This Week: 2012 ended with the Aggies snapping a nine-game losing streak to the Lady Techsters with a 71-67 win over WAC foe Louisiana Tech at the Pan American Center on Monday, Dec. 31. 2013 begins with the Aggies heading out to face UTSA and Texas State for the first time as conference opponents. UTSA hosts NM State on Thursday, Jan. 3, for the first time since 1990. The Aggies then make the short trip to San Marcos, Texas to meet Texas State on Jan. 5.
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.
Aggies on TV: Eight games are scheduled to air on television this season on AggieVision. The next game broadcast is the Aggies home game versus WAC foe Seattle on Jan. 10, from the Pan American Center. Fans can also go to www.AggieVision.tv for channel listings.
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: After the first road trip in a month, NM State will come back to the Pan American Center and play host to Seattle on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The game will be the first WAC game of the season broadcast on AggieVision. The team then welcomes Idaho on Jan. 12, which will also be televised on Aggievision.
Looking Back: NM State bounced back quickly after the tough loss to UT Arlington to open WAC play when the team claimed its first conference win with a 71-67 defeat over Louisiana Tech on Monday, Dec. 31. The Aggies earned their first win since the 2007-08 season over the Lady Techsters in the Pan American Center, moving the overall record to 7-5, 1-1 in conference play.
About the Aggies: NM State started to 2012 half of the season 7-5, 1-1 WAC. The Aggies seven wins eclipsed last year's six wins all season after a 71-67 win over Louisiana Tech on New Year's Eve. The win over the Lady Techsters snapped a nine-game win streak against the team and earned NM State's first WAC win of the season. The Aggies started the year with a thrilling overtime win to Loyola Marymount before losing two on the road. The Aggies came back to win four in-a-row at home. NM State is averaging 57 points a game with a 33.8 team shooting percentage. Sophomore transfer Danesia Williamson leads the Aggies with 14 points on average per game. Fellow senior Kelsie Rozendaal is averaging nine rebounds a game, good for first on the team, while still maintaining 8.4 points per game. Starting nine games this season, Rozendaal leads the team with a 52.2 shooting percentage through her 10 games played. Sasha Weber is on top for the freshmen this season with 8.9 points per game. She is shooting best on the team from the line with 75.8 percent (25-33).
In the WAC: The Aggies started WAC play 1-1 with a league-opening loss to UT Arlington and a dominating 71-67 win over Louisiana Tech. Through the two games, Gilbreath leads the Aggies with 16.5 points and nine points on average.
Home-Court Comfort: The Aggies are 6-2 in the Pan American Center this season. Prior to the Dec. 18 loss to Rio Grande Rival New Mexico, the Aggies boasted a perfect record at home. During the 2011-12 season, six of NM State's seven wins came at the Pan Am.
Danesia Williamson leads the Aggies with 14 points per game this season. She has scored at least nine points in each of her 12 games this season and is shooting 33.3 percent from the floor. The sophomore has collected 15 steals this season with a team-high 33 assists.
Kelsie Rozendaal leads the Aggies this season with 74 total rebounds. She has collected 43 of those on the defensive side of the ball while still managing to average 9.4 points per game. The senior averages 6.7 rebounds a game and leads the team with a 52.2 field goal percentage (36-69) in her 11 games this season. Rozendaal had her best game this season on opening night when she posted her first double-double of the year with 22 points and 11 rebounds, helping the Aggies to a 77-76 overtime win.
Double Doubles: Keslie Rozendaal picked up her first double-double of the year against Loyola Marymount to open the season. She picked up 22 points and 22 rebounds in the win.
Stefanie Gilbreath earned her first double-double as an Aggie in the loss to UT Arlington when she posted 15 points and 10 rebounds.
It's a Three-Point Game: The Aggies have started six games with a three pointer this season.
vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (Danesia Williamson)
vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)
vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)
at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (Stefanie Gilbreath)
vs. UT Arlington L, 62-59 (Abby Scott)
vs. LA Tech W, 71-67 (Abby Scott)
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About UTSA: UTSA starts the season very similar to the Aggies with a 7-6 overall record, 1-1 in the WAC. The Roadrunners are 6-1 at home with their most recent home win coming over UNLV on Dec. 8. Simone Young leads the pack for UTSA with 11.1 points on average in her 13 starts this season. Young is 22-29 from the line and averages 4.5 rebounds a game. Overall, Whitney Wright leads on boards with 4.9 while average the same number of points each game. In WAC play, the Roadrunners lost in the league opener to Utah State in overtime, but came back to beat San Jose State on the road. The team is shooting 36.3 percent from the line and averaging 40.9 rebounds a game.
