NMSU women to host two WAC games
Las Cruces, NM — The Aggies head back to the Pan American Center to host Chicago State at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16 before welcoming Kansas City on Saturday at 6 p.m. Thursday’s game will honor former Aggie great Madison Spence, while Saturday, NM State recognizes and welcomes back all former Aggies as part of Alumni Weekend.
Thursday’s game vs. Chicago State is being broadcast live on AggieVision at 6 p.m. Fans can view the game on NMStateSports.com, Comcast Las Cruces, Comcast NM and tape delayed on FS-Arizona at 11 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 show is set for 5:45 p.m. Live stats for the game are available at NMStateSports.com.
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Up next for the Aggies is a single game on the road against Texas-Pan American on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. Fans can listen to the live broadcast with Jay Sanderson (@Sanderson_NMSU) on KSNM AM570 beginning at 5:45 p.m.
The Aggies were 0-2 during their first road weekend in conference play. The team kept a close game against defending WAC-regular season champs Seattle U on Thursday before ultimately falling 61-51 to the Redhawks. The Aggies then traveled to meet conference-leading Idaho and struggled to put points on the board for a 79-51 loss. The Aggies had 82 rebounds on the weekend and saw junior Daneisa Williamson score in double-figures for the fifth straight game.
Chicago State (3-13; 0-3 WAC) has yet to win a game in conference play, but matched a similar record to the Aggies. The first-year WAC member has a small roster, like the Aggies, and is led by Tierra Williams with 13.9 points a night. Chan Wilson-Stewart leads defensively with 6.1 boards a game and the team averages 55 points a game, while allowing the opponents 70.
The Thursday game marks the first meeting in program history and first meeting as WAC opponents.
Kansas City (6-10; 2-1 WAC) averages just over 74 points a game this season with Eilise O’Connor leading the way with 20.1 points a game. She not only leads the team, but leads the WAC as well. This season, The Roos have won two of their six games in overtime and are sitting on a two-game winning streak. The Roos defeated Seattle U 77-65 in early January and most recently beat Chicago State 83-60.
The Aggies and the Roos are 2-2 all time. The teams met last season when the Aggies handed Kansas City a 75-50 loss in Las Cruces.
Last Game: at UTSA (L, 65-56)
NM State was rattled early by Idaho, which resulted in a 79-51 loss to the Western Athletic Conference leading Vandals on Saturday, Jan. 11. NM State is 4-12 on the year and 1-2 in conference play, while Idaho moves to 11-7 and 4-0 in WAC play.
The Aggies had some positives in the game, despite the loss. Junior Danesia Williamson scored her fourth 20-point game in five games to finish the day with 21. She also had four assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Sasha Weber had 10 points and freshman Tyler Ellis got six offensive rebounds for a total of 11 on the game.
Tyler Ellis, a freshman from Antelope, Calif., was the key for NM State last week on defense. She averaged 8.5 boards during the Aggies road week, leading the team against both Seattle and Idaho in rebounds. This season, Ellis is second on the team, averaging 6.3 rebounds a night and has three blocks and six steals.
Freeman Starts the Doubles
Freshman Brianna Freeman was 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. She earned her second in the first conference game of the year, which marked a new career-high 16 points and matched her 10 rebounds against the Lopes.
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.