New Mexico Falls to Texas Tech, 80-53 in Season Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/12/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 12, 2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team fell 80-53 to Texas Tech University in the Lobos' season opener Friday night at The Pit.

TTU's Teena Wickett led all scorers with 19 points. The senior forward also had six rebounds. Two other Raiders scored in double-digits, Casey Morris with 17 and Kierra Mallard added 15.

Thirteen Lobos saw the floor, with eleven recording points.

Leading the charge for New Mexico was Porche Torrance. The Lobo junior came off the bench to get her first career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Her 13 rebounds was also a career high.

Chipping in five points was freshman guard Jasmine Patterson. Senior Amanda Best and junior Lauren Taylor also had six points for the Lobos.

The Lobos were off to a rough start early in the game only making one field goal in the first five minutes of the game. New Mexico got within seven points at the 13:26 mark of the first half, but that was as close as they got for the rest of the game.

The Lobos had their opportunities in the first half, getting to the foul line 17 times. However, they failed to capitalize, only making six free throws for a 35.3 free throw percentage. New Mexico also had trouble shooting from long range, only shooting 14.3 percent in the first half. Overall, the Lobos shot 26.7 percent on the floor in the first half.

New Mexico ended the first half down 35-25.

The Lobos shooting picked up in the second half, making 40 percent from the field and 60 percent from long range. But with Texas Tech still shooting strong, New Mexico was unable to close.

A bright spot for New Mexico was rebounding as the Lobos grabbed 43 compared to TTU's 40.