Coming Down The Stretch

The regular season is coming quickly to a close and senior night is quickly approaching.

The Lobos come into the game against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs off a road win against the UNLV Lady Rebels. TCU is also on a one game win streak after beating Utah 71-60 at home. The Lobos won their previous game against the Horned Frogs 65-54.

UNM wins the tip and proceeds to score on an Amanda Best 3pt shot. After a brief lull from the Lobos and getting down 9-6 they break out for a 12-3 run to get a 21-12 lead. In a sign that this may be a game of streaks, TCU goes on a 5-0 run to get within 4 points. The Lobos are pretty clearly outplaying the Horned Frogs in most areas, more points, more rebounds, more assists. However they are turning the ball over, 7 times to 3 for TCU, and it will catch with them if they keep turning it over.

TCU proceeds to go an a 9-0 run over 1:49 to tie the score at 21. In that time, the Lobos went 0-1 and had 3 turnovers TCU shot 3-3 and made 2-2 free throws. So just when you think that the teams might start trading baskets and going back and forth, the Lobos go on an 8-0 run to lead 29-21 making 3-5 shots with no turnovers and no free throws.

This was followed by, you guessed it, an 8-0 run by TCU to tie the score at 29 with 4:13 left in the half. The Lobos shot 0-5 during the run with only 1 turnover. The Lobos just don't seem able to maintain their shooting. They will go from making a number in a row to missing many shots in a row. The two team start trading baskets in the final minutes to end the first half with TCU leading 37-35 on a last second shot to end the half. The Lobos will have the ball to being the second half.

TCU ended the first half shooting 45.2% 14-31 and 53.8% for 7-13 three point shots. The Lobos meanwhile shot 13-35 for 37.1$% and 7-19 for 36.8% in three point shots and having 12 assists. They have more than doubled the number of rebounds that TCU has, 27-12 with TCU getting no offensive rebounds and the Lobos getting 10. The big difference appears to be turnovers where the Lobos have 10 to TCU's 4.

The Lobos score first to start the second half, tying the score at 37. TCU then starts a mini-run making two 3 pt shots to take their biggest lead of the game at six points prompting a timeout by Coach Flanagan. Fortunately for the Lobos that counted as a run, so Morgan Toben answered with two threes of her own to tie the score and Porche Torrance added two more for the Lobos first lead of the half four minutes in leading 45-43.

Surprisingly, the teams decide to start trading baskets for a little while, but the Lobos are on the losing end getting outscored 16- 11 with TCU leading 59-56 going into a media timeout with 10:20 remaining.

The Lobos are having good shooting half making 61.5% of their shots but TCU is incredible making 81.8% of their shots. It is starting to look like the Lobos are not able to keep the pace. TCU hasn't pulled too far ahead, but they are maintaining a 5-7 point lead over the Lobos. The Lobos have to hope that TCU can't keep up their 80% shooting to the end of the game.

It looks like TCU is starting cool off with their shooting percentage dropping to 70% with 4 minutes left, the Lobos are cooling off a little faster, now shooting 57.9% A number of Lobos have been scoring well this game, Porche Torrance with 15 points, Lauren Taylor with 17 points, Morgan Toben with 15 points and Caroline Durbin coming on strong with 9 second half points.

The Lobos will need all of them to be scoring if they are going to catch the Horned Frogs who have building their lead over the last two minutes of the game going from up three to up 10 with a minute left. Coach Flanagan is not fouling so it looks like the Lobos are not going to win the game. The only thing left to find out is the final score.

TCU wins the game with the final score 84-71. Despite their third best shooting night of the season, making 41.7% of their shots, it is not enough to overcome the 54.5% shooting of TCU. The Lobos managed to shoot better in the second half and managed to get almost all of the rebounds possible, 6 rebounds off 8 TCU misses, but they allowed 47 points and could only score 36.

A number of the Lobos had very nice offensive statistics. Laurent Taylor scored a team high 17 points, followed by Porche Torrance and Morgan Toben with 15 points, Caroline Durban had nine points as did Amanda Best. Best also came close once again to have a triple double with nine rebounds nad 7 assists. Jasmine Patterson didn't score for the first time since the 5th game of the season, but had a career high five assists and for the 4th time all season had zero turnovers.

The Lobos are going to finish up their home conference season on Tuesday March 1st at 6 PM against the Brigham Young Cougars. Make sure to come out for senior night to honor our two seniors, Amanda Best and Jessica Kielpinski.

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