Lobos Make 16 Three-Pointers in Win at Utah State
LOGAN, Utah— For the fifth-straight game against Utah State, the Lobos surpassed the 90-point mark and for the third-straight game against the Aggies, the Lobos finished with double-digit three-pointers, finishing with 16 on Saturday, leading from start to finish in the 98-60 win. Further, in the past two trips alone to Logan, the Lobos made a combined 37 three-pointers and finished with 98 points in both games.
LaTascya Duff made her first three-pointer of the game to open the scoring, with Viané Cumber making her first three-pointer on the following possession, and the trend continued for the remainder of the game as the duo combined for 13 three-pointers. Duff finished with a career-high eight three-pointers, and went 9-13 overall for a game- and season-high 30 points, with Cumber making five three-pointers and finishing with 17 points. The eight three-pointers broke the career-high of seven that Duff set last year at Utah State, and gives the Lobo 215 career three-pointers, placing her three behind second and six from tying the program record. It was the 16th game with multiple three-pointers for Duff and the 13th game with multiple three-pointers for Cumber, who made her second-straight start.
Five Lobos finished in double figures with LaTora Duff nearly tallying a double-double on 13 points and a game-high nine assists, Aniyah Augmon reaching a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds and Paula Reus finishing with 10 points. Reus made two three-pointers in the game with LaTora making one.
The Lobos scored the first 12 points of the game, with LaTascya and Cumber each accounting for six points and a combined three three-pointers. Utah State got on the board at the 7:28 mark, but the Lobo scoring continued with back-to-back three-pointers by LaTascya and LaTora to make it 22-4. A McGruder layup late in the quarter pushed the lead to 20 at 28-8, with the quarter ending with UNM ahead 33-14.
UNM hit six three-pointers in the first quarter on nine attempts, with LaTascya making three, Cumber two and LaTora one, with the Lobos shooting 68.8 percent (11-16) from the floor while the Aggies shot 37.5 percent (6-16). LaTascya scored 12 points in the first quarter on 4-5 shooting, 3-4 from three.
The lead never dipped below 15 points in the second quarter with a LaTascya three-pointer pushing the Lobos past the 50-point mark and Cumber closing with a three-pointer as time expired to give the sophomore 11 points in the game and the Lobos the 56-32 lead at the break.
LaTascya added nine points in the second quarter to give her 21 points through the first two quarters with five three-pointers. The Lobos had 10 three-pointers through the first two quarters, shooting 52.6 percent from distance.
A 7-2 run in the third quarter extended the lead to 27 at 64-37, with the lead reaching 31 points (72-41) on an Augmon layup in which she drew the foul and converted at the line with 2:42 left in the quarter. Utah State closed to make it a 27-point game through the third.
The Aggies opened the scoring in the final quarter before the Lobos answered with a 17-3 run that pushed the lead the largest point at 39 points (95-56) with 2:56 remaining in the game.
With the win, the Lobos improve to 13-9 on the season, 5-4 in the MW and have won the last 13 meetings against Utah State.
Up next, the Lobos return home to host UNLV (Feb. 2) and San Diego State (Feb. 4).