UNM women dominate San Jose state for 9th consecutive year – Archyde

Monday’s women’s basketball game in the pit wasn’t on the original schedule, but it went pretty much as expected.

Mountain West-leading University of New Mexico had little trouble with struggling San Jose State, emptying the bench early and driving to an 87-57 win.

Shaiquel McGruder accumulated 18 points in 19 minutes before ending the night as the Lobos (17-4, 8-0) extended their winning streak to nine games. Everyone in uniform played at least six minutes for UNM, and 11 players scored a goal.

That’s exactly what Lobos coach Mike Bradbury was hoping for when his team went to showdown for first place at UNLV on Thursday night.

“Everyone came in and played hard,” Bradbury said. “That’s good because some players haven’t been in a game for a couple of weeks and have had a chance to build some confidence. We got good minutes from a lot of people tonight.”

Monday’s game should make up for the Dec. 28 MWC opener between the Lobos and Spartans, which was postponed due to COVID issues in SJSU’s program. The rescheduled game started at 5:30 p.m. and many of the announced 4,179 fans showed up well into the second quarter.

At this point, UNM pretty much had things under control. The Lobos had an early 11-0 run, led 25-13 after a quarter and were never really threatened by the Spartans (3-15, 0-7), who lost their 12th straight game.

The Lobos’ starters had their moments in shortened services, notably McGruder, who had five rebounds, three steals and four blocks alongside her 18 points.

“We didn’t want to take this game for granted,” McGruder said. “We talked about just playing our game and moving on.”

McGruder scored the first basket of the second half to give the Lobos a 52-26 lead, then spent most of the remaining minutes watching her teammates perform. UNM has received 40 bank points and some impressive efforts from some reserves.

First and foremost Viané Cumber, who played 22 minutes and scored 14 points. Cumber came into play in the first quarter, hitting 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

“I felt great,” Cumber said. “It was nice to be out there with the first group and it’s always good to see the first shot going in – that takes some of the pressure off.”

The Lobos also got key contributions from Aniyah Augmon (three points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes), Neveah Parkinson (nine points, five rebounds in 8 minutes) and Kath van Bennekom (six points in 8 minutes).

McGruder smiled when asked if she could cheer for some of her less-used teammates.

“It’s such a wonderful feeling,” she said. “They trained hard and played hard so it’s really great to see them having some good moments. They earn it.”

San Jose State had a short 11-1 run in the third quarter, cutting a 26-point deficit to 53-37, but UNM bounced back quickly. LaTascya Duff and Cumber drilled back-to-back 3’s and the margin ended the quarter at 70-41.

Ella Ogier finished with 13 points to speed up the Spartans. Jaedyn De La Cerda had nine points and five assists for UNM.

Paula Reus, who scored six points and four rebounds for the Lobos, was named MW Freshman of the Week on Monday.



Mrs: UNM at UNLV, 7pm, 610pm / 95.9 FM, themw.com (streaming)


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