TLL Interview with Corina & Autumn

Photo by The Lobo Lair
Joe Auletta
@Lobo2x53

One of the most challenging parts of the early summer basketball practices is learning the new players: getting a sense of how they play, who they are, and how they might fit into the upcoming season. I was fortunate enough to get a few minutes with two of this season’s incoming freshmen prior to the team’s trip to Europe.

Photo by The Lobo Lair

There is still a lot of adjustment, acclimation, and melding before the real season starts, but even watching a few early practices some things are apparent. They both are rather different than what we have seen on the Lobo roster for a while.

Corina is a point guard. Not a hybrid guard, not a talented basketball player who was transitioned to play the point, but a player who looks like she has been a point guard for many years. When she is running drills or pushing the ball up court in a scrimmage you feel that the ball should be in her hands—and Continue reading “TLL Interview with Corina & Autumn”

MBB Update: Middle of summer

Isabel Gonzalez
@cisabelg

News are a little slow in the middle of summer. But while you count down the days until the fall season begins again, here is a bit of a recap on everything that has been happening with the University of  New Mexico men’s basketball team.

Legends Classic
The announced schedule has the New Mexico Lobos playing the Auburn Tigers during the championship round on Nov. 25. The full schedule for the Legends Classic can be found here. The Tigers will be an exciting opponent for New Mexico, as head coach Bruce Pearl led the team to the first Final Four in school history during the 2018-2019 season with a 30-10 record. Continue reading “MBB Update: Middle of summer”

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”