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Lobo Women's Basketball Battles UNLV Tuesday In Las Vegas
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/01/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 1, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball travels to Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday to take on UNLV inside the Cox Pavilion. The game will tip at 9 p.m. MT and will be broadcast live on CSTV. Joe Behrend will provide play-by-play on 610 AM The Sports Animal. UNM enters the game with a 15-12 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Mountain West Conference. UNLV is 8-18 on the season and 4-9 in league play.

Up Next For Lobo Basketball

Game #28 • at UNLV

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 • 9 p.m.

CSTV

Cox Pavilion

Las Vegas, Nev.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access

Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend will call the action from Las Vegas.

Television: CSTV (Comcast 274)

Against UNLV (8-18, 4-9; going into Saturday's game at TCU): This will be the 46th meeting between the Lobos and UNLV. UNLV holds a 21-14 lead in the series, with UNM holding a slight lead 12-11 since 1998.

Up Next: March 8 vs. Colorado State will be Senior Day for Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh and the final home game of the regular season for the Lobos. Game time at The Pit is set for 2 p.m.

LOBO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds are at The Pit are the best and have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,491 fans in 17 home games of the season. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2 for Pack The Pit. The Lobos are currently seventh in the nation in home attendance.

• NCAA Tournament ... The Pit will be one of eight sites hosting the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds on March 22 and 24. For more information, including game times and ticket prices, go to www.GoLobos.com.

Last Time Out - at BYU - W, 55-45 ... Dionne Marsh took over second place on the New Mexico women's basketball all-time scoring list with 16 points as the Lobos beat BYU tonight at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, 55-45. Marsh moved past Jordan Adams (1,798; 1999-2003) with 1,799 points and needs just 38 points to pass Abby Garchek as the Lobos' all-time leading scorer. New Mexico battled the whole game, never allowing BYU to take more than a three-point lead through the first 28:26 minutes of play. Marsh scored 10 points in the first half to keep the Lobos within 22-19 at the half. Senior Brandi Kimble started a 10-0 run with a three-pointer at the 11:34 mark to even the score at 33. Junior Angela Hartill gave the Lobos the lead for good with a three, 36-33. Marsh picked up her final six points of the game on free throws, the first two capping the 10-0 run and giving the Lobos a 40-33 lead. Hartill hit another three, 43-35, to give UNM their biggest lead of the game. BYU's Mallary Carling hit a jumper with 43 seconds left in the game to cut the Lobo lead to 47-43. The Lobos, who have struggled in close games during the season, outscored BYU 8-2 over the last 41 seconds, all free throws, for the 55-45 win. Amy Beggin hit four free throws to take a 51-43 lead, before Marsh hit four in the last 20 seconds of the game to move up the UNM career scoring chart.

About UNLV (8-18, 4-9) ... The Rebels travel to Fort Worth to face TCU on Saturday, March before they host the Lobos. UNLV is led by senior Sequoia Holmes with 18.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh recorded the 12th double-double of her career on Feb. 13 against San Diego State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season.

Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. Marsh has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history.

On the scoring side of the box, Marsh needs 38 to take the lead from Abby Garchek (1993-97) on the Lobo all-time career scoring list.

The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, moved into seventh place on the UNM all-time rebound list with 7 on Feb. 23 at BYU. Marsh needs 8 rebounds to move into sixth place.

Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble has the chance to move into the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season. She needs 2 steals to crack the Top 10.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. The NCAA women's basketball staff was on site Tuesday, Dec. 18, for UNM's dress rehearsal game. Every host site of an NCAA basketball round must host the staff for one game during the season leading up to the hosting round. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.

No. 400 For Flanagan ... Don Flanagan coached his 400th collegiate game on Sunday, Feb. 17, at TCU. Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan earned his 275th collegiate win on Feb. 6 at Colorado State, 74-47.

THINK PINK x 3 ... The Lobos were involved in three THINK PINK games over an eight-day span - at Wyoming (Feb. 10), vs. San Diego State (Feb. 13), and at TCU (Feb. 17). Over 700 schools across the nation joined in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association campaign for breast cancer awareness. For each game Lobo players wore pink warm-up tops, shoelaces, headbands and wristbands, while the coaching staff wore pink shirts or ties. Even MWC officials got into the spirit with hot pink whistles.

Super Sophomore Beggin ... Sophomore Amy Beggin has emerged as one of the top performers for New Mexico this season. Beggin, who has started every game at the point, is averaging 37.4 minutes, 11.7 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Maplewood, Minn., native is 12th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 2.00 and is ranked in the top 100 in assists per game (73rd - 4.4) and free throw percentage (47th - 82.8), the only Lobo in the national rankings. Beggin scored a career-high 26 points against UNLV on Feb. 2 and has scored in double-figures 13 times this season, including five consecutive from Nov. 23-Dec. 8. She set another career mark on Jan. 19 with six three-point field goals made at Air Force. Beggin set a new career-mark on Jan. 15 with five steals against TCU and tied it on Jan 26 vs. BYU. She picked off a career-high 10 rebounds at UTEP on Dec. 30. In the final game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown tournament against Oregon, Beggin chipped in 17 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She has matched her career-high for assists in a game twice this season with eight against Dayton and Towson. The ironwoman of the squad, Beggin has played in 14 complete games this season.

