Nov. 11, 2011
LUBBOCK, Texas --- Caroline Durbin scored 17 points but received little scoring help Friday night, and the University of New Mexico women's basketball team committed 30 turnovers in a 69-43 season-opening loss at Texas Tech in Yvonne Sanchez's debut as Lobo head coach."I need to find a few more scorers," said Sanchez. "You have to give Texas Tech credit with their pressure. We didn't handle it as well as I thought, but we'll get better."
Durbin, a junior guard from Austin, Texas, shot 8-of-9 from the floor and made her only 3-point attempt, but the rest of the Lobos combined for a 10-of-37 shooting performance. Porche Torrance, Whitney Johnson and Deeva Vaughn each scored six points.The UNM starters combined to score only 27 points with Durbin scoring 17 of those points.
Kelsi Baker led four Lady Raiders players in double-figure scoring with 12 points. Texas Tech also had its shooting woes, going 4-of-22 from the 3-point line and hitting just 15-of-29 free throws. But the Raiders had 21 steals to UNM's two to keep a safe distance from the Lobos for most of the night.A few of the stat columns weren't too unfavorable to the Lobos and suggested a closer game. UNM shot 39.1 percent from the field to 40.3 percent for the Raiders. Tech only outrebounded the Lobos 36-to-34.
The turnover column was ugly. The Lobos had 30 turnovers to 14 for the home team. Tech, the aggressor most of the night, shot 29 free throws to eight for UNM. The Lobos were lucky Tech shot only 51 percent from the line, making 15.
The Lobos also had four players with four or more turnovers. Durbin matched her field goal production of eight with eight turnovers. Guard Jayme Jackson had five miscues and Nikki Nelson and Jourdan Erskine each had four. UNM had 30 turnovers to 10 assists - not a winning ratio.
Tech came at UNM in waves and there was no one Raider that killed UNM on the scoreboard or in the rebounding stats. However, Monique Smalls had seven steals to go with her 11 points. Baker came off the bench to score her 12 points, Kierra Mallard added 11 and Casey Morris scored ten points.
Tech jumped on the Lobos early to go up 16-3. Durbin, who scored UNM's first points to put the Lobos up 3-2 then drove for a layup to make it 16-5. Tech pulled into the half up 33-17. Durbin had nine of UNM's `17 points and UNM was down in the turnover column, 17-6.
The Raiders came out of the halftime break and soared to a 45-21 lead at the 16:39 mark. They were up 29 points, 66-37, with 5:02 to play and coasted in for the 26-point win.