New Mexico Continues on the Road Against UNLV
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/22/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 22, 2011

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team continues on the road against UNLV. The Lobos will play the Rebels in Las Vegas, Nev. at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. New Mexico has three games left in the regular season after its game against UNLV. The Lobos will then head to the Mountain West Conference Tournament set for Mar. 8-12 in Las Vegas. GameTracker will be provided on GoLobos.com. The game can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.

New Mexico will host two more home games and travel for one last time before the conference tournament in March. The Lobos host TCU at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 for Facebook/Twitter day. All friends or followers of the Official Lobos' Facebook/Twitter page are eligible to purchase $3 tickets at the Lobo Ticket Office when they present a coupon. New Mexico will host BYU for its final home game of the season at 6 p.m. on Mar. 1. The game against BYU will also be senior night where the Lobos will honor their two seniors: Amanda Best and Jessica Kielpinski. New Mexico will finish the regular season in Colorado Springs, Colo. as the take on Air Force at 12 p.m. on Mar. 5.

The Rebels enter Wednesday's game with a 10-17 record this season and a 3-10 record in conference action after splitting games last week against Air Force and Colorado State. In its first game of the week, UNLV fell to Air Force in a high scoring 91-87 loss on Feb. 16. UNLV finished the week by beating Colorado State, 72-60 on Feb. 19. The Rebels are leading the conference in rebounding this season, averaging 42.4 rebounds a game. UNLV is shooting 34.9 percent on the floor and 29.3 percent from long range this season.

In UNLV's game against Colorado State, Kelli Thompson led all scorers with 27 points, which included hitting 9-of-17 on the floor. The Rebels had three players get double-doubles during the week. Jamie Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds against Colorado State, while Markiell Styles had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Sandrine Nzeukou had 12 points and 10 rebounds against Air Force. Thompson averaged 24.5 points last week, and leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points a game this season. Smith leads the Rebels on the boards with 7.8 rebounds a game.

Wednesday's game against the Rebels will be the 42nd meeting between the two teams. UNLV currently leads the all-time series against New Mexico, 17-24. In their most recent matchup this season, the Rebels beat the Lobos in The Pit, 59-51 on Jan. 22.

New Mexico fell to UNLV, 59-51 on Jan. 22 in The Pit. Poor shooting in the first half hindered the Lobos when they shot only 14.3 percent on the floor and 12.5 percent from long range. Sophomore Caroline Durbin led the team with a career-high 12 points. Senior Amanda Best added 11 points, seven rebounds, and dished out a team-high four assists. Senior Jessica Kielpinski added eight points, seven rebounds, four steals, and three blocked shots for New Mexico. On defense, the Lobos forced the Rebels into 20 turnovers, while New Mexico committed only 10. The game against UNLV was "Pack The Pit" where 8,111 fans visited The Pit for the largest crowd this season.

New Mexico fell to Utah, 61-58 by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City Utah. The Lobos tied the game 58-58 with 3.8 seconds left in the game off of a tip-in by Porche Torrance. The Utes' Rachel Messer threw in a long pass towards half-court that was deflected and tipped to Utah's Janita Badon who found Iwalani Rodrigues open on the right-side baseline for a good 3-pointer to win the game with 0.9 seconds left. Torrance led the Lobos with a career-high 16 points. Amanda Best had a team-high 10 rebounds and added eight points. Three more Lobo players scored 10 points each against the Utes: Jessica Kielpinski, Jasmine Patterson and Caroline Durbin. New Mexico shot 34.6 percent on the floor, despite not making a shot from long range for the first time this season. The Lobos shot 84.6 percent from the free-throw line and out-rebounded the Utes 40-37.

New Mexico's game against Utah on Feb. 19 was the first time in nine years where the Lobos had not made a single shot from behind the 3-point line. New Mexico was 0-6 from long range against the Utes in its 61-58 loss. The last time the Lobos didn't make a shot from long range was back on Dec. 8, 2002 at Texas-San Antonio. New Mexico was 0-7 from long range against San Antonio in its 55-38 loss. The Lobos had 306 consecutive games where they had at least made one 3-pointer during the game.

After the 15th week of action, the Lobos are currently third in the conference in rebounding, averaging 39.3 rebounds per game. New Mexico is third in steals, averaging 8.5 per game. The Lobos are second in offensive rebounds, averaging 13.5 per game. New Mexico is fourth in free-throw percentage, shooting 73.2 percent from the line and fourth in blocked shots with 4.3 per game.

Individually, junior Lauren Taylor is third in the conference in free throw percentage, shooting 85.4 percent from the line. Junior Porche Torrance is fourth in steals with 2.0 per game and fourth in blocked shots with 1.8 per game. Freshman Jasmine Patterson is fifth in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 36.5 percent from long range. Senior Amanda Best is sixth in the conference in rebounding with 7.5 rebounds a game.

- In 24 games, Coach Flanagan has changed his starting lineup 11 different times this season.
- UNM is 221-58 (.792) at home under Flanagan.
- UNM is in its 33rd season of women's basketball and has an overall record of 517-424.
- Flanagan is 336-165 all-time as the Lobos head man. Flanagan has guided UNM to 14 consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight postseason tournaments.
- The Lobos have compiled a 148-86 (.632) overall record in conference action under Flanagan. New Mexico has a 112-64 (.636) record in Mountain West Conference games.