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Monday, December 22, 2014

Women's Basketball: Lobos break losing streak

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The New Mexico women’s basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday with a 76-73 win at San Jose State.

Guard Sara Halasz scored eight of UNM’s first 13 points, finishing with 18 points for the game. She also hit a 3-pointer that snapped a three-minute scoreless streak in the first half.

Halasz is now 19 points away from the 1,000th of her career.

Forward Khadijah Shumpert returned to the starting lineup and added 16 points, including 11 in the first half. She missed three games because of a concussion before playing the next four off the bench.

After UNM held a 42-36 halftime lead, SJSU rattled off an 18-4 run through the first 8:12 of the second half and led 54-46. The Lobos then tied the game at 59 behind a 14-7 rally. Down the stretch, UNM outscored the Spartans 17-14 for the win.

UNM forward Deeva Vaughn had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, and guard Antiesha Brown netted 13 points.

San Jose State (8-13, 2-8 Mountain West) picked up 23 points from guard Jayzyl Tauala, 14 points from guard Classye James, 12 points from forward Jasmine Smith and 10 points from guard Rebecca Woodberry.

As a team UNM (8-12, 3-6 MW) shot 42.6 percent from the field (29 of 68), 21.1 percent from the 3-point arc (4 of 19) and 56 percent from the free throw line (14 of 25). San Jose State countered by shooting 42.6 percent on field goals (23 of 54), 31.6 percent on the 3-pointers (6 of 19) and 72.4 percent on foul shots (21 of 29).