Jan. 17, 2009
PROVO, Utah - On a court that once spelled almost certain doom for the University of New Mexico, the Lobos racked up their third straight win over the Brigham Young Cougars. This time UNM prevailed 61-57 to snap the Cougars' 10-game winning streak.
The Lobos' record on the Marriott Center floor was 22-4 a couple of years back, but the Lobos are now 22-7 in Provo, thanks to UNM's three-game win streak. The win raised the Lobos' mark to 14-2, which ties the Lobos' best start ever. UNM is 3-0 in Mountain West Conference play. BYU dropped to 12-3 and 2-1 in league.
"Our kids played very, very hard right to the end," said Lobo Coach Don Flanagan. "They never got down (mentally). They hit big shot after big shot. That's three years in a row we've beat them up here. I thought we did a great job in winning this game."
Beggin used the line to finish with 10 points, but the UNM guard struggled through the first 39 minutes making just 2-of-8 shots and only scoring four points before using the line in the final half-minute to reach double figures. She also had five rebounds and five assists.
The Lobos had four players in double figures as Amanda Adamson had 11 points and seven rebounds, Angela Hartill had 11 points, and Amanda Best had 11 points and seven rebounds. Jessica Kielpinski came off the bench to chip in nine points.
"Amanda Best might have played her best game of the year," said Flanagan. "I thought Amanda showed that she is becoming a quality two-guard."
Sophomore point guard Jazmine Foreman led the Cougars with 16 points, five rebounds and seven assists. Cougar Cassis King added 10 points and seven rebounds. Foreman helped defend Beggin most of the game before fouling out in the final minute and Flanagan was impressed by the Cougar at both ends of the court.
"She must have worked on her skills all summer long," said Flanagan. "She had a great game and she is very difficult to defend."
The Cougars jumped to a 6-0 lead early, but the Lobos went up 19-13 and 26-21. BYU went on an 8-to-2 run to take a 29-28 halftime lead. Best hit a 3-pointer for UNM at 16:22 of the second half to give the Lobos a 33-31 lead. BYU finally got on top of the scoreboard 49-48 with 5:34 to play. The Utes' last lead was 52-50 with 4:05 to go.
The Lobos used a 6-0 run to grab a 56-52 lead with 25 seconds to play. Hartill tied the game at 52-all with a layup. Adamson hit a jumper to make it 54-52 and then Beggin went to the line with 25 seconds to play to hit the first two of the six charity shots she hit down the stretch.
"We persevered," said Flanagan. "It was a big game and we played well enough to win. BYU will beat almost any team in the conference here."
Another key stat for UNM was going 21-of-31 from the free throw line to 4-of-9 for the home team.