Dec. 29, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Women's Basketball - At No. 23 Colorado
Saturday: Colorado 84, New Mexico 39
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Maybe it's best to leave this Colorado trip in the Lobos' rearview mirror and think about New Mexico's next trip to UNLV and the next season - the Mountain West wars.
The Lobos (8-5) were blown off the court Saturday afternoon in Boulder, Colo., as the No. 23 ranked Colorado Buffaloes (11-0) primed for their upcoming Pac-12 wars with an 84-39 roll of Lobos. The CU Buffs outscored UNM 45-18 in the second half aided by a 17-2 run to open the half.
"We can talk about all the things we did wrong, but they took it to us and they beat us good," said Lobo Coach Yvonne Sanchez. "We have to get better."
The 45-point loss was not the way the Lobos wanted to end the non-conference portion of their season, but Sanchez plans to use the disaster in Boulder to revamp and possibly re-stamp the New Mexico team she plans to take into the Mountain West wars.
Sanchez was not happy with what she saw in the Coors Events Center.
"We haven't gotten over the hump and that's my job. I take it personal," said Sanchez. "We are going to change some lineups and change some rotations and get some people with energy out there.
"It's disappointing to come up here after Christmas break and finish up the (pre-MW) season like this."
The Lobos scored the first bucket of the second half to make it 39-23 - a 16-point hole -- but the Buffaloes continued to run over the Lobos with a 17-0 burst that put the game out of reach early.
The scoreboard went to 56-23, 70-30 and 84-39. The 45-point margin was an accurate gap between Buffaloes and Lobos on this Colorado afternoon.
"I was really pleased how we put the foot on the gas pedal for 40 minutes," said CU Coach Linda Lappe.
UNM shot 30.2 percent from the floor to 50.8 percent for CU, which shot 61.5 percent from behind the 3-point line. The Buffs, one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, pounded UNM on the glass 42-to-31. The Lobos shot 26.7 percent from the floor in the second half.
"There was nothing they did that surprised me," said Sanchez. "They just handed it to us and played a darn good ball game. She (CU's Lappe) has her players in place. She has her system in place. We have to get better."
There were few stats in this game that favored Lobos. CU had 18 steals to eight for UNM. CU had 18 assists to eight for UNM. UNM had 23 turnovers and CU had 13. "We just gave them the ball too much," said Sanchez.
The Lobos got 10 points from Antiesha Brown and nine from Deeva Vaughn. Erskine led UNM in rebounds with seven. Caroline Durbin finished with seven points and Bryce Owens and Sara Halasz combined to go 2-of-15 from the floor. Owens, Halasz and Durbin combined for one assist and 11 turnovers.
"(Antiesha) doesn't back away from anybody," said Sanchez. "I thought Jourdan Erskine gave us a lot of energy. She's a gutsy player. Those two had a lot of energy out there and played well."
Colorado got 20 points from Levy Kresl, 18 from Arielle Roberson and 11 from Chucky Jeffery, who also had an impressive stat line of eight assists, eight boards, and five steals. Sophomore Jen Reese scored 10 points.
Colorado coach Lappe said Kresl didn't push herself on the offensive end because her No. 1 focus in the game was to contain UNM's leading scorer, Caroline Durbin, who had seven points.
"She (Kresl) did a fantastic job on their leading scorer," said Lappe. "She had a focus defensively. Her defensive intensity to start the game was outstanding." UNM's Durbin had two points in the first half.
Kresl went 7-of-8 from the floor and 5-of-5 from 3-point range for the Buffs, who open Pac-12 play with No. 1 Stanford which was pounded by Connecticut on Saturday in Palo Alto.
"You have to locate shooters quicker," said Sanchez of Kresl. "We're going to go back to work and we're going to get better. Everyone is disappointed, including myself."