New Mexico, the No. 6 seed, stunned the No. 3 seeded Lady Bulldogs (24-8) early by hitting their first 6 3-pointers and 10 of their first 12 shots. It was a sign of things to come as New Mexico, playing on its homecourt before a frenzied sellout crowd of 16,214, hit 9 3s in the first half.
Eight straight points by New Mexico, on a layup by Adams and back-to-back 3s by Mandi Moore and Lindsey Arndt gave the Lobos a 36-22 lead with 4:54 left in the first half. Moore finished with 19 points, including five 3-pointers.
All-American LaToya Thomas scored 29 points and had 16 rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs, while guard Tan White finished with 17 points and 9 rebounds.
The two led the Lady Bulldogs on an 8-2 run early in the second half that cut the deficit to 43-38 with 16:54 left.
Adams halted that rally with a short jumper that kicked off a 16-5 run that put away the Lady Bulldogs. Reserves Melissa Forest and Abbie Letz had 3-pointers in the run, the latter making it 59-43 with 11:44 left.
The 6-foot-3 Adams also had 10 rebounds and 5 blocks and became the school's all-time shot blocker for men's and women's basketball. Her career total of 341 is five more than former New Mexico center Luc Longley.
Adams blocked the 6-foot-2 Thomas twice in the second half, the first one sending the ball five rows into the stands.