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EL PASO — The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team’s high-octane offense slammed into a Texas-size speed bump in El Paso on Thursday.

Defense got the Lobos over it.

Bogged down by a little cold shooting and a slew of foul calls, UNM scored just 59 points against UTEP at the Don Haskins Center. That’s 32.5 points fewer than coach Mike Bradbury’s team averaged through its first seven games.

But the Lobos limited UTEP to just 13 points in the second half and came away with a relatively easy 59-35 victory to improve to 8-0 on the season. The Miners (4-1) suffered their first defeat of 2017-18.

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Thanks to a seemingly endless number of whistles, the contest was choppy throughout. Foul trouble limited UNM starters Cherise Beynon and Jaisa Nunn to 12 and 20 minutes of action, respectively. The Lobos ended up with 24 fouls to UTEP’s 12 and made just one free throw.

Bradbury’s assessment?

“Brutal,” he said, shaking his head. “The last time I saw a game like that it was middle school. But the bottom line is we fouled way too much.”

It didn’t take long for Bradbury to find a silver lining, however.

“We did not get the tempo we wanted, we got pummeled on the boards, fouls killed us,” he said, “and still we came on the road and beat a team that hadn’t lost all year. We found a way, and that says something about our team.”

Tesha Buck was the game’s top gun, finishing with 19 points and hitting 5 of 12 from 3-point range for UNM. Beynon managed to score 11 points in her brief appearance.

But offense was not the name of this game — for either team.

“It was just a weird game,” Buck said, “There was no flow to it all with all the fouls. Everyone was just kind of looking at each other, but the good news was we played with a lead.”

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That the Lobos did. Beynon drained a 3-pointer 21 seconds into the first quarter and UNM led the rest of the way.

New Mexico shot well from 3-point range early, hitting 5 of 10 in the first quarter to build a 21-13 lead. Freshman Antonia Anderson was the star of the first 10 minutes, coming off the bench to score nine straight points for her team, including her first UNM 3-pointer.

“A.T. (Anderson) gave us a huge spark,” Bradbury said. “With Jaisa in foul trouble, that was huge.”

The Lobos stretched the lead to 34-22 by halftime despite an 11-3 foul deficit. The third quarter was not one for either program’s time capsule.

Alex Lapeyrolerie and El Paso native Laneah Bryan hit 3s for the Lobos, who extended their lead to 46-26. But only 16 points were scored in the quarter, just four the Miners. Lapeyrolerie’s 3-pointer was her only made shot of the night in 13 attempts.

LOBOS 59, miners 35

FG FT Reb

UNM Min M-A M-A O-T A F Pts

Buck 33 7-18 0-0 0-3 0 3 19

Beynon 12 4-4 0-0 0-1 1 4 11

Nunn 20 2-2 0-2 2-6 1 3 4

Lapeyrolerie 37 1-13 0-0 1-4 3 4 3

Flye 23 1-4 1-3 2-2 6 4 3

Anderson 20 4-5 0-2 3-6 1 2 9

Washington 21 2-7 0-0 0-2 2 3 5

Bryan 22 1-3 0-0 0-3 2 0 3

Smith 12 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2

Totals 200 23-58 1-7 9-31 0 0 0

Percentages: FG .397, FT .143.

3-Point Goals: 12-36, .333 (Buck 5-12, Beynon 3-3, Lapeyrolerie 1-12, Flye 0-1, Anderson 1-1, Washington 1-3, Bryan 1-3, Smith 0-1).

Team Rebounds: 31.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Beynon, Anderson).

Turnovers: 12 (Buck, Beynon 2, Nunn, Lapeyrolerie 2, Flye 2, Anderson, Washington 2, Bryan).

Steals: 14 (Buck 3, Beynon, Nunn 3, Lapeyrolerie 3, Flye 2, Anderson 2).

Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

UTEP Min M-A M-A O-T A F Pts

Seda 33 5-12 1-2 4-13 2 3 11

Zec 29 3-11 2-2 1-1 1 2 9

Alexander 26 0-4 3-4 1-5 0 4 3

Howell 33 0-4 2-2 1-4 0 1 2

Jenkins 6 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Puc 23 1-3 3-6 2-8 1 0 5

Patterson 15 2-5 0-0 0-0 0 2 5

Cook 34 0-4 0-0 2-7 3 0 0

Tapps 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 200 11-44 11-16 15-44 7 12 35

Percentages: FG .250, FT .688.

3-Point Goals: 2-12, .167 (Zec 1-5, Alexander 0-1, Howell 0-2, Patterson 1-1, Cook 0-3).

Team Rebounds: 44.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Puc, Patterson).

Turnovers: 25 (Seda 4, Zec 6, Alexander 2, Howell 3, Jenkins 2, Puc 3, Patterson 5).

Steals: 2 (Alexander, Cook).

Technical Fouls: None.

UNM 21 13 12 13—59

UTEP 13 9 4 9— 35

A—1,350.


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