For the third consecutive year, the Mountain West Tournament served up a 7-seed over a 2-seed upset in women’s basketball.
San Diego State, seeded 7th, sent the 2-seed New Mexico home in a 70-61 overtime win Monday night in the Mountain West quarterfinals. The Lobos led the Aztecs by as much as 13 points, but saw it all go away by the end of regulation that ended in a 59 all tie.
Lobos senior Jaisa Nunn turned in a powerful double-double performance of 24 points and tournament record 19 rebounds. The Lobos played the game without star point guard Aisia Robertson who suffered a season ending ACL tear in the final game of the regular season.
Mountain West Freshman of the Year, Jayla Everett, ran the point for the Lobos and scored ten points. Sophomore guard Jaedyn De La Cerda scored 16 points in the loss.
San Diego State outrebounded the Lobos 59-44 and caught fire from three-point range in the third and fourth quarters. The Lobos, who are usually good from distance, shot a woeful ten percent from three-point range. “I don’t know that their 20 shots were any higher quality than our 29,” said Lobos head coach Mike Bradbury. “They just made a bunch of them. Give credit, they made shots.” Sophia Ramos and Naje Murray led the Aztecs attack with 20 and 22 points respectively.
With the loss, the Lobos leave Las Vegas with a 24-6 overall record and hope for their season to be extended. “Hopefully we will still have a postseason just not with the Mountain West Conference,” said senior center Jaisa Nunn. If the Lobos do not get in the NCAA Tournament they will more than likely be in the WNIT.