The New Mexico State women’s basketball team took down Chicago State in the Windy City, 87-66, to win its sixth-straight game and remain in first-place in the Western Athletic Conference standings.
The Aggies (15-6, 7-1 WAC) raced out to an early 11-1 lead before the Cougars made it a six point game at 13-7. Monique Mills then drilled a three followed by a three-point play from Gia Pack for a 19-7 NM State lead with 2:35 remaining in the period. New Mexico State then got a step-back jumper from Stabresa McDaniel before a Cougar layup made it 22-13 NM State after one.
NM State then went on a 14-8 run to build a 36-21 lead with just over three minutes to play in the half. After Chicago State brought the game within 10 points at 38-28, Monique Mills hit back-to-back threes as the Aggies took a 44-30 lead into the halftime break.
The third quarter started all-Aggies with the team ripping off an 11-4 run and brining its lead to 21 points at 55-34. However, CSU refused to give up and chipped the New Mexico State lead back down to nine at 57-48 with 2:03 left in the third. From there, the NM State outscored Chicago State 8-0 and led 67-48 heading into the fourth. New Mexico State cruised from there, earning an 87-66 win.
Brooke Salas led the way with 28 points as she moved into fourth place on the NM State all-time scoring list. Dominique Mills added 12 points while Monique Mills poured in 14. Gia Pack posted 11 points as she became the 24th Aggie to join the 1,000-point club.
New Mexico State is back in action when CSU Bakersfield visits the Pan American Center on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. (MT) before hosting Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.