Kielpinski Making Impact ... Freshman Jessica Kielpinski grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds at TCU on Feb. 17. She scored a career-high 13 points at Wyoming on Feb. 10, coming off the bench for the second game in a row. On Jan. 19 at Air Force, she earned her first collegiate start. She made the most of the opportunity by scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds. Kielpinski is typically one of the first players off the bench for Don Flanagan. In the Comcast Lobo Shootout, the Mandan, N.D., native combined for 18 points and nine rebounds, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field.

Jackson Has Career Days ... Sophomore Georonika Jackson hit a new career high with 10 points against Air Force on Feb. 20. Earlier in the month she set her career-highs twice in a three-game span. On Feb. 10, Jackson scored nine points in 10 minutes of action at Wyoming. Two games before against UNLV, Jackson had eight points. Against San Diego State on Feb. 13, the Sugar Land, Texas, native was productive in a career-high 23 minutes for the Lobos.

Hartill Back to Start ... Junior Angela Hartill made the most of her first start in five games on Feb. 6 at Colorado State. Hartill scored a career-high 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting from the field, including six of the first eight points in the game. Her 8 field goals and 11 attempts were also new career marks.

20-Plus Trifecta ... On Feb. 2 against UNLV, Amy Beggin, Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh pulled off something that has never happened in Lobo women's basketball history - three players scoring 20+ points in a game. Beggin recorded a career-high 26 points, while Kimble tied her career-high with 22. Marsh pitched in with 22 points, moving her into third place on the Lobos all-time scoring list.

Doubling Up ... Angela Hartill's 10 points, along with Amy Beggin's 26, Brandi Kimble's 22, and Dionne Marsh's 22 gave the Lobos four players scoring in double figures on Feb. 2 vs. UNLV. It was the third time this season that the Lobos have had four players scoring in double figures in a game (Nov. 10 vs. Dayton; Dec. 7 vs. Norfolk State). The last time the Lobos had five players score in double figures was Nov. 10, 2006 vs. Florida Atlantic (Julie Briody - 17, Katie Montgomery - 16, Dionne Marsh - 13, Angela Hartill - 11, Brandi Kimble -10).

Sharp Shooters ... The Lobos recorded one of their best shooting nights of the season on Feb. 2 vs. UNLV. UNM shot 55.9 percent from the field for the game, the best overall night of the season, and 66.7 percent in just the second half, the best half of the season. With 55.4 percent at Colorado State on Feb. 6, the Lobos have shot over 50 percent in five games this season.

Nationally-Ranked Opponents in The Pit ... The Stanford Cardinal was the highest-ranked opponent to ever face the Lobos in The Pit. Stanford was ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll and No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll at the time of its visit to Albuquerque on Dec. 18, 2007. Special thanks to Mel Greenberg of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the WBCA for research assistance.

RPI Watch Underway ... This is the time of year that teams hoping for a post-season NCAA bid start watching their RPI as much as the national polls put out by the Associated Press and ESPN, USA Today and the coaches. The official NCAA RPI reports were first released in early January. There are at least three other unofficial RPI rankings that teams keep an eye on late in the season - collegerpi.com, The Women's RPI Report, and Jeff Sagarin.

Latest RPI rankings for UNM and the MWC

NCAA (Feb. 25) - 81

collegerpi.com/Jerry Palm (Feb. 28) - 77; MWC - 7

The Women's RPI Report/rpiratings.com (Feb. 24) - 81; MWC - 7

Jeff Sagarin/CBN Ratings/rpiratings.com (Feb. 28) - 70; MWC - 7

Totally UNOFFICIAL Attendance Rankings ... The University of Wisconsin annually provides a weekly national ranking for attendance in women's basketball, which will be released on Monday. New Mexico is currently seventh overall at 8,465 fans per game at The Pit. The season-high crowd of 11,942 at The Pit against UNLV ranks 25th in the nation.

Scoring 60 ... The Lobos are 36-0 when scoring at least 60 points over the past two seasons. When the Lobos score under 60 points, the record is 3-19. The last time New Mexico lost a game in which it scored 60 points was the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament against Baylor in Tucson, 87-67.

Love That Defense ... The Lobos are currently ranked 10th in the country in scoring defense, only allowing opponents to score 53.6 points per game. UNM is also among the top 50 in the nation in turnovers per game (32nd; 15.2), assist/turnover ration (45th; 0.91), rebound margin (40th; +5.7) and field goal percentage defense (30th; .368).

163 and Counting ... The Lobos extended their streak of making a three-point field goal to 163 consecutive games with six on Feb. 26 at BYU. The last time UNM did not make a three-point basket was Feb. 27, 2003 vs. UNLV.

Pit, Sweet Pit ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit is serving year No. 30 as the home of Lobo women's basketball. The Lobos are currently 11-6 at home in 2007-08. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 183-40 in The Pit. Against MWC competition, New Mexico is 56-10 at The Pit, including a 35-0 run from Jan. 17, 2002-March 4, 2006.

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