Feb. 2, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (16-4, 5-2 MWC) travels to Laramie, Wyo., Wednesday to face Wyoming (10-10, 2-5 MWC) inside the Arena-Auditorium at 7 p.m. The Lobos will conclude the first half of conference play against the Cowgirls and will try to remain in the hunt for a conference championship. The game will be available on 610 AM The Sports Animal with Joe Behrend calling the action. Gametracker will also be available at www.GoLobos.com.
Wednesday will be the 56th all-time meeting between the two schools. New Mexico leads the series 32-23 but the Cowgirls have won four of the last six games. The Lobos dropped both games last year but won two of the three games during the 2006-07 season. The last victory for New Mexico in Laramie was on Feb. 3, 2005, 65-48. Wyoming holds a 17-9 series advantage in Laramie. The Wyoming-New Mexico series dates back to Feb. 1, 1975.
Lobo head coach Don Flanagan will go for win No. 300 Wednesday. Flanagan has an overall record of 299-130 in 14 seasons at New Mexico. The Lobos have made seven consecutive NCAA appearances under Flanagan and eight overall.
New Mexico has won two of its last three games. The Lobos are led by junior Amy Beggin's 15.5 points per game. Senior Angela Hartill is second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per contest. Senior Amanda Adamson leads the team in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. The Lobos are shooting 40.7 percent from the field and 75.6 percent from the free throw line.
The Cowgirls are coached by Joe Legerski who is in his sixth season in Laramie. Legerski has a career record of 109-65. Last season, Legerski led Wyoming to a 24-7 overall record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cowgirls joined New Mexico inside The Pit for the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
Wyoming is 10-10 on the year and has four players averaging in double figures. Senior Megan McGuffey leads the Cowgirls with 11 points and six rebounds per game. Wyoming is primarily using a nine-player rotation but has used a variety of starting lineups. McGuffey is the only Cowgirl to start every game. Despite dropping their last game against BYU, 58-45, the Cowgirls have won two of their last three games. Wyoming is 4-6 at home this season and 0-3 against conference opponents.
The Cowgirls fell to BYU in their last outing, 58-45. Wyoming shot 26.5 percent from the field against the Cougars and was 3-for-16 from behind the arc. The Cowgirls did not have a player reach double figures while BYU's Keilani Moeaki led all scorers with 13 points.
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 seven games this season averaging 1.4 points and 0.9 rebounds per game. Kern is in her third season at Wyoming.
The Lobos are coming off a 53-50 loss to Utah Sunday inside The Pit. The loss was the second for New Mexico at home this season and the second during conference play. UNM led the Utes for 90 percent of the game but an 8-0 by Utah in the final minute clinched the victory. Two Lobos were in double figures Sunday including senior Angela Hartill who chipped in 13 points while junior Amy Beggin scored 11.
Heading into Wednesday's game, New Mexico is in a three-way tie for second play with San Diego State and TCU. The Lobos are 5-2 in league play after dropping a heartbreaker to Utah Sunday, 53-50. UNM will face a tough second half of conference play because it will play Utah, SDSU and TCU on the road. The Cowgirls are currently sixth in the conference standings.
Following the Wednesday game at Wyoming, the Lobos will travel to Las Vegas to battle UNLV Saturday at 3 p.m. PT. The game will be played in the Cox Pavilion.
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