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 36-5 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.”
Hughes, in her third year as an assistant coac, recruited each of the newcomers to the program.
Washington, a 5-8 guard, is also from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas and is the teammate of her future Aggie teammate, Cooper. Washington averaged 18.1 points per game and 2.9 assists her junior season. She is also listed as one of the Top 20 players of out Texas and earned all-tournament accolades, first team all-district and was named most valuable player for her league.
“She is extremely quick and athletic and has good three-point range, can get to the rim,” Hughes said of Washington. “Coming in for us, coach Trakh really liked her athletic ability and the way that she takes control of games and can attack and really produce. As far as her fitting into our system next year, we see her as a point or shooting guard. I think she will give us another side defensively to combine with Moriah (Mack) and Danesia (Williamson) and our other returning guards.”
The Aggies open the home schedule with Boise State tonight, Thursday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. before heading to California to meet Loyola Marymount on Saturday and Cal Poly on Monday.