Nov. 22, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team hosts Northern Arizona Tuesday in The Pit at 7 p.m. The Lobos (2-1) welcome the winless Lumberjacks (0-4) to Albuquerque and will play their fourth straight home contest. Tuesday kicks off a load week of women's basketball at UNM. The Lobos will host the annual Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday. All the Lobo games will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal with gametracker and live video on GoLobos.com.
SERIES INFORMATION -
Tuesday will be the 24th all-time meeting between NAU and UNM. New Mexico leads the all-time series 16-7 and has won the last three games. The series dates back to the first season of Lobo women's basketball in 1974-75. UNM last defeated NAU 62-51 on Dec. 21, 2006 in The Pit. The last three games with the Lumberjacks have been played in Albuquerque. The Lobos started the series with an 12-game winning streak extending from 1975-84. UNM has won 12 of 14 games against NAU in The Pit. The last victory for the Lumberjacks in The Pit was on Jan. 7, 1995, 75-65, during Maureen Eckroth's final season.
2/13/75 W 65-37 Albuquerque, N.M.
2/22/76 W 49-46 Flagstaff, Ariz.
2/11/77 W 69-54 Albuquerque, N.M.
2/25/78 W 79-64 Albuquerque, N.M.
3/3/79 W 106-81 Flagstaff, Ariz.
11/28/80 W 84-72 Albuquerque, N.M.
11/27/81 W 84-71 Albuquerque, N.M.
1/21/82 W 80-72 Flagstaff, Ariz.
12/3/82 W 74-52 Albuquerque, N.M.
1/22/83 W 70-60 Flagstaff, Ariz.
11/26/83 W 72-70 (OT) Flagstaff, Ariz.
1/21/84 W 80-74 Albuquerque, N.M.
12/1/84 L 93-71 Flagstaff, Ariz.
1/19/85 W 68-60 Albuquerque, N.M.
1/11/86 L 41-37 Albuquerque, N.M.
11/23/91 L 81-56 Flagstaff, Ariz.
1/2/93 W 86-66 Albuquerque, N.M.
11/29/93 L 74-52 Flagstaff, Ariz.
1/7/95 L 75-65 Albuquerque, N.M.
1/6/96 L 73-70 Flagstaff, Ariz.
12/3/96 W 71-61 Albuquerque, N.M.
11/14/98 W 67-49 Albuquerque, N.M.
12/21/06 W 62-51 Albuquerque, N.M.
THE LAST TIME AGAINST NAU -
Julie Briody scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked New Mexico converted 27 of 30 free throws in a 62-51 victory over Northern Arizona. The victory was the ninth straight for the Lobos (10-2), who are undefeated at home at 7-0. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Lumberjacks (7-5). New Mexico converted 16 straight free throws in the second half to stave off Northern Arizona, which rallied from a 37-22 deficit to close within 51-45 with 2:24 remaining on a Megan Porter free throw and layup.
New Mexico went nearly 5 1/2 minutes between field goals, following a Briody layup at the 6:20 mark. But during that period, the Lobos were 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Dionne Marsh added 12 points for the Lobos, while Angela Hartill scored 10 off the bench. Alyssa Wahl had 15 points for the Lumberjacks. Sade Cunningham added 13.
New Mexico led 33-20 at halftime, with Briody leading the way with 12 points. The Lobos outscored the Lumberjacks 10-0 from the free-throw line in the first half. Northern Arizona finished 6-for-10 from the free-throw line.
ALL-TIME AGAINST THE BIG SKY -
UNM is 34-14 all-time against schools from the Big Sky Conference. Northern Arizona is the second Big Sky opponent the lobos have faced this year. New Mexico beat Northern Colorado in the season opener 81-59.
SCOUTING THE LUMBERJACKS -
Northern Arizona is looking for its first victory over the season Tuesday. The Lumberjacks are 0-4 after losing to Ball State Saturday, 69-74. NAU had yet to play a home game. Amy Patton is leading the team in scoring with 20.8 points per game. Patton has started three of four games and is pulling down a team-high 8.0 rebounds per contest. Lauren Hoisington is the only Lumberjack averaging in double figures with 10.5 points. NAU is shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from behind the arc but only 68.0 from the charity stripe.
Patton led the Lumberjacks Saturday against the BSU with 26 points off the bench. Patton led all scorers in the game but was the only NAU player to reach double figures. The game was close throughout but BSU handed the Lumberjacks their second straight loss by less than five points. NAU fell at UMKC on Nov. 19, 59-58.
LOBO REVIEW -
The Lobos are coming off a 70-56 loss to Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Preseason WNIT. UNM will be playing its fourth straight game at home Tuesday. Senior Amy Beggin leads New Mexico with 14.7 points per game while sophomore Sara Halasz is chipping in 12.3 points per contest. UNM is averaging 72.3 points per game and shooting 81.3 percent from the free throw line. New Mexico has eight players averaging over 6.0 points per game. Sophomore Lauren Taylor, Halasz and junior Jessica Kielpinski are in starting roles for the first time during their careers.
ON THE HORIZON -
New Mexico will host the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday. The two day, four game event will be held inside The Pit and will feature new opponents for the Lobos. UNM will face North Carolina A&T for the first time Friday at 7 p.m. while Yale and Toledo will play at 5 p.m. Saturday's schedule includes a consolation game at 5 p.m. and the championship game will be play at 7 p.m. New Mexico has only played Yale one time and has never played Toledo. All the games will have gametracker and video but only the New Mexico games will have audio.
WHO'S ON FIRE -
Junior Amanda Best is coming off a 15-point performance last week against Oklahoma State. Best tied her career high for points after hitting 7-of-10 shots from the field. Best is the team's leading rebounder with 6.3 boards per game.
Sophomore Lauren Taylor has impressed through the first part of the season. Taylor is in the starting lineup for the first time at UNM and has reached double figures in scoring twice. Taylor is averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. She also has a team-high 11 assists.
DON'T MISS THE ACTION -
All the UNM women's basketball games will be broadcast on 610 AM The Sports Animal. If you are outside the Albuquerque area you can get the broadcasts online at GoLobos.com. All home games will have gametracker and live video streaming on GoLobos.com. Joe Behrend, who was named the 2009 New Mexico Sports Broadcaster of the Year, provides play-by-play for the radio broadcasts. Former Lobo Nikki Heckroth-Lobato provides color during home games.
QUICK HITTERS -
THE KEY IS 60 -
The Lobos are 65-3 when scoring 60 or more points since the start of the 2006-07 season. UNM however is 6-31 when scoring less than 60 points. New Mexico is 2-0 when scoring 60 this season.
Year Scoring 60 Not Scoring 60
2006-07 22-0 2-9
2007-08 18-1 2-12
2008-09 23-2 2-9
2009-10 2-0 0-1
THE COACHES -
Don Flanagan is in his 15th season at New Mexico and has led UNM to the national scene. Flanagan and the Lobos have reached 12 straight postseason tournaments and rank among the top 10 nationally in home attendance. Laurie Kelly is the head coach of NAU and in her seventh year. Kelly guided the Lumberjacks to the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06 for the first time in school history.