Las Cruces, N.M. - The New Mexico State Aggies hadn't won in more than a month, nine straight games, but 15 3-pointers and 47 percent shooting from the floor propelled them to a 90-70 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) win over the San Jose State women's basketball team in the Pan American Center.Six Aggies scored in double figures led by Danesia Williamson's 19, which included four treys. San Jose State's scoring was paced by Emily Schill who finished with 17 and 14 rebounds. Riana Byrd had 16 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks. She now has 55 for the year, a new San Jose State freshman record, and is four from passing Lamisha Augustine's single-season record of 58.
On the night, the Spartans (9-15, 6-7 WAC) shot 23-of-48 inside the paint, including missing 17-of-36 layup attempts. In the first half they made 10 buckets, all in the paint, but shot only 30 percent from the floor.
"We got what we wanted tonight," said head coach Tim La Kose, "the ball inside and we won the rebound battle (45-to-37), but the missed layups were a big factor. Plus, they did a good job converting our mistakes into buckets going the other way and their 3-point shooting hurt us."
New Mexico State (10-14, 4-10 WAC), the lowest scoring team in the WAC at just 57.2 points per game, nearly reached their season average in the first 20 minutes. They hit 18-of-34 shots, including going 8-of-15 from behind the arc for 53 percent shooting in the first half.
The lead changed sides eight times in the first eight minutes, but an Abby Scott 3-pointer, her first of a team-leading five on the night, with 11:22 to play in the first gave the Aggies a lead, 17-15, that they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. That trey sparked a 14-5 run for New Mexico State which gave them a 28-20 lead with 7:14 to go.
Classye James, who finished with 16 points, scored the next four for the Spartans and cut the lead in half, but a 19-to-6 run to end the first left San Jose State trailing 47-30 at the intermission.
San Jose State got no closer than 13 points in the second half and the Aggies, at one point, pushed the advantage to 28 at 90-62, before taking the 20-point win.
With 15 New Mexico State treys, the Spartans saw their third straight opponent hit double-digit 3-pointers. The Aggies came into the game hitting 27 percent from behind the arc, but went 15-of-34 for a season high 44 percent.
The Spartans play next in Denver, Colo., on Saturday against the Denver Pioneers. Tipoff at the Magness Center is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.
San Jose State vs New Mexico State
2/14/13 6:30 p.m. at Las Cruces, N.M. (Pan American Center)
NEW MEXICO STATE 90, SAN JOSE STATE 70
SAN JOSE STATE (9-15; 6-7 WAC)
Schill, Emily 6-12 5-8 17; James, Classye 4-8 7-8 16; Byrd, Riana 6-19 4-6 16; Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 4-13 4-6 12; Thomas, Chereese 3-5 0-0 6; Tauala, Jayzyl 1-4 0-0 2; Hill, Alexis 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 24-62 21-30 70.
NEW MEXICO STATE (10-14; 4-10 WAC)
Williamson, Danesia 6-11 3-3 19; Scott, Abby 6-13 0-0 17; Weber, Sasha 6-9 1-2 16; Gilbreath, Stefanie 4-12 2-2 13; Rozendaal, Kelsie 5-9 1-1 11; Rosen, Camila 5-12 0-0 10; Rutledge, Jasmine 1-4 0-0 2; Ruedin, Simone 1-2 0-1 2; Fletcher, Chrissy 0-0 0-0 0; Young, Shay 0-0 0-0 0; Magazzeni, Malia 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-73 7-9 90.
San Jose State................ 30 40 - 70
New Mexico State.............. 47 43 - 90
3-point goals--San Jose State 1-7 (James, Classye 1-2; Cunnigan, Ta'Rea 0-2; Tauala, Jayzyl 0-2; Hill, Alexis 0-1), New Mexico State 15-34 (Scott, Abby 5-12; Williamson, Danesia 4-7; Gilbreath, Stefanie 3-7; Weber, Sasha 3-6; Rozendaal, Kelsie 0-2). Fouled out--San Jose State-None, New Mexico State-Rosen, Camila. Rebounds--San Jose State 45 (Byrd, Riana 16), New Mexico State 37 (Rozendaal, Kelsie 10). Assists--San Jose State 8 (Byrd, Riana 3), New Mexico State 24 (Williamson, Danesia 10). Total fouls--San Jose State 14, New Mexico State 21. Technical fouls--San Jose State-None, New Mexico State-None. A-826