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Lobos Travel to Wyoming Saturday

by Allison Weiss

LARAMIE, Wyo.— The Lobos remain on the road for another Mountain West test on Saturday, set to face Wyoming at 2 p.m. MT.

UNM enters the game after falling at Boise State on Wednesday night 58-55, while Wyoming also lost on Wednesday to UNLV in overtime 63-60. UNM and Wyoming are both 9-5 in conference, with the Lobos 18-9 on the season and the Cowgirls 14-11, but 9-3 at home, 6-1 at home against MW teams.

Historically, UNM is 45-39 all-time, 14-26 in Laramie, and has won the last two games in the series.

Aniyah Augmon has scored in double figures in 21 games, Nyah Wilson in 20 games, scoring 20 or more points in nine games, and Paula Reus in 14 games. Vianè Cumber has scored in double figures in 16 games with four games with 20-plus points and three double-doubles. Charlotte Kohl has scored in double figures six times and has four double-doubles on the season. UNM has four players averaging double figures led by Wilson (14.8 ppg), Augmon (13.0), Cumber (12.3 ppg) and Reus (11.1).

UNM is 12-2 when Reus scores in double figures, 14-6 when Wilson scores in double figures, 15-6 when Augmon scores in double figures and 9-7 when Cumber scores in double figures.

Wilson has scored in double figures in 13 conference games and Augmon in all 13 that she’s played in, with Cumber in 11 and Reus in six. Four Lobos are averaging double figures in conference games led by Wilson at (17.6 ppg), Augmon (15.1 ppg), Cumber (12.6 ppg) and Reus (10.1 ppg).

• Outscoring opponents 264-162 (+102) in fast-break points
• Outscoring opponents 225-191 (+34) in second-chance points
• Outscoring opponents in the 1st (401-352), 2nd (420-398), 3rd (437-417), 4th (463-437) & 1736-1616 overall
• Outscoring opponents 828-652 in paint
• 47.7% of points scored in paint, 30.7 ppg in paint
• +4.4 scoring margin, +2.7 rebounding margin
• +4.6 scoring margin, +1.4 rebounding margin in MW games

The Lobos have flipped a switch in the final 20 minutes in conference, outscoring opponents 251-218 (+33) in the third and 248-228 (+20) in the fourth for a 499-446 (+53) margin in the final two quarters. Three times in conference the Lobos have trailed at the half and won the game (Utah State, Wyoming, UNLV) with the Lobos trailing at the end of the third against Wyoming and UNLV.

UNM outscored UNLV 39-30, Wyoming 37-23, Utah State 46-40 in the final two quarters to turn halftime deficits into victories. Even against Fresno State where the Lobos led by one at the break, UNM outscored the Bulldogs 47-41 in the second half to win by seven. UNM outscored CSU 38-28 in the final two quarters, including holding the Rams to four points in the fourth, and in the game against SJSU, outscored the Spartans 39-28 in the final two quarters, including holding SJSU to nine points in the third.

The Cowgirls enter Saturday’s game 14-11 on the season, 9-5 in conference and 9-3 at home. Wyoming has lost its last three games, with a loss to Boise State (56-42), Colorado State (75-70) and an overtime loss to UNLV (63-60) on Wednesday.

Wyoming is averaging 62.8 points per game on the season, led by two in double figures in Allyson Fertig (13.1) and Malene Pedersen (10.6). Fertig also leads the team in rebounds (202, 8.1 per game), blocks (32) and field-goal percentage (58.4%). Emily Mellema leads with 35 steals.

When it comes to against MW opponents, the Cowgirls are averaging 61.6 points per game, with three in double figures in Fertig (12.2), Mellema (11.1) and Pedersen (10.4). UW currently leads the MW in scoring defense with 56.6 ppg and in field-goal percentage at 45.2%. They are also second in scoring margin at +4.9 as well as in defensive three-point field goal percentage (28.4%) and fourth in defensive field-goal percentage at 39.5%.