Trakh Coaches No. 500 in Pink Game versus UH
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Release:  02/15/2012
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Trakh Coaches No. 500 in Pink Game versus UH

The New Mexico State women's basketball team (5-19, 2-7 WAC) hosts Hawai'i (8-15, 3-5 WAC) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night in its annual Play4Kay Pink Game. The contest against UH will be Aggie head coach Mark Trakh's 500th game as a collegiate head coach. Trakh boasts a 294-205 record in 17 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach.

The contest begins the Aggies' final two-game home stand of the season.  Fans are encougraged to wear pink attire to the game Thursday night.

Fans can watch the game live on AggieVision with play-by-play from Kyle Doperalski and analysis from Melanie Viramontes. Live updates via Twitter will be available by following @NMStateAggies. Live stats links can be found at NMStateSports.com.

NM State has won seven of the last 10 against Hawai'i but the all-time series is tied at 15-15 following the Aggies' three-point loss at UH last month. The Rainbow Wahine knocked off NM State 51-48 on Jan. 21 in Honolulu.

Last year, the Aggies defeated UH 71-59 in a 2011 WAC Quarterfinal on March 9. NM State has won four of the last five games in the Mesilla Valley. The Wahine won the last meeting in Las Cruces 57-52 on Feb. 15, 2011. This season NM State has claimed four of their five wins at home in the Pan American Center.

New Mexico State is coming off of a pair of competitive road losses at Idaho and Utah State. Last Thursday at UI, the Aggies dropped a 62-59 contest in overtime. On Saturday, Utah State won the battle of the Aggies in Logan 57-45. Prior to that, NM State scored its biggest win of the season, a 70-50 on Feb. 4.

Since opening 3-1 in the conference last month, Hawai'i has dropped four straight contests including three at home on the islands. The Wahine lost 67-58 to visiting San Jose State last week in their only game.

Inside the Series with Hawai'i

NM State has won seven of the last 10 against Hawai'i. UH's trio of wins have been by five points or less including a 51-48 decision on Jan. 21, a 57-52 win on Feb. 15, 2011 and a 54-51 victory on Feb. 20, 2009. Meanwhile, NM State has averaged a double-digit margin of victory in its seven wins in the series since 2008.

The teams are deadlocked at 15-15 all-time in the series. At the 2011 WAC Tournament, the Aggies defeated UH 71-59 in a quarterfinal match on March 9. The teams split the regular season series last year with each team posting a road win. NM State won 74-58 Jan. 6, 2011 prior to UH's 57-52 victory in Las Cruces on Feb. 15.

NM State has won four of the last five games on in the Mesilla Valley. NM State holds an 8-5 advantage all-time in Las Cruces. The Aggies' last win, a 22-point 73-51 win Jan. 9, 2010 in Las Cruces, was the largest margin of victory for NM State in the last 18 years of the series.

Scouting the Rainbow Wahine

The Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine (8-15, 3-5), of the Western Athletic Conference, are 2-3 on the road this season. UH is 5-1 when scoring 66 points or more in 2011-12. Additionally, the Wahine are 0-12 when allowing opponents 67 points or more this season.

On offense Hawai'i averages 58.9 points per game and shoots 37.3 percent from the field. Defensively, the Wahine allow 67.1 points per game and hold opponents to 38.9 percent shooting. UH ranks No. 20 nationally with 13.7 fouls per game.

Sophomore Kamilah Jackson leads UH on offense, averaging a double-double of 13.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. Jackson's nine double-doubles ranks No. 11 nationally and her rebound average rates at No. 12.

Vicky Tagalicod is second on the team at 10.4 points per contest. Breanna Arbuckle is third on the averaging 9.4 tallies per game. That trio has started every game they have appeared in this season - 23 for Jackson and Arbuckle; 14 for Tagalicod.  Alissa Campanero has also started all 23 games this season for UH and Kanisha Bell has compiled 16 starts for the Wahine.

Last Time against the Rainbow Wahine

HONOLULU (Jan. 21) - New Mexico State women's basketball senior Tabytha Wampler posted a season-high 24 points but the Aggies dropped a 51-48 decision at Hawai'i inside the Rainbow Wahine's Stan Sherriff Center Saturday evening.

The Aggies led from the tip for much of the first half, leading by as much a five points early in the contest, its largest cushion of the game. UH took its first lead, 18-17, at the 7:30 mark of the first half. The Wahine kept the Aggies at bay, leading the rest of the game despite five ties by the Crimson and White.

Wampler just missed a double-double with 24 points and nine rebounds. Senior Kaitlyn Soto added 12 for the Aggies.

NM State falls to 4-15 overall and 1-3 in the WAC after the loss. Hawai'i improved to 7-11 overall and moved to 2-1 in conference play.

The Aggies shot 40 percent (22-55) in the game and held UH to 32 percent (17-53) from the field. The Aggies won the battle of the boards 37-33. A game after making a season-high from long-range, NM State struggled from beyond the arc going 2-of-17 on the night. However, UH was worse going 0-for-10.

NM State was whistled for 20 fouls while UH was called for just seven violations. As a result, UH dominated at the free throw line making 17-of-22 attempts. NM State went just 2-of-4 at the stripe. Hawai'i took better care of the ball committing just 10 turnovers to the Aggies' 17 miscues.

Wampler scored seven of the Aggies' first 11 points as the Aggies built its largest lead of the game of 11-6 at the 15:32 mark of the first half.  NM State maintained the lead from the start until UH moved ahead with 7:30 left in the half at 18-17.

