New Mexico Hosts Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/29/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 29, 2010

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The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will end the year 2010 in The Pit, while hosting its final non-conference game of the season against Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Thursday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. Gametracker will also be provided for Thursday's game on GoLobos.com.

Thursday's game will be sponsored by Comcast and News Radio 770 KKOB.

The Lobos suffered another close loss at UTEP on Dec. 20 when they were defeated 64-62. This was the second game in a row where New Mexico was defeated within the final five seconds of the game. The Lobos were down 27-8 midway through the first half when they went on a 14-4 run to come within nine points at halftime. New Mexico continued its comeback in the second half tying the game for the first time at 55-55 with 4:03 remaining. The Miners extended its lead to 62-57 with 2:12 remaining, but the Lobos were able to tie the game again off of five made free throws with 22 seconds left. However, UTEP's Gloria Brown scored a layup at the buzzer to earn the win for the Miners.

The Lobos will begin the new year at home on Jan. 8 at noon as they take on Wyoming in their first game of conference action. The game against Wyoming will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports. Fans can view CBS College Sports on Comcast channel 274, DirecTV channel 613, and Dish channel 152.

The Aggies come into Thursday's game with a 6-6 record after losing the past three games. New Mexico State's most recent loss came on Dec. 22 against Utah when it was defeated 72-62. The Aggies also suffered losses to Michigan and Arizona during their three-game slide.

New Mexico State has four players averaging in double figures so far this season: Tabytha Wampler (14.1 ppg), Jasmine Lowe (13.4 ppg), Madison Spence (13.3 ppg), and Danisha Corbett (11 ppg). Wampler leads the Aggies on the boards, grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game. Lowe leads the team with 3.3 steals per game and 2.8 assists per game.

Thursday's game against New Mexico State will be the 64th meeting between the two teams. The Lobos currently lead the series, 41-22. New Mexico has already won the first matchup of the season back on Dec. 1 when they won 58-49 in Las Cruces. With the win, the Lobos have won the past six games played against the Aggies. New Mexico has also won 28 out of the past 29 games played. New Mexico State's last win came on Dec. 2, 2007 when it won at home, 58-42.

The Rio Grande Rivalry series between New Mexico and New Mexico State officially started back in 2007-08. The series is a head to head competition with points being awarded to the winning school in each competition. The school with the most points at the end of the year will retain possession of the trophy for a one year period. The Lobos have won the rivalry series all three years the trophy has been available. This season there is a total of 27 points to be gained from either institution. With the fall sports finished and the winter sports wrapping up, New Mexico leads the series 15-3.

There are two key factors that the Lobos need to follow in order to win games: make opponents score 59 points or less and don't get outrebounded by their opponents. So far this season New Mexico is 5-1 when the opponent scores 59 or less. Conversely, the Lobos are 0-4 when they get outrebounded by their opponents.

There are a few other factors that lend hand to victories for the Lobos. When the Lobos win they average 10.7 more rebounds per game than when they lose. New Mexico averages 49.4 rebounds per game when it wins, but averages only 38.7 rebounds per game when it loses. Another factor for the success of the Lobos is to hold their opponents to shooting under 30 percent in both field goal percentage and in 3-point field goal percentage. When New Mexico wins, its opponents shoot on average 28.5 percent on the floor and 22.9 percent from long range. When New Mexico loses, its opponents average 41.4 percent on the floor and 41.0 percent from long range.

The Lobos had a near upset over No. 11/13 Oklahoma on Dec. 12. With 30 seconds left in the game, The Lobos were up 60-59 after two made free throws by Porche Torrance. The Sooners had possession of the ball with 16 seconds left in the game when Torrance stole the ball from Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg. The Sooners fouled on an in-bounds pass to Jessica Kielpinski with 15 seconds left. New Mexico was unable to make its free throw allowing Oklahoma to rebound the ball and go in for a layup with five seconds left on the clock. Down by one, the Lobos had possession of the ball, but turned it over sending Oklahoma to the line after a Kielpinski foul with three seconds left. The Sooners' Morgan Hook made both free throws to extend their lead and end the game ahead 63-60.

- In the 11 games played so far, Coach Flanagan has changed the starting lineup seven different times this season.
- UNM is 218-53 (.804) at home under Flanagan.
- UNM is in its 33rd season of women's basketball and has an overall record of 513-415.
- Flanagan is 332-156 all-time as the Lobos head man. Flanagan has guided UNM to 14 consecutive winning seasons and 13 straight postseason tournaments.