Salas shooting for NMSU record books

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The New Mexico State women’s basketball team has been the class of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for the better part of a decade. The Aggies recent success has been due in large part to senior guard Brooke Salas, who is averaging a double-double this season. KTSM 9 Sports highlights her career in Las Cruces and why her jersey might soon hang in the rafters of the Pan American Center.

Pair of WAC home games ahead for NMSU women’s basketball team

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team returns to the City of Crosses as it continues Western Athletic Conference play at home against Seattle U on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. (MT) and WAC-leader Utah Valley on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12 p.m.

 

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Where to Watch

The Aggies’ game against Seattle U on Thursday, Jan. 17, is set to be broadcast over the air on a few stations as well as the FOX Sports GO app.

 

FOX Sports Arizona PLUS

DISH: 442 SD, 9580 HD |DISH Hopper: 412-30 | DTV: 686-1 SD & HD

 

FOX College Sports Atlantic

DTV: 608 |Verizon FiOS: 300 | AT&T Uverse: 647

 

Eleven Sports

DTV:623 | AT&T: 1665 | Verizon FiOS: 597

Saturday’s game against Utah Valley is also set to air live on TV and the FOX Sports GO app.

 

FOX Sports Arizona

DISH:415 | DTV: 686

 

Eleven Sports

DTV:623 | AT&T: 1665 | Verizon FiOS: 597

 

FOX College Sports Central (Delayed, 2 p.m.)

DTV:608-1 | Verizon FiOS:301 | AT&T Uverse: 648

 

Follow Along

Live stats for both the Seattle U and Utah Valley game are available through StatBroadcast.

 

Senior Saturday

Help us celebrate our senior class with our first of three senior Saturdays when we take on Utah Valley this Saturday, Jan. 19, at 12 p.m. (MT)! This Saturday is Space Day as we honor Baylee Robinson and Stabresa McDaniel for

 

Rankings Watch

Along with averaging a double-double, senior guard Brooke Salas is also ranked in the top-25 nationally in a number of categories, through fames on Jan. 14. She ranks 12th in double-doubles (9), 12th in field goals made (119) and 17th in defensive rebounds per game (8.0).

 

Scouting Seattle U

The defending WAC tournament champions visit the Pan American Center with an 0-16 record including an 0-3 mark in conference play. NM State dropped its last meeting with Seattle U 84-61 in the WAC Tournament semifinal. The Redhawks are coming off a 58-55 loss at home to Utah Valley on Jan. 12.

 

Kamira Sanders leads Seattle U in scoring with 13.5 points per game. Courtney Murphy is averaging 13.3 points over the last three games after missing the first 13 while Joana Alves averages 12.7. In her three games, Murphy is shooting the three at a 50 percent clip, making 10 of her 20 attempts. Sanders and Alves are also the Redhawks’ top rebounders as they average 6.1 5.9 per game respectively.

 

As a team, Seattle sits in the bottom half in the conference in both scoring defense and offense. The Redhawks are giving up 70.1 points per game while scoring 57.2, both eighth in the WAC. However, Seattle U is the best team in the conference at defending the three-point line with opponents making just 26.3 percent of their three-point shots.

 

A Look at the Wolverines

Utah Valley comes to town in first place with a 9-7 overall record and a 3-0 record in WAC play. The Wolverines defeated Seattle U 58-55 on Jan. 12. The last time the Aggies and Wolverines matched up, NM State won 59-51 at home behind 25 points from Brooke Salas on Feb. 15, 2018.

 

Two Wolverines average double-figure scoring with Jordan Holland leading the team at 13.1 points per game and Eve Braslis scoring 11.1. Braslis leads the squad in rebounds, pulling in 6.7 per game while Holland is second on the squad at 5.9.

 

Despite sitting at fourth in the WAC in points per game at 64.4, UVU has the best shooting percentage in the conference, making shots at a 44.1 percent clip. Utah Valley also makes free throws at the highest percentage in the conference at 77.6 percent.

 

Last Time Out

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team went on its first road trip of Western Athletic Conference play when it visited Grand Canyon on Jan. 10 and CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 12.

 

At GCU, NM State trailed the majority of the game. Despite mounting a comeback in the fourth quarter, the Aggies dropped a 54-51 decision. Brooke Salas scored 16 points and recorded 16 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season.

 

Then, at Bakersfield, the Aggies led all game until a furious ‘Runner rally saw the game tied at 59 with 25 seconds left. Salas had a shot that missed but Adenike Aderinto was there for the offensive rebound and was tied-up with two seconds left giving the Aggies an inbounds under their own basket. On the inbounds, Pack found Aderinto on the left block who spun and banked it in at the buzzer for a 61-59 win. Salas scored 16 while Dominique Mills added a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and six steals.

 

Up Next

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team remains in Las Cruces when it hosts UT Rio Grande Valley in a WAC matchup on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. (MT).

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