Aggies Dominate San Jose State 54-29
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  02/17/2011
Tabytha Wampler posted her eighth career double-double against San...
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State women's basketball team dominated San Jose State inside the Pan American Center Thursday night, 54-29.

Tabytha Wampler posted her sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds. It marked her first in conference play this year and eighth career double-dip. Senior guard Danisha Corbett also posted double-digit points with 15, including a dozen after the break.

The visiting Spartans struggled all night on offense, posting just nine first-half points. NM State played solid defense in the half court, forcing multiple SJSU turnovers. San Jose State did not score in the first seven minutes of the first half and did not put up any points through four minutes to begin the second half.

NM State sprinted out to an early 8-0 lead behind six points from Wampler and never looked back, leading by as many as 29.

The Aggies held SJSU to just 17 percent from the floor while shooting 32 percent on the hardwood. NM State won the battle of the boards 52-36 and forced 17 Spartan turnovers while committing just 13.

The Aggie win was the eighth-straight in the series and fourth consecutive season sweep of the Spartans.

With the win, NM State improves to 11-14 overall and 5-6 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). San Jose State drops to 2-22 overall and 2-9 in the WAC.

Wampler sparked the Aggies early. After winning the opening tip, she scored six of the Aggies' first eight points of the game. NM State forced several Spartan turnovers early and held the visitors scoreless for the first 6:56 of the game.

The Spartans got on the board with a driving layup by senior guard Sayja Sumler. San Jose State struggled on offense throughout the opening 20 minutes as NM State continued to build its lead.

SJSU only scored nine first-half points, including five from Sumler. The only other player to score for the Spartans was Sara Plavljanin with four tallies.

All 12 active Aggies on the roster made an appearance before the half including sophomore walk-on Justina Adams. The Mayfield HS grad scored her first bucket as an Aggie with 3:17 remaining before the break.

Wampler posted 10 first-half points to lead all scorers. Senior guard Madison Spence added six for the Aggies before the break.

NM State shot 27 percent in the first half but defended SJSU to a 17 field goal percentage. SJSU made just four field goals in the half while the Aggies sank nine. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc as the Spartans went 0-for-7 and NM State 1-of-11. The Aggies also led on the glass 26-19 and forced 12 turnovers while coughing up just six miscues.

The second half began the same way the first half did as Wampler scored the first points just 50 seconds in on a dish from Spence in the lane.

SJSU continued its offensive struggles as NM State continued to pressure the ball in the half court. The Spartans finally got on the board at the 16-minute mark of the half.

The Aggies continued to roll while building its lead to 29 at 40-11 with 14 minutes remaining. Senior guard Danisha Corbett led the offense after the break with 12 points after intermission.

Sumler and AJ Newton led SJSU with nine points apiece. Brittany Johnson led the Spartans on the boards with seven.

NM State concludes its four-game home stand against Fresno State on Monday, Feb. 21 with an earlier start of 6:00 p.m. MT. The game can be heard over the Aggie Sports Radio Network on KSNM 570 AM with Kyle Doperalski.

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