New Mexico Lobos Women’s Basketball – On The Mountain West Road
Sunday: Colorado State 62, New Mexico 50
Up Next: Wyoming at New Mexico, 7 p.m., Wednesday, The Pit
By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
A loss on the road to a 10-3 Colorado State Rams team doesn’t mean it’s time to hit the panic button, said Lobo Coach Yvonne Sanchez. “We lost on the road to a very good team,” said the New Mexico coach.
But that 62-50 Mountain West defeat Sunday in Fort Collins does put some emphasis on the Lobos’ next Mountain West game – Wednesday in The Pit against a Wyoming Cowgirls team that has the best record in the MW at 10-2. The Lobos need to hold serve at home.
The Cowgirls also are 1-0 in league play after a 72-64 win over Nevada, a game in which junior Kayla Woodward hit 26 points.
The Lobos will have a defensive target Wednesday night in Woodward, but New Mexico also knew it had to stop Colorado State’s Sam Martin on Sunday. The Lobos couldn’t do it as Martin recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards – six of those rebounds on the offensive end. The Rams had 24 second-chance points to 13 for the Lobos.
Martin was one of several Ram thorns in New Mexico’s side, but another huge crippler came at the line where UNM went 2-of-2 and Colorado State went 13-of-16 – outscoring UNM by 11 from the stripe in a 12-point win.
“That’s the ball game right there,” said Sanchez of the free-throw production. “That’s was the biggest part of the game. I thought we should have gotten to the line a little more. The contact was pretty even on both sides but they got the calls and we didn’t.
“But I’m not blaming the officials by any means. We have to be the ones to draw the contact and get to the line and we didn’t do that.”
The Lobos led the game 26-21 in the first half, but once the Rams clawed their way back on top of the scoreboard, they never let go of the lead.
You take away the free-throw line and the stats were fairly even. UNM shot 36.7 percent and CSU shot 37.7 percent. The Rams made three 3-pointers and UNM made four. The Rams won the board battle 40-to-37 and had one more assist than UNM – 14-to-13.
The Lobos were whistled for 17 fouls on the road and CSU had 10 fouls. UNM had 16 turnovers to 11 for Colorado State.
“CSU can score in bunches,” said Sanchez. “They (CSU) did a nice job in running their offense.”
The Lobos got double figures from Antiesha Brown with 10 and 10 more from Bryce Owens. Freshman Brooke Allemand had eight points and Khadijah Shumpert had eight points plus six boards. Sara Halasz had seven boards and Kianna Keller had five rebounds.
CSU’s Martin muscled was joined in double figures by Elin Gustavsson (12), Ellen Nystrom (11), and Caitlin Duffy (10).
“We are anxious to play back at home,” said Sanchez. “The Pit has always been good to us.”
The win bumped CSU to 2-0 in Mountain West play. UNM falls to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in league.
Second Half: Colorado State 29 New Mexico 22
The Rams went up 9-4 in the first half forcing UNM into an early timeout and the Rams stretched their 33-28 halftime lead to 42-34 forcing Sanchez into another early team huddle. .The Lobos got backdoor layups from Chavez and Brown, but a CSU trey by Newton made it 42-34.
CSU’s Nichols drove, scored and added a free throw to give the Rams a double-digit lead at 45-34. Keller and Owens scored layups for UNM to make it 45-38 at the 11:37 media stop. Martin led a CSU run that pushed the Rams up 50-38. UNM got buckets from Allemand and Brown to slice the gap to 50-42. At the 7:51 media timeout, CSU was up 52-42 having scored underneath on a backdoor pass to Gustavsson.
The Rams hit both ends of two one-and-one situations at the line to push into a 56-42 lead and UNM’s Allemand banged in a trey to make it 56-45 with 3:26 to play. Chavez scored inside: 56-47.
Martin might have put the seal on the CSU win with a put-back at 2:06 that vaulted the Rams back into a double-digit lead at 58-47. Ryder hit two free throws at 1:04 to make it 60-47 and two more with 27 seconds to play. Owens got a trey to form the final 62-50 count.
First Half: Colorado State 33, New Mexico 28
The Lobos fought out of a 9-4 deficit and into a 26-21 lead, but were outscored 12-to-2 down the final 5:30 to fall into a five-point halftime deficit. The stat lines were pretty even in the first half with CSU having a shooting edge at 43.8 percent to 38.7 percent for New Mexico.
UNM got eight points from Shumpert and six from Brown. The Rams got a big first half from Nystrom with 11 points and seven boards and 6-3 Elin Gustavsson added eight points. CSU was up 19-18 on the boards and UNM had nine turnovers to seven for CSU.
The Rams came out early with good execution to slip into a 9-4 lead that convinced Coach Sanchez to call a quick timeout. The Lobos regrouped and slowly cut into that five-point gap forming ties at 18-18 and 21-21 on a trey by Bryce Owens. That count held going into a media break at 6:19.
The Lobos’ Shumpert used the line to push UNM back into the lead at 23-21. Brooke Allemand handed UNM a five-point lead with a 3-pointer from the top that made the score 26-21 with 5:32 to play. CSU scored inside twice to pull to 26-25 going into the final media break at 3:24. The Lobos got their final basket of the half inside from Shumpert to pull to 29-28, but CSU scored the final four points of the half.