Aggies Stifle Spartans, 54-29

Justina AdamsThe New Mexico State women's basketball team held San Jose State to a record-low 29 points, the fewest ever allowed by the Aggies against a Division I team, as they rolled to a 54-29 victory on Thursday night in the Pan American Center. Tabytha Wampler scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Wampler single-handedly outscored the Spartans through the first 29 and a half minutes of the game.

New Mexico State scored the first eight points of the game as they tried to shake off their disappointing loss to Hawai'i on Tuesday night and never looked back. The Aggies led the Spartans 14-4 after a jumper from Madison Spence with 9:55 left in the first half. A layup from Sara Plavljanin would keep the Aggies' lead at 10 but the Aggies would push their lead out to 15 after a pair of Tabytha Wampler free throws with 5:34 left in the half. The Aggies would continue to lead by 15 after a jumper from Mayfield H.S. (Las Cruces, N.M.) walk-on Justina Adams, the first points of her Aggie career, put the Aggies up 23-8. The Spartans would get one free throw with a minute left in the half and the Aggies would get a pair of free throws from Madison Spence with seven seconds left in the first half to go into the break up 25-9.

New Mexico State would score the first 11 points of the second half to take a commanding 36-9 lead with 16:33 left to play. San Jose State would finally score their first points of the second half on a layup from Brittany Johnson with 16:01 left to play, the first field goal for the Spartans in nine minutes of game time stretching back to the first half.

The Aggies would extend their lead to 29 points going ahead 43-14 after a Danisha Corbett three with 12:45 left to play. The Spartans would apply some defensive pressure on go on a 7-0 run to cut the Aggies' lead to 43-21 with 8:27 left to play but the Aggies would respond with a 5-0 run to push their lead back to 27 points with 6:47 left to play. The Spartans would get a three pointer from AJ Newton to cut the Aggies' lead to 48-24 and they would close the gap to 22 but the Aggies would go back up by 27 after Christina Fletcher hit one of two free throws with 1:00 left to play. The Spartans would get a pair of free throws to cap the scoring in the game as the Aggies would hold the ball for the final 2.7 seconds to secure the victory.

Madison Spence would flirt with a triple double finishing with eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists coming off her first career double-double against Hawai'i two nights earlier. Danisha Corbett added 15 points hitting four three pointers on the night. Jasmine Lowe added five points while five other Aggies score two points apiece.

The Spartans were led by AJ Newton and Sayja Sumler as the duo scored nine points each. Sara Plavljanin was held to just seven points on the evening after torching the Aggie defense for 28 points in San Jose earlier in the season.

New Mexico State held their opponents to just 17.3 percent shooting for the night as the Spartans hit just 9-of-52 from the field. New Mexico State did not shoot the ball particularly well hitting 19-of-58 from the field (32.8 percent) but it was more than enough to defeat the Spartans.

The Aggies improve to 5-6 in conference play and 11-14 overall and return to action on Monday night as they host second place Fresno State.