Senior Madison Spence scored a game-high 29 points but the Aggie women's basketball team fell just short against first place Louisiana Tech falling 88-79 on Saturday night. The Aggies couldn't overcome 37 free throw attempts by the Lady Techsters as Tarkesia Wysinger-Mackey and Adrienne Johnson combined to shoot 23-of-27 from the free throw line.
The Aggies held a one point lead at halftime as they rallied from an eight point deficit midway through the first half. The Aggies chipped away over the final ten minutes of the half as they held the Lady Techsters to just 13 points outscoring them 22-13 to take a 37-36 lead into halftime.
The Lady Techsters forged ahead by as many as 13 midway through the second half but the Aggies cut the Louisiana Tech lead down to five, 81-76 with just 33.1 and again at 84-79 with 17.9 seconds left but the Lady Techsters would seal the game from the free throw line down the stretch.
New Mexico State out-rebounded Louisiana Tech 44-38 in the game as Jasmine Rutledge grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds. Adrienne Johnson grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with 24 points while Wysiinger-Mackey grabbed 10 boards and scored 23 points.
Madison Spence led the Aggies with 29 points on 11-of-21 shooting including four three point baskets and finished 3-for-3 from the free throw stripe. Fellow senior Jasmine Lowe added 18 points on 7-of-21 shooting. Tabytha Wampler nearly recorded a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds and Danisha Corbett scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting but was 0-for-3 from three point distance on the night. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
The Aggies drop to 4-5 in conference play and 10-13 overall and will host a pair of games next week as Hawai'i visits the Pan American Center on Tuesday night followed by San Jose State on Saturday. The Aggies will then wrap up their four-game homestand with Fresno State the following Monday night.