Aggies Drop Heartbreaker to North Dakota, 57-50

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women’s basketball team fell to North Dakota, Monday night, 57-50 in the Pan American Center. As a team, the Aggies shot just 23.6 percent from the field. The Aggies fall to 2-2 on the season, while the Fighting Sioux move to 1-3 on the year.

Crystal Boyd led the Aggies with 15 points on 4-of-19 shooting from the field, followed by Tabytha Wampler and Madison Spence with eight a piece. Wampler led the Aggies with 11 rebounds, followed by Boyd with nine. The Aggies were outrebounded 50 to 49.

The Fighting Sioux were led by Kayla Bagaason with 19 points. As a team, North Dakota shot 32.1 percent from the floor.
 
Fighting Sioux started the scoring in the second half with a 3-point basket as they held a 24-16 lead with 18:13 left in the game. The Aggies would pull with three at 24-21 before North Dakota went on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 32-21 with 16:16 to go in the game.
 
North Dakota continued to extend their lead over the next four minutes as NM State struggled to find the bottom of the net. The Fighting Sioux led 37-26 with 11:08 left in the game.
 
A 6-2 run by the Aggies cut the UND led to seven and 39-32 with 8:58 remaining in the game.  The Fighting Sioux came right back down the floor and went back up by nine at 41-32. Boyd then hit seven straight points to bring NM State to within four at 43-39 followed by a fast break lay-up by Lowe cut the lead to two at 43-41 with 5:02 to go in the game.
 
Wampler then hit a layup off an offensive rebound to tie the score at 43-43 with just over four minutes to go but UND went on a 5-0 run to go back up by five at 48-43 with 2:25 to go. Spence then stepped to the line and hit two free throws to cut the lead to three at 48-45.
 
 The Fighting Sioux went back up by seven at 55-48 with less than a 30 seconds remaining in the game. North Dakota had too big of a lead with not enough time for the Aggies, as the Fighting Sioux won 57-50.
 
The Aggies started the game 1-of-7 from the field and trailed North Dakota 5-2, at the 15:43 mark of the first half. Both teams continued to struggle from the field as UND maintained the three point lead at 7-4 with 11:47 remaining in the half.
 
North Dakota finally broke the six minute scoring drought with a 3-point bucket from the top of the key to make it 10-4 with 9:13 left in the half. After a couple free throws by UND, the Aggies’ Lowe hit a 3-point basket to pull NM State back within five at 12-7, with 8:42 to go in the half.
 
Over the next two and a half minutes each team would score a single basket, as North Dakota continued to lead 14-9, with 6:20 to go. Corbett then hit a fast break lay-up to pull NM State within three at 14-11. UND was then fouled in the lane on the other end and hit one free throw to go back up by five at 15-11 with 4:27 left in the first half. 
 
North Dakota went up by five with 1:40 left in the half, 19-14. The Aggies would keep it close at 21-16 at half time. Nine of North Dakota’s final 11 points of the half came at the free throw line.
 
For the half, the Aggies shot 20.7 percent from the floor on 6-of-29 shooting. Corbett led the Aggies with seven points, while Wampler and Scroggins led the team with five rebounds each. The Fighting Sioux shot just 17.9 percent from the floor in the first half.
 
The Aggies will be back in action on Friday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m., as they play host to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the first round of the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic.