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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The Air Force Falcons tossed a shutout at the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team’s leading scorer Thursday night. It proved to be a hollow victory.

Tesha Buck finished without a point but was the only Lobo who failed to score in UNM’s Mountain West-opening 88-59 victory at Clune Arena. Buck was coming off a program- and conference-record 40-point performance against Lamar, but New Mexico didn’t need her offense Thursday.

Jaisa Nunn racked up 18 points and nine rebounds, Alex Lapeyrolerie added 16 points and the Lobos improved to 13-1 by overwhelming the winless Falcons (0-12, 0-1).

“Tesha not scoring doesn’t happen very often,” Lobo coach Mike Bradbury said in a postgame phone interview, “but we had a lot of people step up and play well. Air Force is better than their record and they’re going to win some games, but we had the right mindset against them tonight and we got a good road win.”

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Air Force led for much of the first quarter, including 17-15 after a Kaelin Immel 3-pointer with 48 seconds left. Immel hit four 3s in the game and finished with a game-high 21 points.

Madi Washington gave UNM the lead back with a 3-pointer late in the quarter, and Cherise Beynon and Lapeyrolerie hit from long range early in the second to help the visitors take a 24-19 advantage.

N’Dea Flye later chipped in a 3-pointer and a layup to help UNM grab a 37-26 halftime lead, and the Lobos put things out of reach with an 18-4 run to open the third quarter. Nunn scored 10 points during the surge, and Lapeyrolerie converted a four-point play.

“We really wanted to separate ourselves at the start of the second half,” Bradbury said, “and we played great defense for those first six minutes. The lead went from 11 points to 25 just like that and, really, the game was over.”

Washington finished with 13 points for UNM, and Antonia Anderson contributed nine points and seven rebounds. Bradbury played nearly all reserves for most of the fourth quarter and the Lobos rolled to a 41-11 advantage in bench points. Erica Moore scored her first five points of the season and converted a three-point play down the stretch.

Freshman Emily Conroe scored 19 points for the Falcons, but only Immel and Conroe provided effective scoring for the home team.

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1 p.m., 610 AM/95.9 FM

 

LOBOS 88, FALCONS 59

FG FT Reb

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

Beynon 25 3-8 0-0 0-4 4 2 7

Buck 24 0-5 0-0 0-6 1 3 0

Flye 21 2-8 1-2 1-2 2 1 6

Lapeyrolerie 25 6-9 1-1 0-0 0 2 16

Nunn 21 7-9 4-5 5-9 0 1 18

Smith 15 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 4

Lines 5 1-3 0-0 1-3 0 0 2

Burleson 11 1-3 2-2 0-2 1 0 4

De La Cerda 3 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Moore 3 2-2 1-1 1-1 0 1 5

Bryan 11 0-2 2-2 0-0 1 1 2

Anderson 14 2-2 5-5 2-7 0 2 9

Washington 21 4-10 4-6 0-2 1 2 13

Totals 200 31-66 20-24 12-41 10 18 88

Percentages: FG .470, FT .833.

3-Point Goals: 6-21, .286 (Beynon 1-4, Buck 0-4, Flye 1-3, Lapeyrolerie 3-6, Burleson 0-1, De La Cerda 0-1, Washington 1-2).

Team Rebounds: 3 (1 offensive).

Blocked Shots: 2 (Beynon, Nunn).

Turnovers: 12.

Steals: 8 (Beynon 3, Buck, Lapeyrolerie, Burleson, De La Cerda, Moore).

Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

Air Force Min M-A M-A O-T A F Pts

Bennett 19 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 0

Porter 29 3-6 1-4 1-3 7 4 7

Conroe 30 7-18 5-6 3-8 1 1 19

Chapman 25 0-3 1-2 1-3 0 4 1

Immel 30 8-16 1-1 1-7 3 3 21

Springfield 10 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 3 0

Urbaniak 8 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 2

Bynum 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Rains 24 2-7 0-0 0-4 0 1 5

Hughes 23 2-3 0-1 2-6 0 4 4

Totals 200 23-58 8-14 9-33 13 23 59

Percentages: FG .397, FT .571.

3-Point Goals: 5-16, .313 (Conroe 0-4, Immel 4-7, Rains 1-5).

Team Rebounds: 1.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Chapman, Urbaniak, Rains, Hughes).

Turnovers: 20.

Steals: 3 (Porter 2, Conroe).

Technical Fouls: None.

New Mexico 18 19 29 22—88

Air Force 17 9 19 14—59

A—312.

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