Aggies Fall 78-64 At Louisiana Tech

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

RUSTON, LA - The New Mexico State women's basketball team's second-half rally fell short as the Aggies could not overcome a first-half scoring drought at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday evening, falling to Louisiana Tech 78-64.

Aggie junior guard Jasmine Lowe led the charge by scoring 26 points in the game, including 19 in the second half, behind 10-of-12 shooting from the line and canning seven shots from the floor. Classmate Madison Spence added 14 tallies and senior backcourt mate Crystal Boyd posted 11 points.

After the loss, the Aggies fall to 12-6 overall and 2-2 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Louisiana Tech improves to 11-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play.

NM State's Jasmine Lowe scored the first bucket of the game to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead inside the first minute but the Aggies suffered a scoring drought over the next nine minutes and 35 seconds. The Aggies misfired on 13 of their first 14 shots as Louisiana Tech ran off 20 consecutive points to build a 20-3 advantage at the 11-minute mark.

Guard Crystal Boyd stopped the LA Tech rally with a bucket at the midway point of the half. Junior guard Madison Spence, Lowe and Boyd combined for 16 of the Aggies' final 18 points of the half.

NM State ended the half on an 8-2 run over the final 3:47 before the break to cut the margin to 32-21 at halftime.

In the first 20 minutes, NM State shot 21.6 percent (8-of-37) from the floor while holding the Lady Techsters to 34.4 percent (11-of-32) shooting. LA Tech out-rebounded the Aggies 34-22 in the half.

After scoring the final six points of the first half, NM State scored the first four points of the second half to cut the Louisiana Tech lead to half a dozen at 32-26. The Lady Techsters rebuilt their lead to 16 after a 9-2 run four minutes into the half to go up 49-33.

The Aggies countered with a 9-4 run midway through the second half to close the gap to 11. The LA Tech lead hovered between 11 and 13 over the next four minutes.

Minutes later, NM State moved to within four points of LA Tech at the 4:10 mark after a layup by sophomore forward Tabytha Wampler to make it 62-58. However, LA Tech recovered by scoring five straight points to go up by nine with two minutes left in regulation and the Lady Techsters held on for the home victory.

Louisiana Tech's free throw opportunities were a key difference of the game, making 32 of 47 opportunities from the charity stripe. NM State only earned 26 attempts but made 17.

For LA Tech, Shanavia Dowdell notched her eighth double-double of the season with 23 points and 16 rebounds. Junior forward Adrienne Johnson added 18 for the Lady Techsters.

For their next game, the Aggies return home to host Idaho on Wednesday Jan. 20 at 7:05 p.m. MT.

The game will be broadcast live on the Aggie Sports Radio Network with Kyle Doperalski on KSNM-AM 570.