NMSU women fall to Nevada in WAC opener

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The New Mexico State women’s basketball team dropped its conference home opener 65-46 to Nevada on Wednesday night.

Nevada, which led 30-27 at halftime, ran away from NMSU in the second half, outscoring the Aggies 35-19 after the break. Nevada’s Tahnee Robinson, the leading scorer in the Western Athletic Conference, posted17 points after halftime en route to a game-high 25 points.

The home team struggled to make shots in the second half, finishing 7 of 24 (29.2 percent) over the final 20 minutes. The Wolf Pack outrebounded the Aggies 22-12 in the second half. No Aggie player scored more than seven after the break.

Senior guard Jasmine Lowe scored 14 to lead the Aggies. Lowe ran off the first seven points of the second half for the Aggies, but Nevada held her off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Junior forward Tabytha Wampler added 12 points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the free-throw line. Wampler has now made 19 consecutive free throws for NMSU. She is a perfect 19 for 19 in WAC play.

NMSU shot just 30 percent for the game, while Nevada cashed in on 43 percent of its shots. The Wolf Pack dominated the boards 44-29, and their bench outscored the Aggies’ bench 23-4.

With the loss, NMSU dropped to 8-9 overall and 2-1 in the WAC. Nevada improved to 2-1 in the league and 13-3 overall.

Robinson led all scorers with 25 points, while Nevada senior forward Shavon Moore posted a double-double with 10 boards and 10 points.