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SDSU Women's Hoops Second-Half Effort Not Enough At New Mexico, 78-58

Michelle Strawberry scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half at New Mexico.
Michelle Strawberry scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half at New Mexico.

Feb. 24, 2005

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The San Diego State women's basketball team cut a 20-point deficit in half, but that would be as close as it would get, as the Aztecs fell at first place New Mexico, 78-58, Thursday at The Pit. With the loss, SDSU dropped to 7-17 overall and 1-10 in conference play, while the Lobos improved to 20-4 and 9-3 in the Mountain West Conference.

Aztec sophomore Michelle Elliott (Pasco, Wash.) and Michelle Strawberry (Corona, Calif.) tied for the team lead with 15 points apiece. Elliott scored 12 of her 15 and Strawberry had 13 of her 15 in the second half. Elliott was 4-of-10 from beyond the arc, giving her nine three-pointers in the team's last two games.

SDSU freshman Marin McCue (Calgary, Alberta) reached double-figures in scoring for the first time in her career, adding 11 points with six of those coming in the first 20 minutes of the contest.

Needing just seven entering the night, SDSU broke the school record for most three-point attempts in a season with 431, beating the previous high of 418 set by last year's squad. The Aztecs also need just seven more three pointers in 2004-05, after making 5-of-19 against the Lobos, to break that record with 124 compared to the record 130 last season.

New Mexico opened the game with a 4-0 lead, before Elliott began the Aztecs' scoring with a triple. The Lobos responded with two straight threes to go up by seven, 10-3. SDSU cut the deficit back to five points at 14-5 following back-to-back baskets by Strawberry and Ashley Cheesman (Orem, Utah) with 12:42 left in the half.

The Lobos, however, would take advantage of the Aztecs' 19.2 first-half field-goal percentage, running their lead up to as many as 19 points, before heading into the half up by 17 points at 32-15.

SDSU doubled its first-half point total in the first six minutes of the second half, getting to within 14 points at 44-30. The Aztecs got hot offensively, outscoring the Lobos 8-4 with the help of a pair of Elliott triples to cut the deficit to just 10 at 48-38.

The two sides traded points before a three-point play and a triple by Abbie Letz pushed the New Mexico cushion to 17 at 56-39. SDSU would get back to within 13 on three occasions, but the Lobos ended the contest on a 11-4 run to win the game by 20 at 78-58.

Letz scored a game-high 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while three other Lobos also finished in double-figures.

SDSU plays its final conference road contest of the season at Air Force on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. (MST).