Nov. 9, 2010
Lobo Women's Basketball - The Pit
Tuesday: Lobos 92, Western New Mexico 39
Friday: 7 p.m., vs. Texas Tech
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Don Flanagan got his wish Tuesday night in New Mexico's 92-39 exhibition romp over Western New Mexico in The Pit.
The Lobo coach wanted to get as many looks at as many combinations as he could as he tries to puzzle together a young team facing what Flanagan calls his toughest schedule ever.
Flanagan got the looks and more than a few Lobos looked good. Which is good. It gets a whole lot tougher on Friday when the Texas Tech Red Raiders invade The Pit in what could be a game of non-stop pressing and go-go basketball.
"I don't know if this gets us ready for Texas Tech, but we understand we have to press and we have to be intense for Friday," said Flanagan. "We wanted to play a fast-paced game, so we went out and did some pressure and created some opportunities.
"Overall, that's the kind of game we're going to play. I think it's going to be exciting. We'll get better at it. We'll get better conditioned. That's what we're playing throughout the year."
Western turned the ball over 39 times against UNM, which is the second straight exhibition in which the Mustangs fumbled the ball away 39 times. "I knew they were going to turn it over a few times," said Flanagan.
A lot of those Mustang turnovers came off good UNM pressure and good positioning on the press. A lot of miscues were created by UNM's height advantage.
Western had no player over 6-foot. That advantage also helped UNM in the rebounding category and in scoring. The Lobo drove past the smaller Mustangs. The Lobos shot over the shorter Mustangs.
Flanagan wasn't happy with everything he saw on offense. "A couple of players went back to their high school team and starting getting out of our offense and just attacking," said Flanagan.
"I thought Tina Doughty was pretty good at the point guard and a lot of players played quality minutes. Her temperament is outstanding for a point guard. I hated to take her out, but there was a fatigue factor there.
"Those younger players are going to play and they are going to keep getting better and I thought some of them showed already they are going to be pretty good players in the future."
Doughty didn't look much like a freshman against the Mustangs. She shot 6-of-12 from the floor and dished out five assists in 28 minutes. It gets tougher for the Lobo pup on Friday.
"Tech will put more pressure on our point guard," said Flanagan. "We really have to help her out, so we'll work on that. I'm sure Tech likes to press. I don't think we'll play poorly (vs. Tech). I think we'll be ready. I think it will be a great game."
The Lobos also got double figures from Porche Torrance (11), Morgan Toben (10) and Emily Stark (10). Senior Jessica Kielpinski was the top rebounder with seven as UNM won the board battle 39-32. Amanda Best added four assists and Jourdan Erskine had five steals. Jasmine Patterson had seven points, five boards and three steals.
UNM shot a hot 47.8 percent from the field, but went 3-of-15 from the 3-point line, using the men's line in the exhibition. The Lobos were 23-of-25 from the free-throw line.
First Half - Lobos 41, Western NM 17
Stat Leaders: Doughty 9 pts; Torben 8 pts; Kielpinski 7 rebs; Best 3 assts.
The Lobos steadily pulled away from the Mustangs. Thanks to a 22-13 rebound edge. Thanks to superior height. Thanks to 15 Mustang turnovers in the first 20 minutes.
The Lobos shot 44.4 percent in the first half, 3-of-11 from 3-point range. Toben came off the bench to knock down two of those treys. UNM was 6-of-6 from the line and had five blocks on the height-challenged Mustangs.
UNM was up 7-5 at the 15:52 break. The Mustangs had five turnovers at that mark, but UNM went 1-of-5 from 3-point range to help Mustangs hang around. All UNM's points went to freshman Doughty, who went 3-of-4 from the floor, including UNM's lone trey. Kielpinski had all four of UNM's rebounds at that mark.
The Lobos continued to use their overall height advantage to pull away from the shorter Mustangs. At the 9:20 break, UNM was up 21-8. UNM's Toben came off bench at that point to splash in two treys from the left side of the UNM offense. That 27-10 Lobo lead convinced Western to burn a timeout with 7:33 to play in the first half.
At the 6:54 media break, UNM was up 29-10 off a follow by Lauren Taylor. UNM continued to drift away: 37-13 at 3:06, 41-17 at the half.