Aggie Women's Basketball Survives Scare From Grand Canyon

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Veteran play down the stretch was critical to the NM State edging Grand Canyon, 60-58, Saturday afternoon at the Pan Am Center.

The win moved the Aggies' women's basketball team to 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play and 13-3 overall on the season. It was the first win for NM State this season when trailing an opponent heading into the fourth quarter. The Aggies were 0-2 heading into Saturday's contest.

Down 51-49 with 2:43 left to play, Shanice Davis broke to the basket to tie the game up for NM State. The fourth tie of the game.

Grand Canyon (8-10, 0-2 WAC) took a short-lived lead, 52-51 after Dana Jones hit 1-of-2 free-throws before Moriah Mack went right back the other way to give the Aggies the lead for good.

After a pair of free-throws from Mack, a point-blank bucket from Brianna Freeman put NM State on top, 57-52, with 37 seconds left to go.

Coming out of the timeout with 20 seconds remaining, Cheyenne Hedrington drained a deep ball to bring GCU within 57-55.

Sasha Weber made it a two-possession game with 14 seconds to go, knocking down both of her free-throws. Alyx Bloom, however, made it a one-possession game when she went down the floor and drilled a trey from the wing opposite the bench.

Weber again went to the line for NM State after getting fouled immediately by the 'Lopes. She would swish in the second shot to give her 19 points on the day and the Aggies a 60-58 lead.

GCU advanced the ball on a timeout with five seconds remaining, but wasn't able to get a shot off to give NM State the win.

The Aggies took a 15-7 lead after the first quarter of play, but a 12-2 run by the 'Lopes to finish out the half aided by eight-straight points from Hedrington evened it up at 24.

After GCU opened the second-half with a triple, NM State answered with an 8-0 run capped off by back-to-back jumpers from Freeman and Davis to make it 32-27 in favor of the home team.

Jessica Gajewski, Grand Canyon's lead scorer, began heating up and knocked down eight of the Antelopes' last 11 points in the final 4:40 of the quarter to give GCU a 43-40 lead.
Weber was also 6-of-10 from the floor tonight, including a 3-for-6 effort beyond the arc with seven boards. Davis chipped in with 11 points and Mack added 10 with five rebounds, including a pair of free-throws down the stretch.

NM State will now get tested on the road as they continue WAC play next week, starting with Missouri-Kansas City on Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. (MT). The Aggies then continue the road swing with a 1 p.m. bout against Chicago State on Jan. 16.

POSTGAME NOTES: With her 19 points, Weber officially moved into 12th-place all-time in scoring today, passing Jeanette Feaster (1,323, 1982-86)…NM State has now won three-straight against GCU…This is the third-straight game where NM State has had three players in double-figures.