Series History Versus the Roadrunners: Meeting for the first time in the same conference, the two teams are knotted at 3-3. With the last meeting in 2006, the Aggies notched a 69-63 win at home over the Roadrunners. This marks the first meeting under the direction of Mark Trakh.
W, 91-65 (2/23/88)
L, 58-57 (1/19/89)
W, 89-55 (1/10/90)
L, 98-84 (12/31/90)
L, 61-38 (11/26/05)
W, 69-63 (11/19/06)
About Texas State: Starting the 2012 potion of the season 6-6, the Bobcats are 0-2 in WAC play. Texas State has lost just one game at home and is shooting 39.7 percent as a team. The Bobcats are on a three-game losing streak that includes their first two WAC games. The reigning WAC Player of the Week, Diamond Ford is averaging 21.8 points a game and shooting 40.3 percent this season. Ford marked a career-high 40 points in the loss to San Jose State, going 6-for-12 behind the three-point arc and 10-10 from the line.
Series History Versus the Bobcats: The Aggies lead 3-1 all-time over Texas State, but the Saturday game marks the first meeting in the same conference. The Aggies beat the Bobcats 76-66 in 2007, after more than 15 years without crossing paths.
W, 79-63 (12/21/87)
W, 68-56 (12/14/89)
L, 70-62 (1/22/90)
W, 76-66 (11/24/07)
Trakh-ing Down No. 300
Head coach Mark 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. Currently, Trakh sits with a 302-216 career record.
Stef's Standout Week: The senior transfer averaged 18.5 points on 35.3 percentage shooting, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week against UTEP and SUU. Gilbreath opened the week with a career-high 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and shooting 5-for-8 behind the three point line in the 69-68 win over I-10 rival UTEP. She tallied a career-high five three's (62.5 percent) against UTEP and matched her career numbers for rebounds (8) and assists (3). She then came back in the win over Southern Utah to post 15 points with a 35.7 shooting percentage. She was perfect at the line, going 6-for-6 on the week with three each game.
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.
Second Half Comeback at SUU: The New Mexico State women's basketball team came back late in the second half to take a 70-68 victory over Southern Utah, 70-68 on Dec. 1, in Cedar City, Utah. The Aggies were down 43-29 at the half before big moves from Kelsie Rozendaal and Camila Rosen vaulted NM State ahead before Danesia Williamson sank a layup with just two seconds left to lock in the last minute win.
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.)
Fresh Faces for Trakh: Head coach Mark Trakh brings on a slew of newcomers for the 2012-13 campaign. Among the new Aggies are transfers Stefanie Gilbreath and Denesia Williamson. Gilbreath joins the Aggie squad after spending four seasons with USC. Gilbreath sat out three seasons with the Trojans due to knee injuries, but played in each of USC's 30 games in 2011-12. Williamson wears the Crimson after one season with University of San Diego. The 5-6 guard averaged 5.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game with the Toreros.
Along with the two transfers, Trakh also adds five other players to the roster. Las Cruces native, Elena Holguin, comes in after redshirting her freshman season. Three-point threat, Alexis Nelson, joins the Aggies after breaking the single-season record for three pointers with 60 during her senior campaign at Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill. Abby Scott (Madras, Ore.), Sasha Weber (Lacey, Wash.) and Shay Young (San Diego, Calif.) round out the newcomers for NM State.
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.
Preseason Accolades: The Western Athletic Conference coaches and media picked NM State to finish eighth and ninth in their respective preseason polls, and senior guard Stefanie Gilbreath was named an All-WAC preseason pick.
The Aggies were picked sixth in last season's preseason polls. NM State finished 6-24 overall and 3-11 in the conference to place eighth. The eighth-place rank gave the Aggies a tough battle against top-ranked Fresno State in the 2012 WAC Championships. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 66-58, knocking NM State out of the tournament.
Reigning first team All-WAC honoree Christensen was voted Preseason Player of the Year and is the on the preseason All-WAC first team. Joining her on the first team is Alyssa Charlston of Idaho, Louisiana Tech's Whitney Frazier, Diamond Ford of Texas State and Seattle U's Kacie Sowell.
-- 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.
Potential Milestone: With 12 total wins this season, NM State will make its 600th victory in program history. With the current 7-5 record, the Aggies sit at 595-529 all time.
Aggies Host 16 Games This Season: The Aggies' 17 home games at the Pan American Center is the fifth time in six seasons NM State plays host to more than 15 contests. Along with this year's ledger, here are the prior four season slates with 16-plus games in Las Cruces including a school-record 18 games last year in 2009-10.