Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lobos' Need Is Apparent.(Sports)

Byline: Mike Hall Associate Sports Editor

ANALYSIS

Objective Should Be To Have a More Athletic Team

Marie Ferdinand, LSU, 19 points. LaToya Thomas, Mississippi State, 27 points. Brandi McCain, Florida, 21 points. Felicia Ragland, Oregon State, 19 points.

And, finally, Jamie Lewis, Ohio State, 19 points.

Notice a trend?

The University of New Mexico women's basketball team lost all five of these games. Additionally, the Lobos were incapable athletically of stopping star players who could put the ball on the floor and create.

The latest Lewis and her Buckeyes teammates stopping UNM 62-61 in the Women's National Invitation Tournament championship game Wednesday night perhaps was the most painful.

It was a game played before 18,018 frenzied Pit fans, many of whom were watching women's basketball for the first time. It was a game in which the Lobos lost a 12-point early second-half lead. …

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