New Mexico Lobos Women’s Basketball – At Stanford
Monday: Stanford 75, New Mexico 41
By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.co
If you could somehow pluck out the stats formed by maybe the best collegiate player in the nation – Chiney Ogwumike – then you could say the New Mexico Lobos put a 43-41 scare into No. 4 Stanford.
You toss in Ogwumike’s 32 points and New Mexico (4-5) comes back to Albuquerque with a 75-41 non-conference loss in which Lobo Coach Yvonne Sanchez saw more than a few good things from her Lobos.
“Our team played against one of the best post players if not the best post play in the country,” said Lobo Coach Yvonne Sanchez. “We tried everything, but she’s just that good.”
The Cardinal went to Ogwumike often and early. She scored 23 of Stanford’s first 25 points.
The Cardinal shot 50.8 percent from the floor with Ogwumike going 14-of-21. The Cardinal went up 40-21 at the halftime break and Stanford dipped deep into its bench throughout the game. Stanford had 10 players in double digit minutes played. Ogwumike played only 20 minutes in notching her 32 points.
“That’s Stanford,” said Sanchez. “No one ever likes a 30-point loss and no one likes moral victories, but we came in here trying to get better and I think we did. We had some really good things happen. They are a great team, but we had 41 rebounds to their 43. We kept them off the line (6-of-8) and we shot 40 percent from the three.
“I love the heart of our kids. We never gave up. We fought like crazy.”
UNM shot 24.2 percent going 16-of-66 from the field. UNM’s starters went 12-of-47 from the floor with only Bryce Owens reaching double figures with 12 points. UNM’s point guard went 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Khadijah Shumpert had seven boards. The Lobos had only seven assists and 15 turnovers.
UNM got a career-high eight points from freshman Brooke Allemand, who came off the bench to go 2-of-5 from long range.
“If this game was played a day before, Brooke would have never played,” said Sanchez of her point guard, who battled through illness to make the trip to Palo Alto. The Lobos played without Deeva Vaughn.
The Lobos also got eight boards off the bench from Alexa Chavez. “Alexa hustled like crazy,” said Sanchez. “They (Lobos) are going to see some good things on this (game) film. It was good for us to come out and play in this great environment.”
The Lobos did not shoot well from the field and UNM’s leading scorer, Antiesha Brown, had an off night going 1-of-14 from the floor. Shumpert and Brown combined to go 3-of-24 from the floor with a combined six points. The Lobos had only 12 points in the paint. Stanford had 38 points in the paint.
The Cardinals shot only eight free throws but the Lobos also had trouble getting to the line shooting 3-of-6. UNM had 20 offensive boards to 12 offensive boards for Stanford. The shooting percentages had something to do with those O-board numbers.
Ogwumike was the only Cardinal to reach double figures and the other four Stanford starters scored only eight points. The Cardinal had 35 bench points and 17 points off UNM’s 15 turnovers.
Stanford led 7-5 before running to a 25-7 lead. Ogwumike was subbed out at that point with her 23 points and 9:52 left to play in the half. The Cardinal went into the break with a 19-point lead. The Lobos were down by 19 (52-33) at the 12:36 mark of the second half before Stanford pulled away to the 34-point win.