Aggies and Vandals Kick Off Second Half of WAC Schedule
The New Mexico State women's basketball team (5-17, 2-5 WAC) visits Idaho (7-16, 2-5) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to begin the second half of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) schedule. Both teams are 2-5 in conference and coming off of a win at the midpoint of the league schedule. The Aggies knocked off the Vandals in Las Cruces earlier this season, 61-47 on Jan. 14.
Fans can listen to the game live on KSNM 570 AM with Kyle Doperalski calling the action. Live updates via Twitter will be available by following @NMStateAggies. Live stats links can be found at NMStateSports.com.
The Aggies' win on Jan. 14 snapped a seven-game Idaho win streak in the series. UI leads 18-9 in the 27 all-time meetings between the teams. NM State has not won in Moscow since a 54-51 win on Feb. 7, 2008.
New Mexico State is coming off of its biggest win of the season, a 70-50 defeat of Nevada Saturday in Las Cruces. Prior to that win, the Aggies fell 79-54 at home to league-leading Fresno State.
The Vandals had lost eight games in a row until last weekend. Idaho swept Hawai'i (69-61) and San Jose State (67-63) on the road to post its first win streak of the season. Two of the Vandals' seven wins are against non-Division I opponents this season.
Inside the Series with Idaho
Idaho leads the all-time series between the schools, 18-9, and has won seven of the last eight in the series. NM State snapped UI's seven-game win streak in the series on Jan. 14, 61-47. UI swept NM State last season after a 73-65 win in Las Cruces on March 3 and a 64-51 victory in Moscow on Jan. 29.
In 2010, the Vandals completed a season sweep and notched a tourney win over the Aggies. UI edged NM State twice that year during the regular season winning 68-65 in Las Cruces and 60-59 in Moscow. The teams later met in the WAC tourney and the fourth-seeded Vandals came out on top of the fifth-seeded Aggies in Reno, 75-63 on March 10. NM State has not won in Moscow since a 54-51 win on Feb. 7, 2008.
Since NM State joined the WAC in 2005, Idaho holds a 9-5 advantage overall in the series. More than half (14) of the all-time meetings have been decided by 10 points or less including five of the last nine.
Prior to 2006, the teams had not met since 2001 when NM State scored a 79-65 win during the Idaho State Tournament on Nov. 17. That's the only neutral court win for the Aggies in the series. From 1997-2000, both schools were members of the Big West Conference. Idaho built its series lead during those four seasons winning six of eight contests.
The Vandals won the first two meetings between the programs in the 1980's during tourneys at Wyoming and San Diego State. The teams split a non-conference home-and-home series in the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons with each squad winning on its home court.
Scouting the Vandals
The Idaho Vandals (7-16, 2-5), of the Western Athletic Conference, are 3-8 at home this season but 0-3 within the WAC at the Cowan Spectrum. Idaho is 6-4 when scoring 63 points or more this season. Additionally, the Vandals are 3-15 when allowing opponents 60 points or more this season.
On offense Idaho averages 60.2 points per game and shoots 38.0 percent from the field. Defensively, the Vandals allow 67.0 points per game and hold opponents to 37.4 percent shooting from the floor. UI ranks No. 65 nationally with 4.5 blocks per game.
Sophomore forward Alyssa Charlston paces the Vandal offense with 14.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Stacey Barr is second on the team in scoring at 9.8 per contest. Sophomore center Ashley Walters averages 1.9 blocks per game to rate No. 59 in the nation.
Last Time against the Vandals
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Jan. 14) - The New Mexico State women's basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak to Idaho and earned its first Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win in the process with a 61-47 victory over the Vandals inside the Pan American Center Saturday afternoon.
The Aggies trailed 26-23 at halftime but posted their largest second-half point total of the season of 38. They combined that with their best defensive effort in the second half this year, holding Idaho to just 21 points after the break to secure the victory.
