NMSU Women's Basketball Falls To Arkansas 69-60

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

EL PASO, TX - New Mexico State women's basketball took on Arkansas in the team's final game at the UTEP Thanksgiving Classic at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday. The Aggies fell to Razorbacks 69-60 to close out their tournament run.

"I feel like overall, we played a more complete game. We still can't have a quarter where we get outscored 24-15. This week is going to be huge for us to go back and look at what areas we need to work on, for instance defensive rebounding," head coach Brooke Atkinson said. "Our players did well in stretches and I thought we executed well down the stretch."

How It Happened

NM State (2-4) fell behind early with Arkansas (4-2) scoring four-straight, but the Aggies countered with a five-point rally of their own. The team battled back-and-fourth with Arkansas and at the media timeout, New Mexico State held a three-point edge. The Aggies built on their advantage and at the end of the period, NM State led 17-11.

The Aggies experienced a scoring drought early in the second quarter and the squad saw their lead dwindle when Arkansas tied the contest 19-19. A jumper by Gia Pack off an assist by Jasmine Cooper ignited the NM State offense with 6:32 left in the half and a 6-0 rally put the Aggies ahead 25-19. The Razorbacks countered with a run of their own, but at halftime, New Mexico State held the 25-23 advantage.

In the third quarter, NM State saw its offense stifled by the Razorbacks and 12-0 run by Arkansas put the Aggies behind 40-29. The offense came alive for NM State after a three-pointer by Monique Mills ended the drought but at the end of the period, the Aggies continued to trail the Razorbacks 47-40.

New Mexico State began the final quarter by scoring four-straight points from the foul line, cutting the Arkansas lead to three. The Aggies continued the battle late into the fourth and after the media timeout, NM State went on a 6-0 run to cut the Razorbacks' lead to two. However, the two-point deficit was the closest the Aggies came to taking back the lead and New Mexico State fell to Arkansas 69-60.

By the Numbers

Pack led NM State with 17 points in the game. Brooke Salas posted her second double-double of the season as she finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeneva Toilolo tallied eight points and six rebounds for New Mexico State.

For their next contest, the Aggies return home to take on Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico on Saturday, December 2, at 11 a.m. (MT).