Brown scores 26 as Lobos Hold Off Air Force Falcons 72-67

Feb. 6, 2013

Final Stats

New Mexico Lobos Women's Basketball - Mountain West - At Air Force

Wednesday: New Mexico 72, Air Force 67

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- The momentum that Yvonne Sanchez and her New Mexico Lobos were looking for at Air Force did not come easy - but it did come.

One thing did seem to come easy Wednesday night in Clune Arena - points for Lobo Antiesha Brown. The talented Lobo came off UNM's bench to score a point a minute in New Mexico's 72-67 Mountain West win.

Brown played 26 minutes. Brown scored 26 points, going 10-of-15 from the floor, adding six boards and plucking the Falcons with five steals. It definitely was a breakout game for the transfer from Texas Tech.

The Lobos ran to a 36-32 halftime lead and they had to hold off the Falcons down the stretch. UNM shot 48.1 percent for the game and sizzled from the 3-point line going 7-of-13. The Lobos also got 11 points from Sara Halasz, who went 7-of-9 from the free-throw line, and 10 points from Caroline Durbin. The Lobos were led on the boards by Bryce Owens with six.

The Lobos needed a good game off the bench as only one starter -- Whitney Johnson -- shot better than 50 percent from the floor. Owens went 1-of-6 and Deeva Vaughn went 1-of-4.

Brown's point total was aided by her 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Air Force was led by Alicia Leipprandt with 19 points. Dymond James had 13 points and 14 boards, but also had six turnovers as did Falcon Katie Hilbig.

The Lobos had too many turnovers with 20, but did get the Falcons to turn the ball over 25 times. Air Force won the board battle 40-30. UNM went 13-of-21 from the line and Air Force went 15-of-26.

The Lobos will play host to UNLV Saturday in The Pit looking to avenge their loss in Las Vegas. The Lobos are now 12-9 on the year and even in the MW race at 4-4. Air Force falls to 2-19 and 1-7.

First Half Notes:

• After starting 2-7 from the field, the Lobos converted eight of their next 13 shots to push their lead to double figures for the first time.

• Alicia Leipprandt gave Air Force its first lead of the game with 12:39 remaining in the half. That one-point lead lasted for less than 20 seconds before Jourdan Erskine gave UNM the lead back at 14-13.

• New Mexico took its first double-digit lead of the night at 28-18 with a Whitney Johnson free throw with 6:08 left in the first half.

• Coach Sanchez and company broke the 30-point plateau in the first half for the first time in nine games. It was the first time since scoring 39 points in the first half at New Mexico State back on December 18th, 2012.

• Air Force got back into the game with a 12-2 run in 4:50 to tie the game up at 30-30 with 1:58 left to play.

• Antiesha Brown scored an impressive 14 points in ten minutes of play in the first half on six of nine shooting from the field. It was just two points fewer than her career high of 16 points.

• Alicia Leipprandt paced Air Force. She scored 14 of the team's 32 points in the half. She shot 5-10 (50.0%) from the field while the rest of the team combined to shoot 7-20 (35.0%).

• The Lobos continued to show improved free throw shooting in the game's first twenty minutes. UNM shot 5-7 (71.4%) from the charity stripe.

Second Half Notes:

• Whitney Johnson scored the team's first six points of the second half on three-straight paint buckets. Sara Halasz would score the next six points of the half.

• Whitney Johnson set a new career high in assists with six.

• UNM led by single digits for the first 14 minutes of the second half as their lead hovered between four and eight points during that span. The ten-point lead only lasted one possession before Air Force scored again.

• Antiesha Brown became the first Lobo to score 20 or more points in twelve games since Bryce Owens had 20 points at Houston back in November.

• Whitney Johnson led the team in assists on Wednesday night. It marks the first time a guard hasn't led the team in that category this season.

• Antiesha Brown's 26 points are the most scored by a Lobo since Caroline Durbin scored 27 versus Boise State on February 4, 2012.

• After scoring 14 points in the first half, Alicia Leipprandt was slowed down in the second half. She scored five points on 1-6 shooting. Her scoring slack was picked up by Cherae Medina who scored eleven points in the second half.

• Air Force outscored UNM in the final three and a half minutes 15-10 to make it a game in the end.