NMSU Women's Basketball Falls At New Mexico 84-55

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The second game of the season at The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M. was full of emotion as the New Mexico State Aggies dropped the first Battle of I-25 bout with the University of New Mexico Lobos.

NM State was on high alert on defense, forcing 21 turnovers for the second straight game. The finishing touch was just not there, however, as the Aggies only capitalized on six baskets off of those turnovers. The scoring was started and finished by UNM over 40 minutes of play.

The first quarter saw the Lobos go up 12-0 before head coach Mark Trakh called the first timeout of the game. The call resulted in a few quick points, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers fro
Gia Pack and Zaire Williams which put the Aggies down by only one point, 15-14, midway through the first. The end of the first quarter saw the Aggies trailing, 21-19.

The second quarter opened much like the first as UNM scored first. New Mexico State helped contain the momentum the Lobos seemed to be gaining, forcing 10 turnovers and causing four lead changes.

The NM State bench also helped contribute through the next 10 minutes of play as they had nine points and eight rebounds. As the first half came to a close, NM State trailed UNM, 39-33, as play was led by Tamera William and Gia Pack who each had eight points and three assists.

The only lead changes of the game occurred in the first half as UNM pulled away when the teams emerged from the locker rooms. At the start of the second half, UNM came out with a couple big threes and at the first timeout with 4:38 remaining; the Aggies were down by 16 points, 59-43. UNM kept up the pressure throughout third quarter and the shots just would not drop for the Aggies. Even after forcing 18 turnovers, the Aggies were still down by a double-digit margin, 69-52, heading into the fourth quarter.

The remaining ten minutes of play saw the Lobos lead widen as the Aggies fell 84-55 in the first installment of the Battle of I-25, are now 1-1 to start off the 2016-17 season. The team play was led by Brianna Freeman as the senior had 16 points, five rebounds and two blocks, while Zaire Williams had 10 assists to go along with seven points.

The team will look to regroup as they stay on the road and travel to Honolulu, Hawaii which will see them compete in two games at the Bank of Hawai’i Classic on Nov. 19 versus Sacramento State and Nov. 21 against host Hawai’i.