Aggies "Play4Kay" against San Jose State
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/13/2013

Play For Kay: Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.

As part of a nationwide awareness initiative, the NM State Aggies will honor breast cancer survivors and victims by wearing the color pink during Thursday's game against San Jose State. The Aggies are encouraging all NM State fans to wear pink in support as well.

For more information on Play 4Kay or to donate to the fund click here

This Week: NM State looks to break the losing streak with the first two games of a four-game home stand beginning with San Jose State on Thursday, Feb. 14. The team then meets Utah State to finish the week on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Pan American Center.

Tickets: 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.

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: NM State continues to provide live coverage on AggieVision, ESPN3.com and your local cable and TV networks with the next broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 16 against the Utah State Aggies. Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m. Check AggieVision.TV for channel listings.

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.

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: NM State gets comfortable at home for the final two home games of the 2012-13 season as it plays host to the final non-conference opponent of the season, CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. A week later, the Aggies close out the home portion of the schedule against Denver on March 2, at 6:30 p.m.

Looking Back: The Aggies went 0-2 during two road games this past week. Falling 72-53 to Idaho on Thursday, Feb. 7, and 78-62 to Seattle U on Saturday.  The team still saw senior Stefanie Gilbreath lead with 21 points and eight rebounds in Moscow, Idaho, and 15 points at Seattle. Sophomore Danesia Williamson picked up her game over the weekend with 12 and 13 points in the two games, respectively.


About the Aggies: NM State continues WAC play with a 9-14 overall record and 3-10 in league play. Going into the weekend with nine straight losses, the Aggies are looking for a comeback when they get back to their home court for four games. The Aggies held their longest win streak of the season around Thanksgiving when they won four in a row at home, but fell into a seven-game slump during the middle part of conference play.

Avg ppg: 57.2; FG%: 33.5; Scoring Leader: Stefanie Gilbreath - 16.4 ppg; Rebound leader: Kelsie Rozendaal - 7 rpg; Top Freshman: Sasha Weber - 8.5 ppg; 3.6 rpg; 35 FG%; 43 asst.; Streak: Lost 91/10-2/9

Road to Vegas: NM State enters this week's home stand with a 3-10 record in conference play. After winning three of its first four WAC encounters, NM State has lost its last nine conference games, including going 0-2 during their most recent road swing.

Numbers in the WAC:

  • Aggies rank second in the WAC conference for scoring defense with an average of 61.2 points per game.
  • Aggie fans love to support their women's basketball team with an attendance average of 1015 per game.
  • NMSU's Stefanie Gilbreath ranks 3rd in the WAC for 18.5 points per game slightly following Ta' Rea Cunnigan and Diamond Ford.
  • Kelsie Rozendaal ranks 5th in the WAC conference for offensive rebounds with a 3.58 average per game along with Camila Rosen who ranks 7th with an average of 3.13.

Small Margins: The Aggies four losses between 1/10-1/19 were decided by a combined 15 points.

Double Doubles: Seniors Kelsie Rozendaal and Stefanie Gilbreath as well as freshman Sasha Weber have each collected double-doubles 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

Rozendaal: 22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount, 11/12

Rozendaal: 11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State, 1/5

Rozendaal: 13 pts, 11 reb; at Denver, 1/26

Weber: 11 pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5

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)


About SJSU: San Jose State's team has a 9-14 overall record and a 6-6 in the WAC conference. Ta'Rea Cunnigan is 2nd in WAC with 20.0 points per game. Riana Byrd has the highest rebound average of 10.0. San Jose beat New Mexico State with a 51-50 victory in mid-January.

Series History versus the Spartans: NM State leads the series with a 25-5 overall record. San Jose State claimed the last two meetings in San Jose, including January's 51-50 win over NM State, but one of NM State's three conference wins was over the Spartans in mid-February with a 56-55 win in Las Cruces. The Aggies' last win on the road versus the Spartans was in January of 2011 with a 52-46 win.

About Utah State: Utah State has a 13-10 overall record and a 10-2 in the WAC conference this season. Devyn Christensen has a 19.7 point average and Jenna Johnson is highest in rebound average with a 7.7. Utah State beat New Mexico State in mid-January with a 65-63 win with a last second three point shot at the buzzer.

Series History Versus the other Aggies: The NM State Aggies are 18-16 all-time against the Utah State Aggies after a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer in January to the Aggies in Logan, Utah. Last season, NM State fell twice to USU and the last win for the Aggies came in January of 2011 with a 75-71 victory over Utah State.

Trakh-ing Down No. 300: 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 304-225 career record.

Rivalry Rundown

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.

Historical Season:

-- 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 9-14 record, the Aggies sit at 596-536 all-time.

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