Jan. 11, 2012
SANCHEZ SELL OUT: The Lobos and Coach Yvonne Sanchez are shooting for a sellout game Saturday for New Mexico's 2 p.m., Mountain West home opener vs. the Wyoming Cowgirls. All bench seats in The Pit can be purchased for $2.
New Mexico Lobos Women's Basketball - On The Mountain West Road
Wednesday: Boise State (10-6) 65, New Mexico (6-9) 46
Saturday: 2 p.m., Wyoming at New Mexico - The Pit
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Maybe if Lobo Porche Torrance had gone one-on-one with Bronco Lauren Lenhardt, it would have been a better game. These two Mountain West standouts were playing at a high level, combining for 40 points and 18 rebounds.
But five-on-five, the Lobos were no challenge for the Broncos Wednesday night at Boise State as the Broncos rolled to a 65-46 Mountain West Conference win.
Torrance was outstanding for UNM with a stat line of 17 points, four blocks and 12 rebounds. Lenhardt was outstanding for Boise with 23 points, six boards and two blocks.
But Lenhardt got a little more help from her friends as Boise went up 59-38 going into the final seven minutes of play and cruised to the 19-point win that dropped the Lobos to 0-1 in the Mountain race and 6-9 overall.
UNM will play host to Wyoming at 2 p.m., Saturday in The Pit.
"We just weren't tough enough," said Lobo Coach Yvonne Sanchez. "It's a disappointing loss for us. We could have made the game a little closer.
"We have to step up as a team. We'll correct it and get it better by Wyoming. We have to get tougher inside."
Sanchez praised Torrance's play and said Caroline Durbin played well with 13 points and seven boards. But the Lobos scored only 19 points in the second half and ended the game with 23 turnovers - six apiece by Jayme Jackson and Durbin.
"I thought we broke their pressure pretty well," said Sanchez. "But 23 turnovers are too many and it wasn't their press, it was lack of focus, lack of concentration. We probably should have zoned them in the second half and taken our chances there.
"They are a good team. They have the total package inside and out. We emphasized (defending) Isham, but we didn't have an answer for Lenhardt. She had the hot hand."
Bronco guard Kati Isham is Boise State's leading scorer and she wasn't bad with 12 points. She was the only Bronco to join Lendhardt in double figures. Lenhardt was 9-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from long range. The Broncos didn't have much trouble working the ball inside and also had good success on the perimeter blowing past the Lobos and attacking the basket.
The Lobos, down eight at the half (35-27), needed to come out of the locker room with a good start. Instead, it was the Broncos who found early success. The Broncos came out hot and a quick 7-0 run put Boise State up 42-27. Coach Sanchez called a timeout as her Lobos let the home team jump up by 15 points.
The Lobos came out of their huddle and got a nice shot inside from Torrance, but the UNM senior missed. The Broncos continued to pull away and it was 45-27 - 19 points - before the Lobos finally broke the ice off their rim on a 15-footer by Jackson.
UNM went into the 15:50 break down 45-29. UNM was 1-of-7 from the field at that mark.
UNM's Torrance then went to work inside and used her quickness against the taller Broncos. Torrance drove and scored and added a free throw to cut UNM's gap to 45-32. Torrance went to work again inside and scored on a drive: 45-34. Torrance inside again: 47-36.
The Lobos were finally getting some points out of their offense, but were having trouble stopping the Broncos at the other end. At the 11:57 break, Boise State was up 49-36. The Broncos continued to pull away. Boise State got a steal off Lobo Jackson near midcourt and raced in for a layup: 51-36. Bronco Heather Pilcher then blew through the UNM defense to throw UNM into a 17-point hole: 53-36.
The Lobos called for a break, came out of their huddle, and Boise got a quick steal and a quicker layup by Isham: 55-36. The Broncos were up 59-38 - 21 points - going into the final seven minutes of play. That was a huge hole to be standing in on the Mountain West road.
It got worse. With 6:31 to play, Boise State was up 61-38. UNM's 22nd turnover of the game handed the Broncos the ball and they worked the clock to under six minutes. If the Broncos' win wasn't sealed, that did it. Boise State slipped up 65-40 and cruised in for the 65-46 win. The Lobos ended the game shooting 38 percent to 37.1 percent for Boise State. The Broncos' edge came from them shooting 70 times to 50 times for the Lobos. Boise State also had 17 offensive rebounds to six for UNM. Boise had 13 turnovers to UNM's 23 and the Broncos had 10 steals to four for the Lobos.
First Half: Boise State 35, New Mexico Lobos 27
The Lobos shot well and hung with Boise State on the boards in the first half, but went into the locker room down by eight points. Durbin led UNM with nine first-half points. The Lobos' problem was Lauren Lenhardt dominated the middle and went into the half with 15 points.
STAFF APPRECIATION DAY:The Staff Council has teamed with the UNM Athletic Department to hold "Staff Appreciation Day" at The Pit on Saturday, Jan. 14 when the Lobo women open Mountain West play against Wyoming. Game time is 2 p.m.
UNM Staff, with a valid Lobo ID Card, can purchase unlimited tickets for $7 per ticket. The $7 includes a ticket to the game (bench seating only) and a $5 coupon for a hot dog, chips and a small fountain drink.Tickets can be purchased at The Pit Ticket Office, which is located at the northeast corner of The Pit and is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. UNM staff members also can purchase tickets at the UNM Main Campus Bookstore Ticket Office now through Thursday, 1/12/12. The Bookstore Ticket Office is open Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.