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Women fall in second round of NIT

By The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. - Chelsea Grear had a career-high 18 points as New Mexico eliminated Arizona 75-62 in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Saturday night.

New Mexico (20-12) was down 58-55 when Molly McKinnon hit a three-pointer with 8:29 left and ignited a 20-4 run to finish the game and Arizona's season.

Arizona (20-12), which has been plagued all season with injuries, played the game with just eight players.

The Wildcats "are athletic, quick and they have size," Lobos coach Don Flanagan said. "But the only thing they don't have is depth. We felt that would be a problem for them. I think they got tired late in the game."

Jordan Adams scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for New Mexico.

Veranda James led the Wildcats with 19 points and nine rebounds. Elizabeth Pickney contributed 14 points while senior guard Reshea Bristol had nine.

The Wildcats made just 3 of 21 three-point attempts while New Mexico connected on 6 of 15 from beyond the arc. The Wildcat were out-rebounded as well, 38-33.

The Lobos will host a quarterfinal game Wednesday against either Alabama or Alabama-Birmingham.