That combination provided NM State its largest victory margin of 2011-12. Tonight's second-half surge also snapped the Aggies' streak of eight consecutive games that saw NM State outscored in the second half dating back to the UNM game on Dec. 4. It marked just the third time this season that the Crimson and White won the second half this season.
NM State made its move three minutes into the second half. The Aggies strung together a 10-0 run over the next four minutes behind four points apiece from seniors Kelsie Rozendaal and Tabytha Wampler. The Aggies led 37-31 after the rally. UI closed to within three shortly thereafter but Rozendaal sparked another 10-1 run to put NM State up by double digits.
Wampler led the Aggies with her seventh double-double of the year and 16th of her career totaling 11 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Kaitlyn Soto dropped in a team-high 14 points and classmate Erica Sanchez added 10. Junior Camila Rosen was a just shy of a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
NM State improved to 4-13 overall and evened its WAC record at 1-1 after the win. Idaho dropped to 5-13 overall and 0-2 in conference with the loss.
The Aggies shot 43 percent (23-54) in the game while holding Idaho to 26 percent (14-53) from the field. NM State held UI to just 6-of-28 in the second half. The Aggies won the battle of the boards 42-37. Idaho made 6-of-16 from beyond the arc while NM State made 5-of-13. Both teams turned the ball over 15 times on the night.
Soto and Wampler started the scoring for the Aggies for an early 4-0 lead, 2:30 into the ball game. After a single made free throw from Idaho, the teams traded three-point baskets the next three times up the court. The pair of Aggie treys came from Sanchez. A bucket from Rosen gave NM State its largest lead of the half at the 13:55 mark at 12-4.
Idaho's offense began to click over the next four minutes as the Vandals answered with an 8-0 run to knot the game at 12-12. UI moved ahead for the first time at the 6:47 mark, 15-14, after a made three-point basket.
The Aggie offense stalled as Idaho continued to stretch its lead to its largest of the game at 24-16 with 90 seconds left in the half following a 9-0 rally. NM State closed the gap to three, 26-23, after a traditional three-point play from sophomore guard Jasmine Rutledge capped off a 7-2 Aggie run to end the half.
The Aggies shot 38 percent (10-26) in the first half and held Idaho to 32 percent (8-25) from the field. NM State trailed 21-14 on the boards in the first half. The Aggies made their only free throw attempt while Idaho went 6-of-10 on free throws in the half. NM State committed eight turnovers and forced nine Idaho miscues in the half. The NM State bench outscored Idaho's reserves 11-7 in the first 20 minutes.
Rozendaal sparked the first of two second-half runs for the Aggies at the 17-minute mark. She scored four straight to tie the game at 31-31 with 15:59 remaining. A bucket by Rosen gave NM State the lead for good out of a media timeout. Wampler then scored four straight to cap a 10-0 run and put the Aggies up 37-31 at the 13:02 mark.
After three points from the Vandals, Rozendaal again scored four straight to kick off another Aggie run. This time Soto scored a three and Rosen drained another three-pointer to finish off a 10-1 rally to push the NM State lead to 47-35 with 9:17 remaining. NM State led by double digits the rest of the way to close out its largest win of the season.
Sophomore forward Alyssa Charlston led Idaho with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds tonight. Guard Krissy Karr added 12 for the Vandals.
Coach Trakh Approaches 500th Collegiate Game of Career
In his 17th year on the sidelines, NM State floor general Mark Trakh is quickly approaching his 500th career game as a head coach at the Division I level. The milestone game is set to take place Feb. 16 against Hawai'i in Las Cruces.
Trakh entered the 2011-12 season at 476 career games and a 289-187 (.607) record in 16 seasons. This season the Aggie head coach roamed the sideline in 21 of NM State's 22 games. Trakh did not travel to UMKC on Jan. 4. As a result, Trakh's career game No. 498 takes place Thursday at Idaho, followed by contest No. 499 at Utah State Saturday.
