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Aztecs Fall on Road to No. 18 New Mexico, 76-45

Michelle Strawberry reaches for a pass as New Mexico's Lindsay Black defends in the first half. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)
Michelle Strawberry reaches for a pass as New Mexico's Lindsay Black defends in the first half. (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf)

Jan. 25, 2006

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 18th-ranked New Mexico Lobos shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, making nine of their 18 attempts to defeat the visiting San Diego State women's basketball team, 76-45, Wednesday night at The Pit. With the loss, the Aztecs fell to 3-14 overall and 0-7 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Lobos improved to 15-4 and 5-1 in league action.

SDSU redshirt sophomore Erin Jackson (Sparks, Nev.) made the most of her first career start, scoring a career-best for the second straight contest with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field to go along with a season-high five rebounds. Senior Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) reached double figures for the 14th time in 17 outings in 2005-06, recording 13 points, while Desiree Johnson (Kahuku, Hawaii) finished the night with nine points.

The Aztecs made four of their first five shots from the field, opening with a 4-0 lead and boasting a three-point advantage at 8-5 on Strawberry's third bucket of the night heading into the first media timeout. The Lobos scored the next five points to take their first lead at 10-8, but SDSU responded with a Johnson lay-up to make it 10-10.

After trading baskets, New Mexico came out of a 12-12 tie with two straight to go up by four at 16-12. Neither team was able to convert offensively mid-way through the first half, as the game went over three and a half minutes without a sinlge point. The Lobos eventually continued what would be an 11-0 scoring run before a lay-up by Shanna Demus (Palmdale, Calif.) got the visitor's back on the scoreboard at 23-14 with 3:17 left in the half.

New Mexico carried a 31-18 lead into the locker room with the help of a pair of three-pointers and started the second half with another triple to open up their largest lead thus far at 34-18. The Aztecs responded with two straight baskets, but two more New Mexico threes sandwiched a Strawberry lay-up to put the deficit back at 16.

Strawberry reached double-figures with a three-pointer from the right angle, followed by a Jackson jumper as SDSU pulled to within 11 at 40-29. The Aztecs trailed by 11 again at 42-31 and 44-33, but the Lobos once again returned to their three-point shooting to quickly go up by 19 with just over 12 minutes left.

San Diego State would only get to within an 18-point margin on two occasions before eventually leaving The Pit with a 76-45 loss to the host Lobos.

New Mexico was led by Dionne Marsh's 18 points, while Katie Montgomery added 11 points, including three, three-pointers.

SDSU heads home to complete the first round of Mountain West Conference play, as the Aztecs play host to Wyoming Saturday at 2 p.m. (PST) at Cox Arena.