Aggie Women Fall Short At New Mexico 65-60

Jasmine Lowe scored a team-high 17 points and Madison Spence added 14 points but it was not enough as the Aggies fell to New Mexico 65-58 on Thursday night. New Mexico State trailed by 11 at halftime but rallied to take a 56-54 lead late in the game after a three pointer from Jasmine Lowe but a Lobo three by Jessica Kielpinski gave New Mexico the lead on the next possession and the Aggies would be unable to retake the lead in the final two minutes.

Both teams would start out cold shooting from the floor as the Lobos took a 9-6 lead into the first media timeout. However, over the next four minutes both teams would combine for just two baskets as New Mexico maintained a three point lead, 11-8 with 10:59 left in the half. The Aggies would stay close and trailed 17-15 with six and a half minutes left in the half but the Lobos would go on a 13-2 run to extend the lead out to 30-17 with 1:36 left in the half. After a layup by Danisha Corbett cut the Lobos lead to 30-19 with 47 seconds left before halftime, UNM's Morgan Toben would bury a three to give the Lobos their largest lead of the game at 33-19. Kaitlyn Soto would hit a three pointer to cut the lead back to 11 and the Aggies would head into the break down 33-22.

The Aggies would trim the halftime deficit down to just six at 37-31 after back-to-back threes by Erica Sanchez but the Lobos would answer getting a three from Jessica Kielpinski to extend the lead back to 11 at 41-32 with 14:50 remaining in the game. The Aggies would cut into the lead over the next five minutes and after a fast break layup by Tabytha Wampler, the Aggies would trail by just five at 46-41 with 9:19 left to play.

A three pointer by Madison Spence with 6:24 left to play cut the Aggies' deficit to just two at 48-46 but the Lobos would get a three point play from Lauren Taylor to push their lead out to five at 51-46 with 5:54 left in the game. The Lobo lead would be cut to just one at 52-51 after a steal and a layup by Jasmine Lowe with 4:00 left and with 3:41 left Lowe would sink one of two free throws to tie the game at 52. The Lobos would get a layup from Amanda Best to regain the lead at 54-52 and after free throw by Jasmine Rutledge cut the deficit to one at 54-53, Lowe would bury a three pointer with 2:24 left to play to give the Aggies their first lead of the half at 56-54. Unfortunately for the Aggies the lead was short-lived as Jessica Kielpinski would counter with a three to give the Lobos a 57-56 lead with 2:00 remaining in the game.

Madison Spence would tie the game at 57 after hitting one of two free throws with 1:45 left to play but Amanda Best would give the Lobos at 58-57 lead after hitting one of two free throws. The Aggies would miss a golden opportunity to regain the lead as Tabytha Wampler would miss a layup with 1:08 left and would commit a foul trying to corral the rebound. Jasmine Patterson would hit both free throws for the Lobos giving them a 60-57 lead with just over a minute left to play. Jasmine Lowe would hit one of two free throws with 18 seconds left to make the score 61-58 in favor of UNM and the Lobos would seal the game from the free throw line in the final 16 seconds to hold on for a 65-60 victory as Jasmine Lowe would convert a layup at the buzzer.

The Aggies shot 42.3 percent from the floor compared to 37 percent for the Lobos. The Aggies hit 8-of-20 three point attempts (40 percent) while the Lobos hit 6-of-22 (27.3 percent). The Aggies were out-rebounded by the Lobos 38-31 while both teams committed 15 turnovers.

Jessica Kielpinski led all scorers with 21 points and finished the game 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from three point distance playing from the center position.

The Aggies fall to 6-7 on the season and host UTEP on Sunday, January 2 as they wrap up non-conference play.