[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 6’3″. But the Lobo small-ball when it was in there played at a tempo the Turks could not keep up with. Although she is categorized as a guard, transfer and senior red shirt Naj Howell saw time as a noticeably short 4, and used her aggressiveness and quickness to great advantage while in there, being a constant matchup problem for the taller but slower Turkish players.
The intent of the trip is to build teamwork, and for today it worked. Six different players scored in double digits for UNM.