"Honestly, we played down to their level," said Vaughn after the game. "It was an ugly win. That's all I can say. You have those games."
The source of some of the ugliness was the Lobos poor control and protection of the ball, as New Mexico (6-1) committed 25 turnovers. That the Wildcats were only able to parlay the Lobos' gaffes into 16 points explains why Weber State (0-6) was unable to find its first win of the season.
"Twenty five turnovers is unacceptable," said senior Caroline Durbin, who led all scorers with 15 points. "I think they rattled us a bit in the first half. It probably took us a little bit too long to calm down."
Vaughn added 14 points and eight rebounds as UNM piled up the majority of its points in the paint – 46 points to the Wildcats 24. No other Lobos were in double figures but Jayme Jackson and Whitney Johnson each added eight points and Sara Halasz added six points and seven rebounds.
Weber State made things tough early on and the two teams were tied 6-6 five minutes into the game. But UNM outscored the Wildcats 17-5 over the next nine minutes to take a 23-11 lead and eventually led 33-18 at halftime.
UNM opened on a 16-7 run and Weber State never challenged the Lobos in the second half.
Amanda Hughes paced the Wildcats with 14 points as WSU shot 22.4% (15 of 64) from the field. Weber State shot 16.7% (3 of 18) from 3-point range and got outrebounded 54-to-32. Regina Okoya added 10 points and 4 rebounds for the Wildcats.
UNM shot 45.2% (28 of 62) from the field and hit just 1 of 6 three point attempts. The Lobos had 18 assists to eight for the visitors and UNM got 28 points from its bench to 12 for Weber State.
"We have to grow a little bit more," said Sanchez. "You are going to have games like this. The biggest thing for me is we have to find a way to stop the silly mistakes, especially by the veterans. We are not going to beat too many teams playing the way we played today.
"We didn't play our best basketball, but we got a win."