March 5, 2008
LAS VEGAS, Nev. --- Senior Dionne Marsh scored a season-high 27 points as the University of New Mexico women's basketball team beat UNLV, 68-65, tonight at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Marsh, now with 1,826 career points, needs just 11 points to become the Lobos' all-time career scorer. The Flower Mound, Texas, native also had nine rebounds on the night, moving into sixth place on the Lobos all-time career rebound list with 702.
"This was a hard-fought game from baseline to baseline," Lobo head coach Don Flanagan said. "UNLV played very motivated, but we played with toughness and a desire to win. Our seniors have started to realize that they don't have much time left in their college careers and have a new urgency."
New Mexico (16-12, 8-7 MWC) took an eight-point lead into the locker room at halftime, 28-20, behind 11 points from Brandi Kimble and eight by Marsh.
UNLV (8-20, 4-11 MWC) went on a 9-0 run to start the second half and take the lead for the first time, 29-28. But the Lobos got back on track, building the lead to 41-35 on a jumper by Marsh.
Angela Hartill hit a jumper with 9:07 left in the game to give UNM its biggest lead of the game, 49-40. The Lady Rebels gradually cut the lead, tying the score at 59 on a layup by Shamela Hampton with 2:02 left in the game.
Sequoia Holmes hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to cut the UNM lead to 66-65, but Amy Beggin hit two free throws with eight seconds left to seal the UNM win, 68-65.
In addition to Marsh's 27 points and nine rebounds, Kimble finished with 15 points and the Lobos shot 59.1 percent from the field, the best shooting night for UNM this season.