Lobo Women Down Eastern New Mexico 56-37

Nov. 3, 2012

New Mexico Lobos Women's Basketball - In The Pit

Saturday: New Mexico Lobos 56, Eastern New Mexico 37

It's probably too bad for Bryce Owens that the New Mexico Lobos' 56-37 roll over Eastern New Mexico Saturday in The Pit was an exhibition and the stats are not yet NCAA official.

Then again, the way Owens was dishing out the basketball Saturday - 10 assists - suggests that this type of effort won't be limited to exhibition pushovers.

This Lobo can dish it.

The Lobos found the competition to be a little more challenging with Eastern as UNM had to break out of a 23-18 halftime lead before wearing down the Zias in the second half - 33-19.

Owens shot was off Saturday --- 1-of-7 shooting -- but she whipped those ten assists through the Eastern New Mexico defense and also hauled down seven boards.

The Lobos didn't have any breakout games on the scoreboard with only two players in double figures: Caroline Durbin with 11 points and Deeva Vaughn with 11.

The Lobos had 11 players in the scoring column while Eastern's top scorers were Tara Johnson and Ashlee Pierson with six apiece.

This was the second and final exhibition for UNM. They also beat Northern New Mexico 91-18 on Tuesday.

Coach Yvonne Sanchez again used the exhibition to take a closer look at her first-year Lobos and also at potential combinations she might use during the regular-season hoop wars. Owens led UNM in minutes played with 28 and ten Lobos logged double-figure minutes.

A key category for UNM this season will be inside play and rebounding. Senior Jourdan Erskine paced UNM on the glass pulling down nine boards. Vaughn had five and Khadijah Shumpert and Brea Mitchell each pulled down four rebounds.

The Lobos weren't exactly hot on Saturday shooting 35 percent (21-of-60), but were better on the defensive end limiting Eastern to 24.5 percent (12-of-49). UNM won the board battle 44 to 36 and created 15 turnovers while giving away 12.

The Lobos had 30 points in the paint to 16 for Eastern New Mexico. The Lobos got 26 points off the bench while the Eastern subs created 19 points.

Durbin had a hot hand on the day shooting 4-of-8 and Chinyere Nnaji went 3-3. The other three UNM starters - Owens, Jourdan Erskine and Sara Halasz - combined to go 3-of-21.

The Lobo women open regular-season play on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in The Pit vs. Northern Arizona.