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Balanced attack: UNM takes care of business against San Jose State

Feb. 14—There wasn't a great deal of drama involved in Wednesday night's game at the Pit.

Exactly the way the UNM women's basketball team wanted it.

Viané Cumber scored 17 points, Nyah Wilson added 16 and the Lobos had things their way in a 72-51 victory over San Jose State. UNM trailed only once (2-0) and held a double-digit lead for most of the evening.

The Lobos improved to 18-8 overall, 9-4 in Mountain West play and stayed in third place in the league standings with five games remaining. UNM has an open date Saturday and will have a week to rest and prepare for key back-to-back road games at Boise State and Wyoming.

"The bye comes at the right time for us," Lobos coach Mike Bradbury said. "We have a lot of players fighting through a lot of stuff and this gives us a chance to rest and get well. But I'm really proud of the way the team played (Wednesday), a lot of energy and a lot of fight."

While New Mexico earned its seventh win in nine games, struggling San Jose State (6-18, 1-11) dropped its 10th game in a row. Post Amhyia Moreland scored a game-high 19 points, but UNM forced 19 SJSU turnovers and turned them into 20 points to help break open the game.

Despite its losing streak, San Jose State has played in numerous tight games, including a 63-62 loss to San Diego State on Saturday.

Cumber said the Lobos responded to a brief attitude adjustment prior to the game.

"We had a pretty rough shootaround today," she said. "We just weren't focused and (Bradbury) did a good job putting us back in check. He reminded us that we can beat any team in the league but we can lose to anyone if we're not locked in. I think he got us back in the right mind set."

UNM did not shoot particularly well Wednesday (38%), but the Lobos hit enough big shots to keep SJSU at arm's length. New Mexico went 11-for-24 from 3-point range, with Wilson and Cumber hitting three apiece.

It was a balanced effort for the Lobos, who got 12 points from Aniyah Augmon, nine from Paula Reus and eight from Charlotte Kohl. Reserve post Hulda Joaquim chipped in four points and 11 rebounds — her second straight game with double-digit rebounds.

"I'm comfortable because I know I can play hard and I can rebound," Joaquim said. "I just want to find a way to help my team win games."

UNM led 17-12 after one quarter in spite of having a Wilson 3-pointer waved off after video review because it was launched after the buzzer. Wilson scored eight points in the second quarter to help the Lobos build a 33-23 advantage. Cumber then scored eight in the third quarter as the lead increased to a comfortable 52-32.

San Jose State opened the fourth quarter with a 10-2 run to get as close as 54-42, but UNM followed with a 10-0 surge to put things out of reach.

"The important thing about this game was the way we approached it," Bradbury said. "We were very business-like and played hard. That's what I wanted to see."

LOBOS 72, SPARTANS 51

SAN JOSE STATE (6-18, 1-11 Mountain West): Anderson 0-6 2-2 2, Fluker 0-2 0-0 0, Moreland 8-13 3-3 19, Summers 3-9 0-0 9, Ma 5-13 0-0 12, Grizelj 0-2 0-0 0, Kelemeni 2-7 0-0 5, Nicholas 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 20-54 5-5 51.

NEW MEXICO (18-8, 9-4): Reus 3-9 2-2 9, Kohl 4-7 0-0 8, Wilson 5-16 3-4 16, Augmon 3-10 4-4 12, Cumber 5-11 4-5 17, Langermann 0-1 0-0 0, Joaquim 2-4 0-0 4, Lauro 0-2 0-0 0, Diarra Berthe 0-0 0-0 0, Chavez 1-1 0-0 3, Curtis 1-2 0-0 3. Totals: 24-63 13-15 72.

San Jose State 12 11 9 19 — 51

New Mexico 17 16 19 20 — 72

3-point FGs: SJS 6-22 (Anderson 0-1, Summers 3-7, Ma 2-8, Grizelj 0-2, Kelemeni 1-4); NM 11-24 (Reus 1-3, Kohl 0-1, Wilson 3-4, Augmon 2-5, Cumber 3-7, Langermann 0-1, Chavez 1-1, Curtis 1-2). Rebounds: SJS 34 (Anderson 2, Fluker 5, Moreland 4, Summers 5, Ma 3, Grizelj 2, Kelemeni 5, Nicholas, Smith); NM 38 (Reus 5, Kohl 3, Wilson 3, Augmon 5, Cumber 4, Joaquim 11, Lauro, Diarra Berthe). Assists: SJS 17 (Anderson 4, Fluker 3, Summers 3, Ma 3, Grizelj 2, Kelemeni 2); NM 17 (Reus 4, Kohl, Wilson 2, Augmon 5, Cumber 2, Joaquim, Lauro, Chavez). Steals: SJS 4 (Anderson 2, Kelemeni 2); NM 5 (Kohl, Wilson, Augmon, Cumber, Langermann). Blocks: SJS 5 (Moreland 2, Ma, Kelemeni, Smith); NM 1 (Wilson). Turnovers: SJS 19, NM 8. Team fouls: SJS 23, NM 9. Fouled out: Kelemeni. Technical foul: Kelemeni.