Lobos Squeak By UNLV, 68-65
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/05/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 5, 2008

Box Score

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.

New Mexico wraps up the regular season on Saturday, March 8, when they host Colorado State at 2 p.m. in The Pit. It will be Senior Day for Dionne Marsh and Brandi Kimble.