Aggies Look for First WAC Road Win at Nevada
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/29/2012

Aggies Look for First WAC Road Win at Nevada 

   The New Mexico State women's basketball team (6-21, 3-9 WAC) travels to Nevada (5-22, 1-11) Thursday seeking its first conference road win of the season.

  Something will have to give in the contest as the Aggies have not won on the road since the season opener at Houston, Nov. 11. Nevada has yet to win a conference home game this season. NM State defeated the Wolf Pack 70-50 on Feb. 4 in Las Cruces.

   Fans can listen to the game live on the internet and on tape delay via the Aggie Sports Radio Network on KSNM 570 AM with play-by-play from Kyle Doperalski. Live updates via Twitter will at @NMStateAggies. Live stats links are at NMStateSports.com.

    The teams have split the last 10 contests between the schools dating back to 2007. Each squad won on the opposing court last season. Nevada knocked off NM State 65-46 on Jan. 12 in Las Cruces. The Aggies returned the favor on Feb. 26 with a 63-59 victory in Reno.

  The Aggies fell 64-50 at Louisiana Tech last Saturday after defeating San Jose State 56-55 on senior day Feb. 18. Nevada is on a nine-game skid entering Thursday's contest. Last week the Pack lost a pair of road contests at San Jose State, 70-63, and at Hawai'i, 72-68.

  NM State can clinch at least the No. 7 seed in the WAC tournament next week with a win over Nevada. The Wolf Pack will secure the No. 8 seed with a loss this week to either the Aggies or Louisiana Tech at home. NM State would need at least one win and some help to grab the No. 6 seed away from Idaho.

Inside the Series with Nevada

NM State leads the all-time series between the schools, 21-14. The Aggies swept the first dozen games in the series during a 17-year span (1980-1997). Both programs were members of the Big West conference from 1993-2000.

Earlier this month, NM State defeated the Pack 70-50 Feb. 4 in Las Cruces. The teams split the series in 2011. Nevada won in Las Cruces, 65-46, to ruin the Aggies' conference home opener Jan. 12. NM State posted a 63-59 win against the Pack in Reno on Feb. 26.

The Wolf Pack swept the series in 2010. Nevada overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to defeat the Aggies in Las Cruces on Jan. 30, to win 64-60 and stop NM State's four-game win streak at home. Late in the season at Reno, Nevada edged the Aggies at the buzzer, 61-59. The teams split the two previous seasons, each defending their home courts in 2008 and 2009.

Scouting the Wolf Pack

The Nevada Wolf Pack (5-22, 1-11) of the WAC have lost nine straight following a 72-68 setback at Hawai'i on Saturday. The Pack earned their lone conference win against Idaho this season. Nevada topped UI 76-70 on the road on Jan. 23 in a game rescheduled due to inclement weather; NM State beat the Pack in Las Cruces 70-50 on Feb. 4.

Nevada is 3-10 at home this season. The Pack has not won a home game in conference this season. UN is 5-5 this season when scoring 71 points or more.

Nevada ranks No. 71 in the nation with 14.1 assists per contest. The Pack's 4.4 blocks per game rates No. 62 in the country.

The Wolf Pack scores 67.2 points per game to rank No. 78 in the NCAA while shooting 41.0 from the field to stand No. 78 nationally. Nevada allows 76.1 points per game, which ranks third-worst nationally at No. 334, and 43.1 percent shooting from the floor.

Senior forward Kayla Williams ranks at No. 51 on the NCAA blocks list this season at 1.8 swats per game. Senior guard Kate Kevorken stands at No. 46 nationally with a three-point field goal percentage of 35.9. Her 15.7 points per game leads the Pack and rates No. 77 in the country. Williams is second on the team at 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 7.3 boards per game.

Last Time against the Wolf Pack

LAS CRUCES (Feb. 4) - The New Mexico State women's basketball team posted its largest margin of victory this season with a convincing 70-50 win over Nevada inside the Pan American Center Saturday afternoon.

The Aggies utilized a pair of first-half runs to put distance between the squads. An early 8-0 run put the Crimson and White up 12-6 over the Wolf Pack and the Aggies would never trail again. At the 11:07 mark of the first, NM State sprinted out to a 13-2 run to lead 30-19 with less than two minutes remaining before halftime. Nevada trailed 32-21 at the half and would get no closer in the second stanza.

Aggie forward Tabytha Wampler led NM State with a season-high 25 points and game-high 15 boards to notch her eighth double-double of the year and 17th in her career. The senior co-captain caught fire in the second half scoring 19 after intermission including 11 of the team's first 16 tallies of the half.

Senior forward Kelsie Rozendaal was just three shy of her career high with 12 points. Freshman guard Paige Melville posted a career high seven points tonight. NM State had balanced scoring as 11 of the 12 active Aggies on the roster played in the contest and 10 scored at least one field goal.

NM State improves to 5-17 overall and 2-5 in the WAC. Nevada falls to 5-17 this season and 1-6 in conference play.

After turning the ball over a season-high 36 times on Thursday night, the Aggies chopped down the errors considerably against the Pack with 15 while forcing 21 Nevada turnovers. The 70 points marked a season high for NM State in a regulation game; they previously scored 72 in an overtime loss to UTEP Nov. 16.

