The Aggies look to wrap the first half of conference play with road games against Bakersfield and Utah Valley. NM State meets the Roadrunners on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m., and then makes the trip to Orem, Utah to face the Wolverines at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1. Fans can listen to the live broadcast with Jay Sanderson on KSNM AM570.
Both games can be heard on KSNM AM570 with Thursday’s pregame show is set for 7:45 p.m. and Saturday’s set for 1:45 p.m. Live stats for the game are available at NMStateSports.com.
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NM State gets back to the Pan American Center after three road games to start the second half of WAC play on Feb. 6 and 8. First, the Aggies welcome Idaho live on AggieVision at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. The team then hosts Seattle U to close out the two-game series on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
The Aggies started with a promising first half against Texas Pan American, but eventually fell 66-61 on Saturday, Jan. 25. NM State moves to 6-13 on the year and 3-3 in WAC play. NM State ended the game shooting 32 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range. The team was led by junior Danesia Williamson with a career-matching 30 points. The junior also had four rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Sasha Weber scored 17 on the night, while grabbing six boards. It was freshman Tyler Ellis and sophomore Abby Scott that led defensively with 13 and seven rebounds, respectively.
About the Aggies
The New Mexico State Aggies currently have a record of 6-13 on the season. With 10 games remaining on the regular season schedule, NM State still has a chance to finish the season above .500. Away games have been elusive for the Aggies this season as they have yet to grab a victory on the road. A bright spot for the Aggies has been the play of guard Danesia Williamson. Since returning to the team she has averaged 20 ppg while leading the Aggies to three more victories on the season.
NM State in the WAC
Prior to suffering the close loss to Texas-Pan American, the Aggies had put together a brief two game winning streak. During that span the Aggies beat conference opponents Chicago State and Kansas City by 21 points and 29 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Abby Scott provided a nice scoring punch for the Aggies during the two games as well. She put together an average of 30.5 ppg including a 36 point performance versus Kansas City in which she drained a season-high 11 three pointers. The Aggies currently sit at 3-3 in the conference which is good for fifth place in the conference.
The Bakersfield Runners are led by third year head coach Greg McCall. With a 10-8 record overall and a 4-2 record in conference play, the Runners currently sit at third place in the WAC. The Runners have played well at home this season achieving a 5-1 record to this point with a six point average margin of victory. Standout guard Tyonna Outland leads the charge for Bakersfield. Outland is the leading scorer in the WAC with 22.5 ppg in conference matchups and 20 ppg overall this season.
The last time the NM State Aggies met the Runners was on Feb. 23, 2013. NM State won the game 87-81 at the Pan American Center to mark the first game between the schools. The Aggies face off against the Runners during the 2013-14 season on Jan. 30, 2014 in Bakersfield, Calif.
The Utah Valley Wolverines are one of the several new members to the WAC. In her 19th season, head coach Cathy Nixon has guided this team to a 4-15 record overall and a 1-5 record in the WAC thus far. Katie Kuklok is the leading scorer for the Wolverines. Kuklok is good from long range as she is shooting 49 percent on 47 made three point field goals. She also leads the team in free throws made with 67, free throw percentage at 94 percent and is second in rebounding with 77 total.
NM State has played Utah Valley only twice in program history. The last meeting on Jan. 5, 2008 ended in a win for the Aggies at home 82-73. NM State and Utah Valley compete again for the first time in six year on Feb. 1, 2014 in Orem, Utah.
Junior guard Danesia Williamson has made an impact on the court during the 2013-2014 season for NM State. Scoring double-digit figures in all but one game, Williamson averages 20.3 points per game, 2.7 rebounds per game and shoots 39.8 percent on average from the field. Against UMKC and Texas Pan-American Williamson recorded a season-high 30 points each game. She has scored double figures consecutively in the past eight game for the Aggies most figures being in the 20’s.
Scott Stamps Record Book
Scott was 11-for-20 from 3-point range, which surpasses Hall of Fame member Mari Sanchez’s 10 made 3-pointers from back in 2002 against Louisiana-Lafayette and sets her atop the NM State record book. Scott scored 36 points, which was the first 30-point game from an Aggie since Danisha Corbett in Jan. 2011. She is now tied for third in the Aggie record book for most points in a game. The 11 3-pointers also break the WAC record for most in a single game.
Her 20 attempts from beyond the arc are the most by any Aggie in a single game. That record was also held by Sanchez with 17 attempts against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Along with stamping her name in the NM State and WAC record books, Scott is now tied with eight others in the NCAA record book for the third most three’s scored in a single game. The record is 12 and was hit twice; most recently by Brittany Rayburn of Purdue in Jan. 2012.
New Records for Scott:
NCAA 3-point FG made in a Game 11-T3rd (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
WAC 3-point FG made in a Game 11-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
WAC 3-point FG Attempts 20-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State 3-point FG made in a Game 11-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State 3-point FG Attempts 20-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State Most Points in a Game 36-T3rd (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
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. Sophomore Sasha Weber also earned her first season double-double against Grand Canyon with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
NM State has two players pulling double duty this year. Freshman Audra Jones and sophomore Bradley Nash are suiting up for the first time this season with the NM State women’s basketball program just after finishing a season with the 2013 WAC Champion Aggie volleyball team.
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 announced the signing of three players to the 2014-15 New Mexico State women’s basketball team in November. 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.