Aggies Fall Late At Arizona 71-59

The New Mexico State Aggie women's basketball team continued their tough non-conference slate on Sunday afternoon in Tucson where they fell to Arizona 71-59. The Aggies trailed by 12 points in the second half but crawled back to within just four with just under four minutes left to play before Arizona would pull away in the final two minutes.

Madison Spence returned from a month long absence after suffering a concussion in late November. Spence played 27 minutes scoring nine points. Jasmine Lowe led the Aggies with 14 points. Danisha Corbett scored 13 points for the Aggies and Kaitlyn Soto finished with 11 points. Aggie center Tabytha Wampler was limited to just 13 minutes of play after picking up two fouls early in the first half and then picking up two more fouls in the first three and a half minutes of the second half. Wampler finished with five points before fouling out.

The Aggies trailed by just four points, 39-35, when Wampler picked up her fourth foul and over the next four minutes the Wildcats would build a 12-point lead at 50-38.

As has been the case all season long, the Aggies made a late second half run pulling to within four points at 58-54 with 3:53 left to play after a layup by Danisha Corbett. The Wildcats would answer right back with a layup from Shanita Arnold to push the lead back to six points with 3:46 left to play. The Aggies would miss back-to-back shots and Arizona's Davellyn Whyte would hit a pair of free free throws after behind fouled by Danisha Corbett to push the Arizona lead to eight points at 62-54 with 3:34 left to play.

After falling behind by 11, Jasmine Lowe would hit a three pointer to draw the Aggies back to within eight points at 65-57 with 1:32 left to play but the Wildcats would get a fastbreak layup to push their lead back out to 10 points. The Aggies would get their final points on a pair of free throws from Madison Spence with 1:06 left in the game. The Wildcats would score the final four points of the game to make the final margin 71-59.

The Aggies held Arizona's leading scorer Ify Ibekwe to just eight points, seven points below her average. The Aggies finished the game shooting 34.4 percent from the field while the Wildcats shot 42.1 percent from the field. The Aggies were out-rebounded 49-31 while forcing 20 Wildcat turnovers and committing 16 turnovers.

The Aggies drop to 6-5 on the season and return to action on Wednesday night as they host Utah.