Lobos Hit Road Again Confident After Win over NMSU Aggies
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/30/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 30, 2010

The University of New Mexico women's basketball team got a bolt of confidence Wednesday night at New Mexico State and the Lobos plan to take that edge into their second road game of the season Friday night in the Arizona State Classic.

The Lobos threw out a convincing 58-49 road win over the Aggies, holding NMSU to 14.8 percent shooting in the second half in the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. UNM trailed by a point at halftime. UNM's second-half spider web of defense was aided by a resounding 45-27 edge on the boards.

UNM got 15 rebounds and nine points from senior Amanda Best and junior Lauren Taylor added 14 points. The win was UNM's 28th out of the past 29 games vs. NMSU and raised the Lobos' record to 4-2.

At Arizona State:

The Lobos continue playing on the road as they travel to Tempe, Arizona for the Arizona State Classic on Friday/Saturday (Dec. 3-4). New Mexico will kick off the tournament against Lamar on Friday at 8:30 p.m. MT. Then depending on the outcome of Friday's games, the Lobos will either take on Cal Poly or host Arizona State on Saturday at 2 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. MT.

The Lobos will be hosting Toys for Tots during the Arizona game on Dec. 7. in The Pit. Fans can bring in any unused or new toy and receive $4 tickets.

Friday, December 3
6 p.m. - Arizona State vs. Cal Poly
8:30 p.m. - Lamar vs. New Mexico

Saturday, December 4
2 p.m. - Cal Poly vs. Lamar or New Mexico
4:30 p.m. - Arizona State vs. Lamar or New Mexico

The Lobos went 1-1 over during their Holiday Inn Express-Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament held in University Arena. New Mexico beat San Francisco 73-38 on the first day of the tournament to coast into the Championship game. The Lobos ended the tournament against Oklahoma State in a double overtime loss, 74-65. This was New Mexico's second double-overtime game of the season, but was unable to pull out the victory when the Cowgirls went on an 11-2 run during the second overtime to clinch the win.

Freshman Jasmine Patterson led all scorers tying her career-high 11 points in the first game against San Francisco. Sophomore Jourdan Erskine led the Lobos on the boards with seven rebounds and also handed out a career-high six assists against the Dons. Junior Lauren Taylor led the Lobos against Oklahoma State scoring 15 points. Senior Amanda Best got her first double-double of the season with a season-high 11 rebounds and 10 points against the Cowgirls. Two other players scored in double figures during the championship game: Porche Torrance with 12 and Tina Doughty with a career-high 11 points.

So far this season New Mexico has out-rebounded its opponents five out of the six games played thus far. In New Mexico's double overtime win against California, the Lobos out-rebounded the Golden Bears by 14 rebounds. UNM improved on that gap Wednesday at NMSU, outboarding the Aggies by 18.

Senior Amanda Best was the board warrior in Cruces pulling down 15. Junior Porche Torrance had a career-high 13 rebounds in the season opener against Texas Tech on Nov. 12. Torrance grabbed 10 more rebounds against California on Nov. 20. Sophomore Jourdan Erskine had a career-high 12 rebounds against the Golden Bears. Senior Amanda Best had a season-high 11 rebounds against Oklahoma State on Nov. 27.

Senior Amanda Best got her first double-double of the season against Oklahoma State on Saturday. Best had a season-high 11 rebounds and 10 points.

Porche Torrance got her first career double-double in the season opener against Texas Tech on Nov. 12. The junior forward grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and scored 11 points. On Nov. 20 against California, Torrance recorded her second double-double of the season and second of her career by scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

This season the Lobo freshmen are getting a lot of playing experience and they are taking advantage of that time spent on the floor.

Prior to the NMSU visit, freshman Jasmine Patterson has had three straight games scoring a career-high 11 points. Patterson scored her first 11 points of her career against UC Irvine on Nov. 15. She followed that up the next game by tying her career-high 11 points against California on Nov. 20. Patterson then had another 11 points to lead the team against San Francisco on Nov. 26. Freshman Tina Doughty got a career-high 11 points against Oklahoma State on Nov. 27. Doughty also had a career-high six assists against UC Irvine on Nov. 15. Freshman Erin Boettcher also scored a career-high six points and grabbed a career-high six rebounds against UC Irvine.