March 11, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior Caroline Durbin and redshirt sophomore Antiesha Brown received all-conference accolades on Monday afternoon from the Mountain West Conference. Durbin was a Second Team All-Conference selection, and Antiesha Brown was voted Sixth Player of the Year.
The pair of honors marks the 42nd time in program history a Lobo has received a post-season conference award from the Mountain West. Durbin is the eighth player in program history to make an all-conference team in two consecutive seasons and the first since Amy Beggin.
"It's such an honor to coach Caroline, and I believe this accolade is well deserved. She hasn't had to carry the offensive load as much this season, but she has continued to be our "go to player" this season when we have needed a basket. While her statistics may have dipped from last season, Caroline's importance to our program has only grown. She's a tremendous player and an even greater ambassador of our program," commented Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez.
Durbin, a native of Austin, Texas, repeats as an all-conference performer. The senior was a First Team All-Mountain West selection last year and a member of this season's Preseason All-Conference Team. She is the team's leading scorer and is on-pace to finish among the top all-time three-point shooters in program history in a handful of statistical categories. Durbin enters the Mountain West Tournament just ten points shy of becoming the 17th player in New Mexico history to reach 1,000 career points. The Texan also became the first Lobo ever to earn a second-consecutive Academic All-American honor.
Antiesha Brown is the first Lobo ever to earn Sixth Player of the Year accolades. She's been a catalyst off the New Mexico bench and is UNM's third-leading scorer. Brown has made the most of her first year with the Cherry & Silver. Her 26 points off the bench at Air Force in February are the most points scored by a Lobo this season. She's been part of a bench that's given Head Coach Yvonne Sanchez serious scoring depth. UNM's bench is averaging 21.7 points per game, which is nearly ten points higher than their opponents' bench.
"Antiesha has made the most out of her one semester of playing. She's had a great conference season, and it's been the product of all the hard work she has put in since joining our program. Like Caroline's award, this is a much-deserved honor for Antiesha. She has taken care of all the little things as a Lobo, and I am excited for what the future holds with Antiesha," Sanchez noted.
The Lobos wrapped up the 2012-13 regular season with a 16-13 mark and are the fifth seed in this week's Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas. The Lobos will face fourth-seeded UNLV on Thursday, March 14th at 3:30 p.m. (MT) in the Thomas & Mack Center.
To read the complete list of conference award winners, click\ here.