Women's Basketball Battles In-State Rival New Mexico State Sunday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/28/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 28, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball travels to Las Cruces, N.M. Sunday to battle in-state rival New Mexico State. The Lobos and Aggies square off at 3 p.m. MT inside the Pan American Center. UNM heads into the Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry with a 5-1 overall and have won its last two games. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast channel 53 in the Albuquerque area.

This Week In Lobo Women's Basketball:

at New Mexico State • Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 • 3 p.m. • Pan American Center • Las Cruces, N.M.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com

Radio: Live on 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend will call the play-by-play

TV: Aggievision - Comcast 53 (Albuquerque), Comcast 21 (Santa Fe), Comcast 66 (Gallup), Comcast 4 (Las Cruces)

Against New Mexico State: The Lobos hold a 35-21 series lead against the Aggies, including a 22-game winning streak over the last 11 seasons. The first win in the streak, 48-47 on Nov. 28, 1996, ending a ending a 15-game losing streak to NMSU over the previous eight seasons of competition. UNM is 17-10 in Las Cruces and won last season's road game, 65-45.

Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry Update: Six points in the Rio Grande Rivalry are up for grabs over the next few weeks with the men's and women's basketball teams squaring off in home-and-home series. The women's teams get things going on Sunday, Dec. 2 in Las Cruces with 1.5 points on the line. UNM currently holds a 4.5-1.5 lead through three events.

Up Next: The Lobos host the Comcast Lobo Shootout on Dec. 7-8. Joining UNM in Albuquerque will be Towson, Southern, and Norfolk State.


• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. Last season's average was 9,582. The Lobos are averaging 7,234 fans over the first five home games of the season and are 5-0 in The Pit.

About New Mexico State (4-0 with game vs. UTEP on Nov. 28) ... NMSU head coach Darin Spence has the Aggies off to an undefeated start going into rivalry week in Las Cruces with UTEP and UNM coming to town. NMSU has three players in double figure scoring to start the season - seniors Sherell Neal (15.0 ppg) and Anikia Jawara (12.8 ppg), and freshman Madison Spence (11.3 ppg). Neal and Jawara also lead the team in rebounding, 9.8 and 8.8 rpg, along with junior Brittany Henderson with 9.5 rpg.

Beggin Emerges To Lead Lobos ... Sophomore Amy Beggin has emerged as one of the top performers for New Mexico this season. Beggin, who has started every game at point, is averaging over 35 minutes and 12.7 points per game. The Maplewood, Minn., native scored a career-high 21 points against Nicholls State on Nov. 23 and has scored in double-figures three times this season. In the final game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown tournament, Beggin chipped in 17 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

New Mexico Wins Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament ... New Mexico defeated Oregon, 65-46, Saturday in the championship game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament held inside The Pit. Sophomore Amy Beggin scored a game-high 17 points to highlight the Lobos' victory. The Lobos scored 41 second-half points to pull away with the victory and improve to 5-1 overall. UNM opened the tournament with a 79-49 victory over Nicholls State on Nov. 23.

Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown All-Tournament Team ... Amy Beggin was named the Most Valuable Player of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament on Nov. 24. Beggin led the Lobos to victories over Nicholls State and Oregon and helped UNM capture its second tournament crown this season. Senior Dionne Marsh and junior Angela Hartill were named All-Tournament for their performances.

New Mexico Off to Strong Start ... The Lobos are 5-1 on the year and have captured two tournament titles. New Mexico has played two Pac-10 programs including a loss at No. 12 California on Nov. 18 and a victory over Oregon on Nov. 24. UNM also has victories over Western Michigan, Dayton, Northwestern and Nicholls State. The Lobos have three players scoring in double-figures - Dionne Marsh (13.7), Amy Beggin (12.7), and Brandi Kimble (10.8).

December Forecast ... The Lobos enter the month of December with a 5-1 overall record and have seven non-conference games on the schedule before the new year. UNM opens Mountain West Conference action on Jan. 9 against Wyoming on CSTV. The December slate includes five home games along with the Comcast Lobo Shootout (7th-8th). The Lobos host Arizona on Dec. 15, nationally-ranked Stanford on Dec. 18 and New Mexico State on Dec. 21.

No. 400 On The Horizon for Flanagan ... Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan is closing in on another coaching milestone, his 400th collegiate game. It will happen on Feb. 17, 2008 at TCU.

Kielpinski Providing Bench Power ... Freshman Jessica Kielpinski has quickly become a familiar face on the court for the Lobos. As the first player off the bench, Kielpinski is averaging 5.8 points and 3.7 rebounds through the first six games of the season. On Saturday against Pac-10 foe Oregon, Kielpinski recorded a career-high seven rebounds, a total of 11 rebounds in the last two games.

Lobos Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents ... New Mexico will face at least two more nationally-ranked opponents this season when recently-ranked No. 25/24 Wyoming plays a home-and-home MWC series and No. 6/5 Stanford comes to The Pit on Dec. 18. The Lobos are 11-23 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents under head coach Don Flanagan. The last victory for UNM over a ranked team was on Nov. 17, 2006 against Texas. The Lobos downed the Longhorns, 63-60, inside The Pit. The last road victory over a Top 25 team was on Nov. 18, 2005 at No. 12 Texas, 76-68.

Early Signings ... The Lobos have announced the signings of guards Sara Halasz and Lauren Taylor for the 2008-09 season. Taylor is a 5-11 shooter from Brownsburg High School in Indiana. She averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists for the Brownsburg Bulldogs in 2006-07. A former UNM camper, Taylor was a member of the Junior All-Star central squad and Indianapolis Star's All-West first team, as well as a Hoosier Crossroads All-conference and Hendricks All-County selection. She currently has a 4.35 cumulative grade point average and plans to major in forensic chemistry. Halasz is a 6-0 guard from Fort Lewis, Washington. She averaged 16.1 points per game as a junior last season and was named the Western Cascade Conference Player of the Year. Halasz is well-travelled, moving around the world with her father, Scott, a colonel in the U.S. Army.

Lobos on Television ... New Mexico will have at least seven games televised this season. The Lobos have three games on CSTV and four on the Mountain Network. In 2004-05, UNM had a school record 11 games televised.

Hitting The 20 Wins Mark ... New Mexico posted 24 wins in 2006-07, marking the seventh consecutive year that UNM has had 20 wins or more. In head coach Don Flanagan's 12 years, the Lobos have recorded nine 20 win seasons compared to none prior to his arrival. New Mexico has also had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Flanagan. The Lobos continued that success last year finishing 24-9 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

Preseason Mountain West Conference ... Senior all-America candidate Dionne Marsh was named to the All-MWC Preseason Team at Media Days in Denver on Oct. 17. Marsh is a three-time all-MWC selection and two-time MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Lobos were picked fourth overall in the preseason coaches and media poll.

Red Cross Unit ... Nikki Nelson will miss the 2007-08 season due to a knee injury suffered in a pickup game in August.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008 and 2009. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.