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Lobo women lose San Jose State shootout

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team was swamped by a 3-point tidal wave Wednesday and nearly overcame it.

San Jose State buried 15 3s, built a 20-point first-half lead and managed to hold on for an 89-85 matinee victory over the visiting Lobos at a raucous Event Center. Mountain West scoring leader Ayzhiana Basallo scored six of her game-high 26 points in the final 3 minutes to help the Spartans (13-6, 7-1) survive.

UNM, which trailed 49-29 in the second quarter, fell to 11-10, 2-6. As of Wednesday afternoon, only Utah State (5-13, 0-7) was behind the Lobos in the Mountain West race.

The Lobos mounted a furious comeback in the second half. Antonia Anderson’s putback with 2:39 left got the Lobos (11-10, 2-6) within a basket at 82-80.

New Mexico had a shot to tie, trailing 85-82 with 1:30 left, but Aisia Robertson’s 3-pointer bounded off the back iron. SJSU got a Tyra Whitehead putback and two Basallo free throws in the final stretch to seal the win.

Jaedyn De La Cerda scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures for the Lobos. Robertson (14 points, 12 assists) and Jordan Hosey (16 points, 13 rebounds) had double-doubles for UNM, which outscored SJSU 46-26 in the paint, won the turnover battle 18-10 and made one more field goal than did the home team.

But in the end, the Spartans’ 3-point shooting was the difference. They finished 15 for 25 from long range after a blistering 11-for-13 start. The Lobos were 10 for 33 from beyond the arc.

“The worst part of that is when you look at the people who hit them,” UNM coach Mike Bradbury said of SJSU’s 3-pointers. “You expect (Basallo and Megan Anderson) to hit some, but they had kids who rarely even shoot 3s hitting them today. That’s what seems to happen when things aren’t going well. It feels like we’re kind of snakebit right now.”

Raziya Potter, who came in 6 for 31 on 3-pointers this season, went 3 for 4 on Wednesday and helped build the Spartans’ first-half cushion. Leading 34-29, SJSU hit five straight 3s on a 15-0 tear to make the score 49-29 with 6:09 left.

UNM trimmed the deficit to 54-42 by halftime and got as close as 63-58 in the third quarter. But Tyra Whitehead, who racked up 18 points and 16 rebounds, scored five late points to rebuild the Spartans’ lead to 72-62 after three quarters.

“We played hard the whole game,” Bradbury said, “but I felt like we were kind of in a daze for the first 15 minutes. We lost some people on defense and they made us pay every time. The last two-and-a-half quarters we were really good, got it to a one-possession game, but (the Spartans) hit a couple big shots. Give them credit.”

Box score: San Jose State 89, UNM 85



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