LAS VEGAS (KRQE) – A Mountain West Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament automatic bid is not a part of the Lobo women’s basketball team’s story in 2015. The Lobos fell short in the Mountain West Tournament Championship game to Boise State Friday 66 to 60. The Lobos had trouble shooting in the first half at only 23-percent. Forward Khadijah Shumpert also got into foul trouble early. That led to a poor showing rebounding the basketball. Despite their early troubles the Lobos only trailed by 7 at half time.
Senior guard Antiesha Brown broke out of her shooting slump by the second half but, not before Boise State built a 10 point lead. The Lobos would chip away at the deficit and cut it to five. That would be as close as they would get. Brown had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals in the loss. Forward Khadijah Shumpert had 17 points and only 3 rebounds.
“It’s really frustrating losing basketball games, that’s for sure but it doesn’t take away what we did this year. I mean this game doesn’t define what we did this year and we will be back,” said Lobos head coach Yvonne Sanchez.
A Mountain West Women’s Tournament record of 5,195 fans, mostly Lobo fans, watched the game. The Loss dropped the Lobos to 20 and 12 on the season. They hope to extend their season with an invitation to a postseason tournament.