Aztec Basketball Closes Home Campaign With Loss To No. 23 New Mexico
Feb. 25, 2006
SAN DIEGO - The 23rd-ranked New Mexico Lobos had 10 three-pointers and made 23 of 25 attempts from the free-throw line to hand the Aztec women's basketball team a 74-48 loss Saturday at Cox Arena. SDSU, which played it second straight top-25 opponent, dropped to 3-22 overall and 0-15 in the Mountain West Conference following its final home contest of 2005-06. The Lobos, meanwhile, improved to 20-7 and 10-4 in league action.
"I think we played with a lot of energy the whole game," Aztec head coach Beth Burns said. "We had a couple of lulls where we just got frustrated. It gets frustrating to play that hard and to come up empty, but I think our effort was great in both halves."
SDSU senior guard Veronica Shaw (Phoenix, Ariz.), who was playing in her final game at Cox Arena, led the team with 14 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior Desiree Johnson (Kahuku, Hawaii) continued her solid play with nine points, six rebounds and a season-high five assists. Two Aztecs, senior Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) and sophomore Kate Eveland (Southlake, Texas), both added eight points, while sophomore Shanna Demus (Palmdale, Calif.) tallied five of her six rebounds in the second half.
New Mexico led the entire game, jumping out to a 7-0 advantage before San Diego State scored its first bucket on a Shaw lay-up in the paint at the 17:12 mark. The Lobos answered with five straight points to push its lead into double-figures at 12-2 and would later go up by as many as 22 points, including at the half, 45-23.
The Aztecs, who were outrebounded 21-8 in the first 20 minutes, came out of the locker room with their first offensive rebounds of the afternoon, which resulted in three straight baskets to get to within 17 points at 48-31. SDSU also trailed by 17 at 50-33, but couldn't get any closer, as the Lobos added three more triples to the seven they had in the first half and were nearly flawless from the free-throw line, converting on 23 of 25 attempts (92 percent) for the game.
New Mexico's Julie Briody had 20 points off the bench for the Lobos, while Jana Francis added 15 points and Katie Montgomery chipped in 14.
SDSU heads to Laramie, Wyo., for its final regular season contest next Thursday, as the Aztecs take on the Wyoming Cowgirls at 7 p.m. (MST).