Mike Bradbury and his Lobo women’s basketball team has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT after a 93-73 blowout victory over Rice. The Lobos established control of the game by the end of the first half. Lobos center Jaisa Nunn scored 14 first half points and finished with 28 and 8 rebounds for the game.
She also reached 1,000 career points scored as a Lobo. Senior guard Cherise Beynon had 10 points in the first half and 20 for the game. Beynon also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists and a UNM postseason record 7 steals.
As a team the Lobos had 15 steals and forced the Owls into 22 turnovers. “It really started off I think on defense and when we buckled down and got all of our assignments correct, that would turn into our offense,” said Nunn.
The Lobos scored 26 points off of Owl turnovers for the game. “You know we knew we had to turn them over and we were able to do that and to get 26 points of of that was huge for us,” said UNM basketball coach Mike Bradbury. The Lobos went into halftime with a commanding 41-25 lead.
Erica Ogwumike kept Rice in the game scoring from all over the court. She finished with a game high 31 points in a losing effort. The Lobos shot 57 percent from the game with guards Tesha Buck and Madi Washington finding their touch from the three point line to aid in the win.
Buck had 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting. She was 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. Washington was 3 of 6 from deep. She finished the game with 11 points. The Lobos improved to 25-10 on the season. Rice will finish their season at 23-10. The Lobos will host TCU Thursday at Dreamstyle Arena. The game will have a 7 p.m. start.