Dec. 17, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball hosts No. 4 Stanford Tuesday inside The Pit. The Lobos will battle the nationally-ranked Cardinal for the first time in school history and Stanford is the highest ranked opponent UNM has faced at home. The game will be televised live on the Mountain Network starting at 7 p.m. Bill Doleman will handle the play-by-play duties with Ann Schatz doing the color commentary.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the action.
Television: The Mtn. - Bill Doleman and Ann Schatz will call the action.
Against Stanford: This will be the first-ever meeting between the Lobos and Stanford. The Cardinal will be the highest ranked team to ever come into The Pit to face New Mexico. Texas Tech was No. 6 when the Lady Raiders traveled to The Pit on Dec. 20, 1997.
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. The Lobos are averaging 7,934 fans over the first eight home games of the season.
Home Court Advantage ... The Lobos are currently 7-1 at The Pit this season. They won 13 of the last 14 games on their home court, dating back to Jan. 18, 2007 against Air Force. Since the 1995-96 season, the Lobos are 181-35 (.838) in The Pit.
Lobos Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents ... New Mexico will face at least two more nationally-ranked opponents this season when No. 5/4 Stanford comes to The Pit on Dec. 18 and No. 24/25 Wyoming plays a home-and-home MWC series. The Lobos are 14-32 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 No. 25/NR 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. 12/12 Texas, 76-68.
Last Time Out - vs. Arizona - L, 36-44 ... Junior Angela Hartill scored a team-high 10 points as the Lobos lost to Arizona, 44-36, in front of a season-high 8,813 fans, Saturday evening at The Pit. The 36 points scored by the Lobos was a season low. The Wildcats went on an 8-1 run with 9:27 left in the first half to pull out to a 17-11 lead. New Mexico countered with a 14-4 run of their own to end the first half sparked by a Brandi Kimble jumper. The Lobos headed into the locker room with a 24-21 lead. There were eight lead changes in the first half. An Ashley Whisonant lay-in started a 10-0 Arizona run, putting the Wildcats up 31-24 with 14:18 remaining in the second half. The Wildcats never trailed again. The Lobos were scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half until Angela Hartill hit a jumper at the free-throw line to pull the Lobos within five, 31-26, with 13:42 to go in the game. Hartill was 4 of 10 from the field and added two free throws. Sophomore Amy Beggin added seven points for the Lobos and dished out six assists.
About No. 5/4 Stanford (8-1) ... The Cardinal, under the direction of Tara Vanderveer, are currently 8-1 following Sunday night's 87-63 win over No. 10 Baylor in Palo Alto. Stanford is on a five-game winning streak after their only loss of the season, to Connecticut on Nov. 22. Mountain West member Utah took the Cardinal to double overtime on Nov. 18 in Salt Lake City. Candice Wiggins, an all-America candiate, leads the Cardinal with 17.6 points per game, followed by Jayne Appel with 15.6 points per game. Appel is the team's leading rebounder with 9.0 boards per game. Kayla Pedersen also is averaging double figure scoring with 13.0 points per game and is second in rebounds with 8.9 per game. Against Baylor on Sunday, Wiggins scored 35 points, while Pedersen recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Nationally-Ranked Opponents in The Pit ... The Cardinal will be the highest-ranked opponent to ever face the Lobos in The Pit. Stanford is currently No. 5 in the Associated Press poll and No. 4 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Stanford is expected to stay in the Top Five following Sunday night's win over No. 10 Baylor. Special thanks to Mel Greenberg of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the WBCA for research assistance.
Totally UNOFFICIAL Attendance Rankings ... The University of Wisconsin annually provides a weekly Top 30 national list for attendance in women's basketball. Based on last week's rankings, New Mexico is ranked sixth overall at 7,809 fans per game at The Pit, just behind Tennessee, Connecticut, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Purdue. The 8,042 that watched the Lobos take on Dayton on Nov. 10 ranks 22nd in single-game attendance so far in 2007-08. New rankings will be available on Monday, Dec. 17.
Pit, Sweet Pit ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit is serving year No. 30 as the home of Lobo women's basketball. The Lobos are currently 7-1 at home in 2007-08. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 181-35 in The Pit.
Hartill Steps Up ... Junior Angela Hartill became the Lobos' fourth player to be the leading scorer in a game this season. Hartill reached double figures with 10 points in UNM's 44-36 loss to Arizona on Dec. 15. Dionne Marsh leads the way with four games, followed by Amy Beggin with three and Brandi Kimble with two.