Arizona State (9-2) traveled to Las Cruces, New Mexico to face the New Mexico State Aggies (3-9) for an early morning matchup on Tuesday. The Sun Devils recorded their fifth straight win, defeating the Aggies 70-47.
It was a slow first quarter for the Sun Devils, with the Aggies putting up the first four points of the game. The lead flipped between teams throughout the entire first quarter, but the Sun Devils ended on top with a 14-11 lead.
After that, things were much easier for the Sun Devils in the second quarter, as they held New Mexico State to only four points. The Aggies first basket came eight minutes into the quarter, with the Sun Devils heading into halftime with an 18-point lead.
Near the end of the second quarter, sophomore guard Jamie Loera stepped foot on the court for the first time this season, after dealing with many injuries since last fall.
She played three minutes and ended the game with one rebound.
The ASU defense came out strong once again in the third quarter, only allowing six points. Additionally, they banked in 21 points, shooting 53 percent from the field.
At the end of the third, the maroon and gold held a 32-point lead.
After struggling in the second and third quarters, the Aggies’ offense came alive in the fourth, putting in 21 points and shooting 11-for-15.
However, the Sun Devils didn’t let up and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the entire quarter, leading them to victory.
Freshman Eboni Walker led ASU with a season-high 13 points, and senior Ja’Tavia Tapley had 11 points while sophomore Iris Mbuilto ended the game with 10.
The Sun Devils return home to face the Creighton Bluejays Friday at 2 p.m. local time.