Women's Basketball News

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Women's Basketball News

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 >>

Trakh Signs Three Commitments 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 three new additions to the Aggie family each signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.

Trakh and his staff signed Abby Scott, a 6-1 senior guard from Madras High School in Madras Ore.; Sasha Weber, a 6-0 senior guard from Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash.; and Shay Young, a 6-0 senior guard from Mount Miguel High School in San Diego on the first day of the early signing period.

"Overall our class as a whole is very athletic and skilled," said Trakh. "It also fills our needs at guard next season."  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women Picked To Finish Sixth By Coaches And Media

Written By: NM State Athletic

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) coaches and media picked the New Mexico State women's basketball team to finish sixth in their respective preseason polls and both honored senior forward Tabytha Wampler with All-WAC preseason honors in a release by the conference Oct. 18.

The Aggies were also picked sixth in last season's preseason polls. NM State finished 14-18 overall and 7-9 in the conference to place in a tie for fifth last season and entered the WAC Tournament as the sixth seed.

Wampler enters her senior season after starting all 32 games last year. She returns as the Aggies' leading scorer at 12.7 points per game and leading rebounder at 7.6 boards per game. Wampler posted seven double-doubles last season and ranked No. 31 nationally with an 85.1 free throw percentage.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women's Basketball Announces 2011-12 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State head women's basketball coach Mark Trakh released the Aggies' 2011-12 hoops schedule Wednesday that includes a dozen games against teams that played in postseason tournaments a year ago.

Trakh's squad is set to host 16 games at the Pan American Center for the second straight season - matching the third-most amount of home contests in the NM State record books. It marks the 13th season that the Crimson and White play host to 15 or more opponents in the regular season. In those previous 12 seasons, NM State averaged 20 wins per year.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Mozes Leads Team To U18 European Quarterfinals

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Incoming New Mexico State women's basketball freshman, Keren Mozes, is turning heads with prolific play for her native Israeli National Team at the Under-18 European Women's Basketball Championships held this month in Miskolc, Hungary.

Mozes scored a game-high 24 points, including a tournament-best seven three-point makes, and a grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to lead Israel to a decisive 76-58 win over Norway in the qualifying round at the Championships Wednesday. The victory vaulted Israel (4-2) into the Championship quarterfinals of Division B. Mozes and her teammates will face an undefeated team from Croatia (6-0) on Friday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Aggie Women’s Basketball Completes 2011-12 Roster

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced three final additions to complete the 2011-12 roster Monday including a pair of international athletes and an in-state prospect.

Incoming student-athletes Keren Mozes of Israel and Simone Ruedin of Australia each signed scholarship agreements with the Aggies this summer. They join freshman Paige Melville of Australia, another international NM State spring signee. Additionally, Maricel Medina joins the squad after leading Del Norte High School of Albuquerque to the sixth seed in the New Mexico Athletics Association playoffs as a senior.  Continue Reading This Post >>