Dec. 8, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Julie Briody scored 15 points and helped No. 23 New Mexico score 14 straight points in the first half en route to a 77-41 victory over Sam Houston State in the first round of the Southwest Airlines Shootout on Friday night.
New Mexico (7-2) won its sixth straight with ease, pulling away quickly from the Bearkats (3-5), who scored just four field goals in the first half and trailed 42-12.
Sam Houston State struggled in every facet of the game in the first 20 minutes. The Bearkats trailed 13-5 when Lobo center Dionne Marsh hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to kick off the 14-0 run.
Briody, who had a pair of 3-pointers in the game's first four minutes, hit another 3 and a baseline jumpshot and Marsh added a layup and a free throw during the Lobos' burst.
New Mexico will play UCLA in the tournament championship Saturday night. The Bruins beat Delaware State 64-54.
Sam Houston State's shots either didn't fall or were tipped by the Lobos, who finished with eight blocks. Adah Wells scored eight points for the Bearkats, and Erica Parker and Morgan Collom had seven apiece.
New Mexico outrebounded the Bearkats 48-29.
New Mexico coach Don Flanagan played reserves over the final 3 minutes of the first half, but that didn't prevent the lead from growing. Ten Lobos scored in the opening 20 minutes, compared to three Bearkats.
Kendall Homesley, one of only two seniors on Sam Houston's squad, hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the first half, but New Mexico countered with a basket by Marsh and back-to-back baskets by Brandi Kimble.
Marsh had 13 points and Kimble 12.