WBB Mountain West Tournament: Day 3

Watching the two semi-final games with the Lobos not playing was certainly not my preference.  I would have much preferred seeing if UNM could beat Wyoming a third time, but since that was not to be, I sat there with a more objective view of the two games.  I had no reason to root for or against any of them–while I would like to see Joe Legerski, a class act, win a tournament with Wyoming, I also appreciate Candice White as she ends her Fresno career, the effort SDSU has been playing with, and the quality of Boise’s play.  I sat there thinking that any would be an acceptable champion.  I would likely have felt different if UNLV were still alive–objectivity in journalism can only go so far.

The 1st semi-final:  #1 Boise St 89, #4 Fresno St 77.

Both teams started off at a very fast pace, scoring almost at will.  Fresno, which usually plays Continue reading “WBB Mountain West Tournament: Day 3”

TLL Interview With Antonia Anderson (AT)

AT has been the lobo’s 6th Woman off the bench most of this season, getting playing time in the post and on the wing.  Last season she played in 29 games averaging 13 minutes per game, almost all off the bench.  She led the team in blocked shots was second in rebounds per minute, and the second leading scorer off the bench.

The 2018-19 season started slowly as she adjusted to playing more minutes at the wing instead of only backing up Jaisa Nunn at the post, but when the conference season started she got into the rhythm and AT’s production shot up.  In the past dozen games she has be a major contributor, and along with Jayden de la Cerda, one of the two most improved players.  In those games, Continue reading “TLL Interview With Antonia Anderson (AT)”

TLL Interview With President Stokes

President Stokes with Vera Jo at a WBB Practice
Photo by Joe Auletta

Joe:  I’ve noticed you have been to a lot of the women’s games.  Are you a women’s basketball fan, a sports fan, or do you feel that this is part of your responsibilities as President?

President Stokes:  I would say it probably a little bit of all of those. I have come to enjoy women’s basketball in particular as I’ve been in leadership roles in my last few institutions.  I enjoy collegiate sports in general.  I am not a tremendously avid fan of every sport, but I value the role of athletics at universities and value supporting student athletes.  There is a little bit of it that I think is perhaps the role of the President supporting the many ways that our students are engaged on a campus.  But the reality is that a President can’t get to everything that our students do.  We have many things inside and outside of athletics where our students are engaged in something where they are excelling.  I try to get to as many different things as possible.

Joe:  What do you think that role of athletics is at school?

President Stokes:  Well, that has been an interesting evolution over time.  I think athletics and its place at universities has been changing and in many places, sports are such big time economically in terms of visibility for institutions that it can be hard to seek the proper balance between the other missions of the university and the place of athletics as a window into the

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Lobos Face Another Challenging Game As They Reach the Half Way Point

After playing three close games against some of the top teams in the conference, Fresno St (6-2 in the MWC, 13-6 overall), in the Pit this afternoon at 2 PM.  Fresno enters in third place, one game behind UNM and Boise.  Unlike some of the Lobo’s recent opponents who want to play at a slower pace, Fresno want to speed it up, as UNM does.  Both are scoring over 70 per game in conference.

Fresno is led by three starters who average over 30 min per game and dominate the Bulldog stat sheet.  Senior guard Candice White (#10), a clear all-conference player, leads them with 19.3 ppg, and over 20 in the last five.  She shoots from close in and far out, making her shots at a 47% rate, is 2nd in rebounds, 3rd in steals, and 4th in assists.  Sophomore Maddi Utti (#11) was a surprise as a freshman and has grown from there.  She is second in scoring (11.5, shooting better than 55%, mostly close in) and leads the team in rebounds with almost 7 per game, 3rd in steals and 4th in assists.  The third member of their trio is another soph, Aly Gamez (#22) who leads in assists and steal while scoring at a 10.6 rate.

The Australian connection that was prevalent with Utah State is alive and well on the Fresno roster, with two players from down under, and a third from New Zeeland as well.

For the Lobos, freshmen Jayla Everett and Ahlise Hurst are leading the team in minutes.  Jayla also leads in scoring in conference and is coming off a MWC player of the week honor. fffffffffffff