Lobos Cruise to Victory Against Louisiana Monroe, 70-57
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/09/2005
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 9, 2005

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Dionne Marsh and Katie Montgomery each scored 15 points, and No. 18 New Mexico used an early scoring run to beat Louisiana Monroe 70-57 Friday night in the first round of the Lobo Shootout.

New Mexico (7-2) never trailed and used an 11-0 run to pull away to a 24-9 lead. The Lady Indians (4-3) trailed by as much as 22 points in the second half, but cut the deficit to 11 by scoring nine straight points. Michelle Biley's basket with 9:23 left got Louisiana Monroe within 57-46.

Howard scored 13 points and Melanie Williams 11 for the Lady Indians, who stayed in the game by hitting eight 3-pointers.

Montgomery, the Lobos point guard who is shooting better than 51 percent on 3-pointers, hit two from behind the arc and also had four assists and four steals.

It was Montgomery's three-point play late in the first half that stopped a brief rally by the Lady Indians. Back-to-back 3s by Renata Dorsey cut the New Mexico lead to 36-24 with a 1:39 left in the first half.

New Mexico got the ball in the hands of Montgomery's, who drove the lane, hit a bank shot and was fouled. She hit the free throw and teammate Timi E-Nunu added a free throw moments later to give the Lobos a 40-26 lead at the break.

New Mexico coach Don Flanagan substituted freely after New Mexico built its early lead and four players finished in double figures. Abbie Letz scored 12 points and Julie Briody had 10.