Stevens: Lobos Win Ugly But Decisive -- 67-44 Over Weber State

Nov. 27, 2012

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New Mexico Lobos Women Basketball - In The Pit

Tuesday: New Mexico Lobos 67, Weber State Wildcats 44
Up Next: Lobos at Houston, Friday

By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/

Maybe since Yvonne Sanchez didn't bring a purse into the post-game media room, she had no lipstick to apply to her Lobos' 67-44 win Tuesday night in The Pit over Weber State.

So she left it unpainted.

"That was ugly. I guess I got to say the truth," said Sanchez. "It was just ugly. We didn't play our best basketball, but we got a win."

Said Lobo Deeva Vaughn: "Honestly, we played down to their level. It was an ugly win. That's all I can say. You have those games."

In glancing at the stat sheet, there were a few numbers that Sanchez was not happy with:

  • Twenty five turnovers by UNM - six by point guard Bryce Owens, four by off-guard Jayme Jackson, three each by Vaughn and Sara Halasz.

  • The Wildcats also had 16 offensive boards and 16 steals.

    "Twenty five turnovers is unacceptable," said Lobo Caroline Durbin, who led all scorers with 15 points to nudge teammate Vaughn, who had 14 points and eight boards.

    "I think they rattled us a bit in the first half. It probably took us a little bit too long to calm down."

    Said Vaughn: "There was a little funk that we had at the beginning of the game. They played really hard and gave us a headache in the second half."

    The Wildcats took a 6-6 tie into the first media break of the game, but UNM quickly surged ahead 23-11 and 33-18 at the half. Really, the Lobos were never in danger of losing this game and raised their season's mark to 6-1 heading to a Friday visit at Houston.

    But the Wildcats came into The Pit riding a 24-game losing streak and carrying a 0-5 mark in 2012. The 23-point win could have been bigger.

    "We have to grow a little bit more," said Sanchez. "You are going to have games like this. The biggest thing for me is we have to find a way to stop the silly mistakes, especially by the veterans. We are not going to beat too many teams playing the way we played today.

    "This game made me nervous. They (Weber State) are just an inch away from getting their first win."

    Maybe. But the Wildcats came into the game losing by a 27-point margin, lost by 23, and shot 22.4 percent from the field. They were 3-of-18 from 3-point range and got outrebounded 54-to-32.

    They did have 16 steals - some created by a press and some given away by careless Lobo passing.

    Sure, it was kind of ugly, like Sanchez said, but it was still a romp.

    "Stat wise, Caroline did pretty well. Stat wise, Deeva did pretty well," said Sanchez.

    The Lobos only had two players in double figures - Durbin with 15 and Vaughn with 14. However, the 0-6 Wildcats allowed Sanchez to get double-figure minutes out of nine Lobos. UNM ruled the boards 54-32 and shot 45.2 percent to 22.4 percent for Weber State.

    The Wildcats shot 16.7 percent from long range with Brittney Newcomb going 2-of-11. No other Wildcat shot more than two shots from long range. UNM went 1-of-6 from behind the line with Durbin going 1-of-4.

    The Lobos had 18 assists to eight for the visitors and UNM got 28 points from its bench to 12 for Weber State.

    "You have to make sure a team like this doesn't' feel comfortable because when they do, they'll get back in in," said Sanchez. "That team played so hard and we didn't match their intensity."

    First Half: New Mexico 33, Weber State 18

    The Lobos didn't exactly start off fast and a few UNM turnovers helped Weber State go into the first media break at 15:31 in a 6-all tie. UNM came out of that huddle and ran to a quick 14-6 lead. Weber State called a timeout.

    The Wildcats made back-to-back buckets to cut UNM's lead to 16-11 and Sanchez called time at the 12:02 mark. UNM's Vaughn had eight points at that point and UNM needed to get her a few more touches.

    Vaughn and Halasz scored inside and UNM was up 21-11. A Durbin layup made it 23-11 at 6:51 and Weber State burned another timeout. UNM carried that 12-point lead into the 6:30 break. The Wildcats were shooting 20 percent (5-of-25) from the floor and 1-of-10 from 3-point range. Vaughn had 11 points at that mark. UNM cruised to the 33-18 halftime count.