This Week: This
week on the bill for the Aggies are two home games beginning with Seattle on
Jan. 10 and Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 12. A win on Thursday against Seattle would
tie the Aggies for first place in the WAC going into the weekend. Both games
are slated for a 6:30 p.m. start and will be available on AggieVision and
Call to Action: Head coach Mark Trakh is calling all Aggie fans out on Thursday against
conference leader Seattle U to cheer the Aggies on to the top of the WAC.
Tickets are $6 for Adults and as always, kids 12 and under are FREE. A group
rate of $4 is available. Call the NM State ticket office at 575-646-1420.
Over the Airwaves: The Aggie Sports Network is
producing 15 games on KSNM AM 570 this season, along with any contests in the
post season with Jay Sanderson giving the play-by-play. Each of the Aggies road
games along with those home games not aired on AggieVision will be available
All games aired on radio are produced by the Aggie Sports
Network on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces. The broadcasts can also be heard from
anywhere around the world on the Internet by logging onto
www.NMStateSports.com. Just click on the
live events link to access the coverage for a fee.
Aggies on TV: The
Aggies have two games televised this week on AggieVision. NM State's meeting
against Seattle on Thursday, Jan. 10, along with Saturday's game versus Idaho
are set to air on the NM State based network as well as ESPN3.com. A complete
list of where to watch and other upcoming televised games can be found at
www.AggieVision.tv. This week's games are available on Time Warner Cable,
DirecTV, Comcast Digital Cable and Dish Network. Check the following channels
for listing: Altitude Sports, Fox Sports Arizona, ESPN Game Plan, ESPN Full
Court or ESPN3. All games are also streamed on NMStateSports.com.
Live Stats on the Web: Live stats will be available for fans at
www.NMStateSports.com at no cost for the entire season. Fans can click on the Live Events link at the
top of the NMStateSports.com home page to access the live stats. Live stats for
away games may direct fans to the opposing team's athletics page.
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Looking Ahead: NM State continues WAC play with a
two-game road trip starting with the Jan. 17 meeting with Utah State. The NM
State Aggies then travel to San Jose State for a Saturday game set for 3 p.m.
(MT). Both games can be heard on KSNM AM570 with Jay Sanderson making the call.
Looking Back: NM State went 3-0 on the week with two
road wins against UTSA and Texas State. On Dec. 31, the Aggies collected their
first win over Louisiana Tech after a nine-game losing streak to the Lady
Techsters. NM State then came back for a dominating 69-52 win over the
Roadrunners at UTSA before using the Aggie defense to outlast Texas State
61-58. Senior Kelsie Rozendaal and freshman Sasha Weber each collected a
double-double in the win over the Bobcats, marking the first this season for
the freshman and second for Rozendaal.
About the Aggies: NM State continues with WAC play
boasting a 9-5 overall record with 3-1 in league play. Currently on a
three-game win streak, the Aggies shut down the WAC's leading scorer, Diamond
Ford of Texas State, holding the senior to just six points. The Aggies started
the year with a thrilling overtime win to Loyola Marymount before losing two on
the road. The Aggies came back to win four in-a-row at home. NM State is
averaging 58.7 points a game with a 34.9 team shooting percentage. Senior
transfer Stefanie Gilbreath leads the Aggies with 14.7 points per game, while fellow
senior Kelsie Rozendaal is averaging 6.8 rebounds a game, good for first on the
team. Rozendaal still manages to average 9.2 points per game. Starting 12 games
this season, Rozendaal leads the team with a 52.4 shooting percentage through
her 13 games played. Sasha Weber is on top for the freshmen this season with 9.4
points per game. She is shooting best on the team from the line with 74.3
In the WAC: The
Aggies went on a three-game winning streak on the second week of WAC play, giving
the team a 3-1 start in conference. A win in the Aggies next game, against
Seattle (4-0 WAC), would tie NM State for first in the conference going into
the weekend. Gilbreath leads NM State with 18.3 points per game in conference
Road to Las Vegas: Going into week three of conference play, the
Aggies hold the highest overall winning percentage (.643) in the conference
with a 9-5 record.
Home-Court Comfort: The Aggies are 6-2 in the Pan
American Center this season. Prior to the Dec. 18 loss to Rio Grande Rival New
Mexico, the Aggies boasted a perfect record at home. During the 2011-12 season,
six of NM State's seven wins came at the Pan Am.
