SDSU Women's Basketball Falls To MWC Leader New Mexico, 72-53
Jan. 29, 2005
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's basketball team trailed conference-leading New Mexico by just four points at the half, but the Lobos pulled away in the second, defeating the Aztecs 72-53, Saturday at Cox Arena. With the loss, SDSU fell to 6-11 overall and 1-4 in league play, while New Mexico improved to 15-3 and 4-1 in the MWC.
SDSU was led by sophomore guard Jessica Huettl (Eau Claire, Wis.), who scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the second half, and was 4-for-5 from three-point land. Sophomore Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) had 12 first-half points, but was held scoreless in the second. Junior Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) also added 12 points, her fourth double-figure point total in the last five games.
Six lead changes and four ties highlighted the first half, as the Aztecs stuck with the Lobos, thanks to a solid 45.5 first-half shooting percentage, including 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. SDSU led by as many as four at 15-11 with 11:21 left in the first half and held the advantage until the 6:02 mark when Lindsey Arndt rebounded her own shot to put the Lobos up by a pair at 20-18.
New Mexico increased its lead up to seven points on two occasions within the final four minutes, but only went into the locker room up four, 33-29, following a 5-2 Aztec run.
The Lobos distanced themselves in the opening minutes of the second half, pushing their lead into double-figures (46-35) with a 13-6 spurt. New Mexico was up by 14 points with 4:14 left in the game, but the Aztecs managed to cut that deficit to just six points with four straight free throws and a three-pointer by Huettl.
In the final minutes, the Lobos went to the free-throw line seven times and took advantage of the SDSU full-court press to defeat the Aztecs, 72-53.
New Mexico had four players finish in double-figures, including Arndt, who had a game-high 20 points and 17 rebounds.
SDSU heads back on the road for two games in the state of Utah next week. The Aztecs take on Brigham Young on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. (MST), before playing at Utah on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. (MST). The game against the Cougars will be highlighted by the first scheduled meeting between SDSU freshman forward Ashley Cheesman (Orem, Utah) and her sister, BYU senior forward Danielle Cheesman.