Prior to this season, Trakh spent 16 seasons coaching at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine. Trakh served as the head coach at USC from 2004-09, where he compiled a 90-64 overall record. Before accepting the position at USC, Trakh had a highly successful 11-year tenure as head coach at Pepperdine from 1993-2004. He ended his tenure with the Waves with a 199-123 overall record.
Wampler Nets Season High against Nevada
New Mexico State women's basketball senior Tabytha Wampler posted a season-high 25 points against the Wolf Pack on Feb. 4 during the Aggies' 70-50 triumph. She also grabbed 15 rebounds to post her eighth double-double of the season and 17th of her career.
The total edged out her previous season high of 24 set at Hawai'i on Jan. 21. On the islands she just missed a double-double with 24 points and nine rebounds.
Wampler finished one point shy of her career high of 26 set against Cal State Northridge last season on Dec. 5, 2010. Wampler also grabbed 14 rebounds against the Matadors that evening.
Soto Suffers Season-Ending Injury against LA Tech
Senior guard Kaitlyn Soto suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second half of the Aggies' home game against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 28. The loss of the Aggie point guard to a torn ACL deals a severe blow to the NM State offense.
Prior to the injury Soto was one of two players, along with classmate Tabytha Wampler, to start each game this season. She ranked second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game. Soto led the team in minutes played this season at 31.4 per game. She also led the team with 37 assists. Soto ranked second on the squad with 17 made three-point attempts as well as 17 steals.
Soto and Sanchez Sizzle in San Jose
Senior guards Kaitlyn Soto and Erica Sanchez each posted career high point totals of 23 and 20, respectively, at San Jose State Jan. 19. The duo combined for 43 of NM State's 62 points (69 percent) and each guard grabbed four rebounds against the Spartans.
Soto poured in 23 points that included a trio of three-point buckets, smashing her previous career high of 17 matched Jan. 1 against Shaw. The point guard was also a perfect 6-of-6 from the line while playing all 40 minutes of the game.
Sanchez fired in a career-best six long-range threes at SJSU that accounted for 18 of her career high 20 tallies. A crucial jumper from the right side late in the game accounted for the other bucket. Sanchez shot 46.1 percent from beyond the arc but went 1-of-3 inside the line. The new high point total tops her previous best of 16 tallies set earlier this season against Arizona Nov. 21 when Sanchez canned four three-point baskets against the Wildcats.
Aggies' Record Full of Nailbiters
NM State has played in five games, almost a quarter of its schedule thus far, in games decided by a single point. The Aggies are 2-3 in those games including a season-opening win at Houston on Nov. 11, 63-62, and their first home win of the year against UCSB on Dec. 19, 52-51.
Two of the three Aggie losses were at the hands of bitter rival New Mexico. The Lobos won in Albuquerque 54-53 on Dec. 4 before sweeping NM State after a 59-58 decision in Las Cruces Dec. 30. The third Aggie one-point defeat was to Southern Utah in the final game of the Hotel Encanto Classic as the Thunderbirds secured a 58-57 win in the final seconds on Nov. 27.
Missed It by That Much
Nine of the Aggies' 21 games this season have been decided by five points or less. Including its 2-3 record in one-point games, NM State is 2-7 overall in those contests.
NM State lost to rival UTEP, 76-72, on Nov. 16 in overtime. The Aggies fell 56-53 to Boise State on Jan. 7. Both of those contests took place at home in Las Cruces. The Aggies' latest close downfalls occurred on the road at San Jose State 67-62 Jan. 19 and at Hawai'i 51-48 Jan. 21.
The only other single-digit outcome this season was the Aggies' eight-point victory over Shaw on Jan. 1, 61-53.
Rosen Posts First Career Double-Double against Utah State
One game after posting a career-high 13 points against Boise State Jan. 7, junior guard Camila Rosen continued to capitalize on her role as the fifth player in the starting rotation that consists of four seniors. In the WAC opener against Utah State on Jan. 12, Rosen posted her first double-double of her career. She posted 10 points and a career-high 10 rebounds against USU.
