The race for first place in this season’s Mountain West women’s basketball race may well go down to the wire.
It may also be a two-horse race.
The University of New Mexico Lobos can all but assure that either UNLV or UNM will win the league’s regular-season crown on Saturday. The Lobos (20-6, 11-2) visit third-place Nevada (15-8, 7-4) with an opportunity to effectively deal the Wolf Pack out of the title chase.
With a win, UNM would lead Nevada by three games in the loss column and hold a tiebreaker advantage with four regular-season games remaining. If the Wolf Pack prevails, second-place UNM’s lead is just one game in the loss column and Nevada holds the tiebreaker edge. Saturday’s game is the only meeting between the teams this season.
“We’re going to get their best shot, that’s for sure,” Lobos coach Mike Bradbury said. “Nevada plays well at home and this is a big game for them. It’s important for both teams.”
The Lobos are trying to keep the pressure on MWC-leading UNLV (19-4, 11-1) as both teams come down the season’s final stretch. The Rebels host San Diego State on Saturday.
But Bradbury’s focus is entirely on Nevada, which is 10-3 at the Lawlor Events Center.
“They seem to shoot really well there,” Bradbury said. “Maybe they’re more comfortable, I don’t know, but they play well at home and they’re always physical. We have to match that.”
UNM did an effective job against a physical opponent in Wednesday’s 72-57 home win over Air Force, countering the Falcons’ inside game by attacking the basket off the dribble and pushing the pace when possible. Point guard LaTora Duff scored a career-best 25 points and the Lobos amassed a 23-5 advantage in fast-break points.
Nevada is a bit more willing to play at a fast tempo and will look to attack behind talented guard Da’ja Hamilton. But if a quick strike does not present itself, the Wolf Pack will slow things down.
“Keeping their guards in front of us is a priority,” Bradbury said, “and we have to fight for rebounds. We’re not going to outrebound many people, but if we can get enough to play in transition and keep the game moving, we’ll have a better chance to win.”
UNM’s last two games illustrate Bradbury’s point. Wyoming racked up a 43-24 rebounding advantage in a 60-59 win over the Lobos last week. Air Force finished with a 40-35 edge on the boards in Wednesday’s game.
INJURY UPDATE: UNM freshman Viané Cumber underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus and will not play again this season, Bradbury said. Cumber injured her knee during warmups prior to the Lobos’ home win over Colorado State on Feb. 2.
Cumber, a Sandia High school alum who averaged 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 18 games, is expected to be ready in time for summer workouts.
“You hate to see things like this, especially late in the season,” Bradbury said.
RECORD STREAK: With a pair of 3-pointers versus Air Force, LaTascya Duff broke UNM’s program record of consecutive games with at least one 3. She has hit a 3-pointer in 28 straight games dating to last season. The previous record was held by Ahlise Hurst, who converted a 3-pointer in 27 straight games from 2019-20 to last season.
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Blake Horstmann Talks Nick Viall Feud: Making Amends Is ‘Impossible’
“No, honestly, at this point, I’m past trying to work it out,” Horstmann, 33, said while on the VMAs red carpet at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on Sunday, August 28. “I’ve tried multiple times, but it’s impossible with him.”
He claimed that he isn’t sure why Viall, 41, has issues with him — and has no plans to make amends. “The dude just does not like me … for whatever reason,” the Bachelorette season 14 alum added. “It’s been years. I’ve just given up at this point. So yeah, it is what it is.”
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Viall and Horstmann’s feud started in August 2019 after Caelynn Miller-Keyes accused Horstmann of being a womanizer on the season 6 Bachelor in Paradise premiere. She revealed that they slept together before the show started filming — only to discover that he did the same with Kristina Schulman the night prior.
After being called out for sleeping with both women ahead of BiP, Horstmann released text messages he exchanged with Miller-Keyes, now 27, before they had sex during the Stagecoach Festival.