The Aggies matched a season-high of 50 percent shooting (28-56) from the field and set a season-high with 28 made field goals. NM State also posted a season-high 18 assists and matched a season high of four blocks in the game. Nevada shot 33 percent (18-55) from the field. The Aggies edged UN on the boards 36-35. The NM State bench scored six times as many points as the Wolf Pack reserves, 30-5

NM State guards Camila Rosen and Jasmine Rutledge scored the first six points for the Aggies to match the half dozen posted by UN forward Kayla Williams at the 17:14 mark of the first half.

Rutledge's second basket of the game sparked an 8-0 NM State run to give the Aggies a 12-6 lead with 15:06 left before the break.  Melville scored the final four points of the run with two from the line and a bucket.

The teams traded baskets over the next four minutes with four points from Wampler. With NM State up 17-14, Rozendaal started the pivotal run of the game at the 11:07 mark of the first half. The Aggies went on a 13-2 run over the next 9:22 of the half to give NM State a 30-19 advantage with 1:45 before halftime.

The Crimson and White led by 11 at the half, 32-21.

The Aggies shot 46 percent (13-of-28) in the first half and held Nevada to 35 percent (9-of-26). Nevada made three treys and NM State drained two from long range.  NM State trailed on the boards 19-15 at the break.  The Aggies committed only five turnovers but forced a dozen UN miscues.

Wampler scored 11 of the Aggies first 16 points after the break as Nevada could not climb back into the game. NM State led by as many as 26 in the second half.

Williams led the Pack in scoring with 12 points despite playing much of the second half with four fouls. Senior guard Kate Kevorken added 11 and junior guard Chanelle Brennan added 10 tallies. Brennan and Williams each grabbed six boards to lead Nevada.

Coach Trakh Oversees 500th Collegiate Game of Career

In his 17th year on the sidelines, NM State floor general Mark Trakh coached 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 26 of NM State's 27 games. Trakh did not travel to UMKC on Jan. 4.

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.

Seniors Finish Last Regular Home Game in Style

Senior forward Tabytha Wampler matched her career high with 25 points in the final home game of her career. She and her classmates were pivotal down the stretch to bring the Aggies a one-point victory over San Jose State last weekend, 56-55.

  NM State trailed by one late, 51-50, with 2:05 remaining after a pair of made free throws. San Jose State answered with a jumper, but the Aggies stayed poised and Wampler found classmate Kelsie Rozendaal on the block, and she was fouled on the bucket. Rozendaal's free throw just rolled off the front edge of the rim, but fellow senior forward Erica Sanchez extended the possession with the offensive rebound.

  The Aggies utilized the second opportunity when Rozendaal found Wampler for a layup for a 54-53 lead with 1:08 to play. After San Jose State regained the lead on a jumper, 55-54, freshman guard Simone Ruedin was fouled with 16.8 seconds to play while setting up the Aggie offense. Ruedin proceeded to hit both free throws to give the Aggies a 56-55 lead.

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

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 Feb. 11 and posted 10 more versus SJSU last Saturday, matching her second-highest total of the season. In all three games she came off of the bench. She was also productive at the free throw line making all seven of her attempts over the three contests. 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 six of the last seven 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 six games, almost a quarter of its schedule thus far, in games decided by a single point. The Aggies are 3-3 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. The latest one-point win came Feb. 18 at home against San Jose State as the Aggies sent their seniors out with a 56-55 win in their final home game.

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

Eleven of the Aggies' 27 games this season have been decided by five points or less. Including its 3-3 record in one-point games, NM State is 3-8 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 outcomes this season included the Aggies' eight-point victory over Shaw on Jan. 1, 61-53 and a 58-51 setback to Hawai'i at home Feb. 16.

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 Aggie Hall of Famer Mari Sanchez (1999-2003) to move into No. 14 on the Aggie all-time scoring list with a combined 50 points in the last three games. The senior co-captain currently has accumulated 1,227 career points, just 14 points behind former Aggie star Anna Boldt (1979-1984) who is currently No. 13 on the all-time list with 1,241 points.

NM State Top-19 Scoring List (spots 12-14)      Point Total        Point Margin Ahead of Wampler

12. Jeannette Feaster (1982-86)                           1,323 pts.          96

13. Anna Boldt (1979-84)                                     1,241 pts.          14

14. Tabytha Wampler (2008-present)                    1,227 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 26 games this season with 13.7 points and 9.0 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 863 career boards, Wampler is climbing the Aggie all-time rebounding list. After grabbing five rebounds last week at Louisiana Tech, Wampler edged closer to former Aggie great Tracey Goetsch (1988-92) just 83 rebounds shy of fifth place on the all-time list with at least three games to go in 2012.

NM State Top-10 Rebounding List (spots 5-6)  REB Total          REB Margin Ahead of Wampler

5. Tracey Goetsch (1988-92)                                946                   83

6. Tabytha Wampler (2008-present)                                  863

Wampler Moves into Third All-Time in Career Starts

Senior forward Tabytha Wampler, a four-year starter for NM State, has started 118 career contests and played in all 122 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 27 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 two weeks ago after a pair of starts. With three 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                   3

2. Andrea Kabwasa (1988-92)                              120                   2

3. Tabytha Wampler (2008-12)                             118                  

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 (5-11 at home, 6-20 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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