Aggie Women's Basketball Team Wins Home Opener Over Long Beach State 69-56

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball defeated Long Beach State, 69-54 in their 2009-10 season opener in front of 1,033 fans at the Pan American Center, Friday night. Crystal Boyd scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Aggies. Head Coach Darin Spence is now 4-3 all-time in home openers as the Aggies’ head coach.

The Aggies improve to 2-1 on the young season, while Long Beach State falls to 1-2 on the year.

Boyd had eight of her career-high 17 points in the second half, as the Aggies hit 13-of-14 from the free throw line in the second period as well. Danisha Corbett and Madison Spence both added 12 points apiece. As a team, the Aggies shot 35 percent from the floor, while holding the 49ers to 31 percent shooting from the floor. Tabytha Wampler led the Aggies with 11 rebounds.

The Aggies started the second half on fire, scoring the first seven points, taking a 32-29 lead with 17:44 remaining in the game. LBSU hit a 3-point bucket to the tie the game at 32-32, followed a steal and a fast break lay-up to recapture the lead at 34-32. But the Aggies responded and tied the game at 34-34 with 16:40 left in the game.

The Aggies went on a 9-0 run to take a 43-34 lead with 13:41 to go in the game. The run was highlighted by a 3-point basket by Jasmine Lowe. NM State also made 4-of-4 from the line during the run.

Corbett’s long 3-pointer with 12:30 to go in the game, put the Aggies up by 10 points at 46-36. The Aggies continued to pour it on the 49ers over the next seven minutes, extending their lead to 52-36 with 9:41 left in the game. NM State was on an 18-2 run.

NM State extended its lead to 21 points at 62-41 with 6:17 remaining in the game. Over the next five minutes of play the Aggie defense continued to pressure the 49ers, as NM State held a double-digit lead over LBSU at 62-46 with 4:44 to go.

The 49ers would not go away as they chipped away at the Aggie lead, cutting it to 10 points at 64-54 with 2:40 to go. LBSU went on a 13-2 run over the next two minutes to cut into the Aggies lead.

But the Aggies were too much for the 49ers on this night as the Aggies hung on to beat Long Beach State, 69-54.

Neither team could find the bottom of the net in the first four minutes of the game as the 49ers led 6-5 with 15:27 to go in the first half. Lowe would tie the game at 6-6 after making one-f-two free throws with 14:48 remaining. Wampler’s layup with 13:44 left in the half put the Aggies up by two at 10-8. The score would not change over the next four minutes of play as the score remained 10-8 with 9:42 left in the first period.

Lindsey Beckner finally broke the also five minute scoring drought with a turnaround shot in the lane, tying the game at 10-10. Beckner was fouled on the play and shot one free throw. After missing the free throw attempt, LBSU got the offensive rebound and put back the shot to take 12-10 lead with 7:41 left in the opening half.

The 49ers nailed a long 3-pont bucket to go up by five at 15-10, but the Corbett responded on the other end of the floor for the Aggies, bring the Aggies back to within two at 15-13. LBSU would answer the call with its second 3-point shot in as many trips down the floor.

The Aggies would go on an 11-to-5 run over the next three-and-a-half minutes to pull back in front at 24-20 with 3:34 left in the half. Boyd scored seven points in the Aggies run. The 49ers hit a 3-pointer pull within one at 24-23 with 2:55 to go in the half.

Three-of-four made free throw for the 49ers gave them the lead at 26-24 with 1:58 to go in the half. Wampler hit one-of-two from the line to pull NM State within one at 26-25 with 1:23 left. LBSU hit another long 3-point bucket to go back up by four, 29-25 with 50 seconds remaining in the half. Neither team could score over the final minutes as the score remained 29-25 at halftime.

The Aggies shot just 28 percent in the first half and was out rebounded 31 to 14. Crystal Boyd led the Aggies with nine points, as Wampler and Corbett added five each. LBSU was led by Lauren Sims, who tallied nine points. As a team, the 49ers shot 40 percent from the floor, but had 17 turnovers.

The Aggies will host North Dakota Monday, November 23 at 7:05 p.m., in the Pan American Center.