New Mexico Travels to Norman, Okla. Sunday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/10/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 10, 2010

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will be traveling to Norman, Okla. to take on the No. 13/11 Oklahoma Sooners, Sunday at 1 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com and can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.

The Lobos enter this Sunday's game with a 5-4 record after falling to Arizona, 84-60 on Tuesday in The Pit. Senior Amanda Best led New Mexico with a season high 20 points and added nine rebounds. Freshman Jasmine Patterson tied her career-high 11 points for the fourth time this season. Patterson also got a career-high seven steals, five rebounds, and three assists. The Lobos had 18 offensive rebounds during the game and outrebounded Arizona 40-35, but suffered from poor shooting only hitting 28.6 percent from the floor.

The Lobos only have two non-conference games left in the month of December. New Mexico continues on the road against UTEP on Dec. 20 in El Paso, Texas at 6 p.m. MT. The Lobos then return home to finish out the year against Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State in The Pit at 7 p.m. on Dec. 30.

The Lobos will begin the new year at home on Jan. 8 as they take on Wyoming in their first game of conference action. The game against Wyoming will be broadcast on CBS College Sports. Fans can view CBS College Sports on Comcast channel 274, DirecTV channel 613, and Dish channel 152.

The Sooners come into Sunday's game ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 11 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with an 8-1 record. Oklahoma Started the season on a seven-game winning streak until it was beaten at Ohio State, 95-84 on Dec. 5. The Sooners bounced back after the loss to beat Stephen F. Austin, 84-57 on Dec. 8. Oklahoma is shooting an impressive 47 percent on the floor and 40.1 percent from long range this season.

Two Sooner players are averaging over 18 points per game so far this season: Aaryn Ellenberg is averaging 18.3 points per game, while Danielle Robinson is averaging 18.1 points per game. Joanna McFarland is leading Oklahoma on the boards, grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game. Robinson is also leading the team in assists, dishing out 6.3 per game and steals with 3.4 per game.

Oklahoma currently leads the all-time series, 7-2 and has won the past three games between the two teams. The Sooners last win came on Dec. 30, 2006 when they were ranked #8/7 nationally, beating the Lobos 80-58. The Lobos last win against Oklahoma came on Nov. 28, 1995 when they won, 82-75 in The Pit.

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 3-1 this season when it outshoots its opponent.

Freshman Jasmine Patterson has scored a career-high 11 points four times this season. Patterson's first career-high 11 points was against UC Irvine on Nov. 15. She then followed that up with two consecutive games scoring 11 points. Patterson's most recent 11-point game was against Arizona when she tied her career-high four field goals. Patterson had a career-high night against Arizona, getting a career-high seven steals, five rebounds, and three assists.

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 was named Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Nov. 29-Dec. 5. This was 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 in a 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 win over Lamar to start the Arizona State Classic. 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 four steals against the Sun Devils.