After backlash started being directed at the former pageant queen, Horstmann deleted the texts hours after posting them. However, Viall didn’t think Horstmann was actually remorseful for the hate Miller-Keyes received.
“I know by talking to a lot of people over the weekend that Blake admitted, ‘I know that she is going to look bad,’” the Wisconsin native claimed on an August 2019 episode of his podcast, “The Viall Files.”
He continued, “I know that he threatened people about releasing these text messages for months in anticipations coming up, which makes it all that more premeditated. Then he ended up deleting it when it got really nasty, but it’s not like he didn’t realize.”
The Dancing With the Stars alum alleged that Horstmann was being manipulative to remain likable. “It was more important for him to try to change people’s opinions back to like, ‘Oh, Blake is just a sweet boy who this was just one weekend where he got a little drunk and had a little bit of sex.’ No, he’s been, like, f–king like crazy for an entire year,” he said.
Horstmann — who has been dating Giannina Gibelli since last last year — didn’t appreciate Viall’s judgment. When asked in April 2020 if he would ever be a guest on the podcast that once slandered him, he replied, “I’d rather s–t in my hand and clap.”
“I have him blocked too,” the DJ, who publicly sided with Thurston last month, told Us exclusively ahead of the VMAs on Sunday. “So there are multiple people.”
With reporting by Christina Garibaldi
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Diamondbacks Down Scuffling White Sox 3-2 to Finish Sweep
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake McCarthy hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the struggling Chicago White Sox with a 3-2 victory Sunday.
Diamondbacks rookie Stone Garrett launched his first major league home run and Sergio Alcántara also went deep for Arizona, which earned its first interleague sweep since 2019. Noé Ramirez (5-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and Ian Kennedy got three outs for his ninth save.
“It’ll be a happy flight,” McCarthy said after the Diamondbacks wrapped up a 4-1 trip. “It’s nice to go on the road and gain some momentum.”
Kendall Graveman (3-3) took the loss in relief of Dylan Cease, who allowed Arizona’s two solo homers while striking out eight in a career-high eight innings.
“Given (Cease’s) track record, you know what he’s going to give you,” White Sox third baseman Josh Harrison said. “And unfortunately we couldn’t come up with the win.”
Zach Davies, who has gone 10 starts without a victory, pitched 5 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks and gave up two runs. Gavin Sheets had a sacrifice fly and AJ Pollock followed with an infield single that brought home Andrew Vaughn to give the White Sox a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
“That was unfortunate,” said Davies, who was hoping for a longer outing. “But we battled back and won, and that’s all that matters.”
Alcántara hit his fourth homer of the season in the eighth to tie it.
Garrett opened the scoring in the second with a drive to center field. The 26-year-old spent more than seven seasons in the minors before making his debut Aug. 17.
“I haven’t checked my phone yet,” said Garrett, who sent Cease’s best pitch, his slider, out of the park. “I’m sure my friends are pretty hyped.”
The White Sox, who allowed 17 runs in the first two games of the series, have lost nine of 11 and dropped two games under .500. They heard a smattering of boos as they left the field.
Chicago manager Tony La Russa most certainly heard fans expressing their displeasure, but said he and his team aren’t discouraged.
“I just get angry,” he said. “I don’t like frustration, discouragement. That’s loser crap. Just seeps energy out of your body.
“I just get angry and want to do something about it.”
Harrison made a quick dive to his left to stop Christian Walker’s grounder in the seventh, then popped up and threw him out. It was the only time the White Sox needed an athletic defensive play in support of Cease, who induced plenty of easy flyouts.
White Sox OF Eloy Jiménez got a day off to rest his sore legs but pinch hit in the ninth. La Russa hopes to have Jiménez back in the lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against visiting Kansas City.
Arizona LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.53 ERA) faces LHP Ranger Suárez (8-5, 3.38) on Monday night to start a series against visiting Philadelphia.
Chicago RHP Lucas Giolito (10-7, 5.14) opposes Royals RHP Brady Singer (7-4, 3.15) on Tuesday.
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