The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team went into Houston and picked up its first road win of the season, 89-84.
It took two overtime periods to finish the job.
The Lobos led for much of the game, though never by very much, with the largest lead coming in the second quarter at 13. Familiar faces led the attack for the Lobos, as Aisia Robertson recorded a quadruple double in points, assists, rebounds and turnovers. Jaisa Nunn, fresh off a performance against Hartford that earned her a Mountain West player of the week award, recorded her second straight double-double, finishing the day with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
UMN struggled to hang on the ball against a high pressure attack from the Cougars, coughing up 34 turnovers, 13 of them from Robertson, but all eight of the Lobos who saw the court had at least one. UH forced the majority of the turnovers thanks to 22 steals.
“The way they play will make you a little crazy,” UNM coach Mike Bradbury told the Albuquerque Journal, “and we did some crazy things at times. But this game was honestly about what I expected, back and forth between two really good athletic teams. Our players battled and battled and battled to come out with a win. I’m proud of them.”
Nearly all of the Lobos production came from the starters, as the bench only contributed 6 points in very limited minutes. Antonia Anderson had the most minutes of anyone off the bench with 14, and provided the largest contribution as well, scoring five points and pulling in three rebounds.
In the final moments of the third quarter, the Cougars were able to tie up the game, and the Lobos struggled to regain separation in the fourth. Houston pulled within 67-66 with less than a minute on the clock, but Nunn put the Lobos up by two thanks to a free throw.
The Cougars had an opportunity to end the game on a look from three in the final seconds of the game but missed the shot, however the Lobos were whistled for a foul that sent Angela Harris to the line for three shots. She converted on two of the three to force overtime at 68-68.
In the first overtime period, UNM came out hot, opening the period on a 7-0 run that opened on pair of free throws from Robertson before the freshman took over. Jayla Everett hit a three and then Ahlise Hurst, who earned her first start of the year, converted a layup. However, the Cougars answered with an 8-0 run of their own shortly after and took a one point lead with 31 seconds left in the period. Robertson split a pair of free throws with ten seconds left to tie the game and force the second overtime at 76-76.
In the second, Robertson took control of the offense for the Lobos, scoring eight of the 13 points for UNM in the period, including a three pointer that broke an 84-84 tie. Everett would ice the game from the line on a pair of free throws to achieve the final score of 89-84.
The Lobos return to the court at Dreamstyle Arena on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. against the University of Oklahoma.
Cameron Goeldner is a senior reporter and photographer for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball and the Albuquerque Isotopes, but also contributes content for all other sports. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Goeldfinger.