Aggies Unable To Overcome Hot Shooting Utes, Fall 72-62

Madison SpenceThe New Mexico State women's basketball team dropped their third game in a row as they fell 72-62 to Utah on Wednesday night in the Pan American Center in Las Cruces.

The Aggies fell behind big in the first half as Utah shot lights out from three point distance connecting on 7-of-11 shots en route to a 41-26 halftime lead. The Aggies would slowly climb back into the game in the second half cutting the once sizable deficit down to just six points with just 3:41 left to play.

Just seconds later the pivotal sequence in the game occurred as the Aggies trailing 63-56 had three chances to trim the lead to five points but could not covert. Madison Spence would miss a short jump shot but the offensive rebound was grabbed by Tabytha Wampler who would miss a short putback, however, Spence would grab the offensive rebound but would miss the putback layup along the right baseline. The Utes would corral Spence's shot and outlet the ball ahead to Iwalani Rodrigues who would convert the layup and get fouled by Jasmine Rutledge. Rodrigues converted the three point play and the Aggies would trail 66-56 and would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

Madison Spence scored five of the Aggies' first seven points and the Aggies held an early 7-2 lead. The Aggies would still lead by five at 11-6 with 13:46 left in the half, however, the Utes would go on a 5-0 run to tie the game at 11. The Aggies would retake the lead at 16-13 after a three from Danisha Corbett but the Utes would go on an 11-0 run to take a 24-16 lead with 9:02 left in the half. The Aggies would break the run with a bucket from Danisha Corbett but with the Aggies trailing 29-22 Utah would go on a 12-0 run to extend their lead to 41-22. The Aggies would get one of two free throws from Tabytha Wampler to trim the deficit to 41-23 and Madison Spence would hit a three at the buzzer to send the Aggies into halftime trailing 41-26.

Tabytha Wampler finished with a team-high 23 points as she hit 15-of-18 free throw attempts and narrowly missed a double-double notching nine rebounds. Spence finished with 17 points hitting 3-of-3 three pointers and grabbing six rebounds. Jasmine Lowe shot just 3-of-17 from the floor but converted 7-of-10 free throws to finish with 13 points. Danisha Corbett and Camila Rossen scored five and two points respectively, however, both left the game with knee injuries and their status in unknown.

Utah's Iwalani Rodrigues finished with a game-high 26 points and was 10-of-13 from the field including 4-of-6 from three point distance. Michelle Plouffe finished with 18 points and was 7-of-12 from the field.

The Aggies shot just 26.7 percent from the field (16-of-60) while Utah shot 47.1 percent from the field hitting 24-of-51 attempts. The Utes finished 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) from three point distance while the Aggies knocked down 4-of-17 three point shots (23.5 percent).

The Aggies shot 35 free throws converting 26 (74.3 percent) while the Utes shot 23 free throws hitting 16 (69.6 percent).

With the loss the Aggies drop to 6-6 on the season but return to action on December 30th as they travel to Albuquerque to take on in-state rival New Mexico.