Lobos Come Up Short Against Sharp-Shooting TCU, 84-71
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/26/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 26, 2011

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By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- Despite hitting a season-high 14 three-pointers, the University of New Mexico women's basketball team dropped a Mountain West Conference game to Texas Christian University, 84-71, on Saturday afternoon in front of 8,009 fans in The Pit. The Lobos are now 10-16 on the season and 4-10 in conference play, while the Horned Frogs are at 20-9 overall and 12-3 in league play.

New Mexico is seventh in MWC standings while TCU is second. BYU holds the No. 1 spot (20-7, 12-1), while Wyoming sits third (20-6, 10-3).

"I thought we played a good game for 32 minutes, but unfortunately the game is 40 minutes long," Lobo head coach Don Flanagan said. "We shot the ball well from the three; that's all they were giving us. Lauren, Morgan and Porche really shot the ball well, but we didn't rebound well or defend them well."

New Mexico junior Lauren Taylor led the Lobos with 17 points en route to tying her career-high five 3-pointers. Morgan Toben was also key for the Lobos from behind the arc. The freshman had a career night - 15 points all from 3-pointers.

Rounding out double-digit scoring for New Mexico was Porche Torrance with 15. The Lobo junior added six rebounds and three blocks. Senior Amanda Best was just shy of a double-double, notching nine in points and rebounds, as well as handing out seven assists.

As a team, the Lobos shot 41.7 percent from the field, hitting 25-of-60 attempts. The Horned Frogs were led by senior guards Helen Sverrisdottir and Emily Carter, who had 24 and 22 points, respectively. Sverrisdottir also dished out a game-high eight assists. Rachel Rentschler came off the bench for TCU to score 11 points.

"Emily Carter is pretty crafty when she catches the ball down low," Flanagan said of the 6-foot-1 guard's inside play. "She got hoops on a lot of people down low. In Carter and Sverrisdottir, they have two kids who are really two of the better players in the conference."

Despite the distinct height disadvantage (all but one of the 10 Frogs that saw action was 6-0 or better), the Lobos outrebounded the Frogs 34-29, including 11 offensive boards. New Mexico also topped TCU in assists, 22-15.

The biggest factor in the Frog victory was TCU's accuracy from the floor as they hit 54.5 percent on 30-of-55 shooting. The Frogs were able to work the ball inside and capitalize on their size advantage for 24 points in the paint.

Another key to the game: TCU's variety of zone defenses created 16 Lobo miscues which resulted in 19 points off turnovers for the Frogs.

New Mexico is back in action at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, March 1 for the Lobos' final home game of the regular season. New Mexico hosts BYU for Senior Night in which Amanda Best and Jessica Kielpinski will be honored.

The game will also be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network (Comcast channel 276 and DirectTV channel 616), with GameTracker and live audio through 610 AM The Sports Animal also available through GoLobos.com.

First half

Lobos 35, TCU 37

New Mexico led most of the first half thanks to 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range by Lauren Taylor.

With 14:29 remaining in the half, Taylor hit her third trey of the afternoon which ignited a 10-0 Lobo run that put New Mexico ahead 21-12 for their biggest lead of the game.

TCU called a timeout and then proceeded to go on a 9-0 run of their own to make it 21-all with 10:04 to go in the first half. The Lobos again strung together consecutive buckets for an three-minute 8-0 run to reclaim the lead, 29-21.

With 45 seconds left in the first half, TCU's Emily Carter hit a 3-pointer to tie the contest at 35 apiece. The Lobos worked the clock and got a look at a trey from Lauren Taylor, but her shot rimmed out and fell into the hands of Starr Crawford. With the clock running out, TCU's Helena Sverrisdottir hit a jumper to give the Frogs a slight 37-35 edge at the half.

New Mexico outrebounded TCU 27-12 in the first 20 minutes of play.

Second Half

Jessica Kielpinski put in a layup in the opening minute of the second half to tie the game for the sixth time at 37-all. For the next four minutes, the two teams traded buckets until Porche Torrance hit a shot from the baseline off a feed from Taylor to put the Lobos up 45-43.

At 14:15, a basket by TCU's Micah Garoutte tied the game for the ninth and final time at 47-47. The Lobos' final lead came at 13:15 off a 3-pointer from Toben, but was quickly answered by a trey from Sverrisdottir to make it 50-52 Frogs with 13:03 remaining in regulation.

New Mexico came within one point of TCU with just under ten minutes to play, but the Frogs seemed to have an answer (and then some) for every Lobo basket.

Final--Lobos 71, TCU 84.