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.
NM State vs. Idaho Coverage
Television: AggieVision – Comcast – FoxSports Arizona Plus – Altitude
Radio: KSNM AM570 (play-by-play: Jay Sanderson)
Live Stats: www.NMStateSports.com (click on live events link)
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The Aggies head out on the road to meet Chicago State and Kansas City, Feb. 13 and 15. First meeting Kansas City on Thursday, Feb. 13, the Aggies look to sweep the conference series against the Roos at 6 p.m. NM State then travels to Chicago State to meet the Cougars at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.
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 Aggies are sitting at 7-14 on the season, having dropped 11 away games this season, while only winning 1. At home, the Aggies have played much better, winning 6 of 8 on the season. Their three biggest wins of the season came against Boise State, Nov. 14, Eastern New Mexico, Nov. 21, and Kansas City, Jan. 18, winning each game by 29+ margins.
The Aggies have been shooting well from beyond the arc, hitting 31 percent of three pointers taken, for a total of 180 on the season. Led by Elena Holguin, who is shooting 39.6 percent from deep, the Aggies are getting major contributions from Danesia Williamson, Sasha Weber, and Brianna Freeman, all of whom are shooting over 30 percent on three pointers. Free throws have been another strong point for NM State, averaging 64 percent for the season, for a total of 253 points from the line.
NM State in the WAC
Having gone 4-4 in WAC play, the Aggies have some big wins versus Utah Valley and Grand Canyon this season. With a tough loss coming at Idaho, 8-0 in WAC play, the Aggies turned things around beating their next to opponents on the road.
Led by Danesia Williamson, who is averaging 20.6 points per game in WAC play, the Aggies are only being outscored by 1 point a game on average. With Abby Scott, 15.3 points per game, and Sasha Weber, 14.3 points per game, the Aggies are scoring better in WAC play, averaging 70.4 points per game.
NM State has also taken better care of the ball in conference play, with a turnover margin of 3.4 versus WAC teams. The Aggies also have a positive assist to turnover ratio of 1, compared to their opponents .7.
The Vandals ate 15-7 this season and leading the WAC with a flawless 8-0 record. Idaho is also solid away from its home court, coming into the Pan Am with a 7-5 road record. The team’s largest margin of victory came with a 96-55 win against Utah Valley.
Stacey Barr, a 5-8 junior for the Vandals, is averaging 20.3 points per contest and shooting 37 percent from the beyond the arc. She has started every game this season and is fourth in the WAC (just behind NM State’s Danesia Williamson) for scoring average.
Meeting 31 times in program history, Idaho holds a 22-9 record over the Aggies, which includes the most recent meeting in the first half of WAC play. The Aggies fell 79-51, marking the lowest scoring weekend for NM State this season.
Last time versus Idaho
NM State was rattled early by the Vandals, going down 17-0 in the opening minutes. The Aggies struggled to find a groove in the game and could not dig out of the large deficit all game. The Aggies shot just 23 percent, going 19-for-82, and allowed Idaho to shoot 41.5 percent. NM State did finish the game with 47 rebounds and the Vandals had 61.
The Redhawks are 10-11 this season and 5-3 in WAC games. Going into the weekend fourth in the conference, Seattle U leads the conference with a team-shooting percentage of 44.3. The team is also atop the league in assists, averaging more than 17 a game.
Leading the Redhawks on the floor is Kacie Sowell, averaging 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. She is shooting 56 percent from the floor and has a team-high 29 steals this year.
Seattle U holds a 4-0 record over the Aggies with the most recent meeting coming in early January. The Aggies and Redhawks met three times in 2013, including the semi-finals round of the 2013 WAC Tournament in March in Las Vegas.
Last time versus Seattle U
The Aggies kept a close game throughout the Jan. 9 meeting in Seattle. A 61-51 loss was handed to NM State after Scott earned a career-high six rebounds in the game, while Ellis also had six. Williamson and Mack each scored in double figures for the Aggies. Williamson had 12 points and Mack had 10. The game was Mack’s third game scoring in double figures this season.
The Aggies shot 31.9 percent as a team and allowed SU to shoot 40.7 percent. As a team, NM State was out-rebounded 51-35.
Nash, a redshirt sophomore from Kayenta, Ariz., was key for NM State in the overtime win against Utah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Aggies volleyball-turned basketball player had a career-high nine points and seven rebounds, while recording four blocks and a steal in just 19 minutes on the court. Nash is averaging 4.6 points and rebounds for the Aggies, has seven blocks and is shooting 45 percent from the floor in her five games on the court.
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)
NM State has seen three earn double-doubles this season. Freshman Brianna Freeman started things off with a double game against Milwaukee with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She and sophomore Sasha Weber both collected double-doubles in the WAC opener against Grand Canyon. Most recently, it was junior Danesia Williamson with 13 points and 11 assists in the overtime win at Utah Valley.
Williamson has three career double-doubles, each combining points and assists.
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.