Feb. 12, 2011
By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--Jasmine Patterson sank seven 3-pointers and notched a career-high 23 points to lead the University of New Mexico women's basketball team in an 86-53 rout of Mountain West Conference foe Colorado State on Saturday in The Pit.
The win puts the Lobos at 9-13 on the season and 3-7 in league play. The Rams are 12-11 overall and 5-5 in the conference.
Patterson hit her first three in the opening seconds of the game, which sparked a 16-0 run for New Mexico. Five minutes passed before CSU's Bonnie Barbee put in a 3-pointer and put the Rams on the scoreboard.
With her sharp-shooting from behind the arc, Patterson is now second all-time in New Mexico's records for most 3-pointers in a game.
"Jazz was shooting from way out there," Lobo head coach Don Flanagan said. "She's one of the most confident players I've coached, and the thing that is so impressive about her is that her fundamentals are very, very good. She's got the ball at the same spot every time and she's got a great release."
The freshman's performance (7-of-10 from behind the arc) set the pace for her teammates, as New Mexico shot a season-high 53.3 percent from the field, hitting 32-of-60 attempts.
"Shooting the ball well really helps in everything," Flanagan said. "You play defense a little harder, you rebound a little more intense. We have good shooters, but lately we've been shooting well in practice and not carrying it over in games. Today we shot well."
Senior Amanda Best was also at her best. The Lobo veteran scored 13 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists in 35 minutes of play. It was her second double-double this season.
Flanagan was pleased with Best's effort and was complimentary of her leadership.
"She had seven assists to two turnovers," he said. "She's been doing that a lot lately. It has taken her a while to get used to the point guard position, she's really a two-guard, but I think she's beginning to understand what we need from her."
Jessica Kielpinski and Porche Torrance were the other two Lobos in double figures, scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively. Kielpinski also had five rebounds and Torrance grabbed six, while both recorded two blocks.
CSU didn't know how to handle the pesky Lobo defense. New Mexico fought through screens, blocked shots (six) and caused the Rams to commit 16 turnovers.
"We played awesome help-side defense," Best said. "The whole game we were helping each other, which then carried over to the offensive end. This was a really big win for us."
The home team's 86 points was a season-high, reflective of the Lobos' dominating offense. To complement Patterson's long-range shooting was New Mexico's exceptional inside game, racking 28 points in the paint compared to 16 for CSU.
The Lobos will look to carry over their relaxed play and the confidence they garnered from the win to their next conference game this Tuesday, February 15. New Mexico tips off against San Diego State at 6 p.m. for Think Pink night. All fans wearing pink are eligible for $4 tickets and the first 4,500 fans to the game will receive a Lobo Lucy bobble head doll sponsored by UNM Hospitals.
Tuesday night's game will be televised on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 275 and DirectTV channel 616.