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SDSU Women's Basketball Falls To MWC Leader New Mexico, 72-53

Jessica Huettl had four three pointers on five attempts against New Mexico.
Jessica Huettl had four three pointers on five attempts against New Mexico.

Jan. 29, 2005

Final Stats

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.