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Women's Basketball News

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - New Mexico State senior guard Brooke Salas was named Western Athletic Conference player of the week after posting a pair of 22 point games on 66.7% shooting in Aggie wins last week, the conference announced Monday.

The reigning WAC Player of the Year scored 22 points with six rebounds in a 70-38 win over UT Permian Basin in the season-opener at home. She also dished out two assists and recorded five steals.

Against Western Michigan, Salas dropped 22, all in the second-half, to propel the Aggies to a 66-54 comeback victory on the road. She also pulled down six rebounds against the Broncos. Salas moved into 12th on the NM State all-time scoring list and now sits at 1,346 points.  Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Media Select NMSU Women's Basketball To Win WAC; Salas Picked Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference women's basketball media have selected NM State as the preseason favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2018-19 and the Aggies' Brooke Salas as the WAC Preseason Player of the Year.

The Aggies earned nine first-place votes in the media poll to collect 81 points to top the poll. CSU Bakersfield is second with 69 points, followed by Seattle U in third with 63 points. Grand Canyon is fourth with 46 points. Kansas City and Utah Valley are tied for fifth with 36 points, followed by UT Rio Grande Valley in seventh, California Baptist in eighth and Chicago State in ninth.

Salas leads the list of Preseason All-WAC honorees. Joining her on the first team are teammate Gia Pack, CSU Bakersfield's Jazmine Johnson, Kansas City's Kristen Moore and Seattle U's Kamira Sanders.   Continue Reading This Post >>

WAC Coaches Select NMSU Women's Basketball To Win WAC; Salas Picked Preseason Player Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State is the favorite to win the 2018-19 Western Athletic Conference women's basketball title and the Aggies' Brooke Salas was selected WAC Preseason Player of the Year in a vote of the league's nine head coaches, who could not vote for their own team or players.

The Aggies, who won their fourth-straight WAC regular season title last season, received 62 points and seven first-place votes in the preseason poll. CSU Bakersfield picked up the remaining first two votes for a total of 56 points. Defending tournament champion Seattle U was picked third with 49 points and Grand Canyon took fourth with 45 points. Kansas City and UT Rio Grande Valley tied for fifth with 33 points each. California Baptist was selected seventh in its inaugural WAC season, followed by Utah Valley and Chicago State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Brooke Salas Named WAC Player Of The Year, Brooke Atkinson Named WAC Coach Of The Year

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - The 2017-18 All-WAC teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC’s eight head coaches. NM State’s Brooke Salas headlines the awards, earning WAC Player of the Year honors. Seattle U’s Kallin Spiller was named WAC Freshman of the Year and NM State’s Brooke Atkinson won WAC Coach of the Year.

A 5-11 junior guard from Placentia, Calif., Salas was the leading scorer in conference play at the Aggies won their fourth consecutive WAC regular season title. In addition to her WAC-best 18.4 points per game, she also led the league in steals during WAC play, averaging 2.6 per game. She was also fourth in the conference in rebounding at 8.4 per game and her .865 free throw percentage was one of the top marks in the WAC. Salas shot .436 from three-point range, which was second in the league and her 1.7 blocks per game rank third.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gia Pack Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Gia Pack has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 12 through Feb. 18.

Pack, a sophomore guard from Phoenix, Ariz. (South Mountain HS), posted a pair of double-doubles to help the Aggies get back into the hunt for the regular season title. Against Utah Valley, the sophomore scored 18 points to go with 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the 59-51 win. She followed that up with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 64-53 win over Seattle U on Sunday afternoon.

Brooke Salas Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Brooke Salas has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Jan. 22 through Jan. 28.

Salas, a junior guard from Placentia, Calif. (El Dorado HS), led the Aggies to their fifth WAC win to keep NM State atop the conference standings. Against Kansas City, she was 10-for-13 from the field with a pair of three-pointers and a pair of free throws for 24 points, also adding 14 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. The junior was also aggressive on the defensive end with three blocks and three steals in a 70-62 win. She ranks second in the WAC in scoring during conference play with 21.8 points per game and is the leading rebounder against league opponents with 9.7 rebounds per game. Her .560 shooting percentage from three-point range in also a league best during WAC play.

Brooke Salas Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

DENVER, CO - The Western Athletic Conference announced the players of the week on Monday morning. A historic night in the WAC opener saw Brooke Salas earn the nod to open 2018.

The Placentia, Calif. native led the Aggies to a 74-59 victory over Chicago State to begin conference play. The strong play featured Salas scoring 23 of the Aggies 28 points over eight minutes of play, including knocking down a jumper to close out the third quarter and give NM State the lead. This buzzer-beating shot also made her the 23rd Aggie in program history to join the 1,000 point club.

After 39 minutes played for the Aggies, Salas recorded a double-double with a career-high 33 points to go along with 13 rebounds. The junior was also disruptive on the defensive end forcing five steals and adding three blocks.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Gia Pack Named WAC Women's Basketball Player Of The Week

Written By: WAC Media Relations

DENVER, CO - NM State’s Gia Pack has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 18 through Dec. 24.

Pack, a sophomore forward from Phoenix (South Mountain HS), averaged 21.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game as the Aggies split a pair of games at the Beach Classic, falling to Northeastern before knocking off host Long Beach State. Against Northeastern, she finished with 15 points and eight rebounds in a 65-64 loss. A day later, she put up 27 points with 12 rebounds in a 72-63 win over LBSU, adding four steals in the winning effort.

NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Arkansas 69-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State women's basketball took on Arkansas in the team's final game at the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to Razorbacks 69-60 to close out their tournament run.

"I feel like overall, we played a more complete game. We still can't have a quarter where we get outscored 24-15. This week is going to be huge for us to go back and look at what areas we need to work on, for instance defensive rebounding," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Our players did well in stretches and I thought we executed well down the stretch."

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