Feb. 4, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball will travel to San Diego, Calif., Saturday to battle San Diego State at 1:30 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on The MountainWest Sports Network. Mike Evans and Anne Marie Anderson will call the action from Viejas Arena. New Mexico is on a two-game winning streak and enters Saturday's game with a 13-7 overall mark and a 5-3 league record. SDSU is 14-6 on the year and 6-2 in conference play. Fans can listen to the game on 610 AM The Sports Animal and follow GameTracker on GoLobos.com.
Saturday will be the 42nd all-time meeting between SDSU and New Mexico. The Lobos lead the all-time series 25-16 but the Aztecs have won three straight. The last victory for New Mexico on the road at SDSU was on Jan. 12, 2008, 60-47. The Lobos had a 19-game winnings streak against the Aztecs before last season. The streak dated from the 2001-08. UNM is 9-7 all-time in San Diego.
Don Flanagan is 25-6 all-time against San Diego State.
The last victory for the Lobos over SDSU was in the 2008 MWC Championship game. New Mexico pulled out a 62-59 thriller in Las Vegas to earn the NCAA automatic bid. Seniors Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh led the way for New Mexico with over 20 points apiece.
SDSU handled New Mexico their worst loss of the conference play earlier this year. The Aztecs beat the Lobos 61-39 in The Pit. UNM failed to have anyone score in double figures that night and shot 26.8 percent from the field.
San Diego State had a strong game with three players scoring in double figures. Senior Jene Morris had a game-high 25 points on 10-of-17 shooting. Paris Johnson added 12 points while Quenese Davis chipped in 10. The Aztecs shot 49 percent from the field and hit 8-of-9 free throws. SDSU outrebounded the Lobos 40-to-30.
The Lobos have played much better over the last couple of weeks. New Mexico has won two straight and knocked off back-to-back conference leaders. UNM rolled into Provo, Utah and beat BYU on Jan. 27, 60-57. The Lobos weren't done as they returned home to upset No. 20 TCU, 60-53, in The Pit. UNM has scored 60 points in the last three games and the Lobos are 76-5 since the 2006-07 season when scoring at least 60 points.
UNM will start the second half of conference play Saturday. The Lobos were 5-3 after the first eight games and have a tough slate ahead. UNM plays at SDSU, Wyoming and TCU in the second half. Heading into the SDSU game, New Mexico is 4-3 on the road this season.
Senior Amy Beggin has been named a finalist for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award today. Beggin is one of ten women's basketball players nationally named a finalist. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition. Beggin is the only MWC player on the list for either the boys or girls.
Beggin was also named the MWC Player of the Week. She led the Lobos to a 2-0 Conference record last week with wins over league-leaders BYU and No. 20/21 TCU. The Maplewood, Minn., native helped New Mexico defeat the Cougars, 60-57, on the road, scoring eight points, pulling down four rebounds, adding four assists and making two steals. The win marked the fourth-consecutive victory for the Lobos at the Marriott Center.
Beggin went on to lead the Lobos past their first ranked opponent since November 2006 in a 60-53 victory over No. 20/21 TCU. She had 19 points against the Horned Frogs, including four 3-pointers and four rebounds. For the game, Beggin made 6-of-12 (.500) shots from the floor and went 3-for-4 (.750) from the free-throw line. She also added four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Beggin is leading New Mexico in scoring with 13.9 points per game. She has hit 51 3-pointers which ranks 10th all-time for most 3-point field goals made in a season. During her career, Beggin has hit 204 and sits 19 behind Katie Montgomer for the all-time lead. She has also hit a 3-pointer in 23 consecutive games dating back to March 18, 2009.
Sophomore Lauren Taylor should make her return after missing six games with a knee injury. Taylor is second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game. UNM went 5-1 without Taylor.
The Lobos have six players averaging over five points per game. Sophomore Sara Halasz has elevated her season scoring average to 9.6 points per game while junior Amanda Best is averaging just over nine a game.
Jene Morris is the leader of this San Diego State squad. Morris, who was named the MWC Preseason Player of the Year, is averaging 15.3 points per game and is third in the MWC in scoring. Quenese Davis is averaging 12.3 points per game while Paris Johnson is adding 11.0 per contest. SDSU has three of the top 20 scorers in the conference.
The Aztecs have won back-to-back games including a 68-48 win at Air Force Wednesday. SDSU is 9-1 at home and undefeated inside Viejas Arena during conference play (4-0). Wednesday night against the Academy, Paris Johnson led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds. Jessika Bradley added 13 points to help pave the way. The Aztecs shot 54.7 percent against the Falcons.
Following the SDSU game, New Mexico will return home to host UNLV and Utah.