This Week: The team gets back to Las Cruces for a week in hopes of snapping the five-game losing streak against Texas State and UTSA. The Aggies meet the Bobcats on Jan. 31, to close out the series and come back to on Feb. 2 to host the Roadrunners. Both games are slated for a 6:30 p.m. start and are available on AggieVision and ESPN3.com.
Tickets: Tickets are $6 for Adults and as always, kids 12 and under are FREE. A group rate of $4 is available. Call the NM State ticket office at 575-646-1420.
Over the Airwaves: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available through KSNM. All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.
Aggies on TV: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available through KSNM. All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.
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Looking Ahead: NM State gets back on the road for two more WAC games in the Pan American Center this week. The team meets Idaho on Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in Moscow, Idaho before making the trip north to face Seattle U on Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.
Looking Back: NM State continued to struggle on the road with a 67-58 loss to Denver on Saturday afternoon. Despite the loss, senior Kelsie Rozendaal worked for her fourth double-double of the season and second straight with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Stefanie Gilbreath tallied 18 points in the loss, marking her 10th consecutive game with double-digit points.
About the Aggies: NM State continues WAC play with a 9-10 overall record and 3-6 in league play. Going into the weekend with five straight losses, the Aggies are looking for a comeback when they return home to the Pan American Center against Texas State on Jan. 31. The Aggies held their longest win streak of the season around Thanksgiving when they won four in a row at home and had not lost more than two consecutive games this season until Saturday's night's loss to Denver put No. 5 in the loss column.
Avg ppg: 57.8
Scoring Leader: Stefanie Gilbreath - 15.9 ppg
Rebound leader: Kelsie Rozendaal - 7.3 rpg
Top Freshman: Sasha Weber - 8.6 ppg; 3.5 rpg; 37.7 FG%; 31 asst.
Streak: Lost 5 1/10-1/26
Road to Vegas: NM State enters this week's home stand with a 3-6 record in conference play. After winning three of its first four WAC encounters, NM State has lost its last five conference games, including going 0-3 during their most recent road trip.
Leading the WAC: As a team NM State leads the WAC in scoring defense, allowing only 59.9 points/game. The Aggies also rank second during conference play in blocked shots with 42 and third in rebounds with a 44.7 rebounds/ game average. Included in the rebounding total is a 30.67 defensive rebounds/game average, placing them second in the WAC in that category.
Top Notch: senior Stephanie Gilbreath's 18.6 points/game average during WAC play places her third among WAC players. She is also in a tie for fourth in the WAC in 3-point field goals made with 19 and in a tie for 10th in rebounding with an 8.3 rebounds/game average. Senior Kelsie Rozendaal's team-leading 8.5 rebounds/game place her eighth in the WAC. She also leads the WAC in free throw percentage making 89.5 percent of her free throws. Sophomore Danesia Williamson sits at seventh among WAC players in assists with a 3.44 assists/game average.
Small Margins: The Aggies four losses between 1/10-1/19 were decided by a combined 15 points.
Big D in LC: Aggie defense proves to be the game changer this season as NM State ranks second in the WAC for scoring defense
Home-Court Comfort: The Aggies are 6-4 in the Pan American Center this season. Prior to the Dec. 18 loss to Rio Grande Rival New Mexico, the Aggies boasted a perfect record at home. During the 2011-12 season, five of NM State's six wins came at the Pan Am.
Kelsie Rozendaal: Senior Kelsie Rozendaal worked for her fourth double-double of the season and second straight with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the loss to Denver on Saturday. She moves her season totals to 7.3 rebounds per game and an average of 8.9 points.
Stefanie Gilbreath: Stefanie Gilbreath tallied 18 points and seven rebounds in the loss on Saturday, marking her 10th consecutive game with double-digit points. The senior leads the team this season with 15.9 points per game.
Double Doubles: Seniors Kelsie Rozendaal and Stefanie Gilbreath as well as freshman Sasha Weber have each collected double-doubles this season.
Gilbreath: 15 pts, 10 reb; UTA, 12/29
Gilbreath: 21 pts, 11 reb; Idaho, 1/12
Gilbreath: 13 pts, 11 reb; at SJSU 1/19
Rozendaal: 22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount, 11/12
Rozendaal: 11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
Rozendaal: 13 pts, 11 reb; at Denver, 1/26
Weber: 11 pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
It's a Three-Point Game: The Aggies have started 10 games with a three pointer this season.
vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (D. Williamson)
vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)
vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)
at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (S. Gilbreath)
vs. UT Arlington L, 62-59 (Abby Scott)
vs. LA Tech W, 71-67 (Abby Scott)
at UTSA W, 69-52 (Abby Scott)
at Texas State W, 61-58 (S. Gilbreath)
at Utah State L, 65-63 (Sasha Weber)
at SJSU L, 51-50 (Gilbreath)
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About Texas State: Averaging 70.2 points per game, the Bobcats of Texas State are last in the WAC with a conference record of 1-8, and are 7-12 overall. The team is trying to get back on a winning note after dropping three-in-a-row. Diamond Ford is clearly the standout for the team averaging an astounding 21.2 ppg. Erin Peoples is contributing her efforts most recognizably with blocks, tallying 26 on the season thus far. A second-half remaining of WAC play gives the Bobcats an opportunity to reestablish themselves in the conference.
Series History versus the Bobcats:
The Aggies lead 4-1 all-time over Texas State, after the first meeting as conference foes went in favor of NM State 61-58 in early January. The Aggies beat the Bobcats 76-66 in 2007, after more than 15 years without crossing paths.
