Dec. 4, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team lost to host Arizona State, 55-40 in the championship game of the Arizona State Classic Saturday night. The Lobos were 1-1 this weekend during the tournament and dropped to 5-3 on the season after tonight's loss. Junior Porche Torrance was named to the ASU All-Tournament team after having two double-doubles over the weekend. New Mexico returns home to take on Arizona on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
The game was off to a slow start with neither of the teams scoring until the 17:26 mark when Lauren Taylor dished out a pass for a Jessica Kielpinski layup. With that layup, the Lobos went on a 9-2 run to take the early lead.
Arizona State tied the game 13-13 with 3:23 left in the first half and continued that by going on a 12-2 run to take their first and only lead of the game. The Sun Devils went into intermission ahead 25-15 and never looked back after that.
"We didn't respond very well and that hurt us," said head coach Don, "we didn't shoot particularly well and that hurts us and then we didn't hit our free throws and that hurt us."
The bright spot in the game was that the Lobos only committed 12 fouls to the Sun Devils 24 fouls. However, New Mexico was unable to capitalize only making 54.5 percent from the free throw line.
"The main thing is it was extremely physical," said Flanagan, "I haven't seen a physical game like that in years and you know it's going to be physical here, that's the way they play the game."
Torrance led the Lobos with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. This was Torrance's fourth double-double of the season and fourth of her career. Torrance also tied her career-high four steals during the game. Freshman Erin Boettcher came off the bench to score a career-high eight points.
With Arizona State up 52-31 with four minutes left in the game, New Mexico went on a 9-3 run to end the game 55-40. Senior Amanda Best scored four points during the Lobos run with two free throws and a layup.
Turnovers continue to trouble New Mexico this season, with the Lobos committing 24 turnovers to the Sun Devils 17.
"Against a good team you can't turn the ball over 24 times," said Flanagan.
Dymond Simon led Arizona State with 18 points, while Kimberly Brandon led the Sun Devils on the boards with 11 rebounds.
The Lobos will be hosting Toys for Tots during the Arizona game on Dec. 7. Fans can bring in any unused or new toy and receive $4 tickets. Fans can also watch the game live on the Mtn. network on Comcast channel 276 and on DirecTV channel 616.