsche Landry who missed a would-be game tying free throw with 0.5 second left in regulation. Tabytha Wampler tied a career-high in rebounds with 18 and led the way with 21 points before fouling out with two minutes left in regulation.

The Aggies held a slim two point lead with six seconds left to play after freshman guard Hannah Womack hit one of two free throws to give the Aggies a 63-61 lead. The Cougars would inbound the ball and Porsche Landry would drive the length of the floor and drew a foul as the buzzer sounded. The officials would review the clock and put 0.5 seconds back on the game clock as Landry stepped to the free throw stripe with a chance to send the game to overtime. Her first free throw was good giving her 37 points on the night but a 38th point was not in the cards as her second free throw missed and Aggie sophomore Jasmine Rutledge would grab the rebound as time expired to seal the victory.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 12-4 advantage and led 17-10 with just under 11 minutes left in the first half, however, behind senior guard Porsche Landry the Cougars would respond with an 12-2 run over the next minute and a half to take their first lead of the game. The Aggies would regain the advantage on a layup by Kelsie Rozendaal but Houston would go up by three with 6:53 remaining after a pair of free throws by Mileka Loydrake. The Aggies would take a three point lead at 29-26 on a layup by Keyora Wharry but Houston would end the half on a 4-0 run to take a 30-29 lead.  Continue Reading This Post >>