Aggies Fall 81-64 To UNM At The Pit

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team fell behind early to New Mexico in the final game of the 2009-10 Rio Grande Rivalry and could not recover falling 81-64 at the Pit in Albuquerque Sunday afternoon.

Despite outscoring the Lobos in the second half 38-34, the Aggies' halftime deficit was too much to overcome. NM State held UNM to just 20 percent (5-of-25) shooting in the second stanza to get back into the game after the half. After a bucket by junior guard Jasmine Lowe, NM State trailed 71-60 with 3:32 remaining in the game. The Aggies later closed within eight, down 71-63, with 2:40 left in the game but could not get any closer.

The Aggies drop to 6-4 on the season after the loss. With the win, UNM improves to 8-3 this year after notching its fifth-consecutive win in the rivalry.

Lowe led four Aggies in double figures with 19 points. Guard Madison Spence added 12 tallies. Sophomore forward Tabytha Wampler posted 11 points while senior guard Crystal Boyd scored 13 behind three 3-point makes.

The Aggies opened the second half on a 7-0 run to cut the Lobo lead to 47-33 with just under 17 minutes remaining in the game. NM State continued to trade points with the Lobos before cutting the lead to 11 with 6:40 remaining.

"The better team won today," said head coach Darin Spence. "We had a lot of girls who had not played up here before and UNM used their experience to jump out to an early lead at home. But we battled back when we settled down and began executing our offense late in the first half and through the second half."

NM State won the opening tip but the Lobos were the first on the scoreboard, opening the game with a 6-0 run behind four points from Amanda Best. The Aggies got on the scoreboard after a 3-point hoop from Crystal Boyd. Best continued to torch the nets for the Lobos by scoring six points in a 14-0 rally to give UNM a 20-3 advantage early in the half.

The Lobos posted its largest lead of the game at 28 before the Aggies closed the half on a 10-3 run over the final 3:30 to cut the halftime margin to 47-26.

In the first half, UNM shot 67 percent from the floor including 6-of-8 from long range. NM State struggled from the field, finishing the first 20 minutes shooting at a 32 percent clip.

Lowe led the Aggies in the first half with 13 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. The point guard scored eight consecutive points for NM State over a three-minute stretch late in the half.

Beggin was the leading scorer in the game for UNM with 22 points while Best posted a career-high 18 points for the Lobos.

The Aggies return home to face the Braves of Alcorn State, Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7:05 p.m. MT.