Feb. 25, 2007
Senior Julie Briody scored 19 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds and junior Brandi Kimble added a double-double to lead streaking New Mexico to a 75-54 victory over TCU. A crowd of 12,437 was on hand as the Lobos won their eighth straight game and moved into a tie with Utah for second place in the Mountain West Conference. After an 0-3 start to the conference season, UNM is now 20-7 overall and 10-4 in league play. TCU falls to 19-9 and 9-5.
Briody, who posted her first career double-double, was one of three seniors playing in their final home game at The Pit. Katie Montgomery added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 39 minutes of action while Timi E-Nunu had two points and two rebounds.
Kimble was all over the court, grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds while tying a season-high with 14 points.
The Lobos got a measure of revenge on the Lady Horned Frogs, who handed UNM its worst loss of the season last month in Fort Worth, 67-43. New Mexico held TCU 19 points below its league-leading scoring average.
New Mexico posted its seventh straight 20-win season and ninth in 12 seasons under head coach Don Flanagan.
UNM trailed 4-3 when Adrianne Ross - the Lady Horned Frogs' leading scorer - picked up her second foul less than four minutes into the game. New Mexico responded with a 16-2 run and a 19-6 lead with Ross out of the game. Briody scored seven points during the decisive spurt that kept the Lobos in front for the rest of the afternoon.
TCU cut the deficit to 31-25 with less than two minutes remaining before halftime, but Ross went back to the bench and New Mexico ended the half on an 8-0 burst and a 39-25 lead at intermission.
UNM converted 6 of 9 shots from 3-point in the first half and finished the game by drilling 8 of 14. Briody made 4 of 5.
The Horned Frogs made a run early in the second half, trimming the margin to 42-37 as UNM missed nine of its first 10 shots from the floor.
A key point in the game came at the 12:15 mark of the second half. New Mexico led 47-39 when Kimble grabbed a loose-ball rebound and was fouled by TCU's JimAnne Hejny. The Horned Frogs' Ashley Davis argued the call and was whistled for a technical, which also became her fourth personal of the game.
Montgomery made two free throws on the technical and Kimble followed with a pair of charities on the foul that pushed the Lobo lead back to 12. The Horned Frogs got it back to nine at 56-47, but no closer.
Ross led all scorers with 24 points and she added six steals.
Marsh added 15 points, 11 of those coming in the second half.
The Lobos improved to 18-0 this season when scoring 60 or more points and 18-1 when gathering more rebounds. UNM held a 44-32 edge on the boards.
New Mexico closes the regular season on the road this week, visiting UNLV Thursday night and San Diego State Saturday afternoon. The game in Las Vegas will be televised nationally on CSTV, starting at 8 p.m. Mountain Time.