New Mexico Hosts BYU for Senior Night
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/28/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 28, 2011

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team hosts BYU in The Pit at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for Senior Night. The Lobos will honor their two seniors: Jessica Kielpinski and Amanda Best following the conclusion of the final home game in The Pit. Tuesday's game against BYU will be broadcast live on The Mtn. Sports Network. The Mtn. can be seen on Comcast channel 276 and DirecTV channel 616. GameTracker will be provided for Tuesday's game on GoLobos.com. Live audio will also be provided on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.

The Lobos will also be holding a book drive for Tuesday's game. Fans can bring in a new or gently used children's book to receive discounted tickets. For each book donated, fans will receive a discounted ticket for $4.

New Mexico has on more game left in the regular season against Air Force. The Lobos will take on the Falcons in Colorado Springs, Colo. at 12 p.m. on Mar. 5. New Mexico will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev. for the Confer¬ence Tournament on Mar. 8-12.

The Cougars enter Tuesday's game with a 21-7 record this season and a 13-1 record in con¬ference action. BYU is riding a 10-game win¬ning streak and have won 13 out of the past 14 games. BYU swept both games last week, beating Colorado State and San Diego State. The Cougars beat the Rams, 64-55 in Fort Collins, Colo. on Feb. 23. BYU then beat San Diego State at home, 56-52 on Feb. 26. The Cougars are averaging 69.5 points a game this season and are shooting 42.9 percent on the floor.

Mindy Bonham leads BYU in scoring with 12.3 points per game. Coriann Fraughton leads the team on the boards with 7.4 rebounds per game and adds 11.3 points per game. Bonham and Haley Hall are averaging 5.4 and 4.6 as¬sists per game, respectively. In the Cougars most recent win against San Diego State on Saturday, Fraughton led the team with 10 points and eight rebounds. Bonham led BYU against Colorado State with 21 points and six assists.

Tuesday's game against BYU will be the 67th meeting between the Lobos and the Cou¬gars. BYU is leading the all-time series over New Mexico, 37-29. The Lobos have beaten the Cougars eight out of the past 10 games played. New Mexico fell to BYU earlier in the season, 76-64 in Provo, Utah on Jan. 29.

New Mexico fell to BYU, 76-64 in Provo, Utah on Jan. 29. The Lobos shot a season-high 41.1 percent (23-56) on the floor, which included 50 percent shooting (7-14) from long range. New Mexico had three players score in double figures on Saturday. Freshman Jasmine Patterson tied her career-high 18 points against the Cougars, while senior Amanda Best and junior Porche Torrance added 14 and 12 points, respectively. Best also led the team on the boards with nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

Senior Jessica Kielpinski is a three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree. She was named Honorable Mention All-Conference her junior year and was awarded conference Player of Week for the first time in her career earlier this season. Jessica is currently ranked sixth all-time in the UNM records book for career blocks with 82 blocked shots. This season, Jessica scored a career-high 21 points against Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Dec. 12. Kielpinski came to New Mexico from Mandan High School in Mandan, N.D.

Senior Amanda Best is a three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference honoree and a three-time MWC Scholar Athlete. During her junior year, she was named Honorable Mention All-Conference. This season, she was named to the first-team Academic All-District team and named to the third-team Academic All-America team. Amanda currently ranks 18th all-time in the UNM records book for career rebounds with 572 rebounds. After the game against BYU, she will be tied for seventh all-time in career games played with 127 games. Amanda leads the team in rebounding and assists this season, averaging 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game. Best is a product of Woodinville High School in Snohomish, Wash.

New Mexico fell to TCU, 84-71 on Feb. 26 in The Pit. Despite having 22 assists and scoring a season-high 14 3-pointers the Lobos were unable to overcome the Horned Frogs' sharp shooting. TCU shot 54.5 percent on the floor, 57.1 percent from long range and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line, compared to New Mexico's 41.7 percent on the floor, 37.8 percent from long range and 70.0 percent from the free-throw line. Junior Lauren Taylor led the Lobos in scoring with 17 points and made five 3-pointers to tie her career-high. Freshman Morgan Toben had a career-high 15 points on a career-high five 3-pointers. Toben shot 5-of-9 from long range for a 55.6 percent shooting. Junior Porche Torrance also had 15 points on a career-high seven field goals made. Torrance shot 63.6 (7-11) percent on the floor against TCU. Senior Amanda Best led New Mexico in rebounds and assists with nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Lobos are ranked seventh in the nation in attendance this season. New Mexico is averaging 7,630 fans a game and have totalled 106,826 fans in 14 games. Tennessee (13,078), Louisville (10,859), Connecticut (10,193), Iowa State (9,310), Notre Dame (8,553) and Baylor (7,882) are the only other schools in the nation averaging more fans than the Lobos. The next closest Mountain West Conference school is Wyoming which averages 3,371 fans a game.

New Mexico attempted 37 3-pointers against TCU on Feb. 26. This was the first time in school history that the Lobos shot 37 field goals from long range. The previous single game high for 3-pointers was 35, which was shot back on Dec. 20, 2003 against Arizona. New Mexico also made a season-high 14 3-pointers during their game against the Horned Frogs. Those 14 made 3-pointers tied the team for third all-time. The all-time high for most 3-pointers in a game is 15, which was first made on Feb. 1, 1996 against BYU and tied on Dec. 5, 2003 against Tennessee State.

Lobo Freshman Morgan Toben made a career-high five 3-pointers against TCU to get a career-high 15 points. Junior Lauren Taylor also made five 3-pointers to tie her career-high. Taylor attempted a career-high 12 3-pointers, while Toben attempted nine 3-pointers to account for the majority of the Lobos' shots from long range. Taylor's 12 3-point attempts put her tied for fourth all-time in the UNM records book for 3-point field goals attempted in a single game.

Senior Amanda Best was named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, Thursday. The senior was named to the third-team Academic All-America Team for her success both in the classroom and on the court. The Snohomish, Wash. native, has a 4.0 GPA as a Biology major. Best is leading the Lobos on the boards with 7.6 rebounds a game and assists with 3.0 assists a game. She is tied for first on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points a game. Best is the only Mountain West Conference player to be named to the Academic All-America Women's Basketball Team this season.