The Aggies dig into conference play as the team heads to Seattle U and Idaho Jan. 9 and 11. NM State meets the other two WAC veteran teams beginning with the Redhawks at 8 p.m. on Jan 9. The Aggies then make the trip south to Idaho at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.
You can listen to the game live on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call. The pregame show is set for 15 minutes before tip-off. Saturday’s pregame show is set for 7:45 p.m. Live stats for the game are available at NMStateSports.com.
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The Aggies get back to the Pan American Center to host Chicago State and Kansas City. The Aggies meet Chicago State for the first time in program history on Jan. 16 and then host the ‘Roos on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.
NM State moves to 4-10 on the season after picking up its first conference win and snapping a seven-game winning streak. The team is still looking for its first road win, but saw stopped Grand Canyon 66-63 on Saturday, Jan. 4, in the Pan American Center to rattle the team’s 11-3 start to the season. Two Aggies, Sasha Weber and Brianna Freeman, each earned their first double-doubles of the year and junior Danesia Williamson had her third straight 20+ point game (23).
Seattle U started the season 6-9 with a 1-1 conference record after week one. The Redhawks won their season opener to Chicago State, but then fell over the weekend to Kansas City 77-65. Returning nearly all their players from last season after winning the regular-season title on the WAC and defeating the Aggies in the Aggies in the semi-finals game of the 2013 WAC Tournament in Las Vegas.
This season, it is still Kacie Sowell that leads the Redhawks. She has started all 15 games for the team and gathers 15.5 points a game. She manages to get 8.5 rebounds a game and has 21 steals for the team.
Seattle U holds a 3-0 record over the Aggies with all three meetings coming in 2012-13. Seattle U defeated NM State once at home, once on the road and during the semi-finals round of the 2013 WAC Tournament in March in Las Vegas.
Idaho had a 9-7 record overall and is 2-0 in WAC play. The Vandals have wins over Chicago State and Kansas City most recently, but also defeated Loyola Marymount and UC Irvine – teams the Aggies lost to this season. This team, like Seattle returns nearly all its starters from last season.
Stacey Barr leads the team with 16 starts and 16.1 points a game. She is the leading scorer had still manages 7.6 boards a game.
Last Game: at UTSA (L, 65-56)
The New Mexico State women’s basketball team claimed its first conference win 66-63 over Grand Canyon on Saturday, Jan. 4. The win marks the first for the Aggies in over a month and snaps a seven-game losing streak.
NM State saw three score in double figures and three collect double-figure rebounds. Freshman Brianna Freeman set a career-high with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double as an Aggie. Sophomore Sasha Weber also saw a double-double with 10 boards and 12 points on the night. Junior Danesia Williamson had 23 points in the game – her second highest scoring game this season. Defensively, freshman Tyler Ellis led NM State with 11 rebounds.
The Aggies shot 37.5 percent as a team and held GCU to 35.5 percent. NM State also out-rebounded the Antelopes 45-39, but turned over the ball 22 times. The Aggies had 11 bench points and shot 36 percent from three-point range, going 9-for-25 on the night.
Brianna Freeman, a freshman from Killeen, Texas, earned her second double-double of the season in the Aggies first win of WAC play over Grand Canyon. Freeman had 16 points and 10 rebounds on the win, which were both career-high numbers for the freshman. She shot 6-of-13 from the floor and had two blocks and two steals on the game.
Freeman Starts the Doubles
Freshman Brianna Freeman was the first Aggie to earn a double-double this season. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Aggie loss to Milwaukee (84-81) during the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. The double-double was the first of Freeman’s young career as an Aggie. She earned her second in the first conference game of the year, which marked a new career-high 16 points and matched her 10 rebounds against the Lopes.
Hot Start to WAC Play
Two Aggies earned double-doubles against GCU, while junior Danesia Williamson collected 23 points on the game. The Aggies out-rebounded the Lopes 45-39 overall and finished the game with 12 second-chance points and 12 off turnovers.
The Aggies, starting three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior newcomer, are among the youngest starting lineups in the country. Here is a list of the five youngest teams in the NCAA:
UMBC (Maryland-Baltimore County): 3 Freshmen and 2 Sophomores
Boise State: 2 Freshmen and 3 sophomores
NM State: 3 Freshmen and 1 Sophomore, 1 Junior
Abilene Christian: 3 Freshmen, 1 Sophomore, 1 Senior
Oregon State: 1 Freshman, 3 Sophomores, 1 Junior
NM State returns two starters from last year and look for replace senior starters Stefanie Gilbreath and Kelsie Rozendaal. Sophomores Abby Scott and Sasha Weber stand as the top returners for the Aggies. Weber returns after starting 24 games, averaging 8.5 points per game, posting 59 assists to go along with the top field goal percentage among the returners. Scott started nine games for the Aggies and averaged 4.7 points per contest. Other Aggies returning for the 2013-14 season include junior Simone Ruedin and redshirt sophomore Elena Holguin.
The Aggies ended the 2012-13 season with a 15-16 overall record and 7-11 in WAC play. The season was highlighted by wins over defending Conference USA champion UTEP (69-68) and WAC-leading Utah State (106-94) late in the season. NM State ended the year with a second round loss to top-seeded Seattle U in the WAC Tournament. NM State went into the tournament as the eighth seed and fell 77-53.
The Aggies were selected to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference media and coaches’ preseason polls. Sophomore guard Sasha Weber was picked as a second-team selection in both polls. This comes after being noted as the top returner for the Aggies with 24 starts and 8-5 points per contest.
Coming in 2014-15
Head coach Mark Trakh announcing the signing of three players to the 2014-15 New Mexico State women’s basketball team. Tyesha Taylor, Jasmine Cooper and Alisha Washington each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Aggies next fall.
Taylor, a 6-4 junior from Temple High School in Temple, Texas, is a top-10 player in her home state. She suffered a knee injury, keeping her off the court her final nine games of the 2013 season, but still managed to help THS to a 24-8 season record.
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.
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.