The trio of seniors honored at the conclusion of the game led the Aggies on the scoreboard today. Senior guard Danisha Corbett led all scorers with 21 points. Backcourt classmate Madison Spence added 18 while senior guard Jasmine Lowe scored 14.
The visiting Broncos never led in the game but closed to within three of the Aggies, 43-40, at the 13:44 mark of the second half. But the Aggies went into overdrive from that point on outscoring BSU 39-11 over the final 13 minutes of the game.
Aggie Senior Day started the way it should as all three seniors drained their first shot attempt of the game. Spence opened the game with a jumper at the 19:42 mark. Corbett followed with a long shot to make it 4-0 Aggies. Lowe entered the game at the six-minute mark and drained a trey seconds later to cap an 11-2 NM State run to begin the game.
The Aggies shot 40.6 percent while Boise State shot 29.1 percent from the field. NM State made just 11-of-18 from long range while BSU made just 5-of-19. NM State edged the Broncos on the glass 43-42. The Aggies scored 36 points on 27 Boise State turnovers while the Broncos posted nine on 13 Aggie miscues.
With the win, NM State moves to 13-17 overall and 7-9 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) to tie Idaho for fifth place in the conference standings. Boise State falls to 12-18 overall and 3-13 in conference.
The Aggies are guaranteed the sixth seed in the WAC women's basketball tournament beginning Wednesday, March 9 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. NM State will tip at 9:30 p.m. MT on the opening day against the No. 7 seed Hawai'i.
"We had a nice win today, congratulations ladies," said head coach Darin Spence after the game during the Senior Day ceremony. "We get Hawai'i in the tournament in Las Vegas next week and we're really looking forward to that one, really looking forward to it."
After the trio of Aggies seniors scored nine of the first 11 points of the game, NM State continued to add to their advantage.
Another bucket by Lowe at the 10:27 mark of the first half gave the Aggies a 12-point lead at 16-4. But the Boise State offense awoke to double-up NM State over the next four minutes, 13-6, to close the gap to 22-17 with 5:59 showing on the clock.
Behind four from Spence and a trey from Lowe, NM State quickly rebuilt its double-digit lead after an 11-1 rally to boast its largest lead of the first half of 15 at 33-18 with 3:09 before the break.
BSU responded with a 12-4 run to close the half to cut the NM State advantage to seven, 37-30 at the end of 20 minutes.
NM State shot 41.2 percent in the half while BSU shot 33.3 percent. The Aggies made 50 percent from long range on 4-of-8 shooting. The Broncos made 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. Boise State edged NM State on the boards 22-20. The Aggies forced 10 turnovers leading to 10 points but only made seven miscues for seven BSU points.
Boise State opened the second half with a 10-6 rally to close to within three points before the Aggie offense exploded in the second half.
Corbett scored 15 of her 21 after the break. Corbett drained eight in a row after the midway point of the half to force a BSU timeout and cap a 24-5 run and give NM State a safe 64-45 lead.
The 31-point margin of victory for the Aggies matches the best of the year when NM State topped Western New Mexico 90-59 on Nov. 22.
Melissa Rima led Boise State with 10 points while Janie Bos grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Broncos.
The Aggies travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the WAC Women's Basketball Tournament next week. The sixth-seeded Aggies will face seventh-seeded Hawai'i in a first round match on Wednesday, March 9 at 9:30 p.m. MT.
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