New Mexico women win season opener, 68-57

Posted at: 11/09/2012 8:01 PM
Updated at: 11/09/2012 10:34 PM
By: Shaun Griswold,

Lobo basketball is back.

The New Mexico women’s basketball team started the season with a 68-57 win at home Friday night against Northern Arizona.

It was a slow start, but the Lobos caused three turnovers in the final minutes of the first half to take the lead away from the Lumberjacks, and Caroline Durbin hit a jumper to give the Lobos a 33-32 lead into halftime.

Amy Patton scored to open the second half and gave the Lumberjacks (0-1) a one point lead. But the Lobos responded on the next possession and did not trail the rest of the game.

New Mexico (1-0) had a tough time containing Patton. She torched the Lobos for 33 points, more than half of the Lumberjacks' total score.

Durbin finished with 13 points in the game. Sara Halasz and freshman Khadijah Shumpert also scored 13 points for New Mexico.

The Lobos played four freshmen in their rotation. Freshman Bryce Owens started the game and tallied 35 minutes, 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Free throws were the difference in the game. New Mexico made more free throws (15) than Northern Arizona attempted (14). The Lobos also had 31 points from its bench.