Jan. 27, 2010
PROVO, Utah --- New Mexico junior Amanda Best scored all of her 15 points in the second half to lead the Lobos past the league leading BYU Cougars 60-57 Wednesday in the Marriott Center. Junior Jessica Kielpinski had her second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. New Mexico improved to 12-7 overall and 4-3 in Mountain West Conference action. BYU falls to 13-5 and 4-2 in conference play.
The Lobos, who led the entire game, clinched the game late with free throws. New Mexico hit 17-of-26 free throws in the game and 9-of-14 in the final 20 minutes. Best and Kielpinski proved to be the life of the Lobos in the second half. They combined for 18 of the teams 25 points after halftime. BYU was within two points five times in the second half.
UNM only had six turnovers in the game compared to 14 by the Cougars. The New Mexico senior class has never lost at BYU (4-0).
The Lobos jumped out early in the first half. New Mexico hit seven 3-pointers and nailed 10-of-27 shots from the field in the opening period. UNM held a 35-29 halftime lead despite BYU's late rally.
Mindy Bonham led BYU with 18 points while Alexis Kaufusi had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
New Mexico hosts TCU Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will be "Pack The Pit" for the Lobos with all tickets $4. For tickets visit GoLobos.com.