New Mexico Hosts Arizona, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/06/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 6, 2010

The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will be hosting Arizona on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in The Pit. Tuesday's game will be broadcast live on The Mtn. Fans will be able to view the game on Comcast channel 276 in Albuquerque or DirecTV channel 616. The game can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.

The Lobos will be hosting Toys for Tots during the Arizona game on Tuesday. Fans can bring in any unused or new toy and receive $4 tickets. Tuesday's game is also sponsored by 92.3 KRST Country.

The Lobos will be back on the road for two games in the next two weeks. New Mexico will travel to Norman, Okla. to take on Oklahoma on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. MT. The Lobos will then travel to El Paso, Texas on Dec. 20 to take on UTEP at 6 p.m. MT. New Mexico will finish up the month of December at home when they host a rematch against Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

New Mexico split games over the weekend at the Arizona State Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Lobos won the first game of the tournament by beating Lamar, 64-58 on Dec. 3. New Mexico fell in the Championship game to host Arizona State, 55-40 on Dec. 4. Junior Porche Torrance was named to the all-Tournament team for posting two double-doubles over the weekend.

Arizona enters Tuesday's game with a 5-2 record after losing to Nevada, 79-75 on Dec. 2. The Wildcat's only other loss came on Nov. 26 when they fell to Texas A&M, 87-78.

Arizona is led by senior Ify Ibekwe, who is averaging 15.6 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game. Junior Shanita Arnold leads the charge on offense, dishing out 6.2 assists per game. Davellyn Whyte and Soana Lucet are both averaging in double figures with 14.3 and 13.6 points per game, respectively.

The Lobos lead the all-time series against Arizona 8-7. New Mexico won the last meeting between the two teams, 81-61 on Dec. 9, 2009 in Tucson, Ariz. The last win for Arizona came on Dec. 15, 2007 when they beat the Lobos in The Pit, 44-36.

There are three key factors that the Lobos need to follow in order to win games: make opponents score 59 points or less, outscore opponents in the second half and outshoot the opponents. So far this season New Mexico is 5-1 when the opponent scores 59 or less. The Lobos are 4-0 when they outscore their opponent in the second half and New Mexico is 3-0 this season when it outshoots its opponent.

So far this season the Lobos are nationally ranked in the top-50 in two categories. New Mexico is currently 10th in the nation in opponent field goal percentage. The Lobos have held their opponents to shooting only 32.7 percent from the floor. The Lobos are also tied for 34th in blocked shots per game averaging 5.0 blocks per game.

Porche Torrance is ranked among the top-50 in two categories so far this season. She is currently tied for 16th in double-doubles with four this season. Torrance is also tied for 37th in blocks averaging 2.3 per game.

University of New Mexico guard/forward Porche Torrance has been named Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Nov. 29-Dec. 5, the conference announced Monday. This is the first weekly honor of Torrance's career. For the week, Torrance averaged 11.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, while shooting .538 (14-26) from the field. She also averaged 34 minutes per game.

The junior was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Arizona State Classic last week and led the Lobos to a 2-1 record over the week. In the first game of the week, Torrance tied her career-high 12 points and had nine rebounds in a 58-49 midweek road win over New Mexico State. She also went 6 of 11 from the floor against the Aggies, tying her career-high for field goals made in a game and setting a career-high for attempts.Torrance tied career-highs with 12 points and 13 rebounds in a 64-58 win over Lamar to start the Arizona State Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday. She also tied another career-high with four blocked shots against the Cardinals. In the tournament championship game against host Arizona State, Torrance posted a career-high 14 rebounds and led the team in scoring with 10 points. She also tied a career-high with four steals in the 55-40 loss to the Sun Devils.

After the fourth week of action, New Mexico is currently tied for fourth in the Mountain West Conference standings with a 5-3 record. The Lobos are first in rebounding, averaging 45.9 rebounds per game. New Mexico is also tied for first in the Conference in blocked shots with 5.0 per game. The Lobos are first in defenisve rebounds, averaging 31.4 per game. New Mexico is also first in the Conference in opponent field-goal percentage, allowing opponents to shoot only 32.7 percent from the floor.

Individually, junior Porche Torrance is currently first in blocked shots with 2.3 per game. She is also first in field goal percentage, shooting 61.4 percent and is second in steals with 2.4 per game. Torrance is fourth in rebouding with 8.8 rebounds per game.