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Lobo Women's Basketball Hosts Texas Tech for "Pack the Pit"
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/11/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

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Dec. 11, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball will host Texas Tech Saturday at 6 p.m. inside The Pit. The game will be "Pack The Pit" night for the Lobos with all tickets available for $4 at the UNM ticket office. Tickets can be purchased by calling (505) 925-5858 or by logging onto www.GoLobos.com. The game will be televised nationally on the Mountain West Sports Network and broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal. UNM is currently receiving votes in both national polls and enters the game with an 8-1 overall record. The corporate sponsor is Verizon Wireless and the media sponsors are KISS 97.3, COYOTE 102.5, La JEFA 105.1 and Comcast.

UNDEFEATED INSIDE THE PIT - The Lobos are 8-1 on the season and put their undefeated home record on the line against Texas Tech Saturday. UNM is 8-0 inside The Pit this season. New Mexico has won two tournaments at home this season and picked up wins over DePaul and Nebraska. The Blue Demons and Cornhuskers were both receiving votes prior to UNM knocking them off. The latest victory inside The Pit was Tuesday against North Texas.

SATURDAY IS PACK THE PIT FOR NEW MEXICO - The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Texas Tech Saturday in the annual "Pack The Pit" night at 6 p.m. Tickets are available for $4 dollars through the UNM ticket office at 505-925-5858 and online at www.GoLobos.com.

BEGGIN MOVES INTO TOP 10 CAREER ASSISTS CHARTS - Junior Amy Beggin passed current UNM Senior Women's Administrator Janice Branch-Ruggiero for 10th place on the all-time career assists chart. Beggin enters the Texas Tech game with 246 assists and sits only seven points behind Lori McConnell for ninth.

Rk Player     Years        No.
1. Mandi Moore 2002-05 651
2. Tamika Stukes 1995-98 469
3. Nikki Heckroth 1998-01 424
4. Katie Montgomery 2004-07 406
5. Jean Rostermundt 1978-80 387
6. Jessica Cunningham 1992-95 339
7. Molly McKinnon 1999-02 331
8. Abby Garchek 1995-98 270
9. Lori McConnell 1980-82 253
10. Amy Beggin      2007-Current      246

NATIONAL SCENE - The game will be broadcast live nationally on the Mountain West Sports Network. Tracy Warren (Play-by-Play) and Andrea Lloyd (Color Commentary) will be calling the action. The Lobo Radio Network will air the Lobo game on the radio with Joe Behrend and Nikki Heckroth-Lobato on the call. Live video streaming, gametracker and more are available on www.GoLobos.com.

WEISSMANN LEADS UNM IN VICTORY OVER UNT - Junior Eileen Weissmann picked the right time to standout Tuesday against North Texas. Weissmann chipped in a career-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and reached double figures for the second time this season. Weissmann was critical in the victory scoring 12 second half points including the game-winning layup with :22 seconds left on the clock.

LOBOS SNEAK BY NORTH TEXAS - The Lobos are coming off a 66-63 victory over North Texas Tuesday night. UNM rallied from behind to defeat the Mean Green inside The Pit. The Lobos finished the game on an 8-0 run and improved to 8-1 on the season. Junior Eileen Weissmann highlighted the game with a career-high 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled down six rebounds. UNM shot 42.6 percent from the field and held UNT to only 30.4 percent shooting.

LOBOS ON A ROLL - New Mexico is 8-1 overall and off to one of its best starts in school history. The Lobos are led by junior Amy Beggin and senior Angela Hartill. Beggin is coming off an 18-point performance against North Texas Tuesday and is averaging a team leading 14.6 points. Hartill is second on the team with 12 points per game. Sophomore Jessica Kielpinski leads the team in rebounding with 5.7 points. UNM has eight players averaging over five points per game.

HARTILL MONEY AT THE FREE THROW LINE - Senior Angela Hartill has hit 25-of-26 free throws this season and currently leads the Mountain West Conference in free throw percentage. Hartill is a lifetime 73.7 percent shooter from the charity stripe. UNM as a team is shooting 76.7 percent.

