UNM Falls to Weber State in WBI

 

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico women's basketball team fell in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational 75-67 to Weber State Wednesday night in Johnson Center. The Lobos finish the season with a 17-15 record.

The Lobos finished with four players in double-figures. Senior Khadijah Shumpert and freshman Jaisa Nunn led the way, each scoring 15 points.Nunn's 15 points was a career-high. Shumpert was 6-for-13 from the field and 3-for-7 from the free throw line. Nunn went 7-for-13 from the field and finished with seven rebounds.

Sophomore Cherise Beynon and senior Alexa Chavez were the other two Lobos in double-figures, each finished with 10 points. Beynon was 3-for-12 from the field, including two threes. Chavez's 10 points was a season-high as she was 5-for-8 from the field. Senior Bryce Owens finished with a game-high seven assists.

The game started out with an early Lobo lead of 8-4 over the Wildcats. Weber State hit back-to-back layups to tie the game up at 10-10 to force UNM to its first timeout of the game. The Lobos took a 16-12 lead after a Chavez layup. Weber State hit a two with 18 seconds left but the Lobos responded with five seconds to go, taking a 18-14 lead after the first quarter.

The Lobos extended their lead to 28-21 after hitting back-to-back threes by Beynon and sophomore Jayda Bovero. Another two from Shumpert out of the media timeout gave the Lobos their biggest lead of the night 30-21 with 4:18 left to play in the half. But Weber State started to get hot from beyond the arc, closing the gap to 36-31 to end the half.

New Mexico retook the lead with 5:31 left in the third after a Nunn two. But the Lobos couldn't stop Weber State's hot shooting from the perimeter. They hit three straight threes to take back the lead, 45-43. Chavez brought the Lobos within two with 15 seconds left in the third, trailing 55-53 to the Wildcats heading into the final period.

Weber State kept at it beyond the arc in the fourth, making four of seven attempts. Once the Lobos got close, tying the game at 60-60 with 5:23 left, the Wildcats hit a three to retake the lead, 63-60 to force UNM to a timeout. The Lobos scored just three more times in the period as Weber State extended their lead to 11 with 1:24 left to play. Chavez his a bucket with 44 second left but that was all the Lobos saw in the final minutes.

The Lobos shot 43 percent from the field, 23 percent from the three and 62 percent from the free throw line. The Lobos outrebounded the Wildcats 40-37. The Lobos finished with just seven turnovers and 19 assists.

The Lobos finish the season 17-15 with a fifth place finish (9-9) in the Mountain West.