Nov. 11, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Northern Colorado Friday at 7 p.m. in the 2009-10 season opener. The Lobos and Bears battle in the first round of the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) held inside The Pit. UNM will host three rounds of the WNIT including Sunday's game at 2 p.m. and Wednesday's contest at 7 p.m. The championship game of the WNIT is slated for Sunday, Nov. 22.
When: Friday, Nov. 13
Where: The Pit / Bob King Court (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Online: Gametracker and Live Video Streaming on GoLobos.com
Radio: 610 AM - KNML - The Sports Animal
NOTES TO KNOW BEFORE THE GAME
Friday will be the seventh meeting all-time between New Mexico and Northern Colorado. The series is currently tied 3-3 and UNM is 1-1 against the Bears inside The Pit. Friday's game will be the first meeting between the two programs since Feb. 23, 1979 in Albuquerque. The Lobos have won the last three meetings.
Jan. 31, 1975 L, 52-57 Greeley, Colo.
Jan. 22, 1976 L, 54-62 Albuquerque, N.M.
Jan. 13, 1977 L, 55-56 Greeley, Colo.
Nov. 11, 1977 W, 65-56 Greeley, Colo.
Feb. 18, 1978 W, 74-55 Greeley, Colo.
Feb. 23, 1979 W, 90-62 Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico is one of 16 teams competing in the Preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Lobos open the tournament Friday against Northern Colorado and could play as many as four games. The Preseason WNIT features a three-game guarantee format. Second-round games will be played Nov. 15-16; semifinals will be Nov. 18-19; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 22. Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on the second weekend, Nov. 20-22. All games are hosted by participating schools, and sites are announced by the end of the preceding round.
SCOUTING NORTHERN COLORADO
The Northern Colorado Bears are coming off a 60-52 loss to Metro State in exhibition action on Nov. 6 in Greeley, Colo. Friday will be the season opener for the Bears. Northern Colorado was 12-18 last year and went 5-10 in the Big Sky Conference. The Bears return their top two scorers from last year in senior Whitley Cox and junior Courtney Stoermer. Stoermer led UNC in scoring with 12.8 points per game while Cox chipped in 12.5 points per game.
POSSIBLE SECOND ROUND BATTLES
The winner of the New Mexico-Northern Colorado game will play the winner of UTEP-Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday. UTEP is coached by Keitha Adams and coming off an 18-12 season and went 11-5 in Conference USA. FGCU is coached by Karl Smesko and has the Eagles coming off a 26-5 season. In the five years, the Eagles have won 132 games, an average of nearly 27 per season. Florida Gulf Coast and UTEP tipoff Friday in Florida at 7 p.m. ET.
LOBO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS MORGAN TOBEN
Lobo women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan announced Wednesday the signing of 6-3 forward Morgan Toben. Toben signed her National Letter of Intent to join the University of New Mexico women's basketball team and is in her final season of an outstanding prep career at Owasso High in Owasso, Okla.
Toben averaged 12.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game as a junior last year. She also had two blocks per game and set school records for offensive and defensive rebounding. Toben was named the Owasso Offensive Player of the Year and the team Most Valuable Player as a junior while earning first team all-Frontier Valley honors. She was also named All-Metro honorable mention and honorable mention All-State by the Tulsa World.
3 Eileen Weissmann
10 Amy Beggin
11 Lauren Taylor
12 Nikki Nelson
14 Jourdan Erskine
20 Sara Halasz
22 Georonika Jackson
23 Porche Torrance
24 Caroline Durbin
32 Amanda Best
34 Valerie Kast
42 Jordan Unverzagt
43 Emily Stark
52 Jessica Kielpinski
NNAJI OUT FOR SEASON
New Mexico freshman Chinyere Nnaji is out for the year with a knee injury suffered during preseason workouts. Nnjai, who was impressive during the first months of action, will undergo season-ending surgery and redshirt this season. Nnaji makes three consecutive years that UNM has lost a player to a knee injury prior to the season. Last year, Porche Torrance had a season-ending knee injury and Nikki Nelson had knee surgery two seasons ago.
LOBOS BEAT EASTERN NEW MEXICO IN EXHIBITION ACTION
New Mexico defeated Eastern New Mexico 100-52 Monday night in exhibition action. The Lobos hit the century mark for the first time since Jan. 4, 2005 against Morgan State (W, 101-22). Five Lobos scored in double figures including a career-high 20 points from sophomore Lauren Taylor. Taylor was 7-for-7 from the field and hit four three-pointers. Junior Amanda Best was the only player to have a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. UNM scored 44 points in the paint while true freshman Jordan Unverzagt had 12 points.
BEGGIN NAMED LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD NOMINEE
New Mexico's Amy Beggin was selected as one of 30 nominees for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for NCAA Division I women's basketball. The annual honor is given to senior student-athletes who excel both on and off the court and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.
Beggin, a two-time all-MWC selection, is 11th all-time in scoring at New Mexico with 1,063 career points. The guard was named to the 2009-10 MWC Preseason all-Conference team after leading the Lobos in points (15.4) and assists (3.8) last season. She has led New Mexico to the postseason each of the last three years.