LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico had a hard time finding the
basket Tuesday night, but it helped that rival New Mexico State had
an even harder time.
New Mexico (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) hit about a third of its shots overall, but
consistent shooting from the free-throw line and a few 3-pointers
from Julie Briody helped the Lobos to a 65-45 win over the Aggies.
New Mexico (9-2) headed into the second half with a 37-21 lead
and missed its first nine shots, but NMSU coach Darin Spence said
his team was unable to take advantage of the Lobos' poor shooting.
"It's not so much what they did but I think its more what we do
to ourselves," Spence said, explaining that the Aggies (4-7) had
players open but failed to pass the ball.
Briody scored 12 of her 19 points on 3s. She was joined in
double figures by Katie Montgomery, who scored 14, and Angela
Hartill, who added 10.
Sherell Neal and Cecilia Russell-Nava led the Aggies with 11
New Mexico shot 35.7 percent overall, but finished 17 of 24 from
the line and hit 8 of 14 from the 3-point arc, with four of them
coming from Briody.
The Lobos also beat the Aggies on the boards, 41-31, and kept
their defense held NMSU at 32.7 percent shooting overall.
NMSU started the game with a free throw, but the Lobos led the
rest of the way. They were even able to withstand a scoring drought
early in the second half that ended when Briody hit back-to-back 3s
During the same period, New Mexico's defense buckled down and
forced the Aggies to miss their shots. NMSU hit only 4 of 11 to
open the half.
"It was contesting shots, blocking out and defending the low
post," New Mexico coach Don Flanagan said.
With the win, the Lobos stretched their streak against the
Aggies to 22. The last time NMSU (4-7) beat New Mexico was a 78-73
double overtime win in Las Cruces on Dec. 22, 1995.