Lobo women come up short in loss to Wyoming

UNM's Jayme Jackson had a last second lay-up blocked as visiting Wyoming erased an eight point halftime deficit and came back to take a dramatic 52-50 victory over the host Lobo Women Saturday afternoon in The Pit before 7,454. UNM forced the Cowgirls into a shot clock violation on their final possession. But Jackson's last-second lay-in attempt was swatted by UW's Chaunrda Sewell.

"I told Jayme that it takes a lot of guts to take that shot," said head coach Yvonne Sanchez. "Anybody can take the shot when the score is tied or you're up by one point, but when you're down by two and it's for the game—it does take a lot of guts to take a shot. She took it and got blocked.  It was good defense on their part."

Sewell was a big part of the come back for Wyoming (5-10, 1-1 MWC), as the center scored 14 of her game-high 26 points in the second half comeback.

"She was just being aggressive and I was playing behind her," said senior Porche Torrance. "After that she made her shots."

The Cowgirls outscored New Mexico 32-20 in the paint and out-rebounded the Lobo women 48 to 34, including a 20-10 advantage on the offensive boards.

UNM opened the game on a 14-4 run and held the lead at 10 for much of the first half as forward Caroline Durbin shot 7-of-11 from the field, scoring 17 of her career-high and game-high 29 points in the first half.

"It felt really good," said Durbin. "Almost anything I shot felt like it was going to go in, and luckily it did. I felt like I had the hot hand, I guess. (In the second half) they stepped up their defense on me, so I tried to take my shots but also get my teammates involved a little more. They started to double me."

New Mexico led 28-20 at the half and looked to be in control with a 33-23 lead with just over 17 minutes left in the second half before the Cowgirls went on an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 35-31 with 13:44 left.

Durbin cut the run short with a three pointer with 13:16 left to make the score 38-31 but Wyoming managed another run to close to 39-34 mid way through the half.

UNM held a slim lead until the Cowgirls took their first lead of the second half 48-47 on a lay-up by Sewell with 1:31 left in regulation. UNM tied the game at 49-49 on a lay-up by Durbin but would get no closer.

"Well, 0-2 in the conference is not what you want," said Sanchez. "Last year we started 0-5, and that wasn't fun. It doesn't get any easier. It's a game we could've won. It's one of those games where you look back at the stats and boxing out was one thing, getting other people involved is another."

Torrance added 6 points and 10 rebounds. Emily Stark came off the bench to add 4 points.

The Lobo women next travel to San Diego State (12-4, 2-0) Wednesday for a 7 p.m. MST tip-off. The Aztec women defeated UNLV 66-62 in overtime Saturday afternoon.

The game will be broadcast on 610 AM, The Sports Animal.

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