A solid shooting night and huge first quarter on Saturday saw NM State win its 14th-straight game of the season and remain undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play with a 66-56 win over Seattle U at the Connolly Center.

The win moves NM State to 23-3 on the year and one game closer to the program record of 15-straight victories set in the latter half of the 1987-88 season.

“We had a lot of kids step up tonight,” head women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh said. “Tyesha is finally coming back from an injury and playing like the player she was when we recruited her. Brooke and Sasha shot well for us on the offensive end, and Tamera William continues to be a rock for us on the defensive end, locking down the opposing team’s best shooter.”

NM State (23-3, 12-0 WAC) started the game off red hot from the floor. They were 6-of-7 at the 4:33 mark and finished 10-of-13 from the floor at the end of the first quarter to lead Seattle U, 24-7.

The Aggies were also moving the ball very well, assisting in nine of their 10 made shots.

Despite giving up 12 offensive rebounds to the Redhawks (9-18, 3-9 WAC) in the first half, the Aggies were able to hold a 38-23 lead heading into the intermission thanks to their hot shooting. Of the eight NM State players who had shot attempts, none had missed more than two shots.

Senior Abby Scott had a great first half for the Aggies, hitting 3-of-5 from the floor – including a pair of 3-pointers.

“Abby played well in the first half for us,” said Trakh. “She’s finally recovering from her injury and it certainly shows.”

Tyesha Taylor gave the Aggies great minutes when Tyler Ellis was relegated to the bench with three fouls. The redshirt freshman went came in and went 5-of-7 from the floor for 10 points to go with five rebounds in just 10 minutes of action.

The third quarter was a game of runs as NM State built its largest lead of the game, 47-27, at the 6:06 mark on a 3-pointer from Sasha Weber. She finished 4-of-8 from the floor for 11 points.

Seattle U mounted its charge with 5:22 left to play when Ashlyn Lewey drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The Redhawks brought it within seven twice; once with less than two minutes to play on a 3-pointer from Jacinta Beckley and then again on a short jumper from Taelor Ross with 1:18 left to play (56-63).

However, the clock was SU’s worst enemy as Moriah Mack and Shanice Davis sank three free-throws in the last 37 seconds to make it a 66-56 ballgame.

The Aggies assisted on 19 of its 26 made field-goals on Saturday, tying the team season-high for the third time this season. The other two times was against CSU Bakersfield at home and then at UT Rio Grande Valley.

Brooke Salas led the Aggies with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards while Davis chipped in with 10 points, five assists and two steals.

NM State now returns home for its two remaining games of the regular-season. Up first for the Aggies will be Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.

POSTGAME NOTES: The Aggies finished the night shooting .605 from the floor on 26-of-43 shooting…The last time NM State shot 60-percent or better from the field was against Idaho on march 1, 1997, when they shot .667 from the floor…NM State finished with 19 turnovers on the night, seven more than the Redhawks…The last time NM State had more turnovers than its opponent and still won was at Chicago State when the Aggies turned it over 20 times to the Cougars’ 13…Aggies are now 20-1 when lead their opponents after the third quarter.