KAST CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART - Junior Valerie Kast has 17 blocks this season and has recorded 11 blocks over the last four games. Against New Mexico State on Dec. 4, Kast had a career-high five blocks. Tuesday inside The Pit, Kast denied four shots against North Texas. Kast has a career total of 46 blocks and needs six more to break into the top 10 for a career.

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH - The Red Raiders are 5-3 overall and coming off a 75-63 victory over UNLV on Dec. 2 in Lubbock. Head Coach Kristy Curry, who is in her third year, has a 37-35 overall mark since taking over the program. Dominic Seals leads the team with 13.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The Lady Raiders have two players averaging in double figures in Seals and Jordan Murphree. Murphree is chipping in 12.5 points per game.

SERIES INFORMATION - Texas Tech leads the all-time series with New Mexico, 10-1. The only victory for the Lobos against the Red Raiders came on Nov. 30 2001. UNM beat Texas Tech, 74-65, inside The Pit. Saturday's game will be the sixth meeting between the two schools in The Pit. Don Flanagan is 1-6 all-time against Texas Tech, while Kristy Curry is 1-0 against the Lobos.

LADY RAIDERS COMING OFF VICTORY - Texas Tech is coming off a 75-63 victory over UNLV on Dec. 2 in Lubbock, Texas. The Red Raiders had four players reach double figures including Maria Moore who scored 18 points. TTU shot 43.5 percent from the field while nailing six 3-pointers against the Rebels. Texas Tech had 30 points off turnovers and 22 points off of fast breaks. The victory snapped a three-game skid and helped TTU improve to 5-3 on the season.

AGAINST THE BIG 12 - Lobo women's basketball is 22-39 all-time against the Big 12 Conference. Texas Tech is one of two Big 12 schools on the schedule. New Mexico defeated Nebraska earlier this season, 62-51.

LOBOS HOST UTEP ON CHERRY CRUSH NIGHT TUESDAY, DEC. 16 - MY50TV - The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Cherry Crush night when UTEP comes to town on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7:05 p.m. MT inside The Pit. Fans can stop by the UNM Bookstore, The New Mexico Look or the Lobostore at The Pit to purchase your official Cherry Crush T-Shirt for only $7.95. With this $7.95 purchase, you will receive one ticket the Women's game on Dec.16 and one ticket to the men's game on Dec.17. Shirts are available now.

ON THE HORIZON - CHERRY CRUSH NIGHT - UTEP - The Lobos will host UTEP on Tuesday, Dec. 16 inside The Pit at 7 p.m. The game will be aired live on My50TV KASY with Scott Stiegler and Abbie Letz calling the action. The UTEP game will also be "Cherry Crush" night for the Lobos. Fans can purchase their official Cheery Crush T-shirts for only $7.95. With the $7.95 purchase, you will receive one ticket to the women's game with UTEP and one ticket to the men's game against Oral Roberts. Shirts are now available at the New Mexico Look, the Lobostore at The Pit and the UNM Bookstore.

REMAINING NON-CONFERENCE - UNM only has four non-conference games remaining on the schedule and two are on the road. The Lobos host Texas Tech Saturday during the "Park the Pit" night. The matchup with the Red Raiders will be televised live on the Mountain West Sports Network at 6 p.m. Three of the final four non-conference games will be televised. The UTEP game will be aired on KASY My50-TV in Albuquerque and the NMSU game in Las Cruces will be on Aggie Vision.

RPI UPDATE - New Mexico enters the week with a RPI ranking of 24 and a strength of schedule at 87. Texas Tech has a 33 RPI ranking and a strength of schedule of 24. The Mountain West Conference ranks eighth in the RPI while the Big 12 currently ranks third in the conference RPI rankings.

FLANAGAN CLOSING IN ON WIN NO.300 - New Mexico head coach Don Flanagan is closing in on win No. 300 this season. Flanagan has an overall record of 291-127 in 14 seasons at UNM. Flanagan has guided the Lobos to 12 straight winning seasons and reached the 20-wins plateau 10 times. Flanagan is the winningest coach in New Mexico basketball history.

LOBOS DOMINATE THE AGGIES IN THE RIO GRANDE RIVALRY - Junior Valerie Kast led a productive Lobo bench with 18 points and 5 blocks - both career-highs - to lead New Mexico to a resounding 80-48 victory over New Mexico State in front of 8,139 fans at The Pit on Dec.4. The Lobos won their fourth straight game while improving to 7-1 on the season. The Aggies fell to 3-4.

