Aggie Women Lose Sixth Straight against Lobos

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 11:14pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 11:50pm

New Mexico State senior Danisha Corbett matched a career high with 22 points but it was not enough as the Aggies fell to New Mexico 58-49 at the Pan American Center on Wednesday night in the first game of the 2010-11 Rio Grande Rivalry.

Corbett's 22 tallies were the most since scoring the same amount against Boise State during her sophomore campaign on Feb. 6, 2009. The San Diego, Calif., native played a team-high 36 minutes in the contest while knocking down 5-of-12 shots from beyond the arc. Junior Erica Sanchez also posted a career-high with nine points - all scored in the first half. Classmate Tabytha Wampler scored 10 points for her seventh double-digit scoring game in eight opportunities and led NM State with eight boards.

After holding a one-point lead at halftime, the Aggie offense struggled to find the net in the second half, shooting just 14.8 percent from the field on 4-of-27 shooting. UNM outscored NM State 29-19 after the break to claim the win. The Lobos out-rebounded the Aggies 45-27. The Crimson and White defense did force 23 turnovers but only scored eight points off of the UNM miscues while UNM posted 14 points off of 20 Aggie turnovers.

Senior point guard Madison Spence did not dress for the Aggies Wednesday but did attend the game as she recovers from a concussion suffered Nov. 22 against Western New Mexico. UNM held NM State leading scorer Jasmine Lowe to just three points on the night.

NM State falls to 5-3 with the loss while UNM improves to 4-2 this year.

Corbett opened the game's scoring as she has in the last three Aggie contests with a three-pointer to give NM State a quick 3-0 lead. UNM countered with an 8-2 run behind two baskets from guard Porche Torrance to lead 8-5 at the first media timeout.

A traditional three-point play by Corbett knotted the score at 8-8. Sanchez kicked off an 8-0 run by NM State over the next three minutes with six points. Wampler capped off the run to give the Aggies their largest lead of the game at 16-11 with 11:28 remaining in the first half.

The Aggies kept the Lobos from taking the lead over the next 8:45 of the game until a bucket by Jessica Kielpinski put UNM ahead again at 27-25 with 2:50 left in the half. The Aggies closed the half on a 5-2 run behind five points from Corbett to lead 30-29 at halftime.

Corbett started the Aggies off in the second half with another trey, then raining down another long ball four minutes later to put NM State up 36-35 with 15:20 remaining. Corbett accounted for 11 straight points for the Aggies spanning both halves.

Minutes later a pair of free throws from Wampler gave the Aggies their last lead of the night at 39-38 with 13:08 left. Over the next two minutes, UNM put together a 9-1 run to lead 46-39 at the 11:05 mark.

A bucket by Wampler and a three-pointer from Corbett pulled NM State to within two at 46-44 midway through the stanza. UNM answered with five straight to lead 51-44 at the under-eight media timeout.

Neither team scored for the next three minutes before the squads started trading free throws over the final four minutes of the game. Torrance posted the only bucket of the final four minutes for UNM to put the Lobos up seven with just over a minute to go.

Torrance was one of two Lobos in double figures on the night with 12 points. Guard Lauren Taylor led UNM with 14 points. Forward Amanda Best crashed the boards with a game-high 15 rebounds, including 11 defensive caroms.

NM State concludes its six-game home stand at the Pan American Center against Cal State Northridge on Sunday, Dec. 5 at 1:05 p.m. MT.

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