March 4, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Reserve guard Julie Briody scored 16 points and No. 21 New Mexico hit seven straight 3-pointers in the first half to beat No. 18 Brigham Young 74-49 on Saturday.
New Mexico (21-8, 11-5 MWC) handed the Mountain West Conference regular season champion Cougars (23-4, 13-3) their worst loss of the season.
Dionne Marsh led the Lobos' with 17 points, 11 of them in the second half. But it was Briody, who also had a career-high eight rebounds, and senior guard Abbie Letz who rallied the Lobos from an early 15-5 deficit.
Letz scored seven straight points on two jumpers and a 3-pointer and Briody hit 3-pointers around a free throw by Marsh. Marsh finished off the run with two free throws that put the Lobos up 21-16 with 11:12 left in the first half.
Dani Kubik was the only BYU player in double figures with 11 points. The Cougars shot only 32 percent.
The Cougars hit their first six shots - three of them 3-pointers. Kubik had four points and Mallary Gillespie hit back-to-back 3s to give BYU an early 10-point lead. But the Cougars missed their next seven shots and New Mexico' offense took over.
BYU's offense took another blow when Ambrosia Anderson, the team's leading scorer (18.8 ppg) and rebounder (7.6), was injured with 8:53 left in the first half. Anderson started the second half but played just two minutes before limping off the court. She scored three points.
New Mexico led 21-18 when Anderson was injured and the Lobos steadily pulled away from there to a 40-24 halftime lead. Briody, Jana Francis and Brandi Kimble hit 3s in that spurt. Briody, who came into the game having hit 31 straight free throws, hit three more after being fouled on a 3-point attempt. She ran the streak to 35 before missing the front end of a two-shot foul in the second half.
The Lobos will be the third seed at the MWC Tournament and play the sixth seed UNLV on Wednesday March 8, at 2:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.