LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Jan. 31) - The New Mexico State women's basketball team suffered a 58-49 loss to the Texas State Bobcats on Thursday, Jan. 31, after a late run in the second half gave the Bobcats the nine-point advantage over the Aggies. NM State goes down to 9-11 on the season and 3-7 in Western Athletic Conference play.
Camila Rosen broke out on defense with six offensive rebounds and 11 total on the night, giving the senior a career high. She worked for four points and had three assists on the game. Stefanie Gilbreath earned her fifth game this season with more than 20 points as she racked up 21 total with nine in the second half alone.
"Like I have said, it comes down to making the shots," head coach Mark Trakh said. "We are playing well and making some great moves on the floor. We just have to figure out how to make our shooting more consistent. "
Rosen was not the only Aggie with a solid defensive night as freshman Sasha Weber worked her way to eight rebounds and nine points while making her 16th start of the season. The team combined for 40 boards on the night and shot 31.7 percent from the floor.
A jumper just shy of the three-point arc by Rosen and a three at the line by Gilbreath helped push the Aggies to an early 7-2 lead before the Bobcats lit up the board with six more points. The teams traded points back and forth until the midpoint of the first half when the Texas State moved ahead with four straight buckets from WAC scoring leader Diamond Ford.
The teams continued to battle for the lead for the remainder of the first half, but it was the Aggies that were able to hold out for the 26-25 advantage. As the period concluded, Gilbreath led all scorers with 13 points, while Rosen collected seven of the nine rebounds.
The Bobcats struck first in the second half, but a three by Gilbreath in the opening minute gave the Aggies a slight lead early in the period. Texas State came back for seven unanswered points, giving them a 32-29 lead over the Aggies. As the teams continued to juggle the lead, the Bobcats went on a 13-5 run over the Aggies, giving them a 52-42 lead with just two minutes to play.
Sophomore Danesia Williamson broke up Texas State's largest lead of the game off a layup inside the paint. Williamson and Weber worked for the final two Aggie buckets, but the team allowed Texas State to collect six more points, four off late fouls in the final minute and a half.
NM State now looks to bounce back on Saturday against UTSA as the Roadrunners make their way into the Pan American Center with a 5-4 conference record and 11-9 overall season record. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 2. The second of the two-game series will be available on AggieVision and ESPN3.com.