Nov. 4, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- It was standing room only as the University of New Mexico women's basketball team hosted the Cherry-Silver scrimmage in the Rudy Davalos Center Thursday afternoon. A young Cherry squad ran away from their Silver counterparts, notching a one-sided, 73-47 win.
Head coach Don Flanagan held the scrimmage to help his Lobos take one more step towards getting ready for the upcoming season. According to Flanagan, the scrimmage served that purpose just fine.
"Well, you get a lot out of it," Flanagan said. "It's like a game in that it brings that intensity and some nervousness. There's some things that you can't really go over in practice. Once you get in a game, get officials, get a crowd, get the emotions going, it seems to me that it's always helpful."
The Cherry team consisted of four freshmen in guards Jasmine Patterson and Tina Doughty and posts Erin Boettcher and Morgan Toben. Add to that mix a sophomore in Jourdan Erskine and junior Porche Torrance, and you had a combination that proved too much for the Silver squad to handle.
Patterson and the Silver squad's Carline Durbin each scored 19 points to lead all scorers. Boettcher and Doughty added 16 points apiece, while Erskine pulled down 18 rebounds - tops among all of the Lobos. Doughty scored 12 of her 16 from behind the 3-point arc, hitting on four of her seven attempts.
Defensively, Patterson and Doughty both had four steals during the game, while Boettcher had four blocked shots.
"I have several freshmen that I think are going to be very fine players," Flanagan said. "They probably wouldn't have played as early, but now that we have so many injuries they're probably going to play early. They were on the team that won, and won pretty big, so they're playing well.
"I saw a lot of good things and I was really happy overall with how we played."
Jessica Kielpinski, one of two returning starters for the Silver squad, added 13 points and eight rebounds. The other returning starter, Laurenn Taylor, struggled with her perimeter shot, going 0-8 from the floor and 0-6 from behind the 3-point arc. She finished with five points, all coming off of six free-throw attempts.
"Just to get to experience something like a real-life game situation is valuable," senior post Jessica Keilpinski said. "We really do get a lot out of scrimmages like this. We are playing through calls you think you should have gotten."
"Oh, and conditioning," Keilpinski added, smiling ear-to-ear. "We're getting some conditioning out of it, too."
"Oh yeah, we're pumped. We're so excited for the season to start," Doughty said. "Even though we've had some injuries, we're all excited."
The Lobos host their first game of the 2010-11 season on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with an exhibition against Western New Mexico. They open their regular-season schedule the three days later on Friday, Nov. 12, hosting Texas Tech. Both games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. MT.