Wampler Becomes 19th Member of Aggie 1,000-Point Club and Continues to Move Up the All-Time List
With her game-winning basket against UCSB Dec. 19 with 1:07 left in the game, senior Tabytha Wampler posted her 1,000th career point. Wampler becomes NM State's 19th member of the 1,000-point club with the bucket and third player to accomplish the feat in the past three seasons after departed seniors Danisha Corbett reach the milestone last season and Madison Spence attained the mark in 2010.
Wampler recently passed Paulina Blunt's (1989-94) career point total of 1,148 to move into No. 17 on the Aggie all-time scoring list on Feb. 4 with a season-high 25 points against Nevada. The senior co-captain currently has accumulated 1,154 career points, just eight points behind Aggie Hall of Famer Ann McReynolds (1975-78) who is currently No. 16 on the all-time list with 1,162 points. Wampler is only nine points behind former Aggie Donna Goggin (1975-79) for No. 15 overall.
NM State Top-19 Scoring List (spots 13-17) Point Total Point Margin Ahead of Wampler
13. Anna Boldt (1979-84) 1,241 pts. 87
14. Mari Sanchez (1999-2003) 1,196 pts. 42
15. Donna Goggin (1975-79) 1,163 pts. 9
16. Ann McReynolds (1975-78) 1,162 pts. 8
17. Tabytha Wampler (2008-present) 1,154 pts.
Wampler Climbing All-Time Rebound List
Wampler is also doing double duty on the floor this season for the Aggies. She is averaging just shy of a double-double through 22 games this season with 13.5 points and 9.7 boards per game. In 2011, the senior captain has added eight double dips to increase her career total to 17. Wampler posted her latest double-double in conference against Nevada Feb. 4 with 25 points and 15 rebounds.
Her eight double-doubles ranks among the top 50 nationally. Wampler is only the second Aggie since 2000 to post over a dozen dual performances on the court, ranking only behind former Aggie Sherell Neal's career total of 41.
Wampler opened the season by matching her career high in rebounds with 18 caroms at Houston and scored a team-high 21 points. In the Aggies' first home game of the year, Wampler posted her second dual performance of the season with 16 points and 16 rebounds against Idaho State. Her third double dip came against Arizona with 14 points and 13 caroms. Number four came at Boise State on Dec. 11 when Wampler posted 22 points and 13 boards.
Wampler started 2012 with back-to-back double-double outings after posting 15 points and 11 rebounds on New Year's Day against Shaw three days before recording 15 points and 12 boards Jan. 4 at UMKC. Against Idaho on Jan. 14 Wampler notched 11 points and 10 rebounds.
With 833 career boards, Wampler is climbing the Aggie all-time rebounding list. After grabbing 15 rebounds against Nevada, Wampler is four rebounds shy of seventh place and 15 boards out of sixth place on the all-time list.
NM State Top-10 Rebounding List (spots 5-8) REB Total REB Margin Ahead of Wampler
5. Tracey Goetsch (1988-92) 946 113
6. Paulina Blunt (1989-94) 848 15
7. Diane Tschasar (1979-83) 837 4
8. Tabytha Wampler (2008-present) 833
Wampler Poised to Move into Third All-Time in Career Starts
Senior forward Tabytha Wampler, a four-year starter for NM State, has started 113 career contests and played in all 117 games during her time in Las Cruces. Wampler has started every game for the Aggies since Jan. 4, 2009, dating back to her first year in Crimson and White when she earned 2009 All-WAC Freshman Team honors.
The co-captain has started all 22 games so far this season. She also started all 32 games in both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
During her freshman campaign in 2008-09 she started the first nine games of the year. Wampler then came off the bench for the four games over the holidays and later finished the season with 18 straight starts.
