Stevens: Lobos Need To Defend The Pit - & Broncos
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/11/2014

New Mexico Lobos Women’s Mountain West Basketball – In The Pit

Wednesday: 7 p.m. (MT) – Boise State (13-9, 8-3) at New Mexico (8-13, 3-7 MW)

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By Richard Stevens – Senior Writer/GoLobos.com

The number 53 was bad news for the Lobos the last time they played the Boise State Broncos in Boise. The Broncos shot 53.8 percent from the floor and 53 percent from 3-point range which created another number that wasn’t good news for the Lobos: 74 points.

The Lobos scored only 60 points shooting 40.7 percent overall and 20 percent from long range.

Lobo Coach Yvonne Sanchez has a simple solution to cool down those Boise State guns: “You guard them. Literally,” she said.

The Broncos have a lot of quality shooters to guard.  Miquelle Askew, a 6-3 sophomore, averages 14.1 points and is followed by 5-11 Deanna Weaver (13.0), 6-1 Lexi Der (10.4) and Yaiza Rodriguez (9.7).  The Broncos also are hot coming off a 83-62 romp of Utah State which handed Boise it’s seventh win in its past eight games.

Askew played to her full potential in that win over Utah State.  She scored a career-high 34 points and had a career-tying 13 boards. In game one against UNM, she had nine points and three boards. 

“I thought we did a real good job with her the first game,” said Sanchez. “I think teams who have struggled with her had matchup problems.  Not only does she post up and finish, but she shoots the 10-15 foot jump shot. We have to limit her touches, put pressure on her when she has the ball and make her make tough (shots).

“What hurt us (vs. Boise) was transition threes.”

The Broncos went 10-of-19 from 3-point range during UNM’s visit to Taco Bell Arena.  Antiesha Brown led UNM with 18 points and Deeva Vaughn scored 13.  Sara Halasz had eight points and eight boards.

“I think they match up well with us and likewise,” said Halasz.  “They are an all-around team.  They have a post presence (Askew). They have guards that can drive. They have guards that can shoot. They have post that can shoot.

“We have to come out and be ready defend.  This game is all about defense.”

Boise State had four players in double figures in the 74-60 win.  You take away the most important stats – shooting & scoring – and the rest of the game stats were fairly even.  UNM held an 18-15 lead in the first half before the Broncos made their last six 3-pointers of the half to claim a 34-27 halftime lead. 

That’s why the Lobos are putting a premium on their defensive effort Wednesday night in The Pit. The Broncos have some long-range guns – and Askew inside.

“This could be a better game for us this time around.  I think we are more prepared,” said point guard Bryce Owens, who had seven points and a single assist in the loss at Boise.

“I can’t really explain what happened at Boise but I know this time we are going to come out with a bang and hopefully we can finish this game with the same bang we started with.”

Sanchez can explain what happened in Boise.  “They got too many wide-open shots,” she said. “And they are good shooters. The biggest thing is you have to guard them, limit them, and make them do something they don’t want to do.

“We really haven’t struggled to score.  We have to make sure we guard.  If we defend, I like our chances. Obviously we have to play better than we did the first game. And I think we are playing a lot better. We’re close.”

Boise State might be playing better, too.  They beat Utah State 83-62 on Feb. 8 and pounded UNLV 79-49 on Feb. 1.

Kayla Reinhart came off the bench to nail five 3-pointers against UNM in Boise to lead the Broncos in scoring with 15 points.  She missed her two shots inside the line.  The Boise percentage from the field and from 3-point range vs. UNM were season highs.

The Broncos are in second place in the Mountain West at 8-3 – two losses and two wins behind 10-1 Colorado State.  Fresno State, Nevada and Wyoming each have four losses and are running out of time – and games – in chasing the CSU Rams.  The Lobos are 3-7 in league play, but need wins for momentum and seeding in the upcoming Mountain West Tournament.

The Lobos are 4-3 in The Pit in MW play.  “It’s good to be home,” said Halasz.

Editor's Note: Richard Stevens is a former award-winning Sports Columnist and Associate Sports Editor at The Albuquerque Tribune. You can reach him at rstevens50@comcast.net.

New Mexico Lobos 2013-14 Season Roster

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Hometown (Prev School)
1   Brooke Allemand G 5-4 Fr. HS Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas (Boerne-Samuel V. Champion HS)
3   Josie Greenwood F 5-11 Fr. HS Hobart, Australia (Rosny College)
4   Alex Lapeyrolerie G 5-11 Fr. HS Highland Village, Texas (Edward S. Marcus HS)
11   Alexa Chavez F 6-0 So. 1L Santa Fe, N.M. (St. Michael's HS)
12   Bryce Owens G 5-4 So. 1L DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto HS)
13   Khadijah Shumpert F 6-0 So. 1L Minneapolis, Minn. (Benilde St. Margaret's HS)
15   Antiesha Brown G 5-10 RJr. 1L Clovis, N.M. (Texas Tech)
20   Sara Halasz G 5-11 RSr. 3L Ohatchee, Ala. (Lakes (Wash.) HS)
21   Marissa Perry G 5-4 Fr. HS Albuquerque, N.M. (Hope Christian HS)
25   Brea Mitchell G 5-10 So. 1L Plano, Texas (Plano West HS)
30   Lauren Newman F 6-1 Fr. HS El Paso, Texas (El Dorado HS)
32   Kianna Keller F 6-4 Fr. HS Waukesha, Wisc. (Waukesha West HS)
33   Maddie Muraida C 6-2 Jr. 2L Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Academy)
34   Whitney Johnson C 6-2 RSo. 1L Highland, Utah (Lone Peak HS)
42   Ebony Walker C 6-2 RJr. RS Albuquerque, N.M. (Texas Tech)
44   Deeva Vaughn F 6-0 RSr. 1L Albuquerque, N.M. (Northern Oklahoma - Enid)