Open Announce

UNM Faces NAU in WNIT First Round

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The New Mexico women’s basketball team opens postseason play on Thursday as the Lobos host Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. in the first round of the WNIT.

For those unable to attend, Thursday’s game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network with live stats available. Tickets are still available with chairbacks $15 and bench seats $9, which includes fees.

Both teams are similar in both record with NAU at 21-13 (13-5 Big Sky) and UNM 20-12 (12-6 MW) and with both teams entering the game having won six of their last seven. The two teams are similar in scoring with the Lumberjacks averaging 75.0 points per game and the Lobos 74.6 points per game, and both teams successful from behind the arc with NAU averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game and UNM 8.6.

Thursday’s game will be the 29th meeting all-time with the Lobos leading the series 22-6 and are 16-2 in games played in Albuquerque. The last meeting was Nov. 8, 2019, an 83-76 win for the Lobos, the eighth-straight win for UNM in the series.

NAU shares several opponents with UNM in UNLV (lost 93-73), Fresno State (lost 68-63), Southern Utah (won 76-65), Arizona (lost 113-56) and Arizona State (lost 69-68).

The Lumberjacks have four players averaging double figures, led by Regan Schenck (13.2 ppg), who also leads with 228 assists (6.7 apg) and is fourth in the NCAA in assists and seventh in assists per game.

The winner of Thursday’s game will face the winner between Washington and San Francisco, with the details regarding the second round to follow after the game.