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Lobos Begin Final Homestand Wednesday with Aztecs

by Allison Weiss

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The final homestand begins on Wednesday night against San Diego State with three games left on the conference schedule.

UNM enters the game 19-9 on the season, 10-5 in conference, while SDSU stands at 18-10, 9-6 in the conference. The Lobos are 40-35 all-time against the Aztecs with UNM 17-12 at home in the series.

The Lobos are:
•5-1 in games decided by 1-4 points
•11-1 when shooting 40% or better
•17-0 when scoring 60 or more points
•16-2 when UNM has a higher FG% and 12-1 with a higher 3-point FG% than its opponent
– 10x UNM has had a higher FG% and higher 3-point % FG than its opponent in the same game
•12-3 when outrebounding opponent
•13-2 when leading after the 1st quarter, 15-0 when leading at the half and 14-1 when leading after the 3rd

FROM 0-60
60 is the magic number for the Lobos as UNM is 17-0 when scoring 60 or more points and 13-2 when allowing fewer than 60 points.

With the win at Wyoming, the Lobos recorded their 10th conference win. It’s the fourth consecutive year with at least 10 conference wins and the seventh time in Coach Mike Bradbury’s eight years at UNM.

Eleven times this season the Lobos have held their opponents to single digits in a quarter, six times in the first quarter. In addition, UNM has held an opponent to 20 points or under in the first two quarters five times this season and in the final two quarters once.  The Lobos had consecutive games with CSU and SJSU, holding the Rams to four points in the fourth quarter and the Spartans to nine points in the third quarter.

In the conference opener at Nevada, the Lobos held the Wolf Pack to nine points and 20% (3-15) shooting from the floor in the first quarter.

At Colorado State, UNM held the Rams scoreless for 5:33 in the second quarter, allowing just four points on 2-17 shooting (11.8%). At Air Force, the Lobos held the Falcons to seven points in the first quarter, outshooting Air Force 61.5% to 16.7%. The defense held AF without a point until the 6:31 mark of the second quarter and led 34-20 at the break. In the second game against CSU, the Lobos held the Rams to four points and 12.5% shooting, outscoring the Rams 15-4, in the final quarter and to 18 points in the final 20 minutes. The final CSU basket occurred at the 6:16 mark and UNM closed with a 12-2 run over the final 8:10 for the win. In the last game at Wyoming, the Lobos held the Cowgirls without a field goal in the final 6:59 to take a 26-18 lead into the half. The Lobos ultimately held the Cowgirls to six points in the second quarter on 16.7% shooting, outscoring them 20-6 in the second. UNM held Wyoming to 18 points in the first 20 minutes.

UNM is also fourth in the NCAA in fouls per game, fouling an average of 12.6 times per game, the fewest in the MW. In addition, UNM is second in the MW in defensive field goal percentage in MW games at 37.8% and third in all games with 37.7%, ranking 48th in the NCAA.

The Aztecs enter Wednesday’s game at 18-10, 9-6 in conference, 5-6 on the road. SDSU has won its last two and four of its last five.

San Diego State is averaging 67.8 ppg with four players averaging doubel figures. Adryana Quezada leads with 14.3 ppg, Jada Lewis at 10.9 ppg, Abby Prohaska at 10.8 ppg and Kim Villalobos at 10.7 ppg.

SDSU averages 67.5 ppg in MW games, the second-best in the MW, led by 13.5 ppg from Quezada. Villalobos averages 11.5 ppg, Lewis at 10.9 ppg and Prohaska at 10.6 ppg. The Aztecs are shooting 33.7% from three-point range and 41.3% from the floor. Villalobos leads with 7.7 rebounds per game, 25 steals and 15 blocks. Opponents are scoring 65.3 ppg, averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game, shooting 40.2% from the floor and 34.3% from three-point range.