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Tech women rally, but close out San Juan Shootout with loss to NMSU

Tech women rally, but close out San Juan Shootout with loss to NMSU

By Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

SAN JUAN, P.R. – The Tennessee Tech women's basketball team made a valiant comeback on Saturday against New Mexico State, but the Aggies' 20-point lead in the third quarter was too much to overcome as the Golden Eagles close out the San Juan Shootout with a 66-54 loss.

Tech (2-4) return to action on Wednesday as the Golden Eagles head to Knoxville to take on the Tennessee Lady Vols for a 5:30 p.m. Central contest.

The Golden Eagles had three players score in double-figures, led by Mackenzie Coleman and Anna Jones each with 13 points, while Jada Guinn had 12 points. Jones had seven of her points at the free-throw line as she went 7-for-12 after drawing 10 fouls in the contest.

Tech spent a lot of time at the charity stripe as the Golden Eagles drew 24 fouls and went 18-for-30 at the line. In addition to Jones' seven points, Guinn was 6-for-8 on free throws.

Guinn and Coleman each had a team-best seven rebounds, while Coleman and Jones led Tech in assists as well.

New Mexico State (3-2) emptied the bench, getting 14 players in action in the contest as the Aggies scored 31 of their 66 points from the substitutes. Deja Terrell played 18:36 in relief and went on to become NMSU's top scorer in the game, tabbing in 11 points as she was 4-for-6 from the field and 3-for-3 at the free-throw line.

A trio of Aggie starters – Bigue Sarr, Melanie Isbell and Jade Bradley – had nine points. Sarr was 3-for-5 from the field and 3-for-4 from the line, while Isbell was 3-for-5, hitting all three of her 3-point tries and had a team-best four assists. Bradley was 3-for-7, 1-for-1 from three and 2-for-3 at the line.

After trailing by three at the end of the first quarter, the Aggies outscored Tech 13-7 in the second to take a 26-17 advantage at the half. The Golden Eagles went 3-for-14 during the 10-minute span, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range. It was a recurring theme for Tech in the game, going 2-for-16 from long range with Megan Clark and Maaliya Owens knocking down the two successful shots in the game.

The Golden Eagles fared better in the third quarter, bolstered by a 7-for-14 effort at the free-throw line as Tech shot 3-for-10. However, the Aggies extended their advantage using a 10-0 run, outscoring Tech 24-13 as NMSU was 8-for-14 from the field and 6-for-9 from the line.

Tech chipped away in the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles spent more time at the free-throw line, going 10-for-14, using that to outscore the Aggies in the final stanza 24-16. Tech got the deficit back within single digits late, but NMSU went back to the final 12-point margin in the waning seconds.

File photo | Thomas Corhern, TTU Sports Information

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