The Aggies head out on the road to meet Chicago State and Kansas City, Feb. 13 and 15. First meeting Kansas City on Thursday, Feb. 13, the Aggies look to sweep the conference series against the Roos at 6 p.m. NM State then travels to Chicago State to meet the Cougars at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.
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NM State gets back to the Pan American Center for three straight games as conference play winds down. First, the Aggies host Texas-Pan American on Feb. 20. The meeting concludes the two-game series with the Broncs and is the only game for that week for NM State. The Aggies will host Utah Valley and Bakersfield the following week to close out the home schedule.
NM State split its games this week, falling to WAC-leading Idaho on Thursday, but coming back to an 86-81 win over Seattle U on Saturday. The Aggies were led by junior Danesia Williamson who finished with two 30-point games. Sophomore Sasha Weber marked her 18th double-digit scoring game with13 points against Idaho and 20 in the win over SU.
About the Aggies
The Aggies are 8-15 on the season with a conference record of 5-5. They are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the WAC with Texas Pan American and Grand Canyon. The Aggies are coming off a big home win over Seattle U, in which junior guard Danesia Williamson recorded a career-high 36 points en route to earning WAC player of the week honors. In their last game away from home, the Aggies grabbed their first road win of the season against conference opponent Utah Valley in overtime.
The Aggies have been shooting well from beyond the arc, hitting 38 percent of three pointers taken, for a total of 198 on the season. Led by Elena Holguin, who is shooting 37.5 percent from deep, the Aggies are getting major contributions from Danesia Williamson and Sasha Weber, both of whom are shooting over 30 percent on three pointers.
NM State in the WAC
Having gone 5-5 in WAC play, the Aggies have some big wins versus Utah Valley and Grand Canyon this season. With a tough loss coming at Idaho, 8-0 in WAC play, the Aggies turned things around beating their next to opponents on the road and found their first win ever against Seattle U at home.
Led by Danesia Williamson, who is averaging 23.4 points per game in WAC play, the Aggies are only being outscored by one point a game on average. With Sasha Weber, 14.3 points per game, the Aggies are scoring better in WAC play, averaging 71.5 points per game.
About Kansas City
Kansas City currently has an overall record of 8-14 and a 4-5 record in conference play, which is good for seventh place in the WAC. Their previous game resulted in a convincing road win against conference opponent Chicago State 84-52. Eilise O’Connor will be the player to watch for Kansas City. She leads the conference in scoring with 21 ppg and she also ranks No. 25 in the country in scoring. In her previous outing versus The Aggies, O’Connor recorded a season-high 35 points and 12 rebounds.
The Aggies and the Roos are 3-2 all time. NM State claimed the 106-77 win on Jan. 18 to take over the record.
Last time versus the Roos
NM State broke the 100-point barrier and saw record breaking performances by its three upperclassmen in the 106-77 win over Kansas City on Saturday, Jan. 18. It was the second 100+ point game for head coach Mark Trakh at NM State.
For the first time in 20 years, three Aggies scored more than 20 points. Williamson hit a career-high 30 points and had five assists and two steals on the night. Sophomore Abby Scott had 25 points to go with her eight rebounds and two steals, while fellow sophomore Sasha Weber had a quiet 20 points in the game with three blocks and six rebounds.
About Chicago State
Sitting at 3-19 overall for the season, Chicago State is led by Tierra Williams who is averaging 14.1 points a game with 32 assists and 38 steals on the season. Paris Williams averages 12.5 points a game while adding 5.9 rebounds a game with a team high 41 steals on the season. The cougars are led on the boards by Layne Murhpy and Chan Wilson-Stewart with 151 and 130 rebounds total.
In WAC play the cougars are 0-9, averaging 52.8 points per game while opponents are outscoring them by an average of 29.2 points. The cougars are shooting .350 percent from the field in WAC play and .233 from deep.
The teams have met just once in program history. The meeting came on Jan. 16, when the Aggies picked up an 82-61 win over CSU.
Last time versus the Cougars
NM State opened the series with Chicago State with an 82-61 win in mid-January. The night saw sophomore Abby Scott highlighted with a career-high 36 points and a new record for 3-pointers in a single game.
Scott was 11-for-20 on the night from 3-point range, which surpasses Hall of Fame member Mari Sanchez’s 10 made 3-pointers from back in 2002. Scott scored 36 points, which was good for the first 30-point game from an Aggie since Danisha Corbett during the 2010-11 season. She now sits tied for third in the Aggie record book for most points in a game.
Scott was not the only Aggie to hit a high note. Junior Danesia Williamson had 21 points and eight rebounds, helping the team to out-rebound the Cougars 49-46.
WAC Player of the Week
Junior guard Danesia Williamson was named WAC Player of the Week for the Western Athletic Conference for her career-high performances for the week of Feb. 3-9. She posted a pair of career highs in scoring last week, helping NM State to a 1-1 record on the week. She scored a career-high 33 points in the Aggies loss to Idaho on Thursday, which was half the team’s total points. She had five rebounds, three assists and a steal in the nine-point loss to the WAC-leading Vandals. Williamson turned around on Saturday to reestablish a career best with 36 points, while going 14-of-16 from the line, and finished the game with three assists and two steals in the 86-81 win over defending WAC champion Seattle U.
She ended the week averaging 34.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and was 20-of-23 from the line, good for 87 percent. She now has four 30-point games on the season and leads the conference in scoring through league games.
Scott Stamps Record Book
Scott was 11-for-20 from 3-point range, which surpasses Hall of Fame member Mari Sanchez’s 10 made 3-pointers from back in 2002 against Louisiana-Lafayette and sets her atop the NM State record book. Scott scored 36 points, which was the first 30-point game from an Aggie since Danisha Corbett in Jan. 2011. She is now tied for third in the Aggie record book for most points in a game. The 11 3-pointers also break the WAC record for most in a single game.
Her 20 attempts from beyond the arc are the most by any Aggie in a single game. That record was also held by Sanchez with 17 attempts against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Along with stamping her name in the NM State and WAC record books, Scott is now tied with eight others in the NCAA record book for the third most three’s scored in a single game. The record is 12 and was hit twice; most recently by Brittany Rayburn of Purdue in Jan. 2012.
New Records for Scott:
NCAA 3-point FG made in a Game 11-T3rd (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
WAC 3-point FG made in a Game 11-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
WAC 3-point FG Attempts 20-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State 3-point FG made in a Game 11-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State 3-point FG Attempts 20-1st (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State Most Points in a Game 36-T3rd (vs. Chicago State 1/16/14)
NM State has seen three earn double-doubles this season. Freshman Brianna Freeman started things off with a double game against Milwaukee with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She and sophomore Sasha Weber both collected double-doubles in the WAC opener against Grand Canyon. Most recently, it was junior Danesia Williamson with 13 points and 11 assists in the overtime win at Utah Valley.
Williamson has three career double-doubles, each combining points and assists.
NM State has two players pulling double duty this year. Freshman Audra Jones and sophomore Bradley Nash are suiting up for the first time this season with the NM State women’s basketball program just after finishing a season with the 2013 WAC Champion Aggie volleyball team.
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 announced the signing of three players to the 2014-15 New Mexico State women’s basketball team in November. 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.