2018-19 season comes to an end in WNIT First Round
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team had its 2018-19 season come to an end on Thursday night in the First Round of the WNIT as they were upended by visiting University of Denver, 83-75.
Despite the season-ending loss, the 2018-19 Lobos enjoyed another successful season all-around. Their 24 wins on the year tied for the fifth-most in a season and gave the program consecutive 20-plus win campaigns for the first time since 2007-08 – 2008-09. After starting out the season 1-1, the Lobos rolled off 11-straight wins to tie the program record for longest winning streak in a season. Additionally, prior to their loss on Thursday night, the Lobos had won 15-straight games at home, which were the second-most consecutive wins at home in a single-season.
In terms of individual achievements, numerous single-game, single-season and career records were set along with a bevy of accolades earned by the 2018-19 Lobos. On the conference level, the Lobos cleaned up with Mountain West awards as Jaisa Nunn was named the Player of the Year (first-ever in program history), Aisia Robertson the Newcomer of the Year and Jayla Everett the Freshman of the Year.
In the November 28 win against Oklahoma, Robertson dished out 16 assists to set a single-game record. In that same game, Ahlise Hurst exploded for 39 points to set a new Freshman Single-Game Scoring record. In the February 27 win against San Jose State, Jaedyn De La Cerda came off the bench and scored 31 points to set a single-game bench scoring record. Nike McClure, who transferred into the program for her senior season, improved the Lobos’ shot-blocking and that was evident from the outset of the season. In their first game of the season, the Lobos as a team set a single-game record for Blocks with 16 against Texas State.
Everett, a true freshman from St. Louis, Mo., was sensational all year and ended her rookie campaign with a Single-Season Freshman record of 417 points. She would score in double figures in 23 games and scored a season-high 25 against Auburn.
In her final season, Nunn shot up several all-time lists and made unique history at UNM. She entered the season 19th on the all-time scoring list and ended her career 6th in scoring with 1,570 points. A dominant rebounder as well, Nunn ended with the second-most rebounds in program history with 952. Both of those career totals put Nunn in a class of her own as she became the only player in program history to have 1,000 or more career points and 900 or more career rebounds.
In addition to Nunn and McClure, Emily Lines and Erica Moore had their Lobo careers came to a close as well on Thursday.