Dec. 18, 2007
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -
Despite a career-best performance by junior Emily Spickler, the Lamar University women's basketball team could not overcome the offensive onslaught of the New Mexico State Aggies, falling 79-66 at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Lady Cardinals, who will be back in action again on December 28 at the Battle at the Border Tournament hosted by UT-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas against Saint Louis at 8 p.m., fall to 6-4 with the loss. New Mexico State improves to 8-2 on the year with the win.
Trailing 21-17 with 7:08 to play in the first half, the Lady Cards appeared as if they would close out the first half on their run that had brought them back from an early 11-point hole. The Aggies however responded to LU's run with a barrage of three pointers that gave them a lead they would never surrender.
New Mexico State went on a 14-3 run to open up a 15-point lead, a gap Lamar was never able to close under double digits for the remainder of the game. The run was keyed by four straight three pointers by the Aggies, as Monique Bribiescas and Hanna Spanich each drained two triples.
In the second half the Aggies slowly stretched their lead to as much as 23 points on several occasions as LU could not stop their offensive fire power. Their final 23-point lead was achieved with 5:12 to play in the game at 78-55, but the Lady Cardinals refused to go down without a fight.
In the final five minutes of play Lamar outscored the Aggies 11-1 to cut the NMSU lead to 13 points. The Lady Cardinals had several opportunities to close the gap even more, but had several three point shots rim out in the final minute.
For the game the Lady Cardinals were led by Emily Spickler's 17 points as she went 5-7 from behind the three point arc. Tamara Abalde and Brittney Williams also finished the night strong, scoring 15 and 17 points respectively, while Williams narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Nikki Williams finished the game with a career-high nine assists.
The Aggies were led by Anika Jawara's 15 points, while Spanich and Tyshea Walton added 12 and 11 points respectively. Sherell Neal finished with a game-high 10 rebounds for NMSU.
As a team the Lady Cardinals finished the game with a 37.3 percent shooting performance knocking down 25 of their 67 field goals and were 8-26 from behind the three point line. The Aggies however were 36-62 from the filed for a 51.6 field goal percentage while knocking down eight of their 22 three pointers.
The Lady Cardinals won the rebounding battle in the game, grabbing 39 boards to NMSU's 38 rebounds. The Aggies won the turnover battle though, giving the ball away 14 times as opposed to LU's 15 giveaways, while NMSU passed out 22 assists to Lamar's 15.