Dezz Ramos broke a career scoring record, but that achievement took a back seat to San Jose State’s 82-72 loss to New Mexico that followed a disastrous third quarter, in a women’s basketball game Saturday at the Event Center.
Ramos became the 16th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. A transfer from Weber State, the senior point guard also became the quickest to reach 1,000 points for doing so in her 51st game. This eclipsed Lora Alexander, a junior college transfer who reached 1,000 points in her 55th game in 1990. However, Ramos only scored 14 points off five-for-21 shooting.
Ramos is “the best scorer hands down that I’ve coached,” said San Jose State head coach Jamie Craighead.
“She can go off ball screens, she can go off any type of screen away from the ball, [and] she can take people off of the bounce,” added Craighead about Ramos.
Jasmine Smith led San Jose State with 24 points and 13 rebounds for her eighth double-double on the season. Smith made 10 of 17 field goal attempts and all four of her free throw attempts. Paris Baird had 12 points and 14 rebounds for her first double-double this season.
For New Mexico, Richelle van der Keijl scored a season-high 31 points and added 13 rebounds plus two assists. Cherise Beynon had 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists, and Mykiel Burleson had 13 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
“I was trying to use my quickness to my advantage,” said Smith about her matchup against the six-foot-five van der Keijl, who is five inches taller than Smith.
San Jose State kept the game close in the first quarter and built up a 45-36 lead inside two minutes remaining in the second. Two New Mexico baskets cut San Jose State’s lead to 45-40 at halftime and were the first of 26 unanswered New Mexico points.
New Mexico outscored San Jose State 29-9 in the third quarter, as San Jose State missed its first 10 field goal attempts and committed three turnovers before Jasmine Smith hit a layup with nearly four minutes remaining.
“We just didn’t come out ready, and we weren’t hustling like we did in the first half,” said San Jose State forward Hallie Gennett, who had eight points and four rebounds off the bench.
After trailing by as much as 20 in the third quarter, San Jose State pulled within 11 points twice in the first six minutes of the fourth. However, down 75-64 and off a New Mexico missed three, San Jose State grabbed two offensive rebounds but missed three chances to pull within single digits. New Mexico committed ten turnovers in the fourth quarter, off which San Jose State scored 14 points. Six of those turnovers happened in the last 90 seconds.
This loss drops San Jose State to 7-15 (4-6 Mountain West), while New Mexico improves to 13-10 (8-4 MW). While Craighead has gone with the same starting lineup with four seniors all year, she explained that not all of them have logged the same amount of playing time in their careers.
“We’re not playing with four veteran seniors…Paris Baird and Rachol West haven’t logged the type of minutes that they’re logging right now,” said Craighead.
San Jose State travels to San Diego State on Wednesday before hosting UNLV on Feb. 11.
- Former San Jose State center Riana Byrd, who made the buzzer-beating layup in the previous home win over New Mexico, attended Saturday’s game. Byrd reached the 1,000 career rebound milestone in San Jose State’s 59-58 win on Feb. 14, 2016.
- In Albuquerque, N.M., San Jose State men’s basketball beat New Mexico 78-68 for the first win over New Mexico in program history. Four players scored in double figures, led by Ryan Welage with 20 points. This win improves men's basketball to 11-10 (4-6 MW) heading into Tuesday night's nationally televised home game against San Diego State.