The first opportunity to see the 2018-19 Lobo women’s basketball team against a real opponent will be this Tuesday evening against Lubbock Christian University.
|2017-18 Comparison||UNM Lobos||LCU Chaps|
|Result||3rd Round WNIT||D-2 Elite52.7 Eight|
|Scoring||80.4 ppg||71.1 ppg|
|Defense||70.7 ppg||52.7 ppg|
|# of 3 pt shots per game||25||19|
|3 Pt shooting %||34.2%||36.5|
|# Returning Players||6||11|
|# Returning Starters||1||3|
|# Players playing > 10 min per game||9||8|
This will be UNM’s first game of the 2018-19 season and LCU’s second. LCU played at Division 1 SMU on Sunday and won the game 62-51. The Chaps graduated their best player from last season, 6’4″ All American center Tess Bruffey, but return three key starters including 6’2″ Maddi Chitsey (#24) who scored 11.5 ppg and shot over 50% from the field in her first two seasons; she also led the team in offensive rebounds last season. Junior Caitlyn Cunyus (#2) is an all-around contributor who led the team in assists in 2017-18, was 2nd in steals, 3rd in both scoring and blocks, 4th in both rebounds and scoring. They are not as tall as the Lobos, but are significantly taller than many D2 schools with another Chitsey sister, 6’1″ Bobbi Chitsey. Overall most their guards and wings ranging between 5’9 and 5’11. They can play a variety of styles, having led the country in D2 Offence in 2015-16, and in defense in 2017-18. Based upon the SMU game, Lubbock will continue last season’s defensive focus when they led all of NCAA D-2 in defense.