Madison Spence Scores 20 But Aggies Fall 74-67 To UTEP In Final Non-Conference Game

The Aggie women's basketball team dropped their fifth consecutive game as they fell 74-67 to UTEP on Sunday afternoon to wrap up non-conference play. Madison Spence scored a game-high 20 points but the Aggies would surrender a nine point lead midway through the second half as the loss snapped a four-game win streak against the Miners.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 8-5 lead through the first four minutes as Jasmine Lowe scored six of the Aggies' first eight points hitting a pair of three pointers. However, the Aggie offense would hit a dry spell as they would not score over the next seven minutes as the Miners would build a 16-8 lead. Lowe would end the scoring drought by hitting a pair of free throws to draw the Aggies to within six at 16-10. Lowe would get a layup with just over seven minutes left in the half to bring the Aggies to within four at 16-12. After a fast break layup by UTEP's Kim Smith pushed the lead back to 18-12, Danisha Corbett would hit a three pointer to draw the Aggies to within three down 18-15. Malia Magazzeni would get a jumper to bring the Aggies to within one at 18-17. The Aggies would retake the lead at 23-21 on jumper by Tabytha Wampler and would extend their lead to 28-21 behind a three point play from Wampler and a pair of free throws from Kaitlyn Soto and the Aggies would take a 30-23 lead into the halftime break finishing on a 22-7 run to end the half.

In the second half the Aggies would extend their lead to nine points at 34-25 after a pair of free throws from Madison Spence but the Miners would go on a 17-3 run to take a 42-37 lead. Jasmine Rutledge would hit a jumper to cut the Aggies' deficit to three at 42-39 and the Aggies would trail by just two at 43-41. The Miners would push their lead out to six points after an Erika Warren bucket made the score 48-42 bu the Aggies would cut the lead to 50-48 after a pair of Wampler free throws with 7:08 left to play in the game.

The Miners would push the lead out to seven points at 57-50 after another jumper by Erika Warren and would extend the lead to nine points after Warren scored on a layup after grabbing an offensive rebound putting the Miners up 61-52. The Aggies would cut the Miner lead to 65-59 after Spence completed a four point play getting fouled as she hit a three pointer with 1:06 left in the game but the Miners would hit 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch as they would hold on for a 74-67 victory.

The Aggies shot just 31.9 percent from the floor for the game while the Miners shot 45.6 percent from the floor. The Aggies had three players in double figures as Madison Spence scored 20, Jasmine Lowe added 17 and Tabytha Wampler netted 12.

The Miners were led by Kim Smith's 16 points while Erika Warren added 13.

The Aggies fall to 6-8 on the season and open up conference play on the road as they face Hawai'i on Thursday night.