Corbett Reaches 1,000 Career Points, but Aggies Fall to Aggies

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POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 9:08pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 10:42pm

New Mexico State women's basketball senior guard Danisha Corbett moved into the Aggie 1,000-point club with nine points Thursday night as NM State fell 72-61 to Utah State inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Corbett needed nine points to become the 18th Aggie all-time to reach the milestone. The senior drained a three late in the second half to reach exactly 1,000 points. She joins current teammate Madison Spence who joined the exclusive club late last season.


The senior guard tandem of Jasmine Lowe and Spence led the Aggies on offense alongside junior forward Tabytha Wampler, all scoring in double figures. Lowe led the way with 14 points while Wampler posted 12 and Spence made 10.


The Aggies shot 36.6 percent while the defense held Utah State to just 43 percent from the field. NM State edged the home Aggies on the glass, 42-39. NM State was cold from beyond the arc on 2-of-16 from beyond the arc while USU made 5-of-12 from long range.


After the loss, NM State falls to 11-16 and 5-8 in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Utah State moves to 15-11 overall and 9-4 in the WAC with the victory.
 

"We are frustrated tonight," said head coach Darin Spence. "I thought we came out flat tonight. We just didn't execute what we wanted to do. Their bigs really played well and we just played flat tonight.
 

"I think (Corbett) made tremendous strides in her career and she has done well to achieve that milestone tonight."


Utah State's Ashlee Brown led the northern Aggies early with six points in the first two minutes to build an 8-2 advantage. NM State cut it to two after a bucket under the basket from junior Tabytha Wampler with 15:24 before the break.


USU extended the lead to 16-8 after an 8-2 run spanning four minutes. A few minutes later, the home Aggies built their largest lead of the first half of 17 at 30-13 after a traditional three-point play by Brown with 5:05 left before the break.  NM State then went on an 8-0 run behind four points from Spence to chop the lead down to single digits, 30-21, with 3:17 remaining in the first half.


A bucket from junior Erica Sanchez at the buzzer closed NM State to within 11 at 36-25 at halftime.  NM State missed all 10 attempts from long range in the first half while USU made only 1-of-4. NM State shot 28.9 percent in the first half while holding USU to a 44.4 field goal percentage. The Crimson and White edged the home team on the boards 23-21 in the first 20 minutes.


The home Aggies opened the second half on a 5-0 run to move ahead by 16 at 41-25.  Lowe and Spence combined for 11 of the visiting Aggies' first 13 points of the second half. However, Utah State matched the guards scoring to push the lead to 55-38 with 13:26 left in the game.


Wampler scored eight straight for the Aggies midway through the half but NM State could not edge any closer as USU led 62-46 with 8:24 remaining.  NM State could get no closer than 14 down the stretch of the game.
 

Brown led USU with 21 points tonight and Banna Diop added 13. Guard Alice Coddington grabbed a game-high 11 boards to go with seven points on the night.


NM State concludes its final road trip of the regular season Saturday at Nevada for a 3 pm tip in Reno. The game can be heard over the Aggie Sports Radio Network on KSNM 570 AM with Kyle Doperalski.
 

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