Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/08/2006

March 8, 2006

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Final Score: (6) UNLV 57, (3) New Mexico 45

• No. 20 New Mexico falls to 21-9 while UNLV improves to 18-10...the Lobos are 5-5 in their last 10 games

• The 3-time defending MWC Tournament champion Lobos had their tournament winning streak snapped at 9...they lost for the first time at the Pepsi Center in Denver after posting a 6-0 record there the past two years

• Prior to today's game, the Lobos' last loss in the MWC Tournament was 71-58 to BYU on March 8, 2002 in Las Vegas

• The last time New Mexico lost in the first round of the MWC Tournament was in 2000, a 52-50 setback to UNLV in Las Vegas

• The 45 points by UNM are a season-low and fewest since a 75-35 loss at Minnesota last year...it's the Lobos' lowest output in a conference tournament game since a 53-45 loss to SMU in the 1999 Western Athletic Conference in Las Vegas

• UNM led 44-42 when Katie Montgomery hit a 3-pointer with 5:45 remaining, however, that would be the Lobos' final basket of the game...the Rebels outscored UNM 15-1 the rest of the way...5 of UNLV's points during the decisive spurt came after two offensive rebounds on missed free throws

• After the Montgomery 3, the Lobos committed three straight turnovers and UNLV scored a basket after each one to push its lead to 48-44

• The Lobos shot 36% (19-53) for the game, 31% (9-29) in the second half and missed 9 of their last 11 attempts from the field...sophomore Dionne Marsh was 9 of 18 from the field, the rest of the team 10 of 35, or 29%

• New Mexico entered the MWC Tournament having made 47% (57-121) of its 3-pointers over the previous 6 games...the Lobos were 5 of 19 today, or 26%...it's the fewest 3s made and the lowest percentage since 25% (2 of 8) shooting against Colorado State on Feb. 8

• UNLV closed the first half with a 20-7 run to erase a six-point deficit and take a 30-23 lead at the break...the Rebels made 10 of their last 13 FGs during that spurt...UNLV shot 52% (13-25) in the first period and 47% (23-49) for the game

• The Lobos are now 2-8 when trailing at halftime this year, 0-5 against MWC competition...the two wins came at Texas (trailed 35-32, won 76-68) and at New Mexico State in triple overtime (trailed 28-23, won 79-77)

• New Mexico, which led 11-4 and 16-10, trailed 30-23 at halftime, its fewest points in a first half since leading Wyoming 23-21 at The Pit on Jan. 14

• Lobo senior Abbie Letz finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds...it's her 7th double-double of the season and 8th of her career.

  • New Mexico is now 11-4 all-time in Mountain West Tournament games, and lost for the first time since the semifinals of the 2002 tournament to BYU (nine game winning streak snapped). The only other quarterfinal loss for the Lobos was in 2000, also to UNLV. UNLV is now 6-6 all-time in Mountain West Tournament games and have advanced to the semifinals the last three years.

  • UNLV became the first six-seed to win a Mountain West Tournament game, with the previous six seeds falling in the quarterfinals.

  • With the score tied at 44-44, UNLV used a 13-1 run over the final 4:37 of the game to pull off the 57-45 victory.

  • New Mexico sophomore forward Dionne Marsh has been in double figure scoring 26 times this season and 46 times in her career. She had double figures prior to the four-minute timeout in the first half and ended the game with a game-high 18 points.

  • UNLV closed the first-half on a 10-3 run over the final 6:00, with senior forward Sherry McCracklin scoring six of the Lady Rebel points during the stretch, ending the half with a game-high 11 points. She ended the game with 15 points, including a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line.

  • For the sixth time this season, New Mexico senior forward Abbie Letz has made at least three three-pointers in a game, finishing the contest with three triples, 11 points and 10 rebounds - for her seventh double-double of the year.

  • UNLV junior guard Kameca Simmons recorded a career-high with 8 assists. Her previous high was five on three different occasions. Her eight assists ties for the fourth most in a MWC Tournament game.

  • McCracklin became the fifth player in Mountain West Tournament history to have a perfect night from the free throw line (minimum seven attempts). She is also the third senior to accomplish the feat and the second from UNLV (RanDee Henry vs Wyoming, 2005).

  • UNLV is the only team in the Mountain West Conference to have defeated the Lobos twice this season, as the Lady Rebels defeated New Mexico in the final week of the regular season.
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