The New Mexico State women’s basketball team returns to the Pan American Center with a chance to clinch its fifth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular-season championship with a win Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. (MT) against Kansas City. The Aggies also take on Chicago State on Saturday, March 2, at 12 p.m. for Senior Day.
If you can’t make it this weekend’s games, make sure to tune in to Adam Young’s call on 91.5 FM KRUX. The audio call can also be streamed live onTuneIn.
Fans can keep up with all this weekend’s action via live stats fromStatBroadcast.
Saturday’s matchup against Chicago State at noon is the last chance for fans to watch our seniors in the Pan American Center. Join us as we celebrate Brooke Salas, Monique Mills, Dominique Mills, Baylee Robinson and Stabresa McDaniel.
Through 26 games of the 2018-19 season, Brooke Salas is set to finish second on NM State’s all-time scoring list. Salas is just the second Aggie to score 1,800+ points for her career, joining legend Anita Maxwell. Here’s the top-five.
Rank Player GP PPG Points
1. Anita Maxwell (1992-96) 119 21.9 2,601
2. Brooke Salas (2015-pres.) 119 15.2 1,806
3. Andrea Kabwasa (1988-92) 120 14.9 1,788
4. Kris Veatch (1984-88) 115 15.4 1,768
5. Barb Weiner (1979-83) 121 13.8 1,666
While averaging a double-double, Brooke Salas also ranks in the top-20 nationally in a number of categories. She ranks 10th in double-doubles (17), 12th in defensive rebounds per game (8.0), 18th in rebounds (291), 18th in field goals made (194) and 19th in rebounds per game (11.2).
Strive for Five
The New Mexico State women’s basketball team enters this weekend’s contests needing just one win over the final three games to clinch its fifth-straight WAC regular-season title. Since the 2014-15 season, NM State is 63-6 in WAC play including a 33-1 record at home. The Aggies haven’t lost a conference game at the Pan American Center since the final game of the 2015-16 season against UT Rio Grande Valley, a streak of nearly three years and 20 games. Only one team has won as many WAC championships in a row, Louisiana Tech who won five in a row from 2001-06.
New Mexico State’s current 11 game winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest streak 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 six.
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 active streak
*Denotes conference game
&Denotes NCAA Tournament
Scouting the Roos
Kansas City visits the Pan Am with an 8-5 WAC record and 14-12 overall, good for third place in the conference. The two sides last met in Kansas City on Jan. 31, the Aggies got 32 points from Gia Pack and 17 from Monique Mills in a 90-86 NM State win.
Kansas City boasts the second-highest scoring offense in the league as they score 75.8 points per game. The Roos are led by Ericka Mattingly, who scores 18.8 points per game which is good for second in the conference, behind only Brooke Salas (19.3). Two other UMKC players average double figures in scoring in Leilah Vigil (11.6) and Kristen Moore (11.0).
A Look at the Cougars
Chicago State enters Saturday’s matchup with a 2-24 overall record and a 2-11 mark in WAC play, having defeated Seattle 64-61 in its last game. NM State beat the Cougars 87-66 in Chicago on Feb. 2, behind 28 points and 15 rebounds from Brooke Salas. Dominique and Monique Mills both scored 14 points while Gia Pack added 13 and five boards.
Tyeshia Bowers is the only cougar to average more than 10 points per game as she scores 12.5. As a squad, Chicago State ranks last in the league in scoring offense, scoring just 56.5 points per game. CSU also ranks last in scoring defense as they give up 84.5 points per game.
Last Time Out
The Aggies headed to Edinburg to take on UT Rio Grande Valley with a chance to clinch the #1 seed for the WAC tournament with a win.
New Mexico State struggled in the first half as they trailed 14-11 after the first quarter and 30-25 at the halftime break. NM State shot just 25.7 percent before the half with Monique Mills leading the way with seven points.
Coming out of the half, the Aggies went on a 10-4 run to take the lead at 35-34. The two sides then traded the lead back-and-forth before a Gia Pack floater with seconds left gave NM State a 49-47 lead going into the final quarter of action.
New Mexico State was able to build its lead to eight with 2:45 to play but the Vaqueros refused to go away. UTRGV cut the lead to three at 66-63 before clutch free throw shooting gave the Aggies a 70-65 lead with 18.8 seconds to play. The Vaqueros scored another basket with 1.7 seconds left but NM State was able to run out the clock for the 70-67 win.
The Aggies wrap up the regular season with a trip to the Golden State where they are set to take on California Baptist on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. (MT).