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Aniyah Augmon Named MW Player of the Week

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— After a 2-0 week for New Mexico in which the Lobos defeated two previously unbeaten teams in conference in Wyoming and No. 25/23 UNLV, Lobo junior Aniyah Augmon was selected as the Mountain West Player of the Week.

Monday’s announcement marks the first weekly conference award for Augmon, who earned the accolade after leading the Lobos with 18.5 points per game, 4.5 steals per game and 4.0 assists per game and was second in rebounds per game with 5.5.

Augmon scored a career-high 22 points in the win against the Cowgirls, making a career-high nine free throws, while also recording five steals. She finished with nine points in the fourth, going 7-8 from the free-throw line, to finish with 16 points in the final 20 minutes against Wyoming. On Saturday, she added 15 points, seven rebounds, a game-high four steals and a game-high seven assists in the win at UNLV.

Among her highlights against the Cowgirls was a three-pointer in the third quarter that made it a 44-34 game with the Lobos trailing, which started what amounted to be a 17-2 run to give UNM its first lead since it was 13-11 in the first quarter at 48-46. Augmon scored seven points of the run and finished with two steals in the quarter. She later made seven-straight free throws in the fourth quarter, including four free throws as part of the 11-0 run that turned UNM’s four-point deficit of 53-49 to a seven-point lead of 60-53, and after Wyoming got within three with 20 seconds left, Augmon knocked down a pair of free throws and scored the final points of the game on a fast-break layup off of a Nyah Wilson steal.

Against the Lady Rebels, she assisted on consecutive Viané Cumber three-pointers that got UNM’s deficit down to one at 40-39 in the third quarter, with the final one coming off of a steal, and then again assisted on consecutive Lobo baskets in the fourth quarter that got UNM within one at 55-54 and on the three-pointer that gave UNM at 57-55 lead. Augmon had a huge offensive board and putback in the fourth that gave UNM a 59-57 lead and made a layup and finished through the contact, converting at the free-throw line to put UNM in front 64-63.

Following her performance on the week, Augmon is averaging 15.7 points per game in MW games, and has scored in double figures in all six MW games and recorded multiple steals in the last five. The Lobo currently leads the conference in steals with 18 and an average of 3.0 per game. In addition, she is tied for second in assists (31) and assists per game (5.1), seventh in field-goal percentage (46.5%) and scoring, and ninth in free-throw percentage (71.9%) among conference players in conference games.

Augmon joins Charlotte Kohl in being named MW Player of the Week this season and is the third Lobo to win a conference weekly award with Paris Lauro winning MW Freshman of the Week.

The Lobos return to The Pit on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. against Fresno State.