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The Aggies suffered their fourth single-digit loss on Thursday night as they lost 56-58 to Tarleton in their first WAC away game of the season.

NM State’s top scorer that night was junior guard Soufia Inoussa, who had 12 points on 4-of-9 from the field and also added two steals. Shania Harper gave the Aggies a boost off the bench as she racked up 10 points while also nabbing six rebounds and nabbing two steals. Jade Bradley, who hails from nearby Dallas, also seemed comfortable as she finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

· In an atypical start to the competition, the Aggies were 1-0 ahead of the opening tip thanks to a technical call-in given to Tarleton over shot clock problems.
· The Texans took the lead shortly after throwing in the ball as they started the game with a 6-0 goal sprint.
· The Aggies responded with a quick 4-0 run as Jade Bradley and Tayelin Grays each found their way to the basket for a pair of layups.
· After trailing 7-9 at the 5:37 mark in the opening quarter, the Aggies lost to a 14-8 run at Tarleton that improved the home side by 10 in the second quarter.
· Rallying was a problem for NM State in the first quarter as they gave away the ball on five separate occasions, four of them in the first five minutes of the game.

· A jump from Molly Kaiser and a three from Taylor Donaldson set the scoring for the Aggies in the second.
· The beginning of the second quarter was mostly back and forth, however, as the Texans stayed 10 points ahead after the first 3:17.
· The Aggies then rattled a 9-2 run over the next 6:04 to take three points by half-time.
· Four of Shania Harper’s season-best 10 points came on goal when she scored with an offensive put-back and a fast-break layup with seven seconds left to go 29-32 after two quarters.

· Aggie’s first possession of the second half led to a three by Soufia Inoussa from the corner, leveling the scores 32-32.
· Jade Bradley piggybacked off Inoussa’s three-pointer as she went coast-to-coast to give the Aggies their first lead since leading 1-0 at the start of the game.
· The Texans took the lead at the 6:32 mark of the third quarter before Mel Isbell equalized again.
· Tarleton then put together a 7-2 scoring run to end the quarter with a 6-point lead and a 44-38 lead.

· After the two competing teams combined for just 21 points in the third quarter and 25 points in the second, there were 32 points between Tarleton and NM State in the final quarter.
· The Aggies were positive at the end of the fourth quarter as they scored 18 points in the final third.
· Back-to-back jumpers from Molly Kaiser helped the Aggies climb to two points after beating just 1:45 in the fourth.
· Tarleton fought his way to a six-point lead at the 4:45 mark before three straight points from Inoussa followed by a successful layup by the Tayelin Grays left the Aggies just a point behind the Texans.
· The game was essentially decided after the Texans went on a 4-0 run from the 2:14 mark to the 12 second mark in the final period.
· Soufia Inoussa’s three-pointer in the final seconds gave the Aggies 56 points in the final buzzer, leaving them just two points behind in the away match against Tarleton.

· The Aggies will now make the short trip to Abilene, Texas to face off against Abilene Christian in a Saturday night collision. Tip-Off is scheduled for 5pm MT and the game can be found on ESPN+.
· Both programs will suffer a loss as the Wildcats fell 69-74 to the Grand Canyon on Thursday night to improve their overall record to 11-5 and their WAC record to 3-2.

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