FRESNO, Calif. (March 3) - The New Mexico State women's basketball team could not keep pace with Fresno State as the WAC regular season champs overwhelmed the Aggies 79-43 inside the Bulldogs' Save Mart Center Saturday afternoon.
Aggie senior Erica Sanchez posted her first career double-double in the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Her board total matched her career high set at Idaho in 2009. The fifth-year guard was the only player in double figures for NM State on the day.
Fresno State led the whole game. NM State cut the Bulldog lead to single digits one minute before halftime but FS drained a three-point shot just seconds before the horn sounded. The Bulldogs led 31-19 at the half and the Aggies would get no closer. FS opened the throttle on its fast-paced offense after the break doubling up the Aggies 48-24 to secure the victory.
The Bulldogs own the top seed in the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas that begins next week. NM State's seeding will be determined after the result of the Louisiana Tech at Nevada contest Saturday evening. A LA Tech win means the Aggies will be seeded seventh and face No. 2 Utah State at 3:30 p.m. MT Wednesday, March 7 at Orleans Arena. A Nevada victory slots NM State in the No. 8 seed and forces a rematch with the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.
NM State finishes the regular season at 6-23 overall and 3-11 in the WAC. Fresno State improved to 25-5 overall and 13-1 in the conference.
FS shot 49 percent (32-66) from the floor including 36 percent (11-31) from long range. NM State shot 31 percent (16-51) from the field and 20 percent (4-20) from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs edged the Aggies on the boards 39-37. FS committed only 10 turnovers but forced the Aggies into 21 miscues.
Junior guard Rosie Moult led four Bulldogs in double-figures with 21 points. Classmate Ki-Ki Moore led the team with seven rebounds and added 10 points. Bree Farley and Blakely Goldberg also finished with 10 tallies for Fresno State.
NM State opens the WAC Tournament on Wednesday, March 7 inside Orleans Arena. The Aggies will either face No. 2 seed Utah State or No. 1 seed Fresno State in an opening-day quarterfinal.
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