Aggie Women Lock Down WAC's Top Scorer, Hang On For 61-58 Victory

The New Mexico State defense continued to clamp down on its opponents this time holding the WAC's leading scorer Diamond Ford to just six points. Ford came into the game averaging 22.2 points per game including a 40-point outburst against San Jose State last week but hit just three of her 16 attempts from the field. The Aggies held Texas State to just 30 percent shooting overall while holding the Bobcats under 60 points for just the second time this season.

Despite the good defense the game was in jeopardy late until six straight points by senior Stephanie Gilbreath gave the Aggies some breathing room. With the game tied at 54 with just over four minutes left, Gilbreath completed a three point play to give the Aggies a 57-54 lead. Ashley Ezeh converted a layup with 2:51 left to cut the Aggies' lead to 57-56 but Gilbreath buried a three to put the Aggies up 60-56 with 2:40 remaining.

Texas State's Aryiel Anderson took advantage of some miscommunication by the Aggie defense and converted a layup with just over 11 seconds left cutting the Aggies' lead to two at 60-58. Danesia Williamson was fouled and hit one of two free throws to give the Aggies a 61-58 lead. Diamond Ford's desperation three missed and the Aggies held on for their third straight conference victory.

The Aggies jumped out to an early 8-4 lead and led 14-10 and 18-10 with 12:23 left in the first half before a 10-4 run cut the Aggies' lead to just two at 22-20. After hitting a three to go up 25-20 the Aggies went nearly five minutes without a field goal but still led 27-25 with just under four minutes left in the half. The Aggies maintained the two point advantage all the way to halftime going into the break up 31-29.

Gilbreath led all scorers with 21 points finishing the game 8-for-20 from the field. Kelsie Rozendaal collected a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Sahsa Weber also collected a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.

Ashley Ezeh led Texas State with 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Aggies improve to 9-5 overall and 3-1 in league play and return home next week to take on Seattle and Idaho.