UNM in first after 68-64 win over Utah State
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A late surge sparked by a 3-pointer by Jayla Everett with 51 seconds left helped the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team slingshot its way into sole possession of first place in the Mountain West Conference with a 68-64 win on the road Saturday afternoon at Utah State in Logan, Utah.
The Lobos (17-2 overall, 7-1 in the conference) moved past Boise State into the top spot. The Broncos (15-3, 6-1) lost their first league game Saturday, falling on the road to Wyoming. UNM is a half game in front of both Boise State and Fresno State (13-5, 6-1), with a home game against Fresno next weekend.
Utah State (10-8, 5-2) came into Saturday’s game sporting the best defense in MWC play, having allowed 53 or fewer points in four of its previous five games. The Lobos surpassed that early in the fourth quarter as Everett finished with a team-high 22 points on the strength of six 3-pointers.
She hit the last of those with the score tied at 62 in the final minute. The Lobos then iced the game by converting 3 of 6 attempts from the foul line, capping a 6-2 run.
Ahlise Hurst and Jaisa Nunn finished with 13 points apiece for New Mexico, which has won five straight and 16 of its last 17 games. Nunn started slowly, scoring nine points in the second half and posting a double-double with 11 rebounds and three steals.
The Lobos led by as many as nine points in the second half and led 62-55 after a Nunn layup with 3:38 left. The Aggies rattled off seven unanswered points to tie it as the UNM offense managed just one made field goal in the final five-plus minutes of the game.