UNM women grab first MWC road win at Wyoming

In Laramie, Wyo., Caroline Durbin scored 19 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Lobo women came back to defeat the host Wyoming 60-57 Saturday afternoon. After trailing 27-26 at halftime, UNM rallied with a 7-0 run to take the lead, which ballooned to 11 before a late rally by the Cowgirls.

Senior Nikki Nelson added 11 points and five assists while junior Lauren Taylor came off the bench to score 10 points for New Mexico (8-15, 2-7 Mountain West Conference.) Senior Porche Torrance added eight points and six rebounds for the Lobos.

Chaundra Senell and Kaitlyn Mileto each scored 15 points to pace Wyoming, which fell to 9-13, 5-4 in conference.

Early on the Lobos and the Cowgirls went back and forth before Wyoming took a 12-10 lead with 15:35 left in the first half.

Both teams continued to struggle on offense but Wyoming was able to hold the lead in the half. UNM actually went scoreless for four minutes midway through the half until Torrance hit a lay up after a Jayme Jackson steal to cut the lead t0 21-18. After a pair of Wyoming free throws UNM managed a 5-0 run to take a 25-23 lead with two minutes left in the half. Wyoming would rally though, taking a 27-26 lead into the break.

In the second half, Durbin scored the Lobos' first five points and UNM opened with an 11-3 run to take a 37-30 lead with 14:14 left in the game. New Mexico kept the momentum increasing the lead to 47-37 with just over eight minutes in the half.

Wyoming steadily chipped away at the lead over the final seven minutes and had a chance to tie the game with 46 seconds left in the game. But Wyoming's Alison Gorrell was only able to make one of two free throws and UNM's Taylor and Nelson hit four of four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

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