LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The New Mexico State women’s basketball team sailed to a 98-68 win over Boise State on Thursday, Nov. 14. The Aggies improve to 1-1 on the season after a career-high game for sophomore Abby Scott and the sharp shooting of freshman Vanessa Garner.
Scott finished her home opener with 21 points, good for a career high. She was 8-15 from the field and sank four three point shots. Garner set a new standard for herself with 17 points on the night and a perfect 14-14 at the line. Sophomore Sasha Weber and freshman Moriah Mack each finished with 13 points, while junior transfer September Offutt was just one point shy of a double-double, finishing the game with 10 rebounds and nine points.
The Aggies shot an impressive 52 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the free throw line. 25 of the Aggies points came off the bench, but BSU out-rebounded the Aggies 41-35 on the night.
An early foul by the Aggies let Boise State light up the board first with a free throw, but NM State came back quickly with a three by Weber from the right side of the arc. NM State continued on a small eight-point run before BSU closed the gap to one basket at the 16:29 mark.
NM State kept ahold of the lead through the first 10 minutes of play with a pair of free throws from Garner and a three by freshman Brandee Walton. The Aggies worked their way to 25 points on the board before six straight points by the Broncos tested the waters once again, making it a two-point game.
Keeping control of the board, freshman Brianna Freeman hit a three with just over eight minutes to play in the half to increase the lead. Mack hit the next two shots she took for the Aggies, while four straight free shots by Walton pushed NM State up 35-25 in the final two and a half minutes of the opening half.
BSU had six unanswered points late in the half, but the Aggies kept the lead with a layup in the last three seconds for a 41-33 lead at the half.
Mack and Freeman led all scorers with nine points each, while the Aggies led in points off turnovers 16-13. Offutt and Mack had three defensive rebounds in the half, but the Aggies combined for just 13 to the Broncos 22.
The second half saw BSU hit a pair of layups and a free throw, but a pair of three’s by Garner and Weber gave the Aggies a 51-38 advantage.
A three and a wide open shot from the top of the key by Scott along with two buckets from Mack and Weber pushed NM State’s lead to 20 points with just eight minutes left in the game. That helped the Aggies to a 22-4 run over the Broncos that lasted nearly five minutes.
With NM State ahead 80-54 with six minutes to play, NM State maintained control of the ball with Offutt hitting three free throws and Weber and Scott with a three pointer each.
Garner finished the game 14-14 at the line, which helped elevate the Aggies to a 98-68 win over BSU for their first win of the season.
The Aggies head to Los Angeles, Calif., to face Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Nov. 16. The team then meets Cal Poly on Monday, Nov. 18 before returning to the Pan American Center.