Lobos Top California 63-54 in Double Overtime
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/20/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 20, 2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-- The University of New Mexico women's basketball team improved to 2-1 on the season with a 63-54 double overtime victory over California on Saturday afternoon at The Pit.

It was an exciting contest as the game saw seven ties and five lead changes. The Lobos were able to capitalize on free throw opportunities and nab rebounds in overtime in order to solidify the win.

New Mexico made it to the free throw line 15 times in extra minutes and made 12 shots, compared to the Golden Bears only making 5-of-10 free throws. The Lobos also had 17 rebounds in post regulation play, compared to California's nine.

"I think it's important to win games of this caliber," Lobo head coach Don Flannagan said. "They're a good team. Boxing out and getting rebounds towards the end was important for us."

Lobo junior Porche Torrance echoed Flannagan's remarks.

"California is a really good team," she said. "We need this win to boost our confidence."

Torrance recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards.

Senior Amanda Best led all scorers with 16 points, nine of which came from free throws. The forward also had nine rebounds, two assists and one block.

Also scoring in double digits for New Mexico was Lauren Taylor and Jasmine Patterson. Taylor had 13 points while Patterson chipped in 11 to tie her career-high. Jourdan Erskine also contributed to the Lobo victory by grabbing 12 rebounds.

The Golden Bears were led by guard Layshia Clarendon who had 14 points. Talia Caldwell and Eliza Pierre added 12 and 13 points respectively.

With the win, New Mexico ended California's eight-game winning streak and put the Golden Bears at 2-1 on the season.

The Lobos are back in action next weekend as they host the New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament, which will feature Rhode Island, Oklahoma State and San Francisco.

New Mexico Thanksgiving Tournament

Friday, Nov. 26
5 p.m. Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma State
7 p.m. Lobos vs. San Francisco

Saturday, Nov.27
5 p.m. Consolation game
7 p.m. Championship game