"That's the Deeva Vaughn I remember and hopefully that's the Deeva Vaughn you are going to see the whole year," said UNM head coach Yvonne Sanchez.
The Lobos overcame a first half deficit to take the halftime lead then held off a late charge by Texas Tech to earn the win.
"We just all came together – we didn't crumble
anything," said Vaughn. "We kept coming through. I feel we did a
job executing offensively and defensively."
Freshman point guard Bryce Owens also scored 15 points while, seniors Caroline Durbin and Sarah Halasz added 11 points and 10 respectively.
UNM shot 42.1 percent to 38.5 percent for Tech. The Lobos also held the advantage in rebounding 42 to 33. The Red Raiders did better on turnovers than the Lobos, to the tune of 18 to UNM's 22. But Tech had only managed two fast-break points for the game.
New Mexico (2-0) played hesitantly in the first five minutes, but eventually adjusted to Red Raiders' pressure
"That was a lot of fun. It was just a total team effort," said Sanchez "Texas Tech is a good team. We had 22 turnovers but on the bright side, we had 30 last year (at Tech)."
UNM came from behind in the first half to go up 33-30 at the half and went up by as many as nine points in the second half, but the closest Tech could come was a 42-42 tie with 14:53 to play.
The Lobos led 55-48 with 6:09 to play and Tech closed to 59-56 with 1:07 to play. But
Owens sank a 3-pointer on an in-bounds play with 28 seconds left that put UNM up 62-56 and put tech away for good.
"That was the game," said Sanchez. "Bryce played fearless. She has such a fire in her belly. When it was time to take over the game, she did."
Owens seemed overwhelmed by the experince after the game.
"I can't even describe the feeling," said Owens. "I don't believe I've ever hit a more intense shot in my life. That was not the plan. I just happened to be wide open."
Tech was paced by Monique Smalls, who scored a game-high 22 points. Albuquerque product Amber Battle added 12 points and Christine Hyde added 10 points for the Red Raiders, who fall to 1-1 on the year.