Jan. 26, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team ended its five-game losing streak and got its first win in the Mountain West Conference by beating conference leader TCU, 65-54 in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, Wednesday evening. The Lobos ended their shooting slump by hitting 39.3 percent (24-61) on the floor to tie their season-high.
"I'm very happy for our players," said head coach Don Flanagan, "it was a terrific win."
It was a career-high night for the Lobos as New Mexico had several players break or tie career-highs.
Senior Amanda Best led New Mexico in scoring with 16 points. Best also had a career-high five steals and tied her career-high five assists. Two other Lobo players scored in double figures: freshman Jasmine Patterson and sophomore Caroline Durbin each had 14 points. Durbin's 14 points was her second consecutive night of breaking her career-high in scoring.
Freshman Morgan Toben led the Lobos on defense with career-highs in rebounds (13), blocks (2) and steals (2). Junior Porche Torrance tied her career-high four blocked shots and had four steals on defense. Durbin also had a career-high six rebounds against TCU.
Durbin scored the first points for the Lobos, 22 seconds after the tipoff, with a 3-pointer to jumpstart New Mexico to an early 3-0 lead.
Both teams were tied at 11 with 8:17 left in the first half, when TCU jumped to a 15-11 lead off of four made free throws by Starr Crawford with 7:30 left in the half.
A Best 3-pointer helped spark a 14-2 run for the Lobos to regain the lead in the first half. Best scored the first eight points of that run with two 3-pointers and a layup, while Patterson added the last six points with a layup, a 3-pointer and a free-throw.
New Mexico went into intermission with a 25-19 lead over TCU and its first halftime lead in six games.
The Lobos defense was impressive in the first half, holding the Horned Frogs to only 9.1 percent (2-22) from the floor and 20 percent (1-5) from long range. TCU's extra points in the first half came from the charity stripe, where it made 14-of-16 for 87.5 percent from the free-throw line.
"We played very well and we defended very well," said Flanagan. "They have some outstanding scorers and we covered them pretty well."
The Lobos continued to expand their lead in the second half by shooting 50 percent (14-28) on the floor.
Junior Lauren Taylor made two free-throws to put New Mexico ahead 65-50 for its largest lead of the game with 1:09 left on the clock.
Four points by TCU's Helena Sverrisdottir in the closing seconds ended the game at 65-54. With the win, the Lobos handed the Horned Frogs (14-7, 6-1 MWC) their first loss in conference action.
The Lobos scored 24 points in the paint and out-rebounded the Horned Frogs 46-39 for the first time in five games.
"We got the ball inside several times which really helped," said Flanagan. "If you get the ball inside, you get opportunities where you can score and I thought we did a nice job in there."
New Mexico improved to 7-11 on the season and 1-5 in the MWC. The Lobos continue their road trip as they take on BYU at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Provo, Utah.