The Aggies end non-conference play at the UTSA Holiday Classic in San Antonio, Texas, Dec. 28-29. NM State first meets Northwestern State (5-5) on Saturday at 11 a.m. before facing host UTSA (6-4) to end the weekend on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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. Saturday’s pregame against Northwestern State begins at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday’s pregame broadcast is set for 12:45 p.m. Live stats for the game are available at NMStateSports.com.
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NM State looks to open its conference schedule against Grand Canyon at 6 p.m. on Jan. 4. The meeting marks the first between the two teams as GCU is one of the six new members of the Western Athletic Conference this season.
NM State continues to look for its first road win of the season after falling to UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in its last two games away from home. UCI clamed a 75-52 win over the Aggies on Dec. 18 and NM State dropped 63-52 to the Titans on Dec. 23. NM State sits on a 3-8 record and is 0-6 on the road.
About the Aggies
NM State is 3-8 on the season and sitting on a five-game losing streak. The team is searching for its first road win before going into WAC play in January. NM State is starting a young group of players, even with junior Danesia Williamson back in the mix. The Aggies are among the youngest starting five in the country with one junior, one sophomore and three freshmen. NM has not won since Northern Illinois during the Hotel Encanto tournament.
Freshman Vanessa Garner is the top scorer for the Aggies with 12.4 points a game. She started the season hot with five games in double figures and found the double numbers again with 15 points against Cal State Fullerton on Dec. 23.
Last season’s standout freshman Abby Scott is averaging 7.3 points a contest, while the Aggies only other sophomore Sasha Weber is second on the team with 11.5 points a game. Freshmen Tyler Ellis and Moriah Mack both average just over five boards a game for the best of the new class.
NSU is 5-5 on the year with its five losses coming against top caliber teams. The Demons have faced the likes of Baylor, Arkansas and Texas – each of which resulted in a loss. NSU faced UTSA once this season and was run over by the Roadrunners 62-49. Most recently was the team’s 90-60 loss to the Longhorns on Dec. 20.
The Southland Conference member is led by Keisha Lee with 15 points a game. She’s started in nine games and has 21 assists and 15 steals this season. Defensively, it’s Chelsea Rogers who leads with 5.7 boards a contest. The team averaged 61.8 points a game and 34.7 rebounds. Both those numbers are lower than the opponent’s numbers.
This is the first meeting between the two teams.
6-4 this season, the former WAC foe of the Aggies is on a four-game winning streak. Two of those wins came in overtime. The Roadrunners have met similar opponents to those of Northwestern State and saw similar fate with the losses. Starting the season at Texas, UTSA fell 63-42 and lost a few days later to Baylor 92-62.
Newcomer Karma King leads the team offensively with 15.3 points a game. She is best on the court with20 steals and still plays well on defenses with 3.4 rebounds a game. King is the only Roadrunner scoring in double figures.
UTSA leads the series 3-4 all time after going 1-1 on the conference series last season. The Aggies won the first meeting at the Convocation Center 69-52 before falling at home 66-53.
Last Game: at Cal State Fullerton (L, 63-52)
The Aggies fell 63-52 to Cal State Fullerton on Monday, Dec. 23. The Aggies move to 3-6 on the season and continue to search for their first road victory.
Freshman Vanessa Garner led the team with 15 points, marking her first game to score in double figures in the last six games. Sophomore Sasha Weber also saw double digits on the night with 14 points and freshman Moriah Mack led on defense with seven rebounds.
The Aggies shot 42.6 percent as a team and the Titans shot 47.7 percent. Fullerton’s top scorer finished the night with 22 points, but the Aggies outscored their opponent 7-6 on second chance points. NM State also saw 21 points off turnovers and 10 from bench players.
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 12.4 points per game and set a new career high 26 points in the loss to Loyola Marymount in November. Since then, Garner has just one double-digit game and it was her most recent game against Cal State Fullerton when she had 15 points.
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.
Coming in 2014-15
Head coach Mark Trakh announcing the signing of three players to the 2014-15 New Mexico State women’s basketball team. Tyesha Taylor, Jasmine Cooper and Alisha Washington each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Aggies next fall.
Taylor, a 6-4 junior from Temple High School in Temple, Texas, is a top-10 player in her home state. She suffered a knee injury, keeping her off the court her final nine games of the 2013 season, but still managed to help THS to a 24-8 season record.
Cooper, a 5-11 forward from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas, helped her team to a 36-5 overall record as a junior and was named second team all-district. She averaged 5.7 rebounds a game for the Tigers in her two seasons on varsity and had 70 steals during the 2012-13 season.
Washington, a 5-8 guard, is also from Lincoln High School in Dallas, Texas and is the teammate of her future Aggie teammate, Cooper. Washington averaged 18.1 points per game and 2.9 assists her junior season. She is also listed as one of the Top 20 players of out Texas and earned all-tournament accolades, first team all-district and was named most valuable player for her league.