Robinson’s immediate impact sparks New Mexico to MWC victory
Work behind the scenes made it possible for Anchorage’s Azaria Robinson to shine under the bright lights as her productive practice habits paved the way for extended playing time with the University of New Mexico women’s basketball team.
The 6-foot-2 freshman cashed in on the opportunity by posting season highs in points (12), rebounds (5) and minutes (12) to lead the Lobos to a 75-53 win at Air Force in the Mountain West Conference.
“She’s been practicing better than other people, and she deserved to play,” New Mexico coach Mike Bradbury told the Albuquerque Journal. “The people who showed us they wanted to play the most got the most minutes. And that’s the way we’re going to do things moving forward.”
Robinson, of West High fame, made an immediate impact after entering the game for the first time in the second quarter.
In the first 55 seconds, she grabbed two rebounds, handed off an assist and converted a layup.
Her play sparked the Lobos, who rallied after a slow start to win their first MWC game of the season and avoid the first 0-5 start in league play since 2012.