Feb. 7, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team dropped a 57-51 decision at UNLV Saturday inside the Cox Pavilion. The Lobos shot a dismal 20 percent from the field in the second half and allowed the Lady Rebels to rally for the victory. UNM dropped its third straight game and falls to 16-6 overall and 5-4 in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV improved to 10-12 on the year and 3-6 in conference play.
The Lobos led 23-19 at the half and played well. UNM scored 23 first-half points on 11-of-27 shooting. New Mexico only hit one three-pointer in the first half and it wouldn't get much better. The Lobos finished the game going 3-for-18 from long distance.
"We all should be disappointed," said Lobo coach Don Flanagan. "When you shoot like that, 3-of-18 from the three, you can't beat anybody. I got some players who are doing OK, but I got some players who I can't depend on to be consistent.
"We didn't get the kind of play we needed in this game. You have to knock down shots. We have a lot work to do, a lot of work."
UNLV responded in the second half and clawed its way to the victory. The Rebels out scored UNM, 38-28, in the final 20 minutes and never allowed UNM to find success offensively. The Lobos led by as many as eight points in the first half and were up 31-21 in the second half with 16:31 to play.
The Lobos hit only 6-of-29 shots in the final 20 minutes and was 2-for-8 from three-point distance.
UNM was outrebounded in the game, 41-39 and it proved to be critical down the stretch for UNLV. The Lady Rebels had 16 second chance points and 12 of those were in the second half.
Hampton scored 11 points in the second half and finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds. It was her 11th double-double of the year and 21st of her career. UNLV freshman Jamie Smith had all of her 10 points in the second half and pulled down 17 rebounds. Smith, who is a MWC Freshman of the Year candidate, had her eighth double-double of the year.
Beggin finished with 15 points in the game on 5-of-13 shooting but was 0-for-6 from long range. Beggin has reached double figures in 21 of 22 games. Halasz chipped in 10 points and reached double figures for the fourth time in her career. UNM got good board work from Georonika Jackson with seven boards and Amanda Best with Six. Halasz also had five offensive rebounds.
The Lobos adjusted the lineup Saturday against UNLV. Halasz returned to the lineup and made her sixth start this season. Sophomore Jessica Kielpinski made her first start this season.
New Mexico has now lost three consecutive games for the first time this season. The Lobos have seven games remaining before the MWC Championship on March 10-14.
Junior Valerie Kast helped keep New Mexico close in the second half. Kast scored all of her seven points in seven minutes during the second half. Kast had one block against the Lady Rebels and moved into sole possession of 10th place on the UNM all-time list. Kast has 24 blocks this season and 53 for her career.
The Lobos return home to host Air Force Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. MT. Tickets are currently available at www.GoLobos.com.