Aggies Roll Over Trinity Western In Final Canadian Exhibition Game

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LANGLEY, B.C., Canada – Senior Anikia Jawara scored 13 points for the New Mexico State women's basketball team who outscored the Trinity Western Spartans 22-8 in the second quarter in route to a 30-point, 79-49 victory Sunday evening at the David Einarson Gym.

The game was Aggies' final of its foreign exhibition tour in the Vancouver, British Columbia area. NMSU went 2-1 on its trip after beating the University College of the Fraser Valley Saturday afternoon before falling to defending CIS national champion Simon Fraser later that evening.

11 of the 14 Aggies who played Sunday evening were able to score and NMSU's defense suffocated the Spartans and held them to just 29 percent shooting from the field.

After a close first quarter, the Aggies were fueled by their second quarter outburst and from there on out it was all New Mexico State as its strict defense prevented Trinity Western from ever getting back in the game.

Head coach Darin Spence was really pleased with how his team bounced back after losing Saturday to Simon Fraser University, the defending CIS national champions.

"We played really well the entire game and played with a lot of energy tonight," Spence said. "Overall this was a great trip for us and we got the opportunity to see what we can be. The kids had a great time up here and all of our players were able to get some quality playing time."

Both the Aggies and Spartans came out at the start of the game with a good pace despite being a little sluggish offensively. NMSU took an early 8-4 lead behind Jawara's four points in the paint.

Fouls and turnovers hindered the Aggies in the first quarter, who were really trying to push the ball up the court. None the less, the Aggies finished the period on a 9-5 run to lead 17-12 after one.

Following the rusty first quarter, New Mexico State came out in the second and exploded with a 12-4 run to open the period thanks to six points from junior Tyshae Walton.

Junior Brittany Henderson then added five straight points of her own off a three and inside bucket and NMSU closed out the half up by 19, 39-20. Trinity Western was only able to score eight points in the second against the Aggies strict defense.

TWU and NMSU both came out firing in the third and midway through the quarter the Aggies upped its lead to 22 with the help from Jawara's five early points in the period.

Freshman Madison Spence scored six of the Aggies 10 points in the last three and a half minutes of the third quarter, as New Mexico State led 65-36 going into the fourth quarter.

NMSU maintained its solid play at both ends of the court in the fourth and were able to get many easy baskets with its good ball movement and ended the game with 30-point victory.

"We were able to get a lot of our players good playing time tonight and the level didn't drop off at all when we subbed players in and out which is a good sign," Spence said.

New Mexico State now heads back to Las Cruces Monday morning as the team is off until early October when they continue preparation for its third season in the Western Athletic Conference.