LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State women’s basketball team let a 10-point halftime lead slip away and fell to Boise State, 79-77 in overtime Friday in the Pan American Center on a shot in the final seconds by the Broncos’ center Janie Bos.
The Aggies (6-16, 2-6 WAC) led 63-56 with 2:50 to play before Boise State’s (12-10, 5-3) Marisa Stotler scored eight-straight points for the Broncos in the final two minutes to force overtime.
New Mexico State had an early three-point lead in overtime, but key buckets inside and a three by Brittany Moore gave the Broncos a four-pint lead with 33.7 seconds left. Sophomore guard Madison Spence was able to tie the game at 77 after just 14 seconds with a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws. But BSU got the ball last and Bos’ shot in the lane banked in with four seconds left to give the Broncos the win.
“We didn’t come out in the second half and play,” head coach Darin Spence said. “Turnovers and poor decisions gave them some stuff in transition and we just couldn’t pull it out in the end.”
Spence scored 20 of her 22 points in the second half and overtime. She had 11 of NM State’s 13 points in the extra period, where she made all three of her field goal attempts and all four of her shots at the line. Spence added five assists, four rebounds and a steal in the numbing loss.
Along with Spence, two other Aggies did score in double figures. Sophomore guard Danisha Corbett had a career-high 22 points on 6-of-16 shooting. She made five of the Aggies’ seven 3-pointers in the game, giving her three games this season with five made triples.
Senior guard Tyshae Walton added 14 points, 11 of which came in the first half. Senior center Niki Holt played a hard game battling inside. She blocked four shots, had eight rebound and five points.
New Mexico State shot 44.8 percent in the game and held the Broncos to 35.6 percent shooting. However, Boise State countered that with 10 3-pointers and 24 points in the paints.
Five Broncos scored in double figures Friday. Jamia Malone had 19 off of four triples and Moore finished with 12. Bos and Melissa Rima both finished with double-doubles and Stotler had 10 points and a game-high three steals.
In the first six minutes of the game there were three lead changes and one tie. Boise State hit three 3-pointers and Corbett hit NM State’s first triple at 13:57 to give the Aggies a 15-13 lead.
By the 10 minute mark of the first half, the Broncos had hit five triples and Malone had three of those to give them a 22-20 lead. Corbett kept NM State in the game, as she scored 10-straight points for the Aggies thanks to a pair of three’s.
After Malone’s last 3-pointer, New Mexico State held the Broncos scoreless for the next 4:16. That allowed them to take a four-point lead with six minutes to play.
Holt sparked an Aggie run towards the end of the half. She blocked three shots and got a put-back layup as New Mexico State outscored Boise State 11-3 in the last six minutes to take a 37-27 lead into the locker rooms.
Corbett and Walton led the Aggies in the first half with 14 and 11 points, respectively. The Aggies shot 50 percent as a team in the first half and caused the Broncos to miss their last six 3-point attempts. Boise State had made five of its first six three’s, but only shot 28.1 percent overall in the first 20 minutes.
Walton and then Corbett made three’s to open the second half for NM State, but Boise State countered with eight unanswered points. Six of those came at the free-throw line and the Broncos continued their run until they tied the game at 45 with 10:55 to go.
Seven turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the second half allowed the Broncos to go on that 13-2 run.
Spence put an end to the Bronco run. She scored five straight points for the Aggies and assisted on Corbett’s fifth three and a layup by Holt to give NM State a 55-46 lead with 7:59 to play.
Boise State cut the lead back down to five twice, the latter coming after a Moore 3-pointer at 3:56. Stotler then scored eight-straight points for the Broncos to send the game into overtime.
Spence scored the first six points for the Aggies in the extra period. With 1:24 left in overtime, there had already been three lead changes and the Broncos held a 73-72 lead. BSU’s Moore and Spence exchanged 3-pointers, giving the Broncos a one-point lead with 33.7 seconds to go and the ball.
The Aggies fouled Moore, who made 1-of-2 free throws and then Spence came down to tie the game at 77 with a pair of free throws.
After a timeout, Boise State came down and got the ball to Bos who banked in a shot in the lane to give the Broncos the victory.