LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Dec. 18) - The New Mexico State women's basketball
team struggled to find its ground against the Lobos of New Mexico and fell
68-44 in the second game of the Rio Grande Rivalry on Tuesday evening at the Pan
American Center. The Aggies move to 5-4 on the season and picked up their first loss at home.
Freshman Sasha Weber posted 10 points on the night with
three rebounds to lead the team. The Aggies shot 30.4 percent from the floor
but tallied eight steals as a team with 27 rebounds.
New Mexico opened the game on a 10-1 run before senior
Kelsie Rozendaal sank the first layup of the game for the Aggies. The Aggies
allowed seven points to the Lobos before Weber made a three-point shot and
followed that with a pair of free shots. This helped the Aggies gain some
momentum with seven more points.
"We struggled tonight, and I think it just goes to show that
we have a lot of work to do in order to be competitive come conference play,"
head coach Mark Trakh said. "We have to take it one game at a time and I think
we can definitely improve and use this as a building opportunity."
With the Lobos leading late in the half, senior Chrissy
Fletcher hit a jumper to bring the Aggie to 20 points. Danesia Williamson hit a
jump shot to bring the Aggies to 22 before the Lobos picked up a last second
point to lock the score at 39-22 at the half.
Rozendaal started things off on the right foot for NM State
with the first field goal of the half. Both teams remained scoreless until
nearly the 16-minute mark. The work of Stefanie Gilbreath and Williamson kept
the Aggies moving on the board to 51-33 before Weber collected her first three
of the game for NM State.
Senior Camila Rosen picked up a pair of free shots along
with a layup before Elena Holguin came up with a second-chance bucket for the
Aggies, bringing the score to 64-44 with 3:05 left in the game. The Aggies
stayed stagnant for the remained, finalizing the score at 68-44.
From the line, the Aggies went 12-for-2 (60.0) and Weber
went 4-for-4. The freshman also picked up two shots behind the three-point arc.
"It's hard to see this team play like we did, but all we can
do is move forward from this and get ready for Friday," Trakh said.
NM State wastes little time before hosting UMKC on Friday
evening at the Pan American Center. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.
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