New Mexico's Miscues Give Way to 77-47 Loss at San Diego State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/18/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 18, 2012

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Final Stats

SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- In the words of head coach Yvonne Sanchez, an "old Achilles heel" was the primary problem for New Mexico in the Lobos' 77-47 Mountain West loss at San Diego State -- turnovers.

The Lobos also had problems dealing with the taller Aztecs in the paint.

San Diego State scored a total of 37 points off of 20 Lobo miscues, and 40 points down low to New Mexico's 16.

The loss dropped UNM to 6-11 overall and 0-3 in league play. The Lobos play host to UNLV on Saturday looking for their first MW win.

An early 5-0 lead for the Lobos quickly gave way to Aztec pressure. San Diego State (13-4, 3-0 MW) put together a 7-2 run over three and a half minutes to take their first lead, 9-7 on a jumper by Malia Nahinu with 15:08 left in the half. The Aztecs kept on rolling and over the next eight minutes, SDSU built to a double-figure lead, 24-14, with 7:07 to play.

SDSU capitalized off Lobo turnovers to build to its largest lead of the half, 40-20, with a 16-6 run over six minutes. By the time the first-half horn sounded, San Diego State had a comfortable 40-23 lead.

New Mexico chalked up 13 turnovers in the first half, yielding 23 points to the Aztecs in the process while netting just eight off of nine Aztec miscues. SDSU also dominated in the paint early, recording 24 first-half points down low to New Mexico's eight.

A result of the turnover trouble for New Mexico was a shortage in shot attempts. Although New Mexico shot a decent 47.4 percent in the first half, the Lobos did so with a 9-for-19 effort. Meanwhile, SDSU put up 31 shots, draining 16 from the floor for an accuracy of 51.6.

The second half showcased more dominance by the Aztecs as the team built on its 17-point halftime lead to a commanding 49-25 with 16:31 left on the clock.

Over the first 11 minutes of second-half play, New Mexico scored 16 points, but suffered a stretch of five minutes and change from 14:30 to 8:44 during which all scoring came from free-throws. The Lobos drained seven from the charity stripe - including a perfect 4-for-4 effort from Lauren Taylor and 2-for-2 performance from Caroline Durbin - before Nikki Nelson broke the ice with a three-ball to set the score at 57-39 in favor of the Aztecs.

San Diego State built its largest lead of the game up to that point, 26, with just under five minutes to play as Courtney Clement's jumper set the score at 67-41. At the final media timeout, the Aztecs had added two more on a layup by Ahjalee Harvey to extend the lead to 28.

Clements, the Mountain West's leading scorer, finished the game with 19 points to lead the Aztecs and chipped in with four rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Malia Nahinu and Kiyana Stamps with 14 points apiece, as well as Harvey with 10 points.

Durbin and senior Porche Torrance led the offensive effort for the Lobos, logging 11 points each. Durbin contributed three assists, while Torrance logged two. Durbin has scored in double-figures in 15 of 17 games this season.

The Lobos finished the game shooting 37.2 percent from the floor, 50 percent (4-for-8) from downtown and 78.6 percent from the line. Meanwhile, SDSU shot over 50 percent in every category -- 51.7 percent from the floor, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the line.

The Aztecs only out-rebounded New Mexico 30-28, while the Lobos notched six blocks to SDSU's three.

New Mexico will play host to UNLV in a Saturday matinee game, set to tip off at 2 p.m. MT.