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“It didn’t bother me at all as Mady has been a leader all the time.”

While Chris Gobrecht was able to stay composed in the pregame ceremony of her daughter, Darin Spence had a tough time in New Mexico State’s postgame celebration.

“I broke down watching the video of the three seniors, but really lost it when Madison’s part came up,” he said.

Madison Spence led the Aggies in scoring this year, averaging 13.9 points. She started in all 118 of her games at the school and finished sixth on the all-time scoring list.

“I had a blast coaching Madison for four years,” said Darin Spence, who is stepping down as coach of New Mexico State. “She made it easy on me because she was such a good player and showed true ownership in our program. The only negative I ever saw was seeing Madison think, for some reason, that she had to above and beyond to prove she belonged and wasn’t just here because I was the coach”.


AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Waco, Texas, contributed to this report