Play For Kay: Kay Yow, former North Carolina State University head women's
basketball coach, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987, and passed
away on January 24, 2009, after facing her third bout with the disease.
As part of a nationwide awareness initiative, the NM State Aggies will
honor breast cancer survivors and victims by wearing the color pink during
Thursday's game against San Jose State. The Aggies are encouraging all NM State
fans to wear pink in support as well.
For more information on Play 4Kay or to donate to the fund click
This Week: NM
State looks to break the losing streak with the first two games of a four-game
home stand beginning with San Jose State on Thursday, Feb. 14. The team then
meets Utah State to finish the week on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Pan American
Tickets: 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 through KSNM. 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: NM State continues to provide live coverage on AggieVision,
ESPN3.com and your local cable and TV networks with the next broadcast on
Saturday, Feb. 16 against the Utah State Aggies. Gametime is set for 6:30 p.m.
Check AggieVision.TV for channel listings.
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.
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.
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.
Getting Social: Get
all the updates of Aggie Athletics on Twitter and Facebook. Get in-game
statistics and in-game updates on Twitter @NMStateAggies. Find out about all
Aggie Athletics promotions and events on Facebook (NMSU Athletics and The Aggie
Looking Ahead: NM
State gets comfortable at home for the final two home games of the 2012-13
season as it plays host to the final non-conference opponent of the season, CSU
Bakersfield on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. A week later, the Aggies close out the home
portion of the schedule against Denver on March 2, at 6:30 p.m.
Looking Back: The
Aggies went 0-2 during two road games this past week. Falling 72-53 to Idaho on
Thursday, Feb. 7, and 78-62 to Seattle U on Saturday. The team still saw senior Stefanie Gilbreath
lead with 21 points and eight rebounds in Moscow, Idaho, and 15 points at
Seattle. Sophomore Danesia Williamson picked up her game over the weekend with
12 and 13 points in the two games, respectively.
About the Aggies: NM
State continues WAC play with a 9-14 overall record and 3-10 in league play.
Going into the weekend with nine straight losses, the Aggies are looking for a
comeback when they get back to their home court for four games. The Aggies held
their longest win streak of the season around Thanksgiving when they won four
in a row at home, but fell into a seven-game slump during the middle part of
Avg ppg: 57.2;
FG%: 33.5; Scoring Leader: Stefanie Gilbreath - 16.4 ppg; Rebound
leader: Kelsie Rozendaal - 7 rpg; Top Freshman: Sasha Weber - 8.5
ppg; 3.6 rpg; 35 FG%; 43 asst.; Streak: Lost 91/10-2/9
Road to Vegas: NM
State enters this week's home stand with a 3-10 record in conference play.
After winning three of its first four WAC encounters, NM State has lost its
last nine conference games, including going 0-2 during their most recent road
Numbers in the WAC:
Aggies rank second in the WAC
conference for scoring defense with an average of 61.2 points per game.
Aggie fans love to support their
women's basketball team with an attendance average of 1015 per game.
NMSU's Stefanie Gilbreath ranks 3rd in
the WAC for 18.5 points per game slightly following Ta' Rea Cunnigan and
Kelsie Rozendaal ranks 5th in the WAC
conference for offensive rebounds with a 3.58 average per game along with
Camila Rosen who ranks 7th with an average of 3.13.
Small Margins: The
Aggies four losses between 1/10-1/19 were decided by a combined 15 points.
Seniors Kelsie Rozendaal and Stefanie Gilbreath as well as freshman Sasha Weber
have each collected double-doubles this season.
Gilbreath: 15 pts, 10 reb; UTA, 12/29
Gilbreath: 21 pts, 11 reb; Idaho, 1/12
Gilbreath: 13 pts, 11 reb; at SJSU 1/19
Rozendaal: 22 pts, 11 reb; Loyola Marymount,
Rozendaal: 11 pts, 11 reb; at Texas State,
Rozendaal: 13 pts, 11 reb; at Denver, 1/26
11 pts, 10 reb; at Texas State, 1/5
It's a Three-Point Game: The
Aggies have started 12 games with a three pointer this season.
vs. George Mason W, 55-52 (D. Williamson)
vs. UC Irvine W, 50-44 (Sasha Weber)
vs. UTEP W, 69-68 (Sasha Weber)
at Southern Utah W, 70-68 (S. 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 (S. Gilbreath)
at Utah State L, 65-63 (Sasha Weber)
SJSU L, 51-50 (Gilbreath)
UTSA L, 66-53 (Scott)
Seattle L, 78-62 (Rozendaal)
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
About SJSU: San Jose State's team has a 9-14 overall record and a 6-6 in the
WAC conference. Ta'Rea Cunnigan is 2nd in WAC with 20.0 points per game. Riana
Byrd has the highest rebound average of 10.0. San Jose beat New Mexico State
with a 51-50 victory in mid-January.
Series History versus the Spartans: NM State leads the series with a 25-5 overall record.
San Jose State claimed the last two meetings in San Jose, including January's
51-50 win over NM State, but one of NM State's three conference wins was over
the Spartans in mid-February with a 56-55 win in Las Cruces. The Aggies' last
win on the road versus the Spartans was in January of 2011 with a 52-46 win.
About Utah State: Utah State has a 13-10 overall record and a 10-2 in the WAC
conference this season. Devyn Christensen has a 19.7 point average and Jenna
Johnson is highest in rebound average with a 7.7. Utah State beat New Mexico
State in mid-January with a 65-63 win with a last second three point shot at
Series History Versus the other Aggies:
The NM State Aggies
are 18-16 all-time against the Utah State Aggies after a heartbreaking loss at
the buzzer in January to the Aggies in Logan, Utah. Last season, NM State fell
twice to USU and the last win for the Aggies came in January of 2011 with a 75-71
victory over Utah State.
Trakh-ing Down No. 300:
Coach 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. Trakh holds a 304-225 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.
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
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.)
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.
-- 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.
With 12 total wins this season, NM State will make its 600th victory in program
history. With the current 9-14 record, the Aggies sit at 596-536 all-time.