Nov. 24, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the ninth-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs 72-42 on Saturday evening. UGA was led by a pair of Jasmines as Jasmine James (17 points) and Jasmine Hassel (15 points) led the nationally-ranked Lady Bulldogs (7-0).
The Lobos (5-1), off to their best start to a season in over a decade, were led by Caroline Durbin and Sarah Hallasz in scoring. Durbin had 12 points to go along with her nine rebounds and Halasz led UNM in scoring with 14 points.
“You know that’s the difference between a program striving for a final four like they are and what we are trying to build here. The mistakes we trying to eliminate, we made them early. You can’t throw the ball away and give up lay-ups. If you throw it out of bounds or eat it on a 30-second violation, I can live with those. But when you throw the ball away on the perimeter and they get lay-ups, then the turnovers become 24-9 and it was just too many,” commented Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez
Georgia capitalized on their inside scoring as the Bulldogs scored only six of their points from outside the arc. One of UNM’s defensive calling cards this season had been defending the three-point line. Coach Sanchez and company were able to slow down the Lady Bulldogs’ three-point attack as they shot a dismal 12.5% (2-16) from beyond the arc.
New Mexico had a season-high 24 turnovers in the game and were out-rebounded by Georgia by eight. It was just the second time the Lobos had lost the battle of the boards after being out-rebounded by New Mexico State by one.
New Mexico fell behind early as Georgia scored 14 of the game’s first 18 points and New Mexico recorded 15 turnovers in the first half. The visitors from Athens shot an even 50% from the field in the first half to New Mexico’s 25.9% (7-27) shooting, which fueled UGA to a 40-17 lead at halftime. Georgia’s James and Hassell each scored nine points each in the first half. Caroline Durbin led UNM in scoring in the first 20 minutes of action, scoring eight of her twelve points for the game.
Georgia pushed their lead further with an 8-0 run to open the second half before Bryce Owen’s three-pointer put UNM on the board in the second frame. The Lady Bulldogs would keep their lead above thirty points for the remainder of the second half on the way to the 72-42 victory.
“I am definitely most proud of the second half when we battled back. 32-25 (score) as opposed to 40-17 in the first half, and I’ll take that… All I wanted them to do was to battle back in the second half, and they did that,” Coach Sanchez said.
The victory gave Georgia the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament title, which sponsored by LA Boxing and Residence Inn by Marriott Airport. New Mexico finished second in the tournament ahead of North Texas and St. Bonaventure.
Caroline Durbin and Sara Hallasz were named to the All-Tournament Team of the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament. They joined North Texas’ Laura McCoy, CeCe Dixon of St. Bonaventure and Georgia’s Jasmine Hassell on the all-tournament team. Jasmine James of UGA was named MVP of the tournament.
New Mexico will continue their busy month of November as they will welcome Weber State to The Pit at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27th. The game will be the seventh-straight home game for New Mexico to open the season. They will take to the road for the first time with a November 30 date at Houston.