Aggies women’s basketball falls in heartbreaking fashion on the road at Grand Canyon

PHOENIX – The state of NM came shortly before in its road battle with the Grand Canyon when a last-second shot lifted the Lopes over the Aggies with a score of 61-59.

The Aggies were led by Mel Isbell who went 4 of 7 three-pointers and finished with 14 points, two rebounds and two steals. Second year Taylor Donaldson was once again effective off the bench when he scored 12 points and four steals. Bigue Sarr was NM State’s main rebounder when she took down seven aces in just 11 minutes of play.

New Mexico state point guard Mel Isbell holds the ball at half-court against the Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Saturday, January 29, 2022.

As a group, NM State shot 42% from the floor, including 40% from deep, forcing 21 turnovers. Despite the Aggies being one of the best rebound teams in the WAC, the Lopes were leading in that category as they took down 31 boards compared to 29 for the Aggies.

The Lopes were led by Jay McChristine’s post play who finished with a record of 19 points as well as posting seven rebounds. The transfer of UT Rio Grande Valley Amara Graham also hit double digits with 13 points, including the two most important points of the game with 0.3 seconds left.

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