NMSU takes 10-game win streak on the road

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The New Mexico State women’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to 11 games when it travels to take on Western Athletic Conference foe UT Rio Grande Valley Saturday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. (MT).

 

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Where to Watch

Saturday’s road game is set to stream live on theWAC Digital Network

 

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Aggie fans can keep up with all the action when we visit the Vaqueros thanks to live stats fromSidearm Sports.

 

Climbing Up

Through 25 games of the 2018-19 season, Brooke Salas is third on NM State’s all-time scoring list and sits just two points away from second. Here’s a look at the current all-time scoring list top-5.

 

Rank    Player                                      GP       PPG     Points

1.            Anita Maxwell (1992-96)               119        21.9       2,601

2.            Andrea Kabwasa (1988-92)          120        14.9       1,788

3.         Brooke Salas (2015-pres.)         118      15.1     1,786

4.            Kris Veatch (1984-88)                     115        15.4       1,768

5.            Barb Weiner (1979-83)  121        13.8       1,666

 

Rankings Watch

While averaging a double-double, Brooke Salas also ranks in the top-20 nationally in a number of categories. She ranks seventh in double-doubles (17), 12th in rebounds (284), 12th in defensive rebounds per game (8.0), 15th in field goals made (188) and 16th in rebounds per game (11.4).

 

Chance to Clinch

Heading into this Saturday’s game, NM State has the chance to clinch the one seed in the conference tournament as well as the conference title outright. A win Saturday guarantees the Aggies the number-one seed in the WAC tournament. If New Mexico State wins and both California Baptist and Utah Valley lose one of their games this weekend, the Aggies clinch their fifth-straight WAC regular-season championship.

 

Streakin’

New Mexico State’s current 10-game winning streak is the eighth-longest in program history and the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Aggies have had a win streak of 10 or more games. Take a peek at the top seven.

 

2016-17:17, Lost vs. Stanford& (72-64)

2015-16:15, Lost to UTRGV* (66-55)

1987-88:15, lost at #11 Washington& (99-74)

2014-15:12, Lost at CSU Bakersfield* (82-78)

1976-77:12, Lost to Weber State* (61-58)

1987-88:11, Lost at Pepperdine (77-73)

1986-87:11, Lost at Utah* (77-63)

*Denotes conference game

&Denotes NCAA Tournament

 

Scouting the Vaqueros

UT Rio Grande Valley is currently sitting at second place in the WAC with a 7-4 record and a 14-11 record overall. The last time the two sides met, Gia Pack scored 22 while Brooke Salas and Dominique Mills each scored 19 in a 71-63 Aggie win.

 

Idil Turk is the only Vaquero who averages double-figure points as she scores 10.6 per game. Turk dropped 19 in the Pan American Center earlier this season. UTRGV’s next leading scorer is Quynne Huggins, who averages 9.5 points per game, and is followed closely by Madison Northcutt at 9.2 points per game. The Vaqueros excel at getting to the free throw line as they rank 28th nationally in free throw attempts (515).

 

UT Rio Grande Valley boasts the top scoring defense conference, giving up just 61.4 points per game. Offensively, the Vaqueros score 63.1 points per contest which is good for sixth in the WAC.

 

Last Time Out

New Mexico State took its win streak on the road and took on Utah Valley on Feb. 14, and Seattle U on Feb. 16. The Aggies took care of business, downing Utah Valley 72-63 and Seattle U 83-72.

 

At UVU, NM State trailed at the half but outscored the Wolverines 27-12 in the third quarter and hung on down the stretch for the win. Gia Pack dropped 23 points and nine rebounds with Brooke Salas recording her 16th double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

 

The Aggies trailed for much of their game against Seattle U before a 17-0 run to start the fourth quarter gave them the lead for good. New Mexico State held the Redhawks scoreless the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, while outscoring them 29-12 in the period, and went on to win 83-72. Salas recorded her 17th double-double of the year with 27 points and 10 rebounds while Pack added 25 points and Stabresa McDaniel 15. Salas, Pack and McDaniel combined for 25 of the Aggies 29 fourth quarter points.

 

Up Next

New Mexico State closes out its home schedule with a pair of conference games against Kansas City on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. (MT) and Chicago Stata at noon on Saturday, March 2. Saturday’s game is Senior Day, join us as we celebrate our senior class!

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