Jan. 27, 2011
The University of New Mexico women's basketball team continues its road trip as it faces BYU in Provo, Utah at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday's game can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. GameTracker will also be provided for Saturday's game against the Cougars on GoLobos.com.
New Mexico beat conference leader TCU, 65-54 on Wednesday in Fort Worth, Texas. The Lobos tied their season-high in field goal percentage by shooting 39.3 percent. New Mexico also out-rebounded TCU 46-39, which was the first time the Lobos out-rebounded an opponent in five games. The Lobos had multiple players break or tie career-highs against the Horned Frogs. Senior Amanda Best led the Lobos in scoring with 16 points. Best also tied her career-high five assists and got a career-high five steals. Freshman Morgan Toben led New Mexico on defense with a career-high 13 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore Caroline Durbin and freshman Jasmine Patterson both added 14 points. Durbin's 14 points was also a career-high and she grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Junior Porche Torrance played a career-high 40 minutes and tied her career-high four blocked shots on Wednesday.
ON THE HORIZON
New Mexico returns home for a single game next week against Air Force. The Lobos will take on the Falcons at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 2 in The Pit. The game against Air Force marks the halfway point in conference play, with New Mexico playing each team one more time before the conference tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. on Mar. 8-12.
The Cougars enter Saturday's game with a 13-7 record this season and a 5-1 record in conference action. BYU is riding a two-game winning streak after beating San Diego State, 65-55 on Jan. 26 and Colorado State, 73-57 on Jan. 22. BYU fell to conference leader TCU, 54-51 on Jan. 19 to receive its only conference loss so far. The Cougars are averaging 69.4 points a game this season and are shooting 42.4 percent on the floor.
Mindy Bonham leads BYU in scoring with 11.9 points per game. Coriann Fraughton leads the team on the boards with 6.8 rebounds per game and adds 10.3 points per game. Haley Hall and Bonham are averaging 5.1 and 5.0 assists per game, respectively. In the Cougars most recent win against San Diego State on Wednesday, Kristen Riley led the team in scoring with 23 points. Fraughton and Bonham both scored in double figures with 14 points against the Aztecs. Bonham led BYU on the boards with eight rebounds and also tied for the lead in assists, dishing out nine.
Saturday's game against BYU will be the 66th meeting between the Lobos and the Cougars. BYU is leading the all-time series over New Mexico, 36-29. The Lobos have beaten the Cougars the past six games and have won eight out of the past nine. New Mexico swept BYU last season, beating the Cougars, 60-57 in Provo, Utah on Jan. 27, 2010 and winning 62-30 in The Pit on Feb. 27, 2010.
FROM COLD SHOOTING TO HOT SHOOTING
Through the first five games of conference play, the Lobos found it difficult to shoot in the first half. New Mexico was shooting 24.8 percent on the floor and 18.2 percent from long range during the first half. The Lobos also averaged only 22.2 points a game in the first half. However, in the second half New Mexico improved its shooting to 35.0 percent on the floor and 34.1 percent from long range. The Lobos also average 9.6 more points in the second half.
In New Mexico's first conference win, the Lobos still kept to that shooting pattern, but improved their field goal percentage. New Mexico shot 30.3 percent on the floor and 33.3 percent from long range in the first half to go into halftime with 25 points. In the second half, New Mexico shot an impressive 50 percent on the floor along with 30 percent from long range. The Lobos scored 40 points in the second half. Overall, New Mexico shot 39.3 percent against TCU to tie its season-high in field-goal percentage.
DURBIN HAS CAREER-HIGH NIGHTS
Over the past two games, sophomore Caroline Durbin has broken her career-high in both scoring and field goals made. Durbin scored a career-high 12 points and made a career-high five field goals to lead the Lobos in scoring against UNLV on Jan. 22. In the very next game, Durbin broke her career-high with 14 points and made a career-high six field goals against TCU on Jan. 26. In both games, the guard made two shots from long range. Durbin also grabbed a career-high six rebounds and shot 54.5 percent on the floor against the Horned Frogs.
PATTERSON MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF
It's only 18 games into the season and freshman Jasmine Patterson has already stamped her name into the Lobo records book. On Dec. 7 in The Pit against Arizona, Patterson had a career-high seven steals during the game. Those seven steals put Patterson tied for seventh on the all-time record books for most steals in a game.
The freshman guard is also about to break into the top-16 all-time among freshman scoring leaders on the Lobo records book. Patterson has scored 167 points so far this season and needs only 13 more points to take the 16th spot. Miranda Sanchez is currently in the 16th spot. Sanchez scored 180 points in 1998 her freshman year.
Despite New Mexico's struggles over the past few games, the Lobos have stepped it up defensively. Through the past four games the Lobos have forced their opponents into averaging 18 turnovers a game. New Mexico has taken advantage of those turnovers by scoring 19.3 points off of turnovers. The Lobos also have turned it around offensively, by averaging only 11.8 turnovers per game over the past four games, which accounts for giving up 9.8 points per game off of turnovers.