Las Cruces, NM — New Mexico State head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh announced the 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule, Monday, August 19, which features 14 home games, including the annual Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic.
The season begins with an exhibition game versus Western New Mexico, Nov. 2, with the regular season starting, Nov. 12, against I-10 rival UTEP in El Paso, Texas.
The 14 home games are the second least for NM State since joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2005. That season, just 13 games were played in Las Cruces. The Aggies start the home schedule, Thursday, Nov. 14, with Boise State before heading on the road for two games in California. The team rounds out the month at home against Eastern New Mexico, Nov. 23.
The Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic is set for Nov. 29-30 at the Pan American Center. The two-day tournament brings in Northern Illinois, Milwaukee and Lamar. The weekend marks the seventh year for the Thanksgiving tournament.
“I am excited for our schedule this year,” Trakh said. “We are playing several games in areas that we heavily recruit in, and I think it is important for us to keep an active footprint in those areas.”
NM State concludes the I-10 rivalry series, Dec. 3, in Las Cruces before spending the rest of 2013 on the road with its only meeting with Rio Grande Rival New Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 7, in Albuquerque. The team then travels to California to face UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton before participating in a holiday tournament hosted by UTSA on Dec. 28-29.
“Our conference is so unknown this year with six teams being new to the league. Seattle and Idaho are both bringing back the majority of their players and they were the regular season and tournament champions, so they will be competitive,” Trakh said. “We just know so little about the rest, that hopefully both our non-conference and WAC schedules will bring good competition.”
The 2014 year begins with the Aggies taking on Grand Canyon, Jan. 4. NM State settles into conference play with a road weekend to meet defending regular-season WAC Champion Seattle U, Jan. 9, followed by WAC Tournament Champion Idaho just two days later.
Back home for three-game straight games, NM State meets Chicago State for the first time in program history, Jan. 16 and rounds out the home stand with Kansas City, Jan. 18, and Texas Pan American, Jan. 25.
After meeting Utah Valley, Feb. 1, the Aggies rotate through each of the conference opponents one more time at the opposite venue before ending the home schedule with ‘Senior Night’ against CSU Bakersfield on Saturday, March 1.
The Aggies conclude the regular season with a trip to GCU in Phoenix, Ariz., on March 6. NM State then heads to the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Orleans Arena. The 2014 edition of the conference tournament marks the fourth season that the league has held the tournament at the neutral site in Las Vegas.
Date Opponent Location Time (MST)
Sat, Nov 02 Western New Mexico (Exhibition) Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Tue, Nov 12 UTEP El Paso, Texas TBA
Thu, Nov 14 Boise State Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Nov 16 Loyola Marymount Los Angeles, Calif. TBA
Mon, Nov 18 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Calif. TBA
Sat, Nov 23 Eastern New Mexico Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Aggie Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic
Fri, Nov 29 TBA Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Nov 30 TBA Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Tue, Dec 03 UTEP Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Dec 07 New Mexico Albuquerque, N.M. TBA
Wed, Dec 18 UC Irvine Irvine, Calif. TBA
Mon, Dec 23 Cal State Fullerton Fullerton, Calif. TBA
Sat, Dec 28 TBA San Antonio, Texas TBA
Sun, Dec 29 TBA San Antonio, Texas TBA
Sat, Jan 04 Grand Canyon * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Thu, Jan 09 Seattle U * Seattle, Wash. TBA
Sat, Jan 11 Idaho * Moscow, Idaho TBA
Thu, Jan 16 Chicago State * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Jan 18 UMKC * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Jan 25 Texas Pan American* Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Thu, Jan 30 CSU Bakersfield * Bakersfield, Calif. TBA
Sat, Feb 01 Utah Valley * Orem, Utah TBA
Thu, Feb 06 Idaho * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Feb 08 Seattle U * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Thu, Feb 13 UMKC * Kansas City, Mo. TBA
Sat, Feb 15 Chicago State * Chicago, Ill. TBA
Wed, Feb 19 Texas Pan American* Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Thu, Feb 27 Utah Valley * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Sat, Mar 01 CSU Bakersfield * Las Cruces, N.M. TBA
Thu, Mar 06 Grand Canyon * Phoenix, Ariz. TBA
Wed, Mar 12 -
Sat, Mar 15 TBA Orleans Arena - Las Vegas, Nev. TBA
* Conference Games