NMSU Women to host Lobos Friday in Rio Grande Season Finale
The New Mexico State women's basketball team (2-9) plays host to New Mexico (4-8) in the second game of the Rio Grande Rivalry this season. The rivals tip at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Pan American Center in their 70th meeting all-time.
UNM leads the series 43-26 after winning the opening game of this season's rivalry 54-53 in Albuquerque on Dec. 4. Since that game the foes have combined for just three victories.
The game will be broadcast live on AggieVision with play-by-play from Kyle Doperalski and color commentary from Melanie Viramontes. Live updates via Twitter are available by following @NMStateAggies. Live stats links can be found at NMStateSports.com.
The game marks the first contest for NM State in over a week. The Aggies suffered their largest loss of the season on the road at Utah 74-37 on Dec. 23 two days after defeating UC Santa Barbara 52-51 for their first home win of the season. In that win against the Gauchos, Tabytha Wampler's game-winning basket with 1:07 remaining gave the senior 1,000 points in her career. As a result, Wampler became NM State's 19th member of the 1,000-point club with the bucket.
In its last game, New Mexico also lost to a Pac-12 team on the road before the holiday break, falling 59-50 at Arizona on Dec. 21. The Lobos won their first road game this season on Dec. 18 at Houston Baptist, coming away with a 65-38 victory, their largest of the season.
The Rio Grande Rivalry
Friday's game between the Aggies and Lobos marks the 70th contest between the two in-state rivals. UNM leads the all-time series 43-26 over NM State in the Aggies' second-longest series, trailing only the school's series with UTEP (78 games). The Lobos have won eight in a row and 30 of the last 31 over the Aggies.
The two schools have met every season since 1974 with the exception of four seasons (1987-91). Since the four-year break in the series, the two schools have gone up against each other twice each season.
From Jan. 26, 1985 to Dec. 22, 1995, NM State ran off 16 consecutive wins against the Lobos. UNM followed that up with a 22-game winning streak over the Aggies that encompassed 11 years.
The Aggies ended their losing streak to the Lobos in 2007 with a 16-point victory, 58-42, at home on Dec. 2. Since that NM State victory, UNM has won eight straight in the series.
NM State is 14-21 all-time at home against UNM in the Pan American Center.
Scouting the Lobos
The New Mexico Lobos (4-8), of the Mountain West Conference, are 1-3 on the road this season. The Lobos claim just three wins against Division I competition, a 69-52 home win over Morehead State on Nov. 25, the 54-53 win over NM State on Dec. 4 and the Lobos 65-38 road victory at Houston Baptist on Dec. 18. The other UNM win came against Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 22 at home, 54-33.
UNM has a stingy defense, ranking No. 38 nationally in field goal percentage defense at 34.3 percent. The Lobos rate No. 27 in the country with 5.3 blocks per game. The Lobo scoring defense holds foes to 54.2 points per game to stand No. 44 nationally.
On the hardwood, UNM averages 54.4 points per game while shooting a 40.2 field goal percentage. The Lobos hold opponents to 54.2 points per game and a 34.3 percent clip from the floor. The Lobos are 2-8 this season when scoring under 60 points with one of those wins coming against the Aggies.
Two Lobos have started all 12 contests this season in senior guard Porche Torrance and junior guard Jourdan Erskine. Also, junior guard Caroline Durbin has stated 11 contests while junior guard Jayme Jackson has started 10.
Durbin leads the team with 15.2 points per game. Torrance is next on the squad with 10.3 points per game and leads the team with 8.4 rebounds per contest. Jackson's average of 6.6 tallies per game is third on the team.