Heading into Thursday's game at Idaho, Wampler is tied with Aggie Hall of Famer Anita Maxwell for third on the all-time starts list at 113 career opening tips. With seven regular-season games remaining and at least one WAC tournament contest, Wampler could become the NM State all-time leader in career starts by season's end.
Departed senior Madison Spence (2007-11) currently holds the record of 121 career starts set last season after a pair of opening tips at the 2011 WAC Tournament. Spence slipped past the former career leader in all-time starts, Andrea Kabwasa (1988-92), who held the top mark for over 18 seasons of 120 starts.
NM State All-Time Starts List (spots 1-3) Total Margin Ahead of Wampler
1. Madison Spence (2007-11) 121 8
2. Andrea Kabwasa (1988-92) 120 7
T3. Tabytha Wampler (2008-12) 113
T3. Anita Maxwell (1992-96) 113
Should Wampler play in both games this week, she will tie Maxwell at No. 10 on the career games played list with 119.
Rozendaal Posts Career High at UMKC
Senior forward Kelsie Rozendaal swished her first three-point attempt of the year in the first half at UMKC Jan. 4 en route to a career high point total of 15 points that tied for the team-high total.
The three-pointer was only Rozendaal's second make in three career attempts, but she shot two additional treys against the Kangaroos making one and missing the other to finish the night at 67 percent from long range. The senior was slightly better at the free throw line going 3-of-4. Rozendaal also added four boards and ranked third on the squad with 26 minutes of action on the floor.
Womack Leads Aggies at Utah
Freshman guard Hannah Womack came off of the bench Dec. 23 at Utah to lead all Aggie scorers with 15 points. She shot 50 percent from long range (4-8). In 24 minutes of action, Womack was active on the floor defensively with a team high of two steals. Womack was the only Aggie in double figures against the Utes.
Her performance against the Utes marked the third game this season that the freshman led the Aggies in scoring. Womack posted 23 against UTEP in Nov. 16 and led NM State with 13 versus North Dakota on Nov. 26. On the season Womack is averaging 8.6 points per game to rank second on the team.
Womack also saw her free throw streak end at Utah after going 1-of-2 from the line. Prior to the contest, Womack had made her previous 15 attempts at the charity stripe spanning the past seven games.
Soto Sends Aggie Program's 500th Game in the Pan Am into OT
Senior guard Kaitlyn Soto capped a 5-0 rally with 30 seconds to go in regulation to force overtime but the Aggies fell to rival UTEP 76-72 in extra time in a game marked the women's basketball program's 500th game contested all-time in the Pan American Center.
Down two after a missed UTEP free throw, Soto drove the length of the floor and dropped in a game-tying layup with 0:00.5 seconds showing on the clock to force the extra session. The senior guard also scored the first bucket of overtime.
Aggies Open Season with Thrilling Road Win at Houston
NM State won a 63-62 thriller on the road against Houston in the Aggies' season opener inside UH's Hofheinz Pavilion Nov. 11. With five seconds on the clock and the Aggies up two, 63-61, UH senior Porsche Landry was fouled with 0.5 left on the clock and went to the line to shoot a pair of free throws. She made the first to post a career-high 37 points but missed the second to give NM State the victory.
An 11-0 Aggie run late in the second half helped the visitors take control of the game. NM State held UH scoreless for over 3:30 pushing the Aggies up 60-53 with 3:36 remaining. Aggie senior forward Tabytha Wampler scored six of her team-high 21 points during the rally. The forward fouled out with just over two minutes left in the game, but the Aggies held on for the one-point victory.
Trakh Signs Three Commitments for 2012-13 Season
New Mexico State women's basketball head coach Mark Trakh announced three new additions to the Aggie family each signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday, Nov. 9 to play basketball at NM State beginning in the fall of 2012.
