The Aggies had a solid start to the week with an 82-61 win over Chicago State. Not only did three Aggies score in double figures, sophomore Abby Scott had a record-breaking 11 3-pointers and 20 attempts from beyond the arc. NM State is now 5-12 on the season and 2-2 in league play.
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The Aggies look to wrap the first half of conference play with road games against Bakersfield and Utah Valley. NM State heads to meet the Roadrunners on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m., and then makes the trip to Orem, Utah to face the Wolverines at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1. Fans can listen to the live broadcast with Jay Sanderson (@Sanderson_NMSU) on KSNM AM570.
NM State went 2-0 on the week to move into third place in the conference standings with a 3-2 WAC record. The Aggies defeated Chicago State 82-61 and saw sophomore Abby Scott break the record for most 3-point field goals in a game when she went 11-20 and scored 36 points. The Aggies came back two days later for a 106-77 win over Kansas City, marking the second 100-point game in the Mark Trakh era. NM State now heads back on the road in search of its first road win this season to face Texas Pan American on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. Fans can listen to the live broadcast with Jay Sanderson on KSNM AM570 beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Texas Pan American
Texas Pan American goes into the week with a 9-9 record this season and is 3-2 in WAC play. The team is led by Shawnte’ Groff with an average of 12.3 points a game and a 40.7 field goal percentage.
Texas Pan American won its last two games against Kansas City and Chicago State with a 66-44 win over the Cougars. The team shoots 61.7 percent and averages 39 rebounds a game. The team’s two losses come from Idaho and Seattle U – the same teams NM State fell to just two weeks ago.
NM State is 3-0 against the Broncs. The last meeting between the teams was in 2003 when the Aggies claimed a 72-42 win over UTPA.
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)
Last Game: vs. Kansas City (W, 106-77)
basketball team broke the 100-point barrier and saw record breaking performances by its three upperclassmen in the 106-77 win over Kansas City on Saturday, Jan. 18. NM State improved to 6-12 on the season and 3-2 in Western Athletic Conference play.
For the first time in 20 years, three Aggies scored more than 20 points. Junior Danesia Williamson hit a career-high 30 points and had five assists and two steals on the night. Sophomore Abby Scott had 25 points to go with her eight rebounds and two steals, while fellow sophomore Sasha Weber had a quiet 20 points in the game with three blocks and six rebounds.
The trio had help from freshmen Brianna Freeman with 13 points and 10 points from Moriah Mack to mark just the second time in two years that five Aggies have scored in double figures. Freeman also grabbed seven rebounds and two blocks on the game.
The Aggies shot a season-best 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from the 3-point line. Williamson was 7-of-11 from 3-point range and finished 10-of-15. She and Scott combined to tie the record for most 3-pointers made in a single game.
Williamson averaged 25.5 points in two games, helping the Aggies to a 2-0 record for the week. She scored 21 points against Chicago State on Thursday with eight rebounds and four assists before coming back on Saturday for a career-high 30 points in NM State's 106-77 win over Kansas City. She teamed up with sophomores Abby Scott and Sasha Weber to mark the first time since 1994 that three Aggies each scored 20 or more points in the same game.
Freshman Brianna Freeman was the first Aggie to earn a double-double this season. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Aggie loss to Milwaukee (84-81) during the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. The double-double was the first of Freeman’s young career as an Aggie. She earned her second in the first conference game of the year, which marked a new career-high 16 points and matched her 10 rebounds against the Lopes. Sophomore Sasha Weber also earned her first season double-double against Grand Canyon with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
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 announcing the signing of three players to the 2014-15 New Mexico State women’s basketball team. 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.