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.
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The Aggies end the regular season with a trip to Grand Canyon on March 6 at 7 p.m. The teams met to begin conference play this season with the Aggies picking up a 66-63 win at the Pan Am Center. That game will be broadcast on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson at 6:45 p.m.
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 NM State women’s basketball team moved to 10-16 overall on the season with a win over Texas-Pan American, 83-71, Feb. 20, in the Pan Am center. Continuing their strong performance at home, the Aggies are now 8-3 at home.
The Aggies are led by junior guard Danesia Williamson who is averaging 20.6 points per game while adding 28 steals, 67 assists and 48 rebounds on the season. Sasha Weber is adding 13.5 points per game while leading the team in assists with 70 total. Abby Scott is chipping in with 10.3 points a game and 11 blocks on the season.
Led by Weber, who is shooting .364 percent from deep, the Aggies are getting major contributions from down town by Williamson, Elena Holguin and Moriah Mack, all of whom are shooting over 30 percent on three pointers. Free throws have been another strong point for NM State, averaging .637 percent for the season, for a total of 327 points from the line.
NM State in the WAC
The Aggies are now 7-6 in the WAC, getting two consecutive wins over Chicago State (74-64) and Texas-Pan American (83-71). With the win over UTPA (Feb. 20) Nm State moved into fourth place in the WAC, sitting one game back from Seattle U (8-5). Idaho (12-1) and Bakersfield (10-3) are still number one and two.
The Aggies are still shooting a high percentage from the 3-point line, hitting 125 total three pointers in conference play while shooting .313 percent. Weber leads the Aggies shooting .387 percent from deep, with Williamson, Scott and Moriah Mack shooting over 30 percent each. The team has been averaging 9.9 three-pointers a game in WAC play, while their opponents have only been averaging 5.5 deep balls a game.
Around the WAC
NM State is fourth in the WAC with a 7-6 and a two-game winning streak. Idaho leads the WAC with a 12-1 conference record and 19-8 on the season. Bakersfield and Seattle U both sit ahead of the Aggies, while Grand Canyon is just one game back.
Sophomore Sasha Weber leads the conference in three-point field goal made with an average of 3.15 in league games. Junior Danesia Williamson is third in both scoring (21.8/avg. per game) and assists (4.92/avg. per game.)
About Utah Valley
The Utah Valley Wolverines are adjusting to their first season in the WAC. In her 19th season, Head Coach Cathy Nixon has guided this team to a 6-20 record overall and a 3-10 record in the WAC thus far. Katie Kuklok is the leading scorer for the Wolverines. Kuklok has a nice touch from long range as she is shooting a remarkable 43.4 percent on 63 made three point field goals. She also leads the team in free throws made with 91, free throw percentage at 94.8 percent and is second in rebounding with 79
The teams have met just three in program history with the Aggies holding a 2-1 record. NM State took the most recent meeting in an overtime victory in Orem, Utah. The win for NM State marked the first time the teams had met as conference opponents.
Last time versus the Wolverines
In the first win on the road, the Aggies picked up an 83-78 overtime win over Utah Valley on Saturday, Feb. 1. Sophomore Sasha Weber finished the day with a career-high 22 points, while freshman Brianna Freeman also had a career-high 16 points in the win. NM State also saw junior Danesia Williamson with her first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 assists. Sophomore Abby Scott also helped out with 15 points.
Helping the Aggies out in the game was newcomer Bradley Nash with seven points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Her rebounds and blocks are both career highs for the redshirt sophomore. NM State finished shooting 44 percent as a team and UVU shot 47 percent. NM State beat the Wolverines in the paint 46-36 and had 17 bench points.
The Bakersfield Runners are led by third year Head Coach Greg McCall. With a 16-9 record overall and a 10-3 record in conference play, the Runners currently sit at second place in the WAC. The Runners have played well at home this season achieving a 10-1 record to this point with an 11 point average margin of victory. Standout Guard Tyonna Outland leads the charge for CSU Bakersfield. Outland is the leading scorer for the Runners with 22.9 ppg in conference matchups and 20.9 ppg overall this season. She is also coming off a week in which she received WAC Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season.
NM state and Bakersfield are just 1-1 all time. NM State won the first meeting in 2013, but the Runners won the first meeting as conference opponents in late January.
Last time versus the Runners
The team fell 86-63 to the Bakersfield Roadrunners on Thursday, Jan. 30. NM State shot 31 percent on the night with sophomore Abby Scott leading the team with 19 points. Also helping the Aggies was junior Danesia Williamson and sophomore Sasha Weber, who had 15 and 12 points, respectively. Freshman Moriah Mack led defensively with eight rebounds, while fellow freshman Tyler Ellis had seven.
The Aggies allowed the Runners to shoot 35-of-66 on the night, good for 53 percent shooting. NM State did see 15 second-chance points go in and scored 16 points off turnovers, but still turned over the ball 11 times.
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 three of the last four 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.