Aggie Women's Basketball Falls 54-40 At UTEP

Written By: NMSU Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team lost a intense, tight game at I-10 rival UTEP Thursday, 54-50, in the Don Haskins Center. The loss pushes the Aggies’ record back to 1-2 and they have now lost seven straight to the Miners.

The Aggies held a 45-42 lead with 3:21 to play, but two buckets apiece from Briana Green and Deitra Caldwell brought the Miners (1-2) back for the victory. NMSU only made 5-of-10 free-throw attempts in the second half, which combining that with the fact that the Aggies only shot 32.7 percent cost them the game.

All but nine of the Aggies’ 50 points came from senior guard Tyshae Walton and sophomores Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence. Corbett had a team-high 16 points, followed by Spence’s 15 and Walton’s 10.

Head coach Darin Spence said that he was very pleased with how his team battled in the game.

"Obviously I’m disappointed that we lost, but I’m really pleased with our effort," Spence said. "I thought we competed and gave ourselves a chance to win it. We had a heck of a battle going, but we’ll learn from this and keep moving forward."

Junior forward Ashley Scroggins came off the bench to provide the Aggies with tough minutes inside. She along with Niki Holt both finished with seven rebounds, helping NMSU outrebound the Miners 41-38. However the Aggies also turned the ball over 17 times and allowed UTEP to get 20 points in the paint.

UTEP’s Timika Williams led the Miners with 17 points and 15 rebounds.

The Aggies opened up a 10-2 lead six minutes into the game behind two Corbett 3-pointers. UTEP made just one of its first seven shots, but four Miners three’s over the next 10 minutes allowed them to tie the game up at 20.

Each team would only score two points in the final 4:19 of the first half, which was plagued by turnovers and poor shooting. The Aggies shot 32 percent in the half and had nine turnovers while the Miners shot 36 percent and had eight turnovers.

Walton gave NMSU a 28-26 leads three minutes into the second half off of two free throws following a technical foul on UTEP. One minute later she hit a jumper in the lane to put NMSU up by four.

New Mexico State was getting stops defensively and limited UTEP to 3-of-14 shooting and four turnovers in the first seven minutes of the half. But NMSU was still cold shooting the ball and the Miners were able to take just their second lead of the game on a Williams layup at 12:13.

Back-to-back 3-pointers form Spence and Corbett put the Aggies back on top, 36-35 with 10 minutes to play. Then steals from Corbett and sophomore guard Brittany Palmer allowed NMSU to push its lead up to four at 5:52.

UTEP used a 6-0 run to take a 48-45 lead with two minutes to go. Walton brought NMSU within one with her 15-foot jumper with a minute to go, but with 27.6 seconds left Caldwell hit a three as the shot clock expired and then fought off the Aggies for the victory.

New Mexico State now heads off to play Kent State, Sunday, Nov. 23 for its first game ever in the state of Ohio.