Stefanie Gilbreath averaged 19.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting that included 47.4 percent
shooting from the three-point range. Gilbreath notched 6.3 rebounds and 2.3
assists as the Aggies went 3-0 on the week. She led the team in scoring each of
the three games and played a pivotal role in keeping the WAC leading scorer,
Diamond Ford, to just six points in the 61-58 win over Texas State. The senior
transfer's shot a stellar 5-7 from behind the three-point arc at UTSA while
going 7-14 from the floor in the first two games of the week.
earned her first double-double as an Aggie, helping the team to three straight
conference wins last week. The freshman averaged 12.3 points on the week on a
44.8 field goal percentage and 37.5 percent from three-point range. On the
season, Weber increased her scoring average to 9.4 points per game while
collecting 51 total rebounds. She averages 3.6 rebounds per game with 18 coming
in the last three games.
Double Doubles: Seniors
Kelsie Rozendaal and Stefanie Gilbreath as well as freshman Sasha Weber have
collected double-doubles this season in three games this season.
15 pts, 10 reb; UT Arlington, 12/29/12
22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount, 11/12/12
11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State, 1/5/13
Weber, Sasha: 11
pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5/13
It's a Three-Point
Game: The Aggies have started six games with a three pointer this season.
vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (Danesia Williamson)
vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)
vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)
at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (Stefanie Gilbreath)
vs. UT Arlington L, 62-59 (Abby Scott)
vs. LA Tech W, 71-67 (Abby Scott)
at UTSA W, 69-52 (Abby Scott)
at Texas State W, 61-58 (Stefanie Gilbreath)
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About Seattle: Starting the season with an even 6-6 record, the Redhawks have worked to
a stellar 3-0 start in WAC play. Powering through Idaho, Utah State and San
Jose State so far, Kacie Sowell proves to be the strength of the team with 17.3
points and 9.4 rebounds on average per game. Each of those numbers leads the
Redhawks, but Sylvia Shephard and Ashley Ward also average points in the double
digits. Sowell has averaged 16.7 points in the three conference games so far
this season, helping the team to first in the WAC going into week three.
Series History versus the Redhawks: Thursday marks the first meeting between the
Redhawks and the Aggies.
About Idaho: The
Vandals have a 4-10 overall record with 1-2 in conference play. Starting WAC
play with a 76-71 loss to Seattle U, the Vandals came back in week two to split
against SJSU and Utah State. The big 82-65 win over San Jose State was not
enough momentum to pull out a win over Utah State last week. Alyssa Charlston
leads Idaho with 13.9 points per game, starting each game this season. It's
Stacey Barr that stands out offensively for the Vandals in WAC play with an
average of 17 points and a 54.3 shooting percentage.
Series History versus the Vandals: Going into the Saturday tip-off with a 9-19 record
against the Vandals, NM State used last year's home meeting as one of its three
conference wins with a 61-47 victory in game one of the home-and-home series.
Idaho claimed game two on its hardwood with an overtime 61-59 win in early
February. The series dates back to 1982 when the Aggies lost in overtime 94-91
in Las Cruces.
Trakh-ing Down No.
Head coach Mark Trakh picked up his 300th career win as a
Division I head coach on Saturday, Dec. 1, against Southern Utah. The Aggies
pulled off a last minute 70-68 defeat over the Thunderbirds, helping Trakh to
earn the milestone victory. Currently, Trakh sits with a 302-216 career record.
UNM: The Lobos swept the Rio Grande Rivalry Series
this season with a 60-37 win over the Aggies at The Pit on Nov. 20 and a 60-44
victory in Las Cruces on Dec. 18. In game one, the Aggies had trouble making
shots, but kept the stats similar to the Lobos. The Aggies collected 44
rebounds on the evening with six assists and two blocks. The Lobos were quite
similar to NM State with 43 boards, but tallied 16 assists on the evening.
Game two finished in similar fashion with the Lobos claiming
a 60-44 victory over NM State at the Pan Am on Dec. 18. The loss at home marked
the first of the 2012-13 season. Sasha Weber led the Aggies with 10 points and
three rebounds on the evening. The Aggies shot 30.4 percent from the floor but
tallied eight steals as a team with 27 rebounds. Those stats were not enough to
hold off the Lobos who finished the game shooting 47.5 percent from the field
and picking up 42 rebounds on the night.
UTEP: NM State took game one of the Battle of I-10
rivalry series with a late game battle to a 69-68 win over the Miners. UTEP
maintained the lead throughout most of the game, gaining as much as a 15 point
lead in the first half, but Stefanie Gilbreath finished her first Battle of
I-10 game with a stellar 22 points to collect a regular-season career high. She
went 5-for-8 on three pointers and picking up eight rebounds to match her
career-high. Sophomore Danesia Williamson also picked up a career-high with 23
points on the game with a solid 10-of-12 at the line.