Neither team could pull away from the other as it remained a one-possession game until halftime when the Rainbow Wahine led 27-25.

The Aggies shot 43 percent (12-of-28) in the first half and held UH to 33 percent (9-of-27).  The Wahine made up the difference in field goals at the line, making all nine free throw attempts while NM State was not awarded an attempt in the first 20 minutes. NM State led on the boards 19-13 at the break.  The UH bench led the Aggie reserves 8-2 in the half.

NM State senior Kelsie Rozendaal scored first in the second half to knot the score at 27-27. That started a series of alternating buckets by both teams over the course of the next minute. After three ties and UH coming out ahead by a bucket each time, the Wahine stretched the lead to six, 37-31, with 16 minutes to go.

UH went up by eight, 44-36, at the 11:06 mark. But NM State responded with a 6-0 rally with four from Soto and a bucket from Wampler to close to within 44-42 with 7:02 remaining.

The final five minutes of the game were all within the framework of one possession as UH's lead teetered between one and three points. Wampler's final bucket at 2:18 made it 49-48 in favor of Hawai'i but the Wahine scored the final points of the game on a pair of free throws with 25 ticks left.

NM State had possession late but the Aggie attempts at tying the game fell short.

Sophomore Kamilah Jackson registered her 10th double-double of the year with 16 points and 11 boards to lead the Wahine on the night.

Coach Trakh Oversees 500th Collegiate Game of Career

In his 17th year on the sidelines, NM State floor general Mark Trakh will coach his 500th career game as a head coach at the Division I level against Hawai'i in Las Cruces Feb. 16.

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 23 of NM State's 24 games. Trakh did not travel to UMKC on Jan. 4. As a result, Trakh coached career game No. 498 last Thursday at Idaho, followed by contest No. 499 at Utah State Saturday.

Prior to this year, 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.

Chenier Notches Season-Best Point Totals at Idaho and Utah State Last Week

Sophomore guard Dré Chenier scored a career-high 13 points at Idaho Feb. 9, all in the 2nd half, in an overtime setback. She followed with 10 points at Utah State on Saturday, her second-highest total of the season. In both games she came off of the bench. She was also productive at the free throw line making all five of her attempts. Her 13 tallies against the Vandals was one point shy of her career-high 14 posted against Western New Mexico on Nov. 22, 2010.

Ruedin Scores Career High at Idaho

Freshman guard Simone Ruedin scored a career-high 13 points against the Vandals on Feb. 9 in just her second career start. She scored 10 tallies after halftime to help bring the Aggies back late in the game before an overtime setback. Ruedin has started three of the last four games after senior point guard Kaitlyn Soto was lost for the season due to injury.

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 fifth 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

Ten of the Aggies' 24 games this season have been decided by five points or less. Including its 2-3 record in one-point games, NM State is 2-8 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 also suffered close downfalls occurred on the road at San Jose State 67-62 Jan. 19 and at Hawai'i 51-48 Jan. 21. NM State's latest near miss was a 62-59 overtime loss at Idaho on Feb. 9.

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 capitalized on her role in the starting rotation. In the WAC opener against Utah State on Jan. 12, Rosen posted her first double-double of her career. She scored 10 points and grabbed 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 former Aggies stars Ann McReynolds (1975-78) and Donna Goggin (1975-79) and their respective career point totals move into No. 15 on the Aggie all-time scoring list last week with a combined 23 points at Idaho and Utah State. The senior co-captain currently has accumulated 1,177 career points, just 19 points behind Aggie Hall of Famer Mari Sanchez (1999-2003) who is currently No. 14 on the all-time list with 1,196 points.

NM State Top-19 Scoring List (spots 12-15)      Point Total        Point Margin Ahead of Wampler

12. Jeannette Feaster (1982-86)                           1,323 pts.          146

13. Anna Boldt (1979-84)                                       1,241 pts.          64

14. Mari Sanchez (1999-2003)                               1,196 pts.          19

15. Tabytha Wampler (2008-present)                    1,177 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 24 games this season with 13.4 points and 9.3 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 843 career boards, Wampler is climbing the Aggie all-time rebounding list. After grabbing 10 total rebounds last week at Idaho and Utah State, Wampler is five rebounds shy of sixth place on the all-time list.

NM State Top-10 Rebounding List (spots 5-7)  REB Total          REB Margin Ahead of Wampler

5. Tracey Goetsch (1988-92)                                946                   103

6. Paulina Blunt (1989-94)                                   848                   5

7. Tabytha Wampler (2008-present)                      843

Wampler Moves into Third All-Time in Career Starts

Senior forward Tabytha Wampler, a four-year starter for NM State, has started 115 career contests and played in all 119 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 24 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.

Wampler broke out of a tie with Aggie Hall of Famer Anita Maxwell for third on the all-time starts last week after a pair of starts. With five 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 at 120 starts.  

NM State All-Time Starts List (spots 1-3)          Total                  Margin Ahead of Wampler

1. Madison Spence (2007-11)                               121                   6

2. Andrea Kabwasa (1988-92)                              120                   5

3. Tabytha Wampler (2008-12)                             115                  

After two road games last week, Wampler also tied Maxwell at No. 10 on the career games played list at 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 entered her senior season after starting all 32 games last year. She returned 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, 5-19 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 wins overall in those dozen seasons while winning at least 18 games in nine of them.



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