Lobo women fall short against visiting BSU

Caroline Durbin: 24 points in loss to BSU

Visiting Boise State got double-digit scoring from three starters and put together a pair of second half runs to take the lead then held off a late charge by the UNM women's basketball team to claim a 68-64 Mountain West Conference victory before an announced crowd of 6,725 at The Pit Saturday afternoon.

"It was an exciting game – it was a good game," said head coach Yvonne Sanchez. "Probably from a fan standpoint--except for the end--it was a good game."

After trailing 29-26 at halftime, New Mexico (7-15, 1-7) took a 38-37 lead with 13:26 left in the second half after senior Porche Torrance hit a pair of free throws. After a trey by BSU's Lauren Lenhardt, UNM tied the game at 40-40 on a Jourdan Erskine lay up but the Lady Broncos reeled off five straight points and eventually built the lead to 63-48 with just over four minutes left in the game.

The Lobos rallied, going on a 15-0 run midway through the half and cut the lead to 68-64 on a lay-up by Torrance with 25 seconds left in the game but would get no closer.

"It seemed like they just kept hitting all their shots but, you know, we said 'we have plenty of time still, we can still make a comeback,' and that's we did," said junior Caroline Durbin. "We just tried to make every possession count."

Durbin led all scorers with 27 points, hitting 6-of-6 on free throws and going 9-of-17 from the field and hitting 3-of-4 three pointers in the loss. Torrance scored 15 points and pulled in 8 rebounds and had four assists. Jayme Jackson added four points and 2 assists.

New Mexico was undone by 20 turnovers as Boise St. (12-11, 3-5) outscored UNM 15-10 on points off turnovers.

"The formula is really taking care of the ball," said Sanchez. "Again, we did a lot of good things, but 20 turnovers is just not going to cut it. We had 10 in the first half and they didn't even really press us in the first half. It was getting the ball up, down to the front court, and then getting a travel, or-I don't know if we got any illegal screens or not, those are turnovers, but I just put them aside. I know those are going to happen in the offense that we run, but just needless travels, needless throwing the ball away… we've got to correct that."

The two teams battled back and forth earl on before Boise St. managed a 7-0 run to take an 18-13 with just over six minutes left in the first half. UNM tied the game 22-22 on a trey by Durbin at the 2:55 mark of the first half but Boise responded with another 5-0 run. UNM cut the lead to 29-26 on a lay-up by forward Chinyere Nnaji with four seconds left in the half.

 it and we've got to keep working on it," continued Sanchez. "People are going to press us."

The Broncos were led by Nicole Brady, who scored 19 points and Lenhardt, who added 16 points – all in the second half.

""You know as a team we are frustrated," said Torrance. "We started off preseason pretty well with some wins and then conference came and the [losing] streak just kept going and going. We finally thought that we kind of got back on track against Air Force, but you're not always going to have a winning season. We just have to keep our confidence up and play as a team, and every time we go out on the court we just have to give our all and keep playing.

"We still have Vegas, we've got conference tournament to play so, we can't just give up now and we're not going to give up now," said Torrance.

The Lobo women have a week off before their next game at Wyoming, next Saturday afternoon. Sanchez said the team is stating positive despite of the loss.

"We have a set back today, but we'll go to Wyoming and have a week off. I think it's going to be good for the players to have a couple of days off this week," said Sanchez. "I think it's going to be good for them… they're still pretty nipped and beat up, and they're going to be the entire season. And by no means is that any excuse. But it will be good for them to get a couple of days off. We'll work on Wyoming on Monday and Tuesday, and we'll have Wednesday off and we're going to take tomorrow off as well. We'll see if we can't go get a win in Laramie."

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