Spartans Downed At New Mexico State

February 17, 2011

Las Cruces, NM----The Spartans weren't able to find their shot Thursday night and lost to the New Mexico State Aggies, 54-29, at the Pan American Center.

San Jose State is now 2-22, and 2-9 in conference play, tying Boise State for the eighth-place spot. New Mexico State improved to 11-14 and 5-6 in the WAC.

"When you hold teams to 50 to 65 points a game, you should be able to win, but we are struggling at putting the ball in the bucket," said head coach Pam DeCosta.

Earlier in the season San Jose State shot 44.4 percent (8-of-18) against New Mexico State at the half, but this time around San Jose State went into the locker room shooting 17.4 percent (4-of-23), a season low for the Spartans.

"It was a tough game," added DeCosta. "I think we came out flat and that has been a big problem for us."

The Spartans were held scoreless for nearly the first seven minutes of play. With 13:04 remaining in the half Sayja Sumler ended an Aggie 8-0 run, driving to the basket for a quick layup, and the score became 8-2.

The Aggies had 10 points off the Spartans' 12 turnovers through the first half. They ended the first stanza with a 25-9 lead.

AJ Newton and Sumler both contributed nine points to the contest. Brittany Johnson grabbed seven boards and two steals.

Tabytha Wampler tallied a double-double for the Aggies with 16 points and 12 rebounds in the night. Danisha Corbett joined Wampler in double-digit scoring with 15 points.

The Aggies continued to roll in the second half, building their lead to 29 at 40-11 with 14 minutes remaining.  The Spartans knocked their lead down to 22 points, 49-27 with 4:41 remaining, but could not close the gap any further. 

Next up, the Spartans travel to face the conference leaders Louisiana Tech on Saturday, February 19. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. PST.

NEW MEXICO STATE 54, SAN JOSE STATE 29

SAN JOSE STATE (2-22, 2-9 WAC)
Sumler, Sayja 2-11 5-7 9; Newton, AJ 3-13 2-2 9; Plavljanin, Sara 3-12 0-0
7; Johnson, Brittany 1-6 2-2 4; Hall, Marnesha 0-7 0-0 0; Woods, Nanea 0-0
0-0 0; Johnson, Liz 0-1 0-0 0; Broaden, Myesha 0-0 0-0 0; Williams, Marisa
0-2 0-1 0. Totals 9-52 9-12 29.

NEW MEXICO STATE (11-14, 5-6 WAC)
Wampler, Tabytha 6-12 4-4 16; Corbett, Danisha 5-9 1-2 15; Spence, Madison
3-9 2-2 8; Lowe, Jasmine 2-9 1-2 5; Soto, Kaitlyn 0-1 2-3 2; Adams, Justina
1-3 0-2 2; Rutledge, Jasmine 1-3 0-2 2; Sanchez, Erica 1-6 0-0 2; Fletcher,
Christina 0-2 2-4 2; Chenier, Andrea 0-2 0-0 0; Magazzeni, Malia 0-0 0-0 0;
McGhee, Ariella 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-58 12-21 54.

San Jose State................ 9 20 - 29
New Mexico State.............. 25 29 - 54

3-point goals--San Jose State 2-15 (Newton, AJ 1-6; Plavljanin, Sara 1-4;
Hall, Marnesha 0-4; Johnson, Brittany 0-1), New Mexico State 4-21 (Corbett,
Danisha 4-7; Spence, Madison 0-3; Lowe, Jasmine 0-4; Soto, Kaitlyn 0-1;
Adams, Justina 0-1; Sanchez, Erica 0-4; Chenier, Andrea 0-1). Fouled
out--San Jose State-None, New Mexico State-None. Rebounds--San Jose State 36
(Johnson, Brittany 7), New Mexico State 52 (Wampler, Tabytha 12).
Assists--San Jose State 3 (Sumler, Sayja 2), New Mexico State 13 (Spence,
Madison 7). Total fouls--San Jose State 21, New Mexico State 17. Technical
fouls--San Jose State-None, New Mexico State-None. A-980