UNM beat New Mexico State for the 13th straight time at The Pit. New Mexico also picked up 1.5 points in the Rio Grande Rivalry to take a 9-3 lead over NMSU in the 2008-09 standings.

Led by Kast, the Lobo reserves scored a whopping 51 points. Freshman Lauren Taylor set career-highs with 11 points and 5 assists while fellow freshman Sara Halasz chipped in with 11 points. Senior Angela Hartill paced UNM early, scoring 11 of her 15 points in the first half.

SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT - The Lobos shot a season-high 53.6 percent (30-56) from the field on Dec. 4 against New Mexico State. UNM had four players in double figures including 18 points from junior Valerie Kast. The UNM bench outscored its starters 51-to-29 in the contest. New Mexico shot 75 percent from the charity stripe against the Aggies hitting 15 of its 20 shots.

ATTENDANCE FIGURES - New Mexico continues to rank among the nations best in home attendance. The Lobos have played eight games inside The Pit this season and are currently averaging 7,327 fans per game. Against New Mexico State, UNM had a season-high 8,139 fans in the crowd. The last sellout of The Pit was against UNLV on Jan. 31, 2004. It was on a "Pack The Pit" promotional night.

UNM OFF TO ONE OF ITS BEST START - The Lobos are 8-1 and off to their best starts since the 2004-05 season. UNM has started 8-1 or better five times in school history and five times under head coach Don Flanagan. The best start in the Flanagan era was 9-0 in his second season, 1996-97.

NEW MEXICO BEST START CHART (Through first nine games)
Year Rd. Coach
1996-97 9-0 Don Flanagan
2008-09     8-1   Don Flanagan
1997-98 8-1 Don Flanagan
2002-03 8-1 Don Flanagan
2004-05 8-1 Don Flanagan
1978-79 7-2 Kathy Marpe

SCORING 60 - The Lobos are 48-1 when scoring at least 60 points over the past three seasons. When the Lobos score under 60 points, the record is 4-21, 0-1 in 2008-09. The last time New Mexico lost a game in which it scored 60 points was in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against West Virginia inside The Pit, 61-60.

BEGGIN NAMED MWC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - New Mexico junior Amy Beggin and UNLV senior Shamela Hampton have been named the Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week on Dec.1. Beggin averaged 18.7 points last week and helped the Lobos go 3-0 with victories over Utah Valley, William and Mary and Nebraska. Beggin, who has scored in double figures every game this season, scored 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds against Utah Valley and a season-high 20 points against William and Mary. She went on to lead all scorers against Nebraska with 19 points. The Maplewood, Minn., native dished out an average of five assists per game, was perfect from the free-throw line (13-of-13), shot 44.7 percent from the field (17-of-38) and, as a guard, averaged six rebounds in each game last week. Beggin earns her first career weekly honor and was the first Lobo to earn the award this season.

LIVE STREAMING - Every New Mexico women's basketball game will be available via live video streaming on www.GoLobos.com. The official website of UNM provides live radio, gametracker and video for nearly every Lobo game this season. Check www.GoLobos.com for daily information on the women's basketball program.

LOBOS HITTING FREE THROWS - UNM is shooting 76.7 percent from the free throw line this season. The Lobos have hit 145 of their 189 attempts. Senior Angela Hartill has hit 25 of 26 shots from the charity stripe. Junior Amy Beggin has hit 35 of 39 free throws this season.

WEISSMANN SETS SEASON-HIGH MARK AGAINST UTAH VALLEY - Junior Eileen Weissmann scored a previous season-high 11 points against Utah Valley. Weissmann was two points shy of her career mark and reached double figures for just the third time in her career. This season, Weissmann is shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 27.6 percent from behind the arc and 75.0 percent from the charity stripe.

ADAMSON IS RELIABLE - Senior Amanda Adamson has become very reliable this season. The Littleton, Colo., native is third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points and is second on the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. This season, Adamson has been very aggressive and making the most of opportunities. She has started every game, shooting 42.6 percent from the field and has hit 27-of-37 free throws. Adamson is also averaging 27.0 minutes per