Aggie Women Fall 75-63 To Idaho In WAC Tournament Quarterfinals

The New Mexico State Aggie women's basketball team fell 75-63 to Idaho in the quarterfinals of the 2010 WAC Basketball Tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead over the Vandals but a 7-0 run by Idaho knotted things up at nine. Jasmine Lowe drained a three pointer to put the Aggies back up 12-9 but five quick points from Idaho's Yinka Olorunnife off of assists from Rachele Kloke put the Vandals on top 14-12. Jasmine Lowe buried another three pointer to give the Aggies a 15-14 lead with 11:15 left to play. The Aggies would extend their lead to 22-19 after a Crystal Boyd layup. However, Idaho's Rachele Kloke would answer with a short jumper to pull the Vandals to within one at 22-21. The Aggies would push their lead out to four points at 25-21 after a pair of Kelsie Rozendaal free throws but Idaho would go on a 10-1 run capped off by a Rachele Kloke jumper with 2:10 left to play in the half as the Aggies found themselves down 31-26.

Tabytha Wampler ended the run with a jumper to cut the lead to three at 31-28 and then Malia Magazeni would make one of two free throws to cut the lead to two points at 31-29. Jasmine Lowe would tie the game at 31 with 25 seconds left to play in the half but Idaho's Bianca Cheever drained a baseline jumper with 2.8 seconds left to play in the half to send Idaho in halftime with a 33-31 lead.

Coming out of the second half, neither team would score for the first 2:30 minutes of the game until Idaho's Rachele Kloke hit a free throw to put the Vandals up 34-31. The Vandals would extend their lead to 39-31after a three pointer from Shaena Keuehu and a jumper from Yinka Olorunnife. Crystal Boyd would end the Vandal run by scoring on a jumper to cut the lead to 39-33. New Mexico State would go on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to just two points at 41-39 with 14:47 left to play and then with 13:40 left to play Crystal Boyd would get a steal and a layup to tie the game at 41. The game would remain tied as the teams traded a pair of baskets to make the score 43 all. The Aggies would take their first and only lead of the second half at 44-43 after Crystal Boyd hit one of two free throws with 12:17 left to play.

The Vandals quickly regained the lead at 45-44 as Yinka Olorunnife knocked down a jumper with 12:01 left to play. The Vandals would extend their lead to seven points at 51-44 before the Aggies would answer on five quick points from Jasmine Lowe sandwiched between a bucked from Shaena Kuehu to cut the lead back down to four at 53-49.

Idaho would answer the Aggies' run with a three pointer from Yinka Olorunnife to extend the lead back out to seven points at 56-49. The Aggies would once again answer with an 8-2 run to cut the Vandals' lead down to one point at 58-57 after a Danisha Corbett three pointer with 4:35 left to play. However, just as quickly as the Aggies had cut the lead down, Idaho built it back up behind back-to-back three pointers from Charlotte Otero and Bianca Cheever to give Idaho a 64-57 lead with 2:51 left to play. Jasmine Lowe would drain another three ball to cut the Vandal lead back down to four points at 64-60 with 2:37 left to play but Idaho's Charlotte Otero would bury another three ointer to put Idaho back up by seven at 67-60 with 2:19 left to play.

The Aggies would cut the deficit to just six points at 69-63 after a three pointer from Crystal Boyd with 1:42 left to play. That would turn out to be the Aggies' final basket of the game as the Vandals' Shaena Kuehu hit a layup with 1:21 left to play to put Idaho up 71-63 and Idaho would hit four free throws in the final 1:00 to seal the game.

Jasmine Lowe led the way for the Aggies with 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting including 4-of-4 from behind the three point arc. She also finished with five rebounds, five assists and two steals. Crystal Boyd finished with 17 points on 7-of-22 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season. Tabytha Wampler finished with nine points on 4-of-9 shooting and grabbed four rebounds before fouling out. Danisha Corbett added six points as she hit two second half three pointers. Madison Spence finished with five points and four rebounds. Kelsie Rozendaal scored four points all on free throws and Malia Magazzeni added one point on a free throw.

Idaho was led by Yinka Olorunnife who scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting and added 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season. Shaena Kuehu scored a career high 22 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Kuehu and Olorunnife each hit three three pointers in the game. Rachele Kloke added 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Charlotte Otero scored six points on two big three pointers late in the second half and also grabbed five rebounds while playing all 40 minutes. Bianca Cheever finished with eight points scoring on two three pointers and the buzzer-beating jumper to end the first half.

The Aggies were outrebounded 46-37 by the Vandals. The Aggies shot just 35.4 percent from the floor for the game while Idaho shot 44.4 percent. The Aggies hit 8-of-21 three point attempts while Idaho hit 10-of-23. The Aggies were 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line while Idaho finished 9-of-16. (56.3 percent)

The Aggies finish the season at 18-13 and now await word on whether they'll play in the Women's NIT. The Aggies have wins over Michigan and then No. 25 ranked Kansas and finished in a tie for fourth place in the WAC with an 8-8 record.