Starting this past Thursday, and ending on Friday the 9th, the New Mexico Lady Lobos basketball team will be on a tour of Europe. Their stops will include Rome, Paris, Florence, and Venice.
Aside from taking in the sights at these beautiful destinations, the ladies will also be playing some exhibition games to jumpstart their highly anticipated 2019-20 season. The Lady Lobos will play two games against a professional team from Latvia, and a game against a national team from Greece.
The Lady Lobos are hoping to continue to build off their recent success. Last season the Lobos finished 24-7, their second straight 20-win season, and also returned to the WNIT for the second straight season. So, what better way to begin the season than with what Coach Mike Bradbury sees as a bonding opportunity.
“Getting some extra practice time and a couple of games in is a bonus for us, but I think bonding and team building are more important on a trip like this. It’s about having fun,” Bradbury told the Albuquerque Journal prior to leaving for the trip.
The Lady Lobos will need that extra bonding time as their schedule, on paper, looks to be their toughest in quite a while. UNM’s out of conference slate includes nine games against eight teams that played in the postseason last year. Those eight teams are: New Mexico State, whom the Lobos will play twice, Arizona State, West Virginia, Missouri, Houston, Providence, Loyola Marymount, and UC Riverside. Other non-conference tilts include: UTEP, Ball State, Northern New Mexico, and Northern Arizona.