BOISE, Idaho – Caroline Durbin scored a season-high 25 points and the University of New Mexico women’s basketball continued its road success Saturday with a 66-58 victory over Boise State at Taco Bell Arena.
Antiesha Brown scored 12 points off the bench to help the Lobos win their fourth straight game away from the Pit.
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It’s the first time UNM has won four consecutive Mountain West Conference road contests in women’s basketball.
“That’s crazy,” Lobos coach Yvonne Sanchez said of an odd month during which UNM is 0-4 at home and 4-0 on the road.
“We’ll sure take the road wins, and this was one we needed. Now we’ve got to break through at home and give our fans a win.”
The Lobos (13-11, 5-6 MWC) dominated the first half Saturday but had to fight off a second-half rally by the Broncos (10-13, 3-7).
Rosalie Cutri hit back-to-back baskets to slice what had been a 12-point deficit to 47-45 with 7:54 remaining. Cutri finished with 16 points.
UNM’s Jayme Jackson, who played her best conference game of the season, followed with a jumper that ignited a 15-6 run that allowed the visitors to regain control.
Jackson contributed seven points, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes. She had scored just two points in the Lobos’ previous six games combined.
New Mexico came in having dropped consecutive one-point decisions at home, the latest a 51-50 defeat to Fresno State in which the Lobos went 2-of-11 from the foul line.
Saturday’s game was a stark contrast. The Lobos went 19-for-22 from the line, including 15-for-15 combined by Durbin and Brown.
Boise State, which dropped its fifth straight game, was 15-of-16 from the charity stripe. However, the Broncos were just 3-for-14 from 3-point range.
UNM led just 15-14 midway through the first half before Durbin, Deeva Vaughn and Jackson netted 3s. It was Jackson’s first trey of the season and helped the Lobos take a 38-26 halftime lead.
“We knew Boise State would make a run at us,” Sanchez said, “and they did. But credit to our players for never panicking and then putting it away at the line.”
New Mexico made 10 of its final 11 free throws to seal its first victory in Boise in three tries.
Whitney Johnson finished with eight points, and Vaughn scored seven for UNM.
Lauren Lenhardt had 17 points and 11 rebounds to pace the Broncos.
— This article appeared on page D2 of the Albuquerque Journal