Bill Harty's TMM Season 9 Recaps

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Bill Harty's TMM Season 9 Recaps

NM State Women's Basketball Downs Fort Lewis In Exhibition

Written By: Bill Harty

Friday night was the lone exhibition game to begin the new season for the New Mexico State Aggie women’s basketball team. After a difficult year (6-24, 3-11 WAC) in Mark Trakh’s first as Aggie head coach ended on a high note as the Aggies made a serious run at eventual champion Fresno State in the WAC tournament, expectations are a bit higher for the new season.

The Aggies believed they had graduated four seniors from last year’s squad, including forward Tabytha Wampler, who was the best offensive player on last year’s team, and guards Kaitlyn Soto and Erica Sanchez. However, forward Kelsie Rozendaal was granted another year of eligibility and joins six others returning to this year’s squad: Senior forwards Chrissy Fletcher and Malia Magazzeni, and guards Camila Rosen, a senior, junior Jasmine Rutledge, sophomore Simone Ruedin, and redshirt freshman Elena Holguin, from Las Cruces Mayfield High School. Trakh and his assistants added six new players, all guards, for this season: senior Southern California transfer Stefanie Gilbreath, sophomore San Diego transfer Danesia Williamson, and freshmen Alexis Nelson, Abby Scott, Sasha Weber, and Shay Young.

The Aggies’ opponents were the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks, from Durango, Colorado. Last year’s Skyhawks (26-5, 19-3 RMAC) made a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division II playoffs, and completed the season ranked in the ESPN/USA Today top 25, where they had been every week of the prior four years. The Skyhawks were national runners-up in 2010, and over the past four years had a home record of 57-1. However, Fort Lewis graduated five seniors, four of whom started regularly, and lost their coach, Mark Kellogg, to Northwest Missouri State.  Continue Reading This Post >>

Crimson And White Scrimmage Recap

(This is the second installment of Bill Harty’s game recaps as part of The Mid Majority ninth season taking readers to mid-major college basketball games around the country. Visit midmajority.com to find out more about this group-sourced effort to spread the word about the many fine basketball programs around the country that are having success on and off the court while generally not having access to the resources brought to athletic programs by big-time college football. Bill will be recapping most Aggie home games, and the occasional road foray, for both The Mid Majority and bleedCrimson.net.)

This afternoon’s NMSU intrasquad scrimmage was much as one would expect for a first public viewing. It was a chance to see the beginnings of this year’s team: who has added to their game individually over the summer and the start of how they’ll work together offensively. The format was a vast improvement over last year’s disorganized afternoon scrimmage with the dunk contest, and the three-point contest, and a lot of standing around and waiting. This was a 32 minute, running clock scrimmage that moved smartly through the afternoon; there were four planned timeouts, but otherwise the game kept moving. The crimson team at the onset was primarily the returning players and expected leaders at each position: sophomore guards Daniel Mullings and K. C. Ross-Miller, junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe, senior forwards Bandja Sy and Tyrone Watson. While this group was together, they fell behind early 9-2, but pulled back to even at eleven. Players were moved freely from team to team as the coaches wanted to see how different combinations meshed.  Continue Reading This Post >>