NM State gets back to the Pan American Center for three straight games as conference play winds down. First, the Aggies host Texas-Pan American on Feb. 20. The meeting concludes the two-game series with the Broncs and is the only game for that week for NM State. The Aggies will host Utah Valley and Bakersfield the following week to close out the home schedule.
NM State hosts UTPA on “Play-4-Kay” night in the Pan Am. Play-4-Kay is a Breast Cancer Awareness initiative by NCAA women’s basketball that honors survivors and victims of the disease while raising funds for research. The team will wear pink warm-up shirts and pink socks in support. Also, a video recognizing those affected by breast cancer will be played during halftime.
The initiative is named after Kay Yow, a former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987. She passed away on January 24, 2009 after facing her third bout with the disease.
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.
NM State vs. Texas Pan American Coverage
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NM State continues at home and welcomes Utah Valley at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 live on AggieVision. The Aggies then host Bakersfield for the final home game of the season on Saturday, March 1 at 6 p.m. That game will be broadcast on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson.
NM State split its games for the second week straight, dropping 92-84 to Kansas City but coming back for just the second road win of the season 74-64 win over Chicago State. The Aggies were led by sophomore Sasha Weber with 22 points against Kansas City and 19 versus the Cougars. Freshman Tyler Ellis led defensively.
About the Aggies
The Aggies are currently 9-16 overall, with all but two of their wins coming at home. Going 2-13 on the road this season, NM State has had some close games, with eight of their losses coming by ten or fewer points.
With quality wins over Boise State (Nov. 14, 98-68) and Grand Canyon (Jan. 4, 66-63), the Aggies have improved during WAC play, going 6-6, losing to the first place Idaho Vandals by only nine. Danesia Williamson is leading the Aggies, averaging 20.5 points a game, with 27 steals, 60 assists and 44 rebounds on the season.
Sasha Weber and Abby Scott add 13.4 and 10.3 points a game along with 131 total rebounds for Weber and 80 for Scott. Weber is also shooting a team high .429 percent from the field.
NM State in the WAC
Having gone 6-6 in WAC play, the Aggies have some big wins versus Utah Valley and Grand Canyon this season. With a tough loss coming at Idaho, 11-1 in WAC play, the Aggies turned things around Seattle U and Chicago State.
Led by Danesia Williamson, who is averaging 21 points per game in WAC play, the Aggies are only being outscored by one point a game on average. With Sasha Weber, 15.7 points per game, the Aggies are scoring better in WAC play, averaging 72.8 points per game.
About Texas Pan American
The Broncs are 12-13 overall for the season, while sitting at 6-6 in WAC play. Having beaten the Aggies 66-61 on Jan. 25, UTPA has gone 1-4 since, with their only win coming against Chicago State on Feb. 2.
Led by Shawnte Goff, the Broncs are averaging 63.8 points per game while getting 8.2 steals, 11.8 assists and having a turnover margin of +5.1.
Goff is averaging 13 points a game, leading the team in scoring as well as having 54 assists, a team high 27 steals and 11 blocks on the season. Brittany Bush leads the team in rebounding with 192 and 34 blocks on the season.
NM State is 3-1 all-time against the Broncs. NM State won the first three meetings, but UTPA is 1-0 while meeting as WAC opponents. NM State fell 66-61 in Edinburg, Texas in late January.
Last time versus the Broncs
After a commanding first half, the Aggies eventually fell 66-61 to UTPA Jan. 25. 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.
The Aggies held UTPA to 30 percent shooting, but allowed the Broncs to out-rebound the Aggies 54-45. NM State caused 14 turnovers and finished the game with two blocks and two assists.
NM State has seen two WAC Player of the Week nods this season. The first came after sophomore Abby Scott’s record setting performance in the win over Chicago State (1/17). She hit 11 3-pointers and scored 36 points.
Junior Danesia Williamson was recognized by the conference after a pair of career-high games against Idaho (2/6) and Seattle U (2/8) at home. She scored 33 points against the Vandals and then matched Scott’s career-best performance with 36 points in the win over Seattle U.
New Starter in Town
After putting on the Aggie basketball uniform for the first time on Jan. 16, volleyball-turned basketball player Bradley Nash quickly found herself a starting role with women’s hoops. She has started the last three games and is averaging 5.8 rebounds a game and has already collected 10 blocks in her nine games on the hardwood.
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: 2 Freshmen and 2 Sophomores, 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.