Nov. 24, 2006
Junior post Dionne Marsh scored 22 points to lead New Mexico to a 64-43 victory over Georgia Southern in the opening round of the AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament. The Lobos improved to 3-2 and will face Siena (1-3) in the championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. Siena downed Western Illinois 82-65 in Friday's first game. Georgia Southern dropped to 1-5.
Marsh's big night got her to within 10 points of 1,000 in her career. Senior guard Julie Briody and freshman guard Amy Beggin tossed in 14 points apiece. Briody made all eight of her shots from the line while Beggin was 6 of 9 from the floor. Junior Brandi Kimble pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds for New Mexico.
A crowd of 8,505 was on hand at The Pit.
UNM methodically pulled away midway through the first half, taking a 29-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. That lead grew to 41-23 as the Eagles missed nine of their first 10 shots over the first eight minutes of the second half.
While the Lobos went cold from the floor and the line, Georgia Southern pulled to within 43-34 on a 3-pointer by Tiffany Brown with 8:52 left, but that's as close as it would get as UNM went on a 17-1 run for a 60-35 advantage.
Georgia Southern, a team that battled No. 8 Georgia to within four points earlier in the week, shot just 25% (15-60) for the game.
UNM's victory margin could have been more decisive had it not struggled from the 3-point line. The Lobos shot 17% (3-18) from the arc. Senior Katie Montgomery made just one try in 10 attempts. New Mexico also converted just 62% of its free throws (21-34).
Brown led Georgia Southern with 12 points.