The School Year is Starting, Time to Look Forward to BB

Photo from UNM Lobo WBB

I have had a chance to see several workouts/practices, we saw a little feedback from the European trip, and the WBB media posts have provided lots of little insights. But we are still three months away, four players have yet to practice, and there has not been a single recorded game to watch. In other words, it is far too early to actually know a lot. But such things have never stopped fans from wild speculation—that’s what fans do in the off season. So I decided to compile my notes, my own speculation, and a healthy dose of the cloudy crystal ball to see what we might come up with. Here it is, in no particular order, and with absolutely no money back guarantees.

Quick observations:

This roster continues the trend towards more athleticism and speed. No one on the roster is as fast as Aisia, but top to bottom the roster is the fastest Lobo roster ever. The drills and scrimmages so far—from 3-3 to the limited 5-5 ones—have emphasized pushing the ball at every opportunity. I watched one set of drills where in 20 consecutive repetitions the offense went full court and got a decent to good shot off in under 1o seconds. This wasn’t only the first team (if such a thing is identifiable yet), but it was whoever was up next. Most the time it was two passes to the front court, swing the ball to the top of the key, over to the other side or into the middle of the lane, and a shot.

Every player I have seen has something about them to like. There are some who show the inconsistency of freshmen, but every one has the appearance of someone who can compete now or in the not too distant future. The competition for playing time will be fierce. Last season by the end of the summer four starters looked to be pretty much set— Continue reading “The School Year is Starting, Time to Look Forward to BB”

Lady Lobos Go 2-0 with 88-52 vs Turkish Pro Team

[All photos from UNM WBB Twitter feed]

The Lobo women played their second European pro team in three days and this one was a more comfortable win that the first one vs a Latvian team.  The 88 points UNM scored were on a lot of fast breaks and inside baskets, but the outside shooting was also present:  the Lobos made 12 three-pointers today (giving them 25 for the two games).  With the loss of Jaisa Nunn from last season, this promises to be more the norm this year–last season the Lobos only averaged a little over seven made threes a game.

The other differences on display was the uses of speed over size.   Turkey was a tall team, with a 6’9″ and 6’6″ posts and a couple other players listed at 6’3″.  The only tall Lobo able to play now is Bride, is also Continue reading “Lady Lobos Go 2-0 with 88-52 vs Turkish Pro Team”

Lobo Women start their European trip with a win, 68-63

The Lobo 2019-2020 team got their first game experience in Rome today, against a much older team from Latvia.  The Latvians had a big front line, going 6’5″ & 6’4″, and their usual leading scorer is a guard from Wright St, Mike Bradbury’s previous school.

Freshman PG Corina Carter had a big first half for the Lobos, both scoring and running the offense.  She scored on three point shots, and numerous drives into the paint for 10 foot jump shots.  The lead at half was 34-26, and the Lobos were outscored by Riga 34-37 in the second half to win by five. Continue reading “Lobo Women start their European trip with a win, 68-63”

TLL Interview with Bryce Owens

This is the second interview of a former Lobo WBB player I have been fortunate enough to do this off season, and hopefully I will get a few more in during the summer. Bryce Owens was one of the obvious players I wanted to reach out to for a few reasons.

First, she is active on Twitter, so I have been able to follow her past season at Crandall Middle School. And she seems to be impressing some people since she was recognized as the Texas Class 4A 2019 Girls Middle School Coach of the Year (https://tabchoops.org/awards/assistant-and-middle-school-coaches-of-the-year/) Continue reading “TLL Interview with Bryce Owens”

TLL Interview with Tamika Stukes, Lobo PG 1994-98

The photos included here were all from Tamika, and very much appreciated.

When we moved to Albuquerque we acquired our WBB season tickets early on, and have had them for over 20 years now. We have enjoyed good seasons, and survived bad ones, but never really knew a lot of the history pre-Jordan Adams. With the end of the 2018-19 season I decided to try and contact some of the pre-1998 players and do a (hopefully) series of interviews about lives after their Lobo careers.

While tracking Cherise’s achievements last season it was impossible to miss how many places Tamika was mentioned in the Lobo stat lists:

–Started every game in her 4 seasons at UNM, 117 of them
1017 points for her career
–32 points in a conference game vs Wyoming (8th most)
–606 rebounds, 15th best in Lobo history
–One of only a dozen Lobos with 1000 pts and 600 rebounds–as a 5’3” PG
–6th in career 3-pt field goals (141)
–Led Lobos in assists all four seasons, including the 10th & 11th highest single season marks
–Third in career assists with 469
–Every steal record for game, season, and career, including 4 of the top 7 steal seasons. Her 354 career steals are almost 150 more than the second player on the list, Mandi Moore
–Six times a Lobo has had 8+ steals in a game—Tamika did it 5 of those 6 times
–Most minutes per game for a season (39.2) and a career (35.2)
–WAC All Defensive Team three years in a row, only Lobo to do so Continue reading “TLL Interview with Tamika Stukes, Lobo PG 1994-98”