NMSU women open up WAC tournament vs UTPA
Las Cruces, NM — After wrapping the regular season at Grand Canyon, the NM State women’s basketball heads to the 2014 edition of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Held March 12-15 the Aggies go into the 2014 edition of the WAC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and face No. 4 Texas Pan American in the quarterfinals round on Wednesday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m.
NM State vs. Grand Canyon Media Coverage
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NM struggled from 3-point range, shooting just 2-of-25 in the 66-55 loss to Grand Canyon to end the regular season, but saw junior Danesia Williamson score 28 on Thursday. The final game of the regular season brings the Aggies to 10-19 overall and 7-9 in league play heading into the WAC Tournament.
Williamson was 10-of-28 from the floor to lead NM State and all scorers in the game. She also tallied two assists, three steals and a block with seven rebounds. Freshman Brianna Freeman also helped out with 10 points and nine boards while finishing 5-of-9 on the night.
The Aggies shot 32 percent as a team and allowed the Antelopes to shoot 41 percent. NM State was narrowly out-rebounded by GCU 44-43, but held the Lopes with just two players scoring in double figures. The Aggies won the points off turnovers 14-8, while the teams evenly matched with 32 points in the paint.
About the Aggies
NM State has a 10-19 overall record going 7-9 in conference play. The Aggies record a -3.1 scoring margin with 2063 total points averaging 71.1 points per game. With 1140 total rebounds, the team has a 39.3 percentage rebounds per game and lend 12.2 assists per game on the season.
The Aggies are led by junior guard Danesia Williamson in points with 409 on the season, averaging 20.5 points a game. Freshman forward Tyler Ellis stands out for the NM State team averaging team-high 6.6 rebounds per game and a team-high 56.1 field goal percentage.
NM State WAC Play
The Aggies went 7-9 in conference play for the 2013-2014 season. They hit at 37.6 percent from the field with a -1.2 scoring margin. Adding 221 total assists, NM State averages 13.8 assists per game and 41.2 rebounds per game.
The team is led by junior guard Danesia Williamson with 343 points averaging 21.4 points per game and assists with 78 on the season. Freshman forward Tyler Ellis leads in rebounds and field goals averaging 7.4 rebounds per game and hitting 56.4 percent from the field going 22-for-39 in conference play.
Around the WAC
Finishing the WAC with a 7-9 record, the Aggies are preparing for the WAC tournament where they received a fifth seed and will play the fourth seed, Texas-Pan American, 8-8 in WAC play. The Aggies split the season with Texas-Pan American, going 1-1.
Leading the Aggies is Danesia Williamson who is sitting third in the WAC in points per game with 21.4. Williamson also is second in assists per game with 4.88 and second in steals with 1.75 a game.
Sasha Weber leads the Aggies in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting .374 percent from beyond the arc. NM State is first in the WAC in 3-point field goals made with 256 on the season and fifth in 3-point percentage, shooting 41.2 percent. Weber is also third in the league for 3-pointers made, recording 46 on the season, while Abby Scott sits at second on the list, hitting 47 deep balls in WC play.
The Aggies are third in scoring offense in the WAC, putting up 73.9 points a game. Helped by their rebounding offense, NM State is sitting at fourth on the list averaging 41.2 points off of 12.9 offensive rebounds a game, which is fourth in the WAC. On defense, the Aggies are third in the WAC in blocked shots, averaging 2.88 a game with 46 in WAC play.
The Broncs have an overall 14-15 record going 8-8 in conference play. In conference games, Texas-Pan American records a 36.7 field goal percentage, averaging 37.4 rebounds per game and 66.6 points per game with a -0.6 scoring margin.
UTPA is led in scoring by freshman guard Shawnte’ Goff with 367 total points on the season. Leading the Broncs in rebounds is junior forward Brittany Bush averaging 8.1 rebounds per game. Freshman forward Khiani Clark leads with a 44.4 percentage from the field.
In conference play, UTPA holds a -0.6 scoring margin with 66.6 points per game. They average 37.4 rebounds per game and add 11.8 assists per game.
NM State is 4-1 all-time against Texas-Pan American. Their first meeting was on Jan. 3, 1988, the Aggies swept the score board 105-37 against the Broncs. On Jan. 8, 1989 NM State defeated UTPA with a score of 93-36. Their following meeting was Jan. 18, 2003 where NM State ended the game 77-42.
Last Time Versus the Broncs
The Aggies fell to the Broncs 61-66 on Jan. 25. NM State caused 14 turnovers and finished the game with two blocks and two assists. NM State ended the game shooting 32 percent from the floor and 33 percent from 3-point range. Their most recent meeting was Feb. 20 at the Pan American Center where the Aggies defeated the Broncs 83-71. The team was led by junior Danesia Williamson, who scored 22 points on the night, 20 of those points coming in the second half. NM State also outrebounded Texas Pan American 48-47 and were led by Mack who grabbed 10 rebounds in the game.