Her first season of playing NCAA Division I college basketball has taught Sasha Weber a thing or two about adjustments. Specifically, about acclimating to the physical style and exhaustion that accompany D-I hoops.
“If I’m not in class or on the court,” Weber said, “I’m usually asleep.”
Weber, a 2012 Timberline High School graduate who left as the school’s career scoring leader with 1,503 career points, is a starting guard at New Mexico State, and her average of 8.8 points a game in 21 games (18 starts) ranks in the top 10 for all freshmen in the Western Athletic Conference. It’s the fourth-best average on the team. She’s also third highest in minutes played (27.8) and second in field-goal percentage (37 percent).
This week is a big one for Weber. Not only does she turn 19 on Saturday, but it’s also her first return home when the Aggies (9-11 overall, 3-7 WAC) travel to Seattle to face second-place Seattle University (11-9, 8-3) at 4 p.m. at the Connolly Center. It’s a game expected to be witnessed by family and friends, including her
former Timberline teammates.
“I’m pretty excited,” Weber said last week from the Las Cruces, N.M., campus. “I haven’t been home in a while.”
Seven months, to be exact.
Second-year New Mexico State coach Mark Trakh, who coached at USC from 2004-09, has taken advantage of Weber’s versatility and rotated her between point guard, shooting guard and wing, depending on matchups.
The level of basketball is a significant step up from her days playing with the Blazers, Weber says, but physically it’s extremely demanding.
“It’s hard to push my body when my body doesn’t want to keep going,” she said. “I didn’t know I could be this exhausted and keep going.”
The Aggies, who started with a 3-1 record in conference play, haven’t won since a 61-58 victory at Texas State on Jan. 5. That’s a string of eight losses going into Saturday’s game against the Redhawks.
“We’ll turn it around,” Weber said. “We haven’t reached our potential yet, and we have a lot of room to grown. Hopefully, the second half of conference play, we’ll get able to start getting wins.”
SAINTS PICKED FOR FIFTH IN GNAC BASEBALL
In spite of a league-best 18 returning lettermen from last season, the Saint Martin’s baseball team has been picked to finish fifth out of five teams in a preseason poll of Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches.
The Saints are led by sophomore catcher Chandler Tracy, a reigning all-GNAC selection. Tracy was the conference’s freshman of the year after batting a team-best .329 with 53 hits and 40 runs scored. His eight home runs and 15 doubles ranked third and fourth, respectively, in the GNAC in 2012. Tracy also has been named to the preseason All-West Region team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
TUMWATER GRADUATE PAGE EARNS AWARD
Daniel Page, a 2011 Tumwater High School graduate and a sophomore wrestler at Iowa’s Central College, was named the Iowa Conference’s male athlete of the week.
Page, wrestling at 125 pounds, captured three wins at the league dual meet, including an upset victory over Wartburg College’s Gilberto Camacho, the third-ranked wrestler in NCAA Division III. It was Page’s second upset of a top five-ranked wrestler this season. Page has a 20-5 record.
GEODUCKS EARN HONORS FOR GRADES
Three basketball players from The Evergreen State College earned All-Academic honors from the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Senior Travis Wagner was the lone member of the men’s team, and senior Maddie Graves and junior Sammi Clark were honored from the women’s team. To be recognized as a conference scholar-athlete, a player must have a minimum 3.2 grade-point average and a sophomore standing.theolympian.com/southsoundsports