New Mexico vs SDSU
March 11, 2019 – 7pm MT
Watch: Mountain West Network
New Mexico secured the #2 seed for the Mountain West Tournament last Thursday and got to skip the first day of competition. On Monday, the Lobos will take on the #7 Diego State Aztecs, who took down #10 Air Force 63-55 during the first round.
SDSU head coach Stacie Terry spoke to the media after beating the Falcons and said she was excited for the challenge of playing UNM.
“You know, Mike does a great job. They want to push,” she said. “They want to really play at a fast pace, and that’s when I think we’re at our best too. So it’s going to be fine.”
The teams split the series during the regular season with the Lobos getting a 70-62 home win in January, but then losing 59-61 in San Diego a month later. The challenge should be interesting in a neutral court.
“I think our kids are confident and ready. If we can just manage those highs and lows, I think we can give ourselves a really good shot to win tomorrow,” Terry said.
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The Lobos will be playing without their second leading scorer Aisia Robertson, as she tore her ACL during Thursday’s game and will be out for the rest of the season. Robertson is one of the 10 All-Mountain West Team players and was also named to the All-Defensive team.
However, the Lobo offense still counts with MW Player of the Year Jaisa Nunn, who leads the team with 17 points per game. In the defense, Nike McClure has hosted block parties all season collecting a total of 65 blocks and making it into the All-Defensive Team.
The Aztecs are led by freshman Sophia Ramos averaging 13.7 points per game. She is part of the MW All-Freshman Team. Teammate Mallory Adams is also part of that team, which is not surprising as she averages 8.9 rebounds and 12.3 points per game. Adams has reached double figures in 12 out of her last 15 games.