Aggies' Rally Comes Up Just Short; Women Fall 90-86 At Cal Poly

Madison SpenceThe New Mexico State women's basketball team fell 90-86 to Cal Poly on Sunday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, Calif. in a closely contested road game that saw 12 ties and seven lead coaches. The Aggies had five players score in double figures and were led by junior guard Madison Spence with 19 points.

The Aggies took a slim 41-38 lead into halftime after trailing by as many as eight points in the first half. Madison Spence scored 13 of her 19 points in the first half as the Aggies shot a sizzling 53 percent from the field in the first half.

Coming out of the second half the Mustangs grabbed the lead just one minute into the game and then went ahead by seven points at 52-45 with 16:12 left to play. The Aggies would trail by as many as eight at 54-46 with 14:50 remaining. Over the next five minutes the Aggies would to on 20-6 run to take an eight point lead at 66-60 and the teams would battle back and forth with Cal Poly regaining an eight point lead with just under two minutes left at 84-76.

The Aggies would fight back cutting the lead to just two points at 88-86 with eight seconds left but after a pair of made free throws by Cal Poly's Desiray Johnston put the Mustangs up 90-86, the Aggies would turn the ball over with two seconds left sealing the game.

Crystal Boyd finished the game scoring 16 points, 12 in the second half. Danisha Corbett also finished with 16 points and scored 11 in the second half including three three pointers. Kaitlyn Soto scored a career high 14 points for the Aggies and was 4-of-5 from the field and 5-of-8 from the free throw line. Jasmine Lowe finished with 10 points for the Aggies and was 5-of-7 from the free throw line. The Aggies finished the game shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

The Aggies committed 23 turnovers which Cal Poly turned into 15 points. The Aggies forced 16 Mustang turnovers which they converted into 26 points. The Aggies were dominated in the paint being outscored 32-12.

Cal Poly also finished with five players in double figures in scoring and were led by forward Becky Tratter who scored a career best 19 points. Guard Desiray Johnston scored 16 points for the Mustangs while forward Kristina Santiago added 15 and guard Ashlee Steward added 13 and Brittany Lange scored 11.

The Aggies return to action on Friday, November 20 against Long Beach State as the Aggies start a seven game homestand.