Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

UNM Rips AFA Despite Heckroth's Broken Nose.(Sports)

Byline: Mike Hall Associate Sports Editor

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. Don Flanagan has wondered all season what would happen if senior point guard Nikki Heckroth ever went down with an injury.

Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena, the University of New Mexico women's basketball coach found out.

And the result was positive.

Fortunately for the Lobos (10-6, 1-1), they still were able to post their first Mountain West Conference victory of the season, a 68-44 win over the Air Force Academy (3-11, 0-1).

But when Heckroth was knocked to the floor with a broken nose at the 9:48 mark of the second half and UNM leading only 51-39, there was cause for consternation on the Lobos' bench.

First, junior two-guard Molly McKinnon tried running the point and quickly was called for two offensive fouls as the Falcons' Alison Tomlinson was able to get position and then pick up the charge. …

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