New Mexico Lobos women's basketball


The New Mexico Lobos women's basketball team represents the University of New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference in the NCAA Division I. The team is coached by Mike Bradbury.[2]

New Mexico Lobos
2021–22 New Mexico Lobos women's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of New Mexico
Head coachMike Bradbury (6th season)
ConferenceMountain West
LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
ArenaThe Pit
(Capacity: 15,411)
ColorsCherry and silver[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament Second round
2003, 2006
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Conference tournament champions
2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
Conference regular season champions
2004, 2005, 2021

Coaching historyEdit

Pre Varsity ErasEdit

The UNM women's basketball team played their first recorded game on December 22, 1898 .[3] It was an intramural game played between teams called the Gladiators and the Olympians; it was an intramural game as both teams were made up of University of New Mexico students. Shortly after this first game was played, the women played the first game in the women's basketball version of what is now known as the Rio Grande Rivalry, as they played Las Cruces College to a 4-2 win at the First Street Armory.[3] After that first season of play, the women's team would late extend invitations to colleges throughout New Mexico; however, in 1912, the UNM faculty refused to allow the women to travel outside of the city.

In the 1970s, with the introduction of Title IX, UNM effectively restarted their women's basketball program, with 2 club seasons in 1972-73 and 1973-74. After the 1973-74 season, the University fully established the basketball team as an official interscholastic athletic team.

Kathy Marpe (1974–80)Edit

Head coach Kathy Marpe compiled a winning record with UNM women's basketball team to a win 78 games and lose 58 (.577). [4]

Doug Hoselton (1980–87)Edit

Coach Doug Hoselton compiled a record of 89 wins and 105 (.459).[4] After the 1987 season, facing budget issues, the university shut down the women's basketball program.[5][3]

Maureen Eckroth (1991–95)Edit

Maureen Eckroth had an unfortunate record during the four years as head coach, finishing with 14 wins and 96 losses(.13). [4]

Don Flanagan (1995–2011)Edit

Don Flanagan coached the Lobos for 16 seasons, improving the Lobos' record to a remarkable 340–168 (.669). He announced his retirement in April, 2011. [6]

Yvonne Sanchez (2011–2016)Edit

Yvonne Sanchez was named head coach on April 22, 2011 replacing Don Flanagan who had been the head coach for 15 years.[7][8]

Mike Bradbury (March 2016–Present)Edit

Mike Bradbury takes over as the new Woman's head basketball coach on March, 30th, 2016. This comes after former women's basketball coach Yvonne Sanchez was fired earlier in March 2016. [9]

In 2021, the Lobos won the regular-season Mountain West Conference title, the first time they had done so without sharing the title with another team. ( Because of public health orders during the covid-19 pandemic, the Lobos were able to play only two of their games at their own court, The Pit.

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1998 #8 First Round #9 Nebraska L 59−76
2002 #10 First Round #7 Notre Dame L 61−71
2003 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Miami (FL)
#3 Mississippi State
#2 Texas Tech
W 91−85
W 73−61
L 76−81
2004 #12 First Round #5 Florida L 56−68
2005 #8 First Round #9 Purdue L 56−68
2006 #11 First Round
Second Round
#6 Florida
#3 Baylor
W 83−59
L 67−87
2007 #8 First Round #9 Green Bay L 52−59
2008 #12 First Round #5 West Virginia L 60−61


  1. ^ University of New Mexico Art Sheet (PDF). April 27, 2018. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Breaking News: New Mexico hires Mike Bradbury to lead women's basketball". The Daily Lobo. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  3. ^ a b c "2006-07 New Mexico Basketball" (PDF). Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Barron, James (April 10, 2018). "A purge of UNM athletics department is needed, but may be too late". No. April 10, 2018. Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  6. ^ "The University of New Mexico Lobos - Player Bio: Don Flanagan". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-12-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2016-03-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Velarde, Victoria (2016-03-30). "UNM hires new women's basketball coach | KRQE News 13". Retrieved 2016-08-13.

External linksEdit

  • Official website