LAS CRUCES, N.M.
(Nov. 23) - The New Mexico State women's basketball team derailed the
George Mason Patriots 55-52 on the first day of the Aggie Hotel Encanto
Thanksgiving Classic. Sophomore transfer Danesia Williamson collected a career
high 18 points on the night.
Williamson powered through the first half of play with 14 of
her buckets, which already surpassed her previous career total of 11. The 5-6
guard dropped four behind the three-point arc for a season high. She also
worked for four assists on the night.
NM State went on an eight point run in the middle of the
first half that included a three pointer by freshmen Sasha Weber and Abby Scott
each. NM State shot 50 percent from the three-point arc in the first half and collected
a 42.9 field-goal percentage in the opening 20 minutes of play.
The work of Williamson and Weber, who had two three's in the
first half and three on the night, vaulted the Aggies to a 37-26 lead as the
clock ran out on the first period. On the evening, Weber collected 13 total
points with two assists and a steal.
A slower second half proved to be no issue for the Aggies as
the team wrapped its second home win of the season 55-52 over the Patriots.
Senior Kelsie Rozendaal picked up five points in the second period, and Abby
Scott earned two steals in the half. Scott also finished the game with six
points and two assists, all of which mark career-high stats for the freshman.
With nearly five minutes scoreless for NM State and the
score halted at 47 Aggie points, the Patriots managed to take their only lead
of the night by collected six points. A jumper by Williamson with just under
three minutes left took back the 48-47 lead for NM State. A three by Weber
moved NM State ahead even more. The Patriots and the Aggies traded buckets for
the remainder, but Trakh's Aggies came out on top.
The Aggies combined for 12 second-chance points with a team
total 31 rebounds and 12 assists.
The Aggies take back to the hardwood on Saturday, Nov. 24,
against UC Irvine at 6:30 p.m. UC Irvine topped Drake in game one of the Aggie
Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic 69-64. Drake will meet George Mason at 4
p.m. in the Pan American Center.
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