Trakh and his staff signed Abby Scott, a 6-1 senior guard from Madras High School in Madras Ore.; Sasha Weber, a 6-0 senior guard from Timberline High School in Lacey, Wash.; and Shay Young, a 6-0 senior guard from Mount Miguel High School in San Diego on the first day of the early signing period.
Aggies Tabbed Sixth in WAC Preseason Polls; Wampler Earns All-WAC Honors
The WAC coaches and media picked the New Mexico State women's basketball team to finish sixth in their respective preseason polls and both honored senior forward Tabytha Wampler with All-WAC preseason honors in a release by the conference Oct. 18.
The Aggies were also picked sixth in last season's preseason polls. NM State finished 14-18 overall and 7-9 in the conference to place in a tie for fifth last season and entered the WAC Tournament as the sixth seed.
A senior co-captain, Wampler earned First Team Preseason All-WAC honors from the media and garnered Second Team recognition from the coaches.
Wampler enters her senior season after starting all 32 games last year. She returns as the Aggies' leading scorer at 12.7 points per game and leading rebounder at 7.6 boards per game. Wampler posted seven double-doubles last season and ranked No. 31 nationally with an 85.1 free throw percentage.
The senior co-captain scored in double figures 25 times last season. Wampler led the team in rebounding 15 times and in scoring nine times in 2010-11 as a junior.
Last season departed seniors Madison Spence and Jasmine Lowe earned preseason second team honors from the media and coaches. Spence ended the season with All-WAC Second Team honors while Jasmine Rutledge claimed All-WAC Freshman team honors.
Aggies Battle through Difficult Schedule this Year
The Aggies' 2011-12 slate includes a dozen games against teams that played in postseason tournaments a season ago. NM State is set to host 16 games at the Pan American Center for the second straight season - matching the third-most amount of home contests in the NM State record books. It marks the 13th season that the Crimson and White play host to 15 or more opponents in the regular season. In those previous 12 seasons, NM State averaged 20 wins per year.
The Aggies' upcoming non-conference ledger consists of nine home match-ups and six road contests. Prior to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) schedule, NM State tips against four opponents with 2011 postseason appearances. The Aggies open the season at NCAA Tournament selection Houston (Nov. 11). NM State later hosts Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) opponents Arizona (Nov. 21), and UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 19). The Aggies travel to Utah (Dec. 21), another NCAA Tourney squad, in its final road trip of 2011.
Rivals UTEP and New Mexico are also on the Aggie docket for a pair of home-and-home contests. New Mexico State will look for its fifth consecutive Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic title on Nov. 25-27. North Dakota and Southern Utah complete the lineup of the three-day holiday tournament.
NM State opens WAC play with five of its first seven games at home in 2012. The Aggies battle 2011 WNIT participant Utah State at home on Jan. 12. Two days later, Idaho comes to town after a Women's Basketball Invitational appearance last season.
On Jan. 19, the Aggies make their first conference road trip to San Jose State before trekking to Hawai'i for a game on Jan. 21. WAC regular-season champion and NCAA participant Louisiana Tech invades Las Cruces to close out the month of play on Jan. 28. Defending WAC Tournament champion and NCAA qualifier Fresno State visits the Pan American Center on Feb. 2. WNIT participant Nevada completes the first half of the league schedule in Las Cruces on Feb. 4.
NM State faces three tough road contests to complete the season beginning with a trip to LA Tech (Feb. 25). The team wraps up the regular season with contests at Nevada (Mar. 1) and Fresno State (Mar. 3).
The 2012 WAC Tournament will be held at a neutral site in Las Vegas for the second year in a row. The Orleans Arena will play host to both the men's and women's conference basketball tournaments March 7-10.
Four Returning Aggies Earn Academic All-WAC Honors
The 2010-11 Academic All-WAC women's basketball was announced in June. To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests. The following is a list of the five winter sport honorees from the women's basketball squad: Christina Fletcher, So.; Malia Magazzeni, So.; Kaitlyn Soto, Jr.; Madison Spence, Sr. and Tabytha Wampler, Jr.
