Jan. 12, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. --- Lobo seniors Dionne Marsh and Brandi Kimble were the high scorers in New Mexico's first road win of the season, 60-47 against San Diego State, but it was freshman Kelsey Ansley that provided the spark off the bench for the victory. With the win New Mexico improved to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in Mountain West Conference play.
"I am really proud of Kelsey's performance today," said Lobo head coach Don Flanagan. "She did some things today that were all effort. When she got the ball, she made things happen, along with some good defense. Her play allowed us to win this game."
Ansley provided a much-needed spark off the bench for the Lobos in the first half. In seven minutes of action, Ansley scored five points, had one assist and pulled down three rebounds. Ansley hit a three-pointer to give UNM its biggest lead of the first half, 23-15, to cap a 6-0 run. After SDSU cut the lead to 23-19, Ansley fed Amy Beggin for a three-pointer to put the Lobos up, 26-19. The Aztecs continued to fight back, as UNM took a 28-24 lead into halftime.
Ansley hit Beggin a second time for a three in the second-half to give UNM a nine-point lead, 37-28. The Lobos never allowed the Aztecs to get any closer for the rest of the game.
Marsh recorded a team-high 21 points, her second consecutive game with 20 or more points, while Kimble had 12 points, including the first four points of the game. Beggin also scored in double figures with 10.
Ansley had a career-game, tying her career-high with eight points and setting new marks with five rebounds, two three-point field goals, and three steals.
Overall, the Lobos recorded their best shooting game of the season at 53.5 percent, out-shooting San Diego State at just 29.2 percent.
New Mexico returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. against TCU. Game time at The Pit is set for 6:30 p.m.