Nov. 25, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball cruised to a 79-39 victory over Siena Saturday in the AmeriSuites Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament held at University Arena. Junior Dionne Marsh highlighted the Lobos performance with 16 points and become only the 14th player in New Mexico history to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Marsh and the Lobos improve to 4-2 on the year and claim their fourth Thanksgiving Tournament title.
UNM dominated the first period of action after shooting 58 percent on 14-of-24 from the field. The Lobos went on an 18-6 run at the 12:54 mark and had their largest first half lead of 24 (36-12) with 4:14 left. New Mexico was 4-of-7 beyond the 3-point arc and took a 40-17 lead into the break.
The second half was controlled by New Mexico. The Lobos scored 39 second half points to secure the victory and outrebounded the Saints 23-17 in the final 20 minutes. For the game, UNM shot 50 percent (28-of-56) in the game and 42.9 (6-of-14) from long distance.
Defensively, UNM held the Saints to 31.4 percent shooting in the game on 16-of-51 from the field. Laura Menty was the only Siena player to reach double figures after chipping in 18 points.
UNM had three players reach double figures including senior Julie Briody, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Briody recorded a team leading 19 points and 7 rebounds. This season, Briody has scored in double figures in every game. Marsh was named to the All-Tournament team and added 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting while pulling down 3 boards. Senior Katie Montgomery scored 11 points and nailed three shots from beyond the arc.
Marsh joined the 1,000 point club with :54 second left before halftime. Marsh reached the milestone after hitting the first of two free throws. Along with becoming the 14th player in UNM history to reach the elite group, she also became the second fastest to reach the milestone in MWC history and at UNM.
8,419 were in attendance as the Lobos won their 13th consecutive game at home under head coach Don Flanagan.
Earlier in the tournament, Georgia Southern defeated Western Illinois, 64-60, in the consolation game.
The Lobos return to action on Saturday, Dec. 2 against New Mexico State at 2 p.m. UNM hosts the 55th all-time meeting between UNM and the Aggies and the 29th game in Albuquerque, N.M.
AmeriSuites Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team
Dionne Marsh, F - UNM
Laura Menty, F - Siena
Dee Dee Murphy, G - Western Illinois
Carolyn Whitney, G - Georgia Southern
MVP - Julie Briody, G - UNM