Tucson, Ariz. ?- No. 23-ranked New Mexico (6-2) shot a season-high 52.9 percent from the field, including a 9-of-16 mark from three point range for a 76-63 win over Arizona (5-4) on Tuesday night in McKale Center.
Arizona finished with a 42.1 percent mark (24-57) from the field in the game, but only managed to shoot 2-of-16 (12.5 percent) from behind the arc.
“This was a difficult loss,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “New Mexico came in from the get-go, and their guards lit it up. We did not counter well and we definitely did not put enough pressure on them.”
Individually from the Wildcats, junior Suzy Bofia scored a career-high 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the field, and sophomore Amina Njonkou added 13 points and six rebounds. Junior Ashley Whisonant scored 12 points, and junior Shannon Hobson finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
New Mexico senior Julie Briody scored a career-best 25 points, and senior Katie Montgomery added 18 points, as the two combined to shoot 15-for-25 (60.0 percent) from the field, including a 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) mark from three point land.
The Lobos shot 65.2 (15-23) from the field in the first half, including a 6-of-8 mark from three point range, and led 38-31 at halftime.
New Mexico raced out to a 16-4 lead in the first 5:21 of the game, starting out 7-of-9 from the field. Arizona responded with a 17-7 scoring run over 6:24 to cut the Lobo lead to 29-27 at the 3:29 mark, but gave up a three with 30 seconds left in the half to trail by seven points going into the locker room. The Wildcats finished the first half shooting 44.4 percent (12-27) from the field.
Montgomery was a perfect 5-for-5, including a 3-for-3 mark from behind the arc for 13 first half points for New Mexico.
In the second half, New Mexico used a 15-4 run over 4:51 midway to take a 24 point lead at 73-49 with 4:04 left to play. New Mexico shot 42.9 percent (12-28) from the field in the second half, but limited Arizona to a 40.0 percent (12-30) mark from the floor.
Arizona will next travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m.