New Mexico State women were eliminated from the WAC Tournament on the last second heave

The New Mexico State women's basketball team faced Southern Utah in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team faced Southern Utah in the WAC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The New Mexico State women’s basketball team had its season end in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion.

Southern Utah guard Cherita Daugherty hit a one-handed heave from 25 feet at the buzzer to give No. 2 Southern Utah a 62-61 victory over No. 7 New Mexico State on Wednesday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Aggies ended the season 16-16.

Southern Utah will play either No. 3 Grand Canyon or No. 11 Seattle in the semifinals on Friday at 3 p.m

Southern Utah took the ball out of bounds with 3.4 seconds left to play. NM State forward Ashlee Strawbridge got a hand on the pass, but Daughterty had possession of the ball and was forced to dribble away from the basket to her right into two additional Aggies defenders, throwing the ball with one hand at the buzzer.

Southern Utah had the ball after a long official review following two Sylena Peterson misses at the foul line with 4.4 seconds left. Peterson had hit six straight at the line in the final 26 seconds of the game.

The Aggies got off to a fast start, leading 30-14 at halftime with Southern Utah shooting 20 percent from the floor.

The roles were reversed in the third quarter with Southern Utah outscoring the Aggies 21-6 in the third with NM State shooting 2 for 13 in the third to make it 36-35 Aggies entering what turned out to be a back-and-forth final quarters.

Strawbridge gave the Aggies a 54-52 lead with 3:40 to play and Soufia Inoussa made a free throw to push the lead to three points with 2:29 left.

The Aggies were 20 for 32 (69 percent) from the foul line and shot 11 for 16 at the foul line in the fourth quarter.

Inoussa finished with 11 points, Tayelin Grays scored 13 points and Molly Kaiser led the Aggies with 15 points.

This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico State women eliminated from WAC Tournament

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