New Mexico at Boise State
March 4, 2019. 7pm MT
The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team has a chance to get its first regular season Mountain West conference title since 2004-05. But before that can happen, the Lobos have to get through the Boise State Broncos. Since the 2004-2005 season the Lobos have only been seeded 2nd once (2014-14), and 3rd twice.
With a victory, UNM then has to pick up another one against Wyoming in the regular season finale on Thursday. With a Boise State win on Monday, the Broncos would clinch the regular season title and get the No. 1 seed for next week’s MW tournament in Las Vegas–the Lobos would then finish 2nd or 3rd depending upon the outcomes of other games.
For the entire season the Lobos have worked to integrate nine new players into the team, and have worked to get better. Picked to finish in the middle of the MWC, they are two games from the end of the regular season and have a legitimate chance to finish first. Standing in their way is Boise State, the preseason favorite with an almost identical season so far.
Both teams are 23-4 overall. Boise is 14-2 in conference, the Lobos are 13-3. UNM is the highest scoring MWC team at 77 ppg, Boise is the second highest at 75 ppg. New Mexico leads in both scoring margin and rebounding margin, Boise is third in each. They are 1st & 2nd in turnover margin, with the Broncos having a slight edge. Boise is arguably the deepest roster in the Mountain West, The Lobos are probably the second deepest. Both teams have players in contention for the Conference player of the year.
No matter the outcome of tonight’s game, both teams will get a bye on Sunday, the first day of the MWC Tournament, and both are likely to play in the NCAA or WNIT tournaments after Las Vegas. But the clear and immediate goal is to win tonight and Thursday on Senior Night against Wyoming (currently 3rd, one game behind UNM).