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UNM women’s basketball hosted two ‘big’ recruits

UNM women’s basketball recruits Elodie Lalotte, left, and Abby Muse visited Albuquerque over the weekend.

It’s reasonable to surmise that the University of New Mexico women’s basketball coaching staff is thinking big for 2020-21.

The Lobos had two recruits in Albuquerque for campus visits over the weekend and they could only be regarded as “bigs.” Abby Muse and Elodie Lalotte, who stand 6-foot-3 and 6-2, respectively, made New Mexico the first stop on their recruiting tours. Both players have numerous suitors and additional campus visits scheduled.

Still, both California residents liked what they saw in Albuquerque, including Saturday’s UNM volleyball exhibition versus UTEP at Dreamstyle Arena.

“I’d heard a lot about this place,” Lalotte said. “I wanted to see it for myself. So far it’s great.”

Lalotte is from France and retains a bit of an accent though she’s lived in California for the past four years. Lalotte will be a senior at Orangewood Academy (Garden Grove) this season. She was required to sit out last season after transferring from JSerra Catholic High School but plays club basketball for Cal Swish and tends to make her presence felt in the post.

“I bring rebounding,” Lalotte said. “That and scoring and communication. I’m pretty vocal out there.”

Muse brings mobility along with length and can play either forward or center. She averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and an eye-catching 6.5 blocks per game for Brentwood’s Heritage High as a junior last season. Muse recorded 19 blocks in a single game and was described in media reports as “a shot-blocking machine.”

“They just kept shooting,” she said of the 19-block performance. “That was a lot of fun.”

Muse said she opted to visit UNM because, “I like the coaching staff and I’m intrigued by the fan base. I’ve never been anyplace like this. I’m enjoying it.”

Both players listed UNM’s Mountain West rival Boise State among their schools of interest. Lalotte also plans to visit Washington State and Loyola Marymount, while Muse listed Nevada, UC Davis and Portland.

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