The New Mexico State women’s basketball team (3-7) continues its road trip in California with Cal State Fullerton on Monday, Dec. 23 after a 75-52 loss to UC Irvine on Wednesday. The team looks to break a four-game losing streak and pick up its first road win of the season against the Titans.
You can listen to the game live on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call. The pregame show is set for 15 minutes before tip-off. Live stats for the game are available at NMStateSports.com.
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The Aggies head to the UTSA Holiday Classic in San Antonio, Texas Dec. 28-29. NM State meets Northwestern State first at 11 a.m. on Dec. 28 and then faces either UTSA or North Dakota on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.
NM State continues to look for its first road win of the season against CSF after falling 75-52 to UC Irvine on Dec. 18. The Aggies are 3-7 on the season after offensive rebounds by the Anteaters stalled NM State. Freshman Moriah Mack did see a career-high game with 14 points and junior Danesia Williamson made her season debut in the game.
About the Aggies
NM State is 3-7 on the season and sitting on a four-game losing streak. The team is searching for its first road win, which could stall CSF’s first home win. NM State is starting a young group of players, even with junior Danesia Williamson back in the mix. NM has not won since Northern Illinois during the Hotel Encanto tournament.
Freshman Vanessa Garner is the top scorer for the Aggies with 12.1 points a game. She started the season hot with five games in double figures. Last season’s standout freshman Abby Scott is averaging 7.4 points a contest, but is seeing almost five rebounds a game. Freshmen Brianna Freeman and Moriah Mack both average just over five boards a game for the best of the new class.
Cal State Fullerton
Starting just 1-8 this season, the Titans are looking for their first home win of the season. CSF meets fellow WAC member Seattle U on Saturday before hosting the Aggies, but has now seen a win since Nov. 22. The team is on a five-game losing streak, which is similar to the Aggies’ four-game skid.
Chante Miles is leading the Titans with 14.4 points a game and has started all but one game this season. She is shooting 43 percent on the year and averaging 2.8 boards. Samantha Logan is the one to look at defensively with 5.9 rebounds a game. She’s started just three games, but made an appearance in all nine.
In each of the Titans last five losses, the team has been held under 60 points, and averages 56 per game this season.
The teams have met 18 times in program history with the most recent meeting coming in 2000 when the Aggies lost in overtime. NM State does hold the series at 11-7, however.
Last Game: Against UCI
The team fell 75-52 to UC Irvine on Wednesday evening. Freshman Moriah Mack recorded a career-high 14 points, while sophomore Sasha Weber and junior Danesia Williamson each scored in double figures.
The Aggies shot 36.7 percent and turned the ball over 18 times to the Anteaters 13 turnovers. Offensive rebounds proved to be the nemesis for NM State with 19 on the game for UCI. Irvine had 49 total rebounds with the Aggies taking 28, just four on offense.
NM State allowed UCI to shoot 41.5 percent as a team with Buckley being the leading scorer for UCI with 24 points. She was one of just two Anteaters to score in double figures on the night.
Freeman Starts the Doubles
Freshman Brianna Freeman is the first Aggie to earn a double-double this season. She had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the Aggie loss to Milwaukee (84-81) during the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic. The double-double was the first of Freeman’s young career as an Aggie.
Garner Starting Hot
Vanessa Garner finished her debut week for NM State with a team-high 19.7 points in the first week for the Aggies. She has scored in double figures in five games this season, making her the leading scorer for NM State. She is averaging 12.7 points per game and set a new career high 26 points in the loss to Loyola Marymount in November. Since then, Garner has not hit double-digit scoring.
The Aggies, starting three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior newcomer, are among the youngest starting lineups in the country. Here is a list of the five youngest teams in the NCAA:
UMBC (Maryland-Baltimore County): 3 Freshmen and 2 Sophomores
Boise State: 2 Freshmen and 3 sophomores
NM State: 3 Freshmen and 1 Sophomore, 1 Junior
Abilene Christian: 3 Freshmen, 1 Sophomore, 1 Senior
Oregon State: 1 Freshman, 3 Sophomores, 1 Junior
NM State returns two starters from last year and look for replace senior starters Stefanie Gilbreath and Kelsie Rozendaal. Sophomores Abby Scott and Sasha Weber stand as the top returners for the Aggies. Weber returns after starting 24 games, averaging 8.5 points per game, posting 59 assists to go along with the top field goal percentage among the returners. Scott started nine games for the Aggies and averaged 4.7 points per contest. Other Aggies returning for the 2013-14 season include junior Simone Ruedin and redshirt sophomore Elena Holguin.
The Aggies ended the 2012-13 season with a 15-16 overall record and 7-11 in WAC play. The season was highlighted by wins over defending Conference USA champion UTEP (69-68) and WAC-leading Utah State (106-94) late in the season. NM State ended the year with a second round loss to top-seeded Seattle U in the WAC Tournament. NM State went into the tournament as the eighth seed and fell 77-53.
The Aggies were selected to finish third in the Western Athletic Conference media and coaches’ preseason polls. Sophomore guard Sasha Weber was picked as a second-team selection in both polls. This comes after being noted as the top returner for the Aggies with 24 starts and 8-5 points per contest.