Trakh Becomes 10th Aggie Head Coach in Program History
New Mexico State athletic director Dr. McKinley Boston announced the hiring of Mark Trakh as the new head coach of the Aggie women's basketball program on April 8, 2011.
Trakh (pronounced TRACK), 55, becomes the 10th head coach in NM State history and has nearly 30 years of head coaching experience, including 16 at the NCAA Division I level at both Southern California and Pepperdine.
This is a milestone season for Trakh. He will coach his 500th career collegiate game in game 24 this season, which will be against Hawai'i on Feb. 16. With 11 victories this season, Trakh will reach 300 collegiate career wins.
Trakh served as the head coach at USC from 2004-09, where he compiled a 90-64 overall record. In his first two seasons, he guided the Women of Troy to their first NCAA appearances in seven years, as the team advanced to the second round in both 2005 and 2006. The Trojans finished in the top half of the Pac-10 all five years and were the conference tournament runner-up in 2009 and regular season runner-up in 2005.
Before accepting the position at USC, Trakh had a highly successful 11-year tenure as head coach at Pepperdine from 1993-2004. Under his direction, the Waves posted six consecutive 20-win seasons from 1997-2003, made six straight postseason appearances and claimed four West Coast Conference titles. Trakh was twice named the league's coach of the year in both 1999 and 2002, and ended his tenure with a 199-123 overall record and a 99-55 mark in the WCC.
Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, Trakh had a Hall of Fame career as the head girls' coach at Brea Olinda High School in Brea, Calif., from 1981-93. He helped lead the Ladycats to national prominence with a 354-45 overall record, highlighted by four state titles (1989, 1991, 1992 and 1993), six CIF Southern Section championships and 12 Orange League Crowns. In his final five campaigns, Brea Olinda posted an amazing 161-8 record and did not lose more than two games in any single season.
Trakh Fills Out Coaching Staff with Three Assistants
Assistant Coach Jamie Shadian
Shadian comes to the Mesilla Valley after two seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville. She joined the Tigers' coaching staff in 2009 and focused her efforts on mentoring guard play, specifically the point guard at the Division I level. The Tigers' 2011 senior point guard responded to the instruction last season to become the TSU assists record holder and place second in assists within the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC).
Assistant Coach Tamara Inoue
Inoue joins the Aggie coaching staff after three seasons as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University. She joined the Broncos' women's basketball program in 2008. Inoue's primary responsibilities at Santa Clara involved recruiting, film exchange, scouting and working with the Bronco guards. After six years of playing and coaching in Australia, Inoue joined the staff in Santa Clara. Inoue's playing days in Australia were cut short due to injury. After rehabilitation in the United States, she returned to coach in Australia's Victorian Basketball League (VBL).
Assistant Coach Aarika Hughes
Trakh is very familiar with Hughes after recruiting her to play for him at the University of Southern California. They spent three seasons together in Los Angeles from 2007-09. Hughes graduated in 2010 with a degree in psychology. Hughes spent much of the past year in her home state of Oregon coaching an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) squad named Team Concept, based in Portland. The 6-2 guard/forward finished her career with the fifth-best single-season 3-point field goal percentage of 40.9 when she drained 18-of-44 from beyond the arc in 2007-08 under Trakh.
Aggies Host 16 Games This Season
The Aggies' 16 home games at the Pan American Center is the fourth time in five 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 in 2009-10.
2011-12: 16 (4-10 at home, 5-17 overall)
2010-11: 16 (7-9 at home, 14-18 overall)
2009-10: 18 (12-6 at home, 18-14 overall)
1979-80: 17 (10-7 at home, 22-12 overall)
2007-08: 16 (14-2 at home, 23-9 overall)Prior to the 2011-12 season, NM State played at least 15 regular season games at home in 12 of its 38 previous seasons. The Aggies averaged 20