LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s basketball fell 96-90 to Bakersfield on Saturday, March 1. NM State saw five score in double figures for the second time this season and shot 44 percent as a team. The Aggies move to 7-8 in Western Athletic Conference play and 10-18 on the season.
Sophomore Sasha Weber led NM State with her fifth 20-point game this season. She also grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals. Junior Danesia Williamson was one assists away from a double-double, finishing the night with 16 points and nine assists. Sophomore Abby Scott had 15 points in the game, while freshmen Brianna Freeman and Moriah Mack each scored in double figures.
The Aggies finished the game with 37 rebounds to the Runners 40, but freshman Tyler Ellis led NM State with nine. Bakersfield shot 55 percent from the floor and had three scoring in double figures, including Tyonna Outland with 34.
Bakersfield went up 6-0 the Aggies to start the game before Freeman got NM State on the board with a layup in the paint. The teams traded baskets with the Runners leading 11-8 when Ellis grabbed the offensive board and returned it for a layup.
Weber got NM State within two with a jumper. Mack gave the Aggies their first lead of the game with 13:39 on the clock, but it did not last long as CSUB responded with a layup to take the lead back.
Bakersfield went on a 10-2 run to go up 28-19 on the Aggies with 10:29 left in the half. Scott scored her first points of the season with two layups, getting the Aggies back within five (28-23). NM State tied things up at 30-30 with a key shot by Mack and the team continued on their 17-4 run before Bakersfield got sank their next shot with the Aggies leading 36-34.
The Runners went up 42-36 with 10 straight points, but Scott answered with a deep three from the top of the arc. The half ended with Bakersfield leading 45-39 off a three in the final 30 seconds.
NM State shot 47 percent in the first half, but let the Runners shoot 54 percent as a team. Scott led for the Aggies with 12 points, while Williamson helped out with six assists. CSUB had two score in double figures in the opening half with Dajy Vines leading all scorers with 15 points.
The second half opened with Freeman getting the first bucket of the game. The teams traded shots with the Aggies staying back by six in the first five minutes. A three by Williamson get NM State within one possession of the Runners.
A long three by Weber tied the game 51-51, but the Runners picked up the next seven points. That was answered by six straight by the Aggies, including a three from the left side by Mack.
Bakersfield went up on the Aggies again, but Mack continued to hit the key shots as she knocked down a three from the right corner of the arc to make it a 62-62 game with 9:44 left in the game.
With the Aggies and Runners trading baskets and the lead for the next several minutes, CSUB went up 79-72 on with an 8-0 run. It was broken up by a pair of free throws by Weber. The Aggies got within four of Bakersfield, but the Runners held control and got the deficit back to nine points.
Williamson went to the line for two in the final two minutes, making both, before Bakersfield scored on a layup to keep the gap at eight points. NM State brought it back down to a four-point game in the final minute off a layup and a free throw by Weber before free throws by the Runners wrapped things up.
With a 94-88 game in the final 33 seconds, Williamson put up a layup and was sent to the line and missed it. Bakersfield then went straight to the line to end the game at 96-90.
The Aggies conclude the 2014 regular season on Thursday, March 6, when the team travels to Grand Canyon. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (MT) with Jay Sanderson calling the game on KSNM AM570. NM State took the first game of the series 66-63 to begin conference play this season.