The Lobo women's basketball team might be in third place in the Mountain West standings, but the team still has zero room for error — at least, that's what head coach Mike Bradbury seems to believe.
“I don't think we're good enough to look past anybody,” Bradbury said in response to whether Air Force will be a test for them Wednesday night. “I think we've made that clear to our team. I don't think we have any more talent than Air Force has.”
The Lobos (13-10, 8-4 MW) are entering Wednesday night’s contest at WisePies Arena 18-0 at home against Air Force, while also leading the all-time series with a dominating 38-2 mark.
Air Force is 3-17 and 1-9 in the Mountain West thus far, but
The Lobos pose three double-digit scoring threats
That means the Lobos, according to Bradbury, will need to play small at times with junior guard Jayda Bovero accumulating most of Nunn’s now-available minutes.
Four of Air Force’s five starters are averaging
Air Force has scored an average of just 53.1 points per
In the Lobos’ most recent game against San Jose State, van der Keijl was able to notch a career-high 31 points, but mostly because SJSU wasn't double-teaming her – something she's grown accustomed to throughout this season.
Bradbury said he doesn't expect Air Force to play one-on-one with van der Keijl, but rather to try and frustrate her by clogging the low-post.
Van der Keijl said she thought her career-high 31 point performance at SJSU could be a confidence
“Well, it might help my confidence, but it always depends on the game,” van der Keijl said. “I never really know, but I'm definitely going to work hard next game and the game after that.”
Tip-off is set for Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in WisePies Arena aka The Pit. The game is also set to be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.
Matthew Narvaiz is a sports reporter for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers women's basketball and baseball. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @matt_narvaiz