UNM women take first home loss of year
January 17, 2018 10:33 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Despite four players reaching double-digit scoring, the New Mexico women's basketball team fell to UNLV 68-66 Wednesday night at Dreamstyle Arena.
Alex Lapeyrolerie led the Lobos with 19 points in the loss, followed by Jaisa Nunn with 15, Cherise Beynon with 12 and Tesha Buch with 10. UNM fell to 16-4 on the year, 4-3 in conference play. Nunn also pulled down 13 rebounds.
It was UNM's first home loss of the year and third setback in four outings.
"There were two different halves there," UNM coach Mike Bradbury said. "I thought in the first half we came out and competed. We were on the plus side of rebounding. Different story there for us (in the second half). They came out and played a little harder than we did in the first five minutes of the third quarter, and I thought those five minutes really shifted the momentum and changed the game. We couldn’t find a way to get a rebound in the second half."
Brooke Johnson and Katie Powell scored 19 points and 18 points respectively for UNLV (9-7, 4-1 MW), while Nikki Wheatley added 13. No other Rebel had more than six points.
"We weren’t focused coming out in the third quarter," Beynon said. "We didn’t have the same energy that we had in the first half, and it turned around on us when we came out in that third quarter. … I take it upon myself that I didn’t get them prepared to come out in the third quarter because we know UNLV is a tough team."
Updated: January 17, 2018 10:33 PM
Created: January 17, 2018 08:46 PM
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