March 6, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (19-9, 8-7 MWC) women's basketball will host Wyoming (16-12, 8-7 MWC) Saturday inside The Pit at 2 p.m. The Lobos and Cowgirls will battle for fourth place in the regular-season standings and will close out the season. UNM will honor seniors Angela Hartill and Amanda Adamson after the game. Saturday will be youth day for the Lobos and all youth tickets will be $2. The game will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal with GameTracker available on www.GoLobos.com.
SENIOR DAY - Saturday will be Senior Day for New Mexico. The Lobos will honor two seniors in Amanda Adamson and Angela Hartill. Adamson has played two seasons for New Mexico and started 24 of 28 games. Adamson currently leads UNM with 5.8 rebounds per game. Hartill is second on the team in scoring with 11.4 point per game and has started all but one game this year. Hartill has started for the last two years and is a three-time All-Mountain West Conference.
YOUTH DAY - All youth tickets are $2 Saturday against Wyoming. UNM is averaging 8,006 fans per game this season.
SCOUTING WYOMING - The Cowgirls are 16-12 overall and 8-7 in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming will battle New Mexico for fourth place Saturday and are one of the hottest teams in the conference right now. The Cowgirls have won five of their last six games including victories over San Diego State and at BYU Wednesday. Hillary Carlson leads the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game. Megan McGuffey is the leading rebounder with 7.0 boards per contest. Wyoming has four players averaging over 10 points per game.
SERIES INFORMATION - Saturday will be the 57th all-time meeting between the two schools. New Mexico leads the series 32-24 but the Cowgirls have won five of the last seven games. The Lobos have dropped three straight against Wyoming but won two of the three games during the 2006-07 season. The last victory for New Mexico was March 9, 2007, 65-53, on a neutral court. New Mexico holds a 21-6 series advantage inside The Pit. The Wyoming-New Mexico series dates back to Feb. 1, 1975.
LAST OUTING - WYOMING DEFEATED BYU INSIDE THE MARRIOTT CENTER IN OVERTIME - Wyoming is coming off a 57-55 overtime victory over BYU on the road inside the Marriott Center. The Cowgirls were led by Emma Langford's 15 points. Langford came off the bench to spark the Cowgirls to a key victory over the Cougars. Langford was one of two Wyoming players in double figures including Hillary Carlson had 12 points. The Cowgirls shot 38.9 percent from the field while BYU shot 33.8 percent from the field and 15 percent from behind the arc.
NEW MEXICO CONNECTIONS - There are a couple of connections between Wyoming and New Mexico. Wyoming freshman Brenna Freeze is an Albuquerque native and Cowgirl assistant coach Katie Kern was a strong player at New Mexico from 1995-99. Freeze has played in eight games this season averaging 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds per game. Kern is in her third season at Wyoming.
LOBOS TOUGH AT HOME - New Mexico is 15-2 inside The Pit this season and have proved to be tough inside the friendly confines. UNM's last victory inside The Pit was Saturday, Feb. 28 against CSU, 78-56. The winner of today's game will take fourth in the league standings.
LAST TIME AGAINST COWGIRLS - HEARTBREAKER - Junior Amy Beggin scored 12 points in a 52-50 loss to Wyoming this evening in Arena Auditorium. The Lobos led by 12 points at halftime but were unable to hold on for the win. New Mexico silenced a rowdy Wyoming crowd when Beggin nailed a three pointer from 24 feet to tie the game at 50 with 19 seconds left. The Cowgirls snatched an offensive rebound and got a late basket from Hilary Carlson with only .03 seconds left on the clock. Time would expire before New Mexico had a chance at a shot.
Beggin had 12 points and picked up seven in the last two and a half minutes of the game. Other Lobo contributors were freshman Sara Halasz who had nine points and two steals on the night off the bench. Junior Eileen Weissmann tied a season high with eight rebounds and added four points while sophomore Amanda Best chipped in seven points.
LAST OUTING - UNM FALLS IN FINAL MINUTES AT UTAH - New Mexico women's basketball fell at Utah, 57-57, Wednesday night in the Huntsman Center. Senior Angela Hartill led the way for New Mexico with 11 points and reached double figures for the sixth straight game. Senior Amanda Adamson and freshman Sara Halasz each had 10 points against the Utes. UNM was step-for-step with Utah and have played two great games with the MWC leading Utes.
LOBOS TO AUCTION OFF PINK UNIFORMS - The New Mexico women's basketball team will auction off all the WBCA Pink Zone uniforms Saturday in the final home game of the regular-season against Wyoming at 2 p.m. Fans will have an opportunity to bid on the uniforms with all proceeds benefitting the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. The uniforms were worn by the Lobos as part of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's annual Pink Zone initiative.