Nov. 14, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos will face their first ranked opponent of the season Wednesday night when the #25 Sooners come to The Pit for the preseason WNIT semifinals. New Mexico is 2-0 on the season with wins over Oral Roberts and Cal, while Oklahoma also 2-0 earned wins over Eastern Washington and SMU. The winner Wednesday night will play either Boston College or Connecticut on Sunday for the championship. Tip-off Wednesday is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the UNM Ticket Office or by calling 925-LOBO.
TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game features the Lobos of the University of New Mexico against the Sooners of the University of Oklahoma in the semifinals of the preseason Women's National Invitational Tournament.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: UNM is 2-0 on the season with a 69-52 victory over Oral Roberts in the first round of the preseason WNIT and a 55-46 win over Cal in the second round. The Lobos were 2-0 in the exhibition season with a 75-48 win over Fort Lewis College and a 77-50 victory over Metro State College. New Mexico is led in scoring by junior guard Katie Montgomery at 12.5 ppg. Senior Abbie Letz leads the team in rebounding and assists at 9.5 rpg. and 4.5 apg.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS Oklahoma is 2-0 on the year with an 89-57 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the first round of the WNIT and an 80-43 victory over SMU in the second round. OU is led in scoring and rebounding by Courtney Paris at 21.5 ppg. and 15.0 rpg. Leading the Sooners in assists is Brittney Brown with 3.0 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan who in his 11th season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 219-94 at UNM. Oklahoma is under the direction of head coach Sherri Coale who is in her 10th season at OU. Coale is 175-108 as a Sooner.
THE SERIES: This will be the seventh meeting between New Mexico and Oklahoma with the Sooners owning a 4-2 advantage. The two teams have split meetings in Albuquerque, with UNM winning the last meeting 82-75 on November 28, 1995. This will be the first of two meetings this season as the Sooners and Lobos will meet again on December 30, 2005, at The Pit.