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.