Game two was set to a different tune with the Miners running
away early with the 66-44 win over NM State in El Paso. The Aggies struggled on
offense, scoring just 14 points in the first half of play. The second half was
a bit more positive as Williamson collected 13 points in the half with two
field goals and one three pointer. She was 6-for-6 at the line with four
rebounds. Jasmine Rutledge finished the game with 11 points on the evening and
compiled nine points at the line to mark a new career best for the junior.
Tournament Champs: The New Mexico State Aggies
claimed the Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic tournament title with a
stellar 50-44 win over UC Irvine on Saturday evening at the Pan American
Center. The previous night, the Aggies claimed a 55-52 win over the Patriots of
George Mason. With the 2-0 record on the tournament, NM State's Kelsie
Rozendaal and Sasha Weber were named to the All-Tournament team. Rozendaal was
also selected tournament MVP for her work on the hardwood.
Trakh Signs Five to NLI: Head coach Mark Trakh
announces that five high school players have signed National Letters of Intent
to join the Aggies in the fall of 2013. Trakh is in his second season with NM
State and has led the Aggies to a 1-0 start to the 2012-13 season.
Joining the Aggies in 2013 are Tamera Williams of Centennial
High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brianna Freeman of Harker Heights High School
(Killeen, Texas), Vanessa Garner of Archbishop Mitty High School (Milpitas,
Calif.), Moriah Mack of Reagan High School (San Antonio, Texas), and Brandee
Walton of St. Mary's High School (Phoenix, Az.)
Fresh Faces for Trakh: Head coach Mark Trakh brings
on a slew of newcomers for the 2012-13 campaign. Among the new Aggies are
transfers Stefanie Gilbreath and Denesia Williamson. Gilbreath joins the Aggie
squad after spending four seasons with USC. Gilbreath sat out three seasons
with the Trojans due to knee injuries, but played in each of USC's 30 games in
2011-12. Williamson wears the Crimson after one season with University of San
Diego. The 5-6 guard averaged 5.1 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game
with the Toreros.
Along with the two transfers, Trakh also adds five other
players to the roster. Las Cruces native, Elena Holguin, comes in after redshirting
her freshman season. Three-point threat, Alexis Nelson, joins the Aggies after
breaking the single-season record for three pointers with 60 during her senior
campaign at Aurora High School in Aurora, Ill. Abby Scott (Madras, Ore.), Sasha
Weber (Lacey, Wash.) and Shay Young (San Diego, Calif.) round out the newcomers
for NM State.
Last Season: Under the helm of first-year head coach,
Mark Trakh, the Aggies finished the 2011-12 season with a 6-24 overall season
record. This left NM State with a 3-11 Western Athletic Conference record. The
Aggies made an appearance at the WAC Championships at the Orleans Arena in Las
Vegas, Nev. (3/7). The Aggies were seeded eighth in the tournament but were
quickly booted out by No. 1 66-58 State.
Senior guard Tabitha Wampler was the most recent Aggie to
join the 1,000 Point Club with a career 1,254 points (2008-12). She joins
former teammates Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence along with Aggie great
Anita Maxwell (2,601) and Andrea Kabwasa (1,788).
Another highlight for the Aggies in 2011-12 was coach Trakh
coaching his 500th game of his career as a Division I head coach. In his 17th
year on the sidelines, the floor general notched the milestone against Hawai'i
in Las Cruces Feb. 16.
Preseason Accolades: The Western Athletic Conference
coaches and media picked NM State to finish eighth and ninth in their
respective preseason polls, and senior guard Stefanie Gilbreath was named an
All-WAC preseason pick.
The Aggies were picked sixth in last season's preseason
polls. NM State finished 6-24 overall and 3-11 in the conference to place
eighth. The eighth-place rank gave the Aggies a tough battle against top-ranked
Fresno State in the 2012 WAC Championships. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies
66-58, knocking NM State out of the tournament.
Reigning first team All-WAC honoree Christensen was voted
Preseason Player of the Year and is the on the preseason All-WAC first team.
Joining her on the first team is Alyssa Charlston of Idaho, Louisiana Tech's
Whitney Frazier, Diamond Ford of Texas State and Seattle U's Kacie Sowell.
-- The 2012-13 season marks the 40th season of Aggie women's
basketball. The first season was 1973-74.
-- This season also marks 25 years since the Aggies last
NCAA tournament appearance. The 1987-88
team was the last in program history to receive an NCAA berth.
Potential Milestone: With 12 total wins this season,
NM State will make its 600th victory in program history. With the current 7-5
record, the Aggies sit at 595-529 all time.
Aggies Host 16 Games This Season: The Aggies' 17 home
games at the Pan American Center is the fifth time in six 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 last year in 2009-10.