UNM women’s basketball coach Mike Bradbury is expecting a fast-paced game when his team hosts the Denver Pioneers in round one of the WNIT Thursday.
“They make over ten threes per game,” said Bradbury. “They shoot it at just under 40 percent as a team. They got one kid that’s made over 105. You know I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a 100 and 95 game. You know I think it will be an exciting game to watch.”
The Lobos will take a 24-6 won-loss record into the game against that of 17-13 from their visitors from the Big Sky Conference. The Lobos suffered a shocking first-round defeat in the Mountain West Tournament, but they played the game without their star point guard.
Aisia Robertson suffered a torn ACL in the final game of the regular season. Her absence was definitely a factor.
“We basically had one practice to try and figure out how to play without a player that dominates the ball 80 percent of the time,” said Bradbury.
“Offensively in that game we did struggle, but we’ve had some time now to make hopefully what we feel like are necessary adjustments.” The Lobos and Pioneers have a 7 p.m. start time Thursday at Dreamstyle Arena.