The University of Wyoming women’s basketball team had no answers offensively Thursday in their regular-season finale at New Mexico.
And the Cowgirls had no answers for New Mexico senior center Jaisa Nunn.
That combination was too much to overcome.
Nunn dominated the game with 26 points and 13 rebounds and UW put together its worst offensive quarter and second-worst offensive half during a 57-50 loss to the Lobos at The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
UW (20-7 overall, 13-5 Mountain West) ends the regular season third in the final conference standings and opens the Mountain West Championship at 9:30 p.m. Monday against the winner of the game between the No. 6 and 11 seeds Sunday.
With the chase for the MW regular-season title over for both teams, the Cowgirls came out of the gate listless on offense. UW was 5 of 17 from the field in the first quarter and a season-low 2 of 15 in the second – for a season-low five points – but still only trailed 25-20 at the break.
UW’s offense finally came alive in the third quarter by scoring 18 points – two less than the entire first half – to pull within 43-38 after three quarters.
The Cowgirls got within three points twice early in the fourth quarter, but the Lobos used an 8-1 run to push the lead back to 10.
After senior Sladjana Rakovic scored the last of her six consecutive points to pull the Cowgirls within 52-48 with 2:06 to play, Nunn applied the dagger with a 3-pointer with the shot clock running out for a seven-point lead with 1:32 remaining.
Nunn was 11 of 13 from the field (2 of 3 on 3s) in 33 minutes of playing time for her 26 points.
No other New Mexico player scored more than eight points.
Junior Taylor Rusk and Rakovic each scored 10 points to lead the Cowgirls, while Rakovic added a career-high 14 rebounds off the bench. The 14 boards tied the season high for a Cowgirl, held by senior Bailee Cotton on two different occasions.
Cotton added eight points and nine rebounds before fouling out.
UW leading scorer Marta Gomez got in early foul trouble and had a hard time getting a rhythm offensively. Gomez finished with four points, 12 below her season average.
UW shot a season-worst 31.7 percent for the game (20 of 63) and an ice cold 10.5 percent on 3-pointers (2 of 19). Part of the low shooting came from 10 blocked shots by New Mexico.
New Mexico swept the regular-season series from UW for the first time since the 2014-15 season. The Lobos now lead the overall series 40-37. … Cotton’s nine rebounds gives her 686 in her career and moves her into No. 14 all-time, passing Hillary Carlson. … New Mexico earns the No. 2 seed in the MW tourney with the win. … Five of the past six games in the UW-New Mexico series have been decided by seven points or less. … Thursday was game No. 121 for Gomez, tying Marie Kauffman for No. 10 all-time.