down to their level,” said Vaughn after the game. “It was an
ugly win. That's
all I can say. You have those games.”
The source of
some of the
ugliness was the Lobos poor control and protection of the ball,
as New Mexico (6-1)
committed 25 turnovers. That the Wildcats were only able to
parlay the Lobos’
gaffes into 16 points explains why Weber State (0-6) was unable
to find its
first win of the season.
unacceptable," said senior Caroline Durbin, who led all scorers
points. "I think they rattled us a bit in the first half. It
us a little bit too long to calm down."
Vaughn added 14
eight rebounds as UNM piled up the majority of its points in the
paint – 46
points to the Wildcats 24. No other Lobos were in double figures
Jackson and Whitney Johnson each added eight points and Sara
Halasz added six
points and seven rebounds.
tough early on and the two teams were tied 6-6 five minutes into
the game. But
UNM outscored the Wildcats 17-5 over the next nine minutes to
take a 23-11 lead
and eventually led 33-18 at halftime.
UNM opened on a
16-7 run and
Weber State never challenged the Lobos in the second half.
Wildcats with 14 points as WSU shot 22.4% (15 of 64) from the
State shot 16.7% (3 of 18) from 3-point range and got
outrebounded 54-to-32. Regina
Okoya added 10 points and 4 rebounds for the Wildcats.
UNM shot 45.2%
(28 of 62)
from the field and hit just 1 of 6 three point attempts. The
Lobos had 18
assists to eight for the visitors and UNM got 28 points from its
bench to 12
for Weber State.
"We have to
little bit more," said Sanchez. "You are going to have games
this. The biggest thing for me is we have to find a way to stop
mistakes, especially by the veterans. We are not going to beat
too many teams
playing the way we played today.
“We didn't play
basketball, but we got a win."