Aggies Fall In Quarterfinals To 3-Seed Utah State 72-67

The New Mexico State women's basketball team's season ended in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals as they fell 72-67 to Utah State on Thursday night. The Aggies led Utah State by eight points at halftime but surrendered 52 second half points as the northern Aggies shot 60 percent from the field in the second half and attempted 22 free throws in the second half. The 22 second half foul shots by Utah State were part of a 32-8 advantage at the line for the northern Aggies on the night as USU hit 28-of-32 free throws while New Mexico State hit 7-of-8.

The Aggies fell behind early 5-0 but went on a 20-6 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 20-11 lead with 4:35 left to play in the first half. The Aggies would extend their lead to 24-14 after a layup from Jasmine Lowe but Utah State would trim the Aggies lead to six points. The Aggies would get a basket from Danisha Corbettt with 1:17 left in the half to go up 26-18 but a pair of free throws from Banna Diop would trip the lead back to six with 40 seconds left. Madison Spence would hit a jumper at the buzzer to send the Aggies into the halftime break up 28-20.

Utah State would cut the Aggies lead to three early in the second half but the Aggies would go back up by nine, 40-31, after a layup from Madison Spence with 15:29 left in the game. Utah State would respond with an 8-0 run to cut the Aggies' lead to just one at 40-39 with 13:05 left to play on a layup by Devin Christensen off a steal by Christensen.

New Mexico State would push their lead back to five points on a pair of free throws from Tabytha Wampler and a tip-in basket from Erica Sanchez. The Aggies would maintain their five point edge after a layup from Wampler made the score 46-41. USU would go on a 6-0 run to take a 47-46 lead with 9:27 left in the game forcing a quick timeout by the Aggies. The Aggies would retake the lead on a three pointer from Jasmine Lowe but a steal by Jenna Johnson would lead to a layup by Devyn Chistensen tying the game at 49.

USU would take a four point lead but the Aggies would come back to tie the game at 55 after a jumper from Danisha Corbett with 5:46 left. Utah State would answer with a 7-0 run to take a 62-55 lead with 4:07 left to play but the New Mexico State defense would stiffen and the Aggies would answer with a 7-0 run behind a free throw from Madison Spence followed by a tip-in from Tabytha Wampler, a layup from Danisha Corbett and a pair of free throws by Wampler with 2:12 left to play.

Utah State would extend their lead back to four points at 66-621 after a layup from Ashlee Brown with 46 seconds left. Erica Sanchez would get a tip-in basket for the Aggies to cut the deficit back to two at 66-64 with 36 seconds left but the Aggies would hit six free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the game sending the Aggies to the 72-67 defeat.

Tabytha Wampler finished the game with 18 points scoring 14 in the second half to lead five Aggies in double-figures. Madison Spence finished with 11 points in her final game in an Aggie uniform and grabbed six rebounds with four assists and three steals. Danisha Corbett finessed with 13 points and four rebounds, Jasmine Lowe finished with 12 points and three rebounds and Erica Sanchez notched 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Devyn Christensen led three Utah State players in double-figures finishing with 19 points and was 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Banna Diop finished with 15 points and eight rebounds and was 7-of-7 from the charity stripe while Ashlee Brown recorded 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The Aggies out-rebounded Utah State 47-38 and grabbed 20 offensive boards and scored 21 second-chance points.

The Aggies finish the 2010-2011 season with an 14-18 record.