W, 79-63 (12/21/87)
W, 68-56 (12/14/89)
L, 70-62 (1/22/90)
W, 76-66 (11/24/07)
W, 61-58 (1/5/13)
About UTSA: Averaging 59.0 points per game, the Roadrunners of UTSA sit at a 5-4 conference record, and are 11-9 overall. The team was on a four game winning streak before dropping their last game to Idaho 45-64. Throughout the season the team has not lost more than two in a row at any point. Kamra King and Simone Young have stood out as the offensive leaders for the team averaging 9.2 ppg between them. No other player on the team is averaging more than six ppg. As the Roadrunners enter the second-half of conference play they will look for a other players to put up higher statistical numbers as they try to push for a WAC championship.
Series History Versus the Roadrunners:
The record tilted in favor of the Aggies in early January with a 69-52 win over UTSA. The Aggies now sit 4-3 over the Roadrunners .With the last meeting in 2006, the Aggies notched a 69-63 win at home over the Roadrunners.
W, 91-65 (2/23/88)
L, 58-57 (1/19/89)
W, 89-55 (1/10/90)
L, 98-84 (12/31/90)
L, 61-38 (11/26/05)
W, 69-63 (11/19/06)
W, 69-52 (1/3/13)
Trakh-ing Down No. 300: Coach Trakh picked up his 300th career win as a Division I head coach on Saturday, Dec. 1, against Southern Utah. The Aggies pulled off a last minute 70-68 defeat over the Thunderbirds, helping Trakh to earn the milestone victory. Trakh holds a 304-220 career record.
UNM: The Lobos swept the Rio Grande Rivalry Series this season with a 60-37 win over the Aggies at The Pit on Nov. 20 and a 60-44 victory in Las Cruces on Dec. 18. In game one, the Aggies had trouble making shots, but kept the stats similar to the Lobos. The Aggies collected 44 rebounds on the evening with six assists and two blocks. The Lobos were quite similar to NM State with 43 boards, but tallied 16 assists on the evening. Game two finished in similar fashion with the Lobos claiming a 60-44 victory over NM State at the Pan Am on Dec. 18. The loss at home marked the first of the 2012-13 season. Sasha Weber led the Aggies with 10 points and three rebounds on the evening. The Aggies shot 30.4 percent from the floor but tallied eight steals as a team with 27 rebounds. Those stats were not enough to hold off the Lobos who finished the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field and picking up 42 rebounds on the night.
UTEP: NM State took game one of the Battle of I-10 rivalry series with a late game battle to a 69-68 win over the Miners. UTEP maintained the lead throughout most of the game, gaining as much as a 15 point lead in the first half, but Stefanie Gilbreath finished her first Battle of I-10 game with a stellar 22 points to collect a regular-season career high. She went 5-for-8 on three pointers and picking up eight rebounds to match her career-high. Sophomore Danesia Williamson also picked up a career-high with 23 points on the game with a solid 10-of-12 at the line. Game two was set to a different tune with the Miners running away early with the 66- 44 win over NM State in El Paso. The Aggies struggled on offense, scoring just 14 points in the first half of play. The second half was a bit more positive as Williamson collected 13 points in the half with two field goals and one three pointer. She was 6-for- 6 at the line with four rebounds. Jasmine Rutledge finished the game with 11 points on the evening and compiled nine points at the line to mark a new career best for the junior.
Tournament Champs: The New Mexico State Aggies claimed the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic tournament title with a stellar 50-44 win over UC Irvine on Saturday evening at the Pan American Center. The previous night, the Aggies claimed a 55-52 win over the Patriots of George Mason. With the 2-0 record on the tournament, NM State's Kelsie Rozendaal and Sasha Weber were named to the All-Tournament team. Rozendaal was also selected tournament MVP for her work on the hardwood.
Trakh Signs Five to NLI: Head coach Mark Trakh announces that five high school players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies in the fall of 2013. Trakh is in his second season with NM State and has led the Aggies to a 1-0 start to the 2012-13 season. Joining the Aggies in 2013 are Tamera Williams of Centennial High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brianna Freeman of Harker Heights High School (Killeen, Texas), Vanessa Garner of Archbishop Mitty High School (Milpitas, Calif.), Moriah Mack of Reagan High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Brandee Walton of St. Mary's High School (Phoenix, Az.)
Last Season: Under the helm of first-year head coach, Mark Trakh, the Aggies finished the 2011-12 season with a 6-24 overall season record. This left NM State with a 3-11 Western Athletic Conference record. The Aggies made an appearance at the WAC Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. (3/7). The Aggies were seeded eighth in the tournament but were quickly booted out by No. 1 66-58 State. Senior guard Tabitha Wampler was the most recent Aggie to join the 1,000 Point Club with a career 1,254 points (2008-12). She joins former teammates Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence along with Aggie great Anita Maxwell (2,601) and Andrea Kabwasa (1,788). Another highlight for the Aggies in 2011-12 was coach Trakh coaching his 500th game of his career as a Division I head coach. In his 17th year on the sidelines, the floor general notched the milestone against Hawai'i in Las Cruces Feb. 16.
-- The 2012-13 season marks the 40th season of Aggie women's basketball. The first season was 1973-74.
-- This season also marks 25 years since the Aggies last NCAA tournament appearance. The 1987-88 team was the last in program history to receive an NCAA berth.
Potential Milestone: With 12 total wins this season, NM State will make its 600th victory in program history. With the current 9-10 record, the Aggies sit at 596-534 all-time.