Lobo women move past Boise to MWC title game

Based on their success at the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas, you might think that Lady Luck is a Lobo. The seventh-seeded UNM women certainly gave that theory more juice as they defeated sixth-seeded Boise St. 51-50 in Friday's semifinals to advance to Saturday's MWC Women's Championship game at the Thomas & Mack Center.

New Mexico (11-19) became the first seven-seed to ever make the MWC tourney title game but had to survive a harrowing final possession to do it.

Senior Porche Torrance swatted away a put back attempt by BSU's Julia Marshall in the closing seconds to preserve the win for UNM. The block was one of a record 12 blocks made by the Lobo women Friday afternoon.

"Either I win, I keep playing; or I lose, and my season is over with," said Torrance after the game. "I just told myself to go out there and play my hardest, do whatever it takes for us to be successful."

The Lobos advace to play top-seeded San Diego State in Saturday's MWC tournament championship game at 2:05 p.m. MST at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Broncos trailed 29-17 at halftime after shooting just 6-of-30 (20%) in the first half as UNM. But UNM committed many of its 24 turnovers during a second Broncos rally that saw BSU cut the Lobo lead to 39-38 remaining in the game.

"I credit Boise State," said head coach Yvonne Sanchez. "They came in there full court press, they wanted to make it a full court game. They did a nice job with it and we just held on at the end."

Boise assumed a 42-41 lead with 6:40 left in the game. But Nikki Nelson would hit a three-pointer at the 3:47 mark to give UNM the lead for good.

Torrance and junior guard Caroline Durbin paced the Lobos with 15 points each. Torrance pulled in 12 rebounds. Nelson added seven points and Lauren Taylor scored six points

?"(Porche is) playing at a level that I think she doesn't even know she has," Sanchez said. "Porche just has that determination. She has that confidence right now that, you're right, she's ready to take the team on her back. Some people are enjoying the ride."

Boise ends the season at 15-16.


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