Women's Basketball Game Recaps

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Women's Basketball Game Recaps

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Utah Valley 82-72

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

OREM, UT - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team closed out a two-game road swing at Utah Valley University in Lockhart Arena on Saturday. A lights out shooting first quarter gave the Aggies an early lead, which helped the team take down the Wolverines 82-72.

NM State (10-9, 4-1 WAC) came out flying in the first quarter, after winning the tip and scoring the first basket the Aggies would not give up a lead over Utah Valley (9-11, 3-2 WAC) for the rest of the night.

A great shooting opening frame featured the Aggies going 7-for-7 from three-point range and 7-for-7 from the line. The impressive numbers saw NM State close the opening quarter on a 20-3 run and lead UVU 30-10 through 10 minutes of play.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls 69-59 At Seattle

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

SEATTLE, WA - New Mexico State women’s basketball took to the road for the first time in Western Athletic Conference play taking on Seattle U at the Connolly Complex on Thursday night. Seattle U led by five at the end of the first quarter and the deficit for the Aggies continued to expand over the remaining 30 minutes and the Crimson & White fell 69-59.

A slow start to the contest saw the teams combine to go 0-for-10 from the field. The first basket came from the free throw line for Seattle U (9-10, 3-1 WAC) 2:34 into the opening quarter. NM State (9-9, 2-1 WAC) responded with a basket from Gia Pack and a three-pointer from Brooke Salas to take a lead midway through the first.

Seattle U then came out on a 9-0 run before Monique Mills could answer with a pair of baskets to cut into the deficit. Through 10 minutes of action, the Aggies trailed the Redhawks 16-11.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Bakersfield

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball sits alone atop the Western Athletic Conference standings and is the only team still undefeated after taking down CSU Bakersfield, 56-48, on Saturday. After a tough first half, the Aggie defense held the Roadrunners to just 16 points in the final two quarters to walk away with an eight-point victory.

Following a slow start head coach Brooke Atkinson commented on how the team was able to turn things around saying, “It’s is all about continuing to trust the process. Whether it is going well or not, just stay the course. This team a month ago may have struggled, but now it is contagious where the returners preach what it takes to turn things around. The leadership from this group is great and they have really bought in on the defensive end, which has made a big difference.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Grand Canyon For Third Straight Win

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team won its third game in a row taking down Western Athletic Conference foe Grand Canyon, 64-60. Ahead by just one NM State’s Brooke Salas drove the lane and knocked down a crucial jumper to put the Aggies up 61-58, which proved to be an insurmountable lead for the Lopes.

Following the victory head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “We took a big step toughness wise and in our maturity tonight. I am seeing more and more leadership with this group and they are buying in defensively. I liked to see that energy and effort is what this team can control and they did a great job of that in this game.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Chicago State 74-59 Behind 33 Points From Brooke Salas

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team opened Western Athletic Conference play against Chicago State on Saturday afternoon in the Pan American Center. Despite trailing after 20 minutes, the Aggies came out and dominated in the second half, led by Brooke Salas, en route to a 74-59 victory over the Cougars.

Following a win in the conference opener head coach Brooke Atkinson said, “Any time you can get a win it is huge. We look to approach every game the same way and the team played with a lot of perseverance and battled back which is what I am really proud of after this one.”  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketball Downs Long Beach State 72-63

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LONG BEACH, CA - The New Mexico State women's basketball team took down Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid on Thursday afternoon. The Aggies defeated LBSU 72-63 in their final game at the Long Beach Classic.

"Our team did a great job today. Obviously losing like we did yesterday, it takes a lot out of you physically and emotionally," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "This team battled today and played with a lot of toughness and that's all I can ask. At the end, we need to handle those situations better but it's a learning process."

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NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Northeastern 65-64

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LONG BEACH, CA - New Mexico State women's basketball was defeated by Northeastern in a close game at the Walter Pyramid on Wednesday. The Aggies fell to the Huskies 65-64 to open the Long Beach Classic.

“It was a great basketball game. We just didn’t get that roll that we needed at the end,” head coach Brooke Atkinson said. “We need to work on not having those offensive lulls like we did in the second quarter. We competed and we gave ourselves a chance and this is a great learning experience for us moving forward.”

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NMSU Women's Basketball Blows Out Pepperdine 86-64

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

MALIBU, CA - The New Mexico State women's basketball team defeated Pepperdine at Firestone Fieldhouse on Sunday afternoon. Behind a career-high 32 points for Brooke Salas and 16 assists for Zaire Williams, the Aggies topped the Waves 86-64 for the team’s first road victory.

“This was a good win for us because Pepperdine is a good team. We worked hard for the victory today,” head coach Brooke Atkinson said. “We talked about this being a business trip. From our practices coming into the game, the team was focused and ready to compete,”

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NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At Arizona 83-44

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

TUCSON, AZ - The New Mexico State women's basketball team took on Arizona at the McKale Center on Thursday afternoon. Despite a 20 point effort from Brooke Salas, the Aggies fell to the Wildcats 83-44.

How It Happened

NM State (3-6) fell behind 7-2 to the Wildcats (3-6) to start the contest with Salas scoring New Mexico State’s lone basket. The Aggies looked to cut into Arizona’s lead, but at the media timeout, the team remained behind by five. Offensive woes plagued New Mexico State following the timeout and at the end of the period, the Aggies trailed 17-8 with Salas posting six of the NM State’s points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

NMSU Women's Basketbal Falls To UNM 101-93

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell to Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico at the Pan American Center on Saturday. Despite Gia Pack scoring a career-high 33 points, the Aggies dropped the 101-93 contest for the team's third-straight loss.

"Our team competed for 40 minutes today. They left everything out on the floor. They didn't always execute but they played through their mistakes. I think today's game was a game of runs and we fought back and I'm proud of our team for doing that," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Defensively, we need to continue to continue to get better. We need to continue to create our identity on the defensive end."

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