Strong Second Half Helps No. 20 New Mexico Overwhelm CU-Colorado Springs
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/05/2006
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 5, 2006

Box Score | Postgame Press Conference

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Senior point guard Katie Montgomery helped 20th-ranked New Mexico shake off a sluggish first half, dominating the final 20 minutes en route to a 68-34 exhibition victory over Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday afternoon at The Pit. Held scoreless at the break, Montgomery exploded for 18 points in the second half, including four three-pointers, as the Lobos put away the pesky Mountain Lions.

After a sloppy first half that saw the two teams combine for just 15 field goals (15-59 - 25%) and 25 turnovers, New Mexico took control early in the second half. Ahead 38-22 at the 14:35 mark, the Lobos used an 18-2 run over the next seven minutes to take a commanding 56-24 lead and bring the crowd of 7,736 to its feet.

UNM doubled its first half field goal percentage, hitting 66 percent (16-24) from the floor over the final 20 minutes. The Lobos also caught fire from beyond the arc, connecting on 5-8 in the second half after a 1-9 start.

Montgomery was one of three Lobos to score in double figures. Junior forward Dionne Marsh had 14 points, including 10 in the first half, while senior forward Julie Briody finished with 12 (10 first half).

The Mountain Lions struggled throughout the afternoon against the Lobo defense, shooting just 21 percent (11-52) and turning the ball over 26 times. UNM also had plenty of miscues, however, finishing with 20 turnovers.

CU-Colorado Springs gave New Mexico unexpected problems in the first period, holding the Lobos to just 16 points in the first 13 minutes. The Mountain Lions cut the deficit to nine points, 20-11, with 3:03 left in the opening frame before New Mexico used a late burst to take a 26-13 lead into the locker room.

New Mexico opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 10 when it faces Florida Atlantic, a 2006 NCAA Tournament team, in the opening game of the Arizona State Veterans Classic tournament in Tempe.