New Mexico women’s basketball head coach Yvonne Sanchez has talked about how ill-timed fouls have plagued the Lobos this season.
UNM’s last foul at Utah State on Wednesday exemplified that problem.
After Lobo guard Brea Mitchell missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer, USU rebounded the ball with 12 seconds remaining.
Six seconds later, USU guard Jennifer Schlott was fouled by point guard Bryce Owens. Schlott made both of her ensuing free throws to give the Aggies a 67-65 victory over the Lobos.
Guard Antiesha Brown paced UNM (9-17, 4-11 Mountain West) with 18 points along with nine rebounds and five assists. Forward Deeva Vaughn was the only other Lobo in double figures, recording 17 points.
Schlott led all scorers with 33 points, while guard Makenlee Williams had 21 points.
UNM closed out the first half on a 16-8 run for a 36-28 lead at halftime.
The Lobos have only won one road game this conference season, a 76-73 win over San Jose State on Feb. 1.
USU (11-15, 5-10 MW) shot almost 10 percent better than UNM did from the field (45.3 percent versus 35.8 percent).