Jan. 8, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., Saturday to face Air Force at 2 p.m. MT. Saturday's game will be the 25th meeting between the two schools and will be the second Mountain West Conference game for the Lobos this week. UNM is 12-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play after defeating UNLV Wednesday, 75-49, inside The Pit. The Falcons are 4-10 on the year and 0-1 in MWC action. The game will be available on the radio at 610 AM The Sports Animal and online via gametracker at www.GoLobos.com.
New Mexico has dominated the series with Air Force, 23-1 and rides a 23-game winning streak into Saturday's contest. The Lobos are 22-0 against the Falcons under the direction of head coach Don Flanagan. Last year, UNM defeated Air Force 75-45 inside Clune Arena. UNM is 10-1 all-time at Air Force with the only loss coming in the first meeting between the two schools on Jan. 2, 1992. The Falcons defeated New Mexico, 61-41, in that first game.
UNM has only started the season 12-2 one other time in school history. The Lobos were 14-2 during the 2004-05 season and went on to finish the year with a 26-5 overall record.
Juniors Eileen Weissmann and Amy Beggin led New Mexico past UNLV Wednesday with 13 points each. Senior Amanda Adamson was the only other Lobo to reach double figures after she scored 10 points. UNM hit eight first-half three-pointers to jump out to an early lead and never looked back. The Lobos easily cruised to their first MWC victory of the season. Beggin currently leads UNM in scoring with 15.9 points per game.
Flanagan is in his 14th season at New Mexico and has an overall record of 295-128.
Air Force has lost six of its last seven games and enters Saturday with a 4-10 overall record. The Falcons dropped their conference opener Wednesday at San Diego State, 79-28. Air Force has two players averaging in double figures and is led by Raimee Beck. Beck is scoring 13.8 points per contest while Brooke Cultra is chipping in 13.4 a game. Kim Kreke is leading the Falcons on the boards with 10.4 a game.
Air Force is coached by Ardie McInelly who is in her eighth year. McInelly is 54-148 at Air Force and 131-220 all-time in 13 seasons.
UNM will leave Air Force Saturday and take the week off before traveling to BYU next weekend. The Lobos face the Cougars inside the Marriott Center in Provo on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. MT. BYU is 10-2 on the season and faces Colorado State Saturday.
The last meeting between UNM and Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., was on Jan. 19, 2008. The Lobos hit 13 three-points and were two shy of the school record. Beggin scored a team-high 20 points and set a career-high for most three-pointers made. Sophomore Jessica Kielpinski made her first career start against the Falcons last year in Clune Arena.
The Lobos have made a three-pointer in 183 consecutive games. Saturday's game will be the 865th game all-time for New Mexico in 31 seasons. UNM is 478-386 all-time.
UNM will play its fourth road game of the year Saturday at Air Force. The Lobos are 1-2 away from Albuquerque but both losses have come against Top 10 teams. UNM's only road victory was a second-half comeback at New Mexico State on Dec. 20. Last year, the Lobos were 5-6 on the road.
New Mexico remained a perfect 11-0 inside The Pit Wednesday night with a 75-49 victory over UNLV.
The Lobos are 6-3 in MWC road openers and have gone a perfect 4-0 when opening at Air Force.