NMSU Women's Basketball Defeats Sacramento State 99-73

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

HONOLULU, HI - The first game in the Bank of Hawaii Classic was a match up in paradise for the New Mexico State women’s basketball team. From the first tip to the final buzzer, NM State outplayed and outscored the Sacramento State Hornets, to a final score of 99-73.

Friday’s contest was a career night for multiple Aggies. Jasmine Cooper had a career-high six rebounds against the Hornets, while Tyesha Taylor had a career-high 16 points. Not to be outdone on the homecoming trip, Hawaii native Jeneva Toilolo set career highs in points with 16 and blocks with two.

Head coach Mark Trakh was impressed with what he saw in the victory and commented, “I like the way our team played tonight, they rebounded well and our bigs played a great game, to help us secure the win from start to finish.”

After winning the opening tip and going up 4-0 in the first minute, the Aggies never looked back. The opening quarter featured great ball movement, as six Aggies contributed to the scoring. This was led by Brianna Freeman with eight points and followed by Moriah Mack, Zaire Williams and Brooke Salas each tallying four point, then Tyesha Taylor had two points and Tamera William had one. The quarter ended with the Aggies ahead 23-18.

The second quarter saw the Aggies come out and not miss a step. The team added to the lead and dominated in the paint as the Hornets only featured one player over six feet tall to weather the storm. Lacking size, Sacramento State used their speed and led the nation in turnovers last season, but the Aggies made sure they would not capitalize, in this game, as they only allowed four points off of 14 turnovers in the half. As the teams entered the locker room, New Mexico State led 45-37.

At the start of the second half, the Aggies kept their foot on the gas and added to the lead. Tyesha Taylor could not be stopped and scored the first seven points for the team as they went up 52-39 early in the quarter. The red-hot play from the forward was a catalyst for the team’s 14-0 run over three minutes of play. As the third quarter closed, NM State led, 74-49.

For the final ten minutes of play, NM State continued to play Aggie ball and walked out with a 99-73 victory over the Hornets. This was the first time the Aggies scored over 90 points since Nov. 28, 2014 against Weber State. The great team win saw six players score in double-digits with Brooke Salas, Tyesha Taylor and Jeneva Toilolo leading the way with 16. Brianna Freeman had 12 points, as she has had 10-plus points in each contest in 2016-17, while Tamera William had 11 and Moriah Mack finished with 10.

When it was all said and done, New Mexico State used their size and skill to walk away leading in points in the paint, 66-22, points off of turnovers, 24-12, and fast break points, 16-4.

NM State women’s basketball will look to capitalize on this momentum as they complete the Bank of Hawai’i Classic on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. MT against tournament host, University of Hawai’i.