ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s going to be a nerve-wracking, anxious weekend for the UNM women’s basketball team. Not because they have a big game but because on Monday they’ll be taking a big trip.
The Lobos will board a plane for Italy to play four exhibition games and enjoy the country. It’s the first time the program’s taken a trip across the Atlantic.
Coach Yvonne Sanchez says the early games and bonding time should pay big dividends for the team once the regular season starts. But that doesn’t mean Sanchez and her players won’t enjoy the change of scenery.
“It’s just going to be different things they’ve never seen before and it’s a different culture so to me that’s what I’m most looking forward to,” Sanchez said. “[That] and the Vatican.”
“It’s going to be a once in a lifetime experience,” said senior guard Antiesha Brown. “You get to see all these beautiful things and whoop up on some Italians.”
“It’s different from practice, it’s an actual game so I think it can give us a feel of how to play with each other,” said junior guard Bryce Owens.
Once the season does start, UNM is hoping some changes Athletic Director Paul Krebs announced Friday can help lure more fans to show up to women’s games.
The school is cutting season ticket prices by five percent in most areas and, in the Lobo Level, from $418 to $250. The required donation to secure those tickets is also being lowered or, for some sections, eliminated.
Parking passes will still be required for the parking lots surrounding the Pit, but gameday parking everywhere else will be free.