This Week: The Aggies wrap the regular season on the road for two games. NM State travels to La Tech on Thursday, March 7 before making the final trip of the season to UT Arlington on Saturday, March 9. Both games can be heard on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.
Tickets: Tickets for all women's basketball games at the Pan American Center 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.
Over the Airwaves: The Aggie Sports Network is producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available through KSNM. All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the live events link to access the coverage for a fee.
Live Stats on the Web: Live stats will be available for fans at www.NMStateSports.com at no cost for the entire season. Fans can click on the Live Events link at the top of the NMStateSports.com home page to access the live stats. Live stats for away games may direct fans to the opposing team's athletics page.
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Looking Ahead: The Aggies head to Las Vegas, Nev., March 12-16 for the 2013 WAC Championship at the Orleans Arena.
Looking Back: NM State fell 71-63 in the final home game of the season against Denver on Saturday. Senior Stefanie Gilbreath led the team with26 points, just one sort of her career high, while Kelsie Rozendaal had 15 on the night. Fellow senior Camila Rosen had 11 rebounds with six on the offensive side of the ball to help NM State to 17 second-chance points.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About La Tech: The Lady Techsters are 12-15 this season with an 8-8 conference record. Led by Kelia Shelton on the floor, she averages 13.6 points a game with just over six rebounds a contest. The team averages 62 points per game and have three players averaging double figure scoring each game. La Tech is on a two-game losing streak.
Series History Versus the Techsters: Louisiana Tech had won nine straight against the Aggies, until Dec. 31, when the Aggies picked up a 71-67 win over La Tech to snap the streak and move the series record to 16-3. The last time NM State picked up a win over the Techsters was in February of 2008 during the WAC tournament quarterfinals in Las Cruces.
About UTA: The Mavericks are just 6-21 all season and 3-13 in conference play. One of those wins includes a 62-59 win over the Aggies to start their conference season. Laila Sulleiman is on top for the Mavs with 8.7 points per game and a .314 field goal percentage. UTA has five players shooting above .400 this season, but no one averaging double figures. Briana Walker matches for 5.4 points and rebounds a game.
Series History Versus the Mavericks: The Aggies are 0-4 against the Mavs, with the most recent meeting falling in favor of UTA to kick off the 2013 conference season. Prior to the first meeting as conference opponents, UTA and the Aggies had not faced off since 2005.This year marks the first series between the teams as conference opponents, however. UTA joined the WAC starting this fall, and will move to the Sun Belt in 2013-14.
About the Aggies: NM State is 12-15 overall and 5-11 in the WAC. After winning three straight games in recent weeks, including two vital WAC games, the Aggies fell most recently to Denver in the regular season home finale.
The Aggies are averaging 61.5 points per game and are led by senior Stefanie Gilbreath with 17.1 points a game, good for fourth in the WAC.
Road to Vegas: Going into the final week of WAC play, the Aggies are looking to bounce back after a 71-63 loss to Denver. With a 5-11 WAC record, the Aggies have a .444 winning percentage on the season and .313 in league play. NM State sits in eighth in the conference going into the final two games.
Kelsie Rozendaal: In her final home game as an Aggie, Kelsie Rozendaal tallied 15 points and seven rebounds in the loss to Denver on Saturday. She went 6-7 from the floor and 3-6 at the free throw line. The Aggie now has 10 games with 10 or more points for the Aggies.
Numbers in the WAC:
Aggies rank second in the WAC conference for scoring defense with an average of 63.6 points per game.
Kelsie Rozendaal is third in field goal percentage (.513) through all games.
Stefanie Gilbreath ranks 3rd in the WAC for 19.2 points per game slightly following Ta' Rea Cunnigan and Diamond Ford. She's also third in free throw percentage with .851 through all games.
Kelsie Rozendaal ranks 4th in the conference for offensive rebounds with 3.80 average per game along with Camila Rosen who ranks 7th with an average of 3.09 in WAC play.
Small Margins: The Aggies four losses between 1/10-1/19 were decided by a combined 15 points.
Double Doubles: Four Aggies have earned double-double this season with Kelsie Rozendaal leading the team with six this season.
Gilbreath: 15 pts, 10 reb; UTA, 12/29
Gilbreath: 21 pts, 11 reb; Idaho, 1/12
Gilbreath: 13 pts, 11 reb; at SJSU 1/19
Gilbreath: 27 pts, 11 reb; Utah State 2/16
Rozendaal: 22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount, 11/12
Rozendaal: 11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
Rozendaal: 10 pts, 10 reb; at SJSU 1/19
Rozendaal: 13 pts, 11 reb; at Denver, 1/26
Rozendaal: 11 pts, 10 reb. SJSU 2/14
Rozendaal: 14 pts, 12 reb; Utah State 2/16
Weber: 11 pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
Williamson: 19 pts, 10 asst; SJSU 2/14
Williamson: 23 pts, 10 asst; Utah State 2/16
It's a Three-Point Game: The Aggies have started 12 games with a three pointer this season.
vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (D. Williamson)
vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)
vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)
at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (S. Gilbreath)
vs. UT Arlington L, 62-59 (Abby Scott)
vs. LA Tech W, 71-67 (Abby Scott)
at UTSA W, 69-52 (Abby Scott)
at Texas State W, 61-58 (S. Gilbreath)
at Utah State L, 65-63 (Sasha Weber)
at SJSU L, 51-50 (Gilbreath)
vs. UTSA L, 66-53 (Scott)
at Seattle L, 78-62 (Rozendaal)
Gilbreath Seeing Double: Stefanie Gilbreath has scored in the double figures in every WAC game this season with only one game below 15 points.
Big Milestones: With a win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, NM State earned its 600th victory in program history. With the current 12-14 record, the Aggies sit at 600-538 all-time.
Coach Trakh picked up his 300th career win as a Division I head coach on Saturday, Dec. 1, against Southern Utah. The Aggies pulled off a last minute 70-68 defeat over the Thunderbirds, helping Trakh to earn the milestone victory. Trakh holds a 307-226 career record.
UNM: The Lobos swept the Rio Grande Rivalry Series this season with a 60-37 win over the Aggies at The Pit on Nov. 20 and a 60-44 victory in Las Cruces on Dec. 18. In game one, the Aggies had trouble making shots, but kept the stats similar to the Lobos. The Aggies collected 44 rebounds on the evening with six assists and two blocks. The Lobos were quite similar to NM State with 43 boards, but tallied 16 assists on the evening. Game two finished in similar fashion with the Lobos claiming a 60-44 victory over NM State at the Pan Am on Dec. 18. The loss at home marked the first of the 2012-13 season. Sasha Weber led the Aggies with 10 points and three rebounds on the evening. The Aggies shot 30.4 percent from the floor but tallied eight steals as a team with 27 rebounds. Those stats were not enough to hold off the Lobos who finished the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field and picking up 42 rebounds on the night.
UTEP: NM State took game one of the Battle of I-10 rivalry series with a late game battle to a 69-68 win over the Miners. UTEP maintained the lead throughout most of the game, gaining as much as a 15 point lead in the first half, but Stefanie Gilbreath finished her first Battle of I-10 game with a stellar 22 points to collect a regular-season career high. She went 5-for-8 on three pointers and picking up eight rebounds to match her career-high. Sophomore Danesia Williamson also picked up a career-high with 23 points on the game with a solid 10-of-12 at the line. Game two was set to a different tune with the Miners running away early with the 66- 44 win over NM State in El Paso. The Aggies struggled on offense, scoring just 14 points in the first half of play. The second half was a bit more positive as Williamson collected 13 points in the half with two field goals and one three pointer. She was 6-for- 6 at the line with four rebounds. Jasmine Rutledge finished the game with 11 points on the evening and compiled nine points at the line to mark a new career best for the junior.
Tournament Champs: The New Mexico State Aggies claimed the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic tournament title with a stellar 50-44 win over UC Irvine on Saturday evening at the Pan American Center. The previous night, the Aggies claimed a 55-52 win over the Patriots of George Mason. With the 2-0 record on the tournament, NM State's Kelsie Rozendaal and Sasha Weber were named to the All-Tournament team. Rozendaal was also selected tournament MVP for her work on the hardwood.
Trakh Signs Five to NLI: Head coach Mark Trakh announces that five high school players have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Aggies in the fall of 2013. Trakh is in his second season with NM State and has led the Aggies to a 1-0 start to the 2012-13 season. Joining the Aggies in 2013 are Tamera Williams of Centennial High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brianna Freeman of Harker Heights High School (Killeen, Texas), Vanessa Garner of Archbishop Mitty High School (Milpitas, Calif.), Moriah Mack of Reagan High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Brandee Walton of St. Mary's High School (Phoenix, Az.)
Last Season: Under the helm of first-year head coach, Mark Trakh, the Aggies finished the 2011-12 season with a 6-24 overall season record. This left NM State with a 3-11 Western Athletic Conference record. The Aggies made an appearance at the WAC Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. (3/7). The Aggies were seeded eighth in the tournament but were quickly booted out by No. 1 66-58 State. Senior guard Tabitha Wampler was the most recent Aggie to join the 1,000 Point Club with a career 1,254 points (2008-12). She joins former teammates Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence along with Aggie great Anita Maxwell (2,601) and Andrea Kabwasa (1,788). Another highlight for the Aggies in 2011-12 was coach Trakh coaching his 500th game of his career as a Division I head coach. In his 17th year on the sidelines, the floor general notched the milestone against Hawai'i in Las Cruces Feb. 16.
-- The 2012-13 season marks the 40th season of Aggie women's basketball. The first season was 1973-74.
-- This season also marks 25 years since the Aggies last NCAA tournament appearance. The 1987-88 team was the last in program history to receive an NCAA berth.