New Mexico Hosts Wyoming Saturday in The Pit
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/15/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 15, 2010

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    Jan. 15, 2010

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will try to get back on track Saturday when they host Wyoming in The Pit. The Lobos are 9-6 on the year and 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming is 11-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Tip for Saturday's game is set for 2 p.m. MT and can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal. GameTracker and live video streaming will be available on GoLobos.com.

    Saturday will be the 60th all-time meeting between the Lobos and Cowgirls. New Mexico leads the series 34-25 but the series is tied 3-3 over the last six games. However, the Lobos are 23-6 all-time when facing the Cowgirls in The Pit. The last win over Wyoming in The Pit was on March 7, 2009, 63-45. UNM and Wyoming split a pair of games last year. Each team won at home last season.

    Senior Amy Beggin is the top scorer for New Mexico with 14.3 points per game. Beggin leads the team in assists with 47 and is shooting 41.5 percent from the field. The Maplewood, Minn., native is shooting 75.9 percent from the free throw line. Sophomore Lauren Taylor is the only Lobo averaging in double figures with 11.1 points per game. UNM has six players averaging over 6.0 points per game.

    New Mexico is looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss at Utah Tuesday. The Lobos, who led 28-19 at hafltime, scored 12 second half points and lost 46-40. UNM shot 3-of-28 from the field in the final 20 minutes. Jessica Kielpinski led the way for New Mexico with nine points and 11 rebounds. Kielpinski has pulled down back-to-back double figure rebound games.

    Junior Jessica Kielpinski has stepped up during conference play and is leading New Mexico in points and rebounds. The Mandan, N.D., native is averaging 9.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Kielpinski recorded her first career double-double against UNLV last weekend and pulled down 11 boards at Utah Tuesday.

    Senior Eileen Weissmann is making an impact and started her first game of the year against Utah. Weissmann brings toughness to this Lobo squad and experience. In three conference games Weissmann is averaging 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Weissmann was the only Lobo to hit double figures at Utah with 10 points. Tuesday was the first time this season Weissmann has scored in double figures in six games. Weissmann missed much of the non-conference with a high ankle sprain.

    Former Lobo Katie Kern is currently on the Wyoming coaching staff. Kern, who played at UNM from 1995-99 under Don Flanagan, is in her fourth year in Laramie. Kern has helped guide Wyoming to two postseason appearances. Wyoming sophomore Brenna Freeze is an Albuquerque native. Freeze graduated from La Cueva High School.

    Wyoming has won two of its last three games and beat nationally-ranked TCU in its last outing. Hillary Carlson leads the Cowgirls with 14.8 points per game. Carlson has led Wyoming in scoring four times. Junior Aubrey Vandiver is back after sitting out last season with an illness. Vandiver, who was an all-conference selection as a sophomore, is averaging 14.7 points per game. Emma Langford is the only other Cowgirl chipping in double digits with 11.9 points per contest. Vandiver is the teams leading rebounder with 9.4 boards while Carlson is pulling down an average of 6.1 rebounds.

    Joe Legerski is the coach of Wyoming and is in his seventh season. Legerski has guided Wyoming to three postseason appearances. Legerski, who is one of the top coaches in the MWC, spent 12 years at Utah prior to taking the Wyoming job.

    Wyoming is coming off a 73-67 victory over TCU on Wednesday. Carlson had a game-high 29 points and went 8-for-13 shooting from the field. Carlson also hit 11-of-15 free throws. The Cowgirls shot 40.7 percent for the game and made eight 3-pointers. Wyoming nailed 21 of 29 free throws. Four Cowgirls reached double figures. Wyoming held TCU to 33.3 percent shooting and survived for the win despite allowing 10 3-pointers by the Horned Frogs.

    The last time New Mexico and Wyoming battled was on March 7, 2009 in The Pit. The Lobos pulled out a 63-45 victory at home and had three players score in double figures. Angela Hartill and Amy Beggin both had 13 points while Eileen Weissmann had 11. Emma Langford had a team-high 12 points for Wyoming last year off the bench.

    The Lobos are 2-3 when playing on TV this season. UNM has five games left on TV in 2009-10.

    After the Wyoming game, New Mexico will host Air Force Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT. For more information about Lobo women's basketball visit GoLobos.com.

    The Lobos are a 75.9 percent free throw shooting team and is led by sophomore Lauren Taylor. Taylor is fifth in the MWC with a .816 percent from the charity stripe. UNM has six different players shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line.

    The Lobos are ranked 45th in the Collegiate Basketball News RPI ratings. TCU is 30th, San Diego State ranks 46th and Utah is 61st as of Thursday, Jan. 14. Wyoming is 73rd on the RPI rankings.

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