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 p.m.