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Women's Basketball News

NCAA Women's Tournament Press Conference Quotes

New Mexico State Head Coach, Mark Trakh:

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Moriah Mack Named WAC Player Of The Year, Mark Trakh Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the All-WAC honors on Monday morning. Head coach Mark Trakh and the Aggies earned seven individual accolades, more than any other WAC opponent, including Trakh for Coach of the Year and Moriah Mack for Player of the Year.

This was the third consecutive season Mark Trakh has been named the WAC Coach of the Year, after three-straight conference regular season titles. An undefeated (14-0) record in WAC play this year was a first in NM State program history, to go along with a 22-6 overall record. Trakh and the Aggies finished the season on a 15-game winning streak, for the second straight year, which ties the program record set by Joe McKeown in 1987-88.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 66-53, Clinches Share Of WAC Regular Season Title

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State Aggies women's basketball team squared off with the Utah Valley Wolverines on Thursday evening in Orem, Utah at the Lockhart Arena. This contest saw the Aggies take a lead with their first basket of the game and never surrender it as they defeated the Wolverines, 66-53, and swept the season series.

The game opened to a very low-scoring opening as NM State led 9-0, 5:18 into the first quarter. Utah Valley then called a timeout to try and get their feet under them, but the call was to no avail, as the opponent was not able to score for another minute of play until they hit a pair of free throws.

Through the first ten minutes, NM State outscored UVU in the paint (10-2) with five Aggies knocking down a basket as the team led 17-6 after one quarter.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Moriah Mack Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Moriah Mack has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 6 through Feb. 12.

Mack, a senior guard from San Antonio (Reagan HS), led the Aggies to a pair of wins to stay undefeated in conference play. Against CSU Bakersfield, she finished with 14 points and seven assists, also adding a pair of steals for NMSU. She followed that up with 15 points and a pair of key steals in a comeback win over Grand Canyon on Sunday afternoon. The senior leads the WAC with 2.8 steals per game in conference play and is second in three-point percentage in WAC games.

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

Salas Named WAC Player of the Week for the Second Time This Season
NM State sophomore Brooke Salas was named the WAC Player of the Week after wins over two WAC opponents

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Aggies to two victories, while averaging 15 points and seven assists per game, to go along with three steals and one block, over 49 minutes of play.

The Placentia, Calif. native led the Aggies to a pair of wins to open conference play this past week. In the WAC-opener against UMKC, she scored 17 points and brought down seven rebounds to go with three assists and a pair of steals as the team defeated UMKC, 78-72, the fifth straight win over the Roos.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brandee Walton Nominated For Allstate/WBCA Good Works Team

Written By: WAC Media Relations

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)and Allstate Insurance Company today announced 97 nominees, including four from the WAC, for the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®. This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

Earning recognition from the WAC was Chicago State’s Kaylee Allen, UMKC’s Justice Collins, NM State’s Brandee Walton and Utah Valley’s Britta Hall.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - NM State sophomore guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week after putting up a double-double in the team’s season opener, which helped the Aggies beat San Jose State, 66-55. This is the first WAC player of the week honor of Salas’ career.

The Placentia, Calif. native dropped 18 points, including 4-4 from the free-throw line, and a career-high 13 rebounds. This was the first double-double of the sophomore’s young career at NM State.

Along with the shooting and great work on the boards, Salas added four assists, three steals and a block to her impressive game totals. The career game for Salas helped the Aggies start the season on the right foot, 1-0, as the team corralled 52 rebounds and forced 21 turnovers on Friday.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Announces 2017 Signing Class

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - NM State head women's basketball coach Mark Trakh bolstered his roster for the 2017-18 season with the additions of Kalei Atkinson, Shanaijah Davison, Makayla Mabry, Pam Wilmore and Jaelyn Royal on national signing day. The signings feature three guards and two forwards with a pair being ranked in the top-150 nationally.

When asked about the recruiting class, Trakh said, "We are very excited about this class. This could be the best recruiting class that we have brought in since I have been at New Mexico State. We have speed, quickness, athleticism, length and shooting ability. This is a class we feel can keep us at the top of the conference."  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Picked To Win WAC; Mack, Freeman, Salas Earn Preseason All-WAC Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The NM State women's basketball team was voted as the favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference in the 2016-17 WAC Preseason Women's Basketball Coaches and Media Poll, the conference announced on Wednesday. Shawnte’ Goff of UT Rio Grande Valley was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year.

Senior guard Moriah Mack was chosen as a member of the All-WAC First Team in both polls. The Texas native earned First Team All-WAC and WAC All-Defensive team honors in 2015-16 after she averaged 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds to go with her 50 assists, 40 steals, and 46.2 field goal percentage.

In the head coaches poll, NM State tallied 7-of-8 possible first-place votes for a total of 49 points. UTRGV came in second with 42 points and the remaining first-place vote as Grand Canyon garnered 34 points for third. CSU Bakersfield tallied 29 points while UMKC (26), Utah Valley (23), Seattle U. (13) and Chicago State (8) rounded out the rest of the league.

In the media poll, the Aggies earned six first place votes to total 90 points which just beat out UTRGV, who earned five first place votes to finish with 88 points. The media poll was quite similar to that of the coaches poll except Utah Valley was predicted to finish fifth and UMKC in sixth. CSU Bakersfield received the only other first place vote.

Joining Mack on the preseason first-team list is senior Brianna Freeman in the coaches poll. NM State led the pack with two players selected while Grand Canyon, UTRGV and Utah Valley each received one.

In the media poll, Freeman and Brooke Salas earned second-team honors. The Aggies also tied with UTRGV for the lead with three honorees in the media poll.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Announces 2016-17 Schedule

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The two-time defending Western Athletic Conference Champion New Mexico State women's basketball team announced its 2016-17 schedule, featuring 13 home contests.

Head coach Mark Trakh's Aggies return three starters and 10 letterwinners from last year's 26-5 (school record for wins) team that captured their second-consecutive WAC regular season championship (13-1 league record), WAC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Coach Trakh brought in a few new faces on the bench this season as well. Joining the Aggies coaching staff are Jason Glover, Ashley Ford and Blanche Alverson. Earl Lewis was also named the director of basketball operations.  Continue Reading This Post >>