The women’s basketball team extended its win streak to six games in exciting fashion, edging out the University of New Mexico Lobos 41-38 in the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum Wednesday night. The 41 points marks the lowest point total in a win in team history. The previous low was a 49-47 victory against Southwestern University in 1982.
The game ended with an off-balance shot by New Mexico junior guard Amy Beggin that failed to go down.
The Lady Frogs struggled offensively, shooting just over 24 percent from the field, but they picked up the slack on the defensive end, forcing 19 New Mexico turnovers.
Head coach Jeff Mittie said he thought his team played its most complete defensive game of the season.
“I thought we were really active,” Mittie said. “We were trying to be more aggressive on their guards than we were last time.”
The Lobos cut the lead down to one point on several occasions in the second half but were unable to jump in front of the Lady Frogs.
After missing her first two attempts, sophomore guard Helena Sverrisdottir made two clutch free throws to put the Horned Frogs up by three with only 19 seconds remaining in the game. Sverrisdottir said she couldn’t find a rhythm all night, but she was glad she could come through when her team needed it most.
“I could not make a shot this whole night so I was really impressed that those two went in,” Sverrisdottir said. “It was the most important time of the game.”
Mittie said this was a big win in the final stretch, especially since their final two games are against some of the league’s top teams, San Diego State University and the University of Utah.
“This is a big win for us,” Mittie said. “The top of the league plays each other here in the next week and a half so there will be some separation.”
The Lady Frogs head to San Diego State on Saturday to face the Aztecs before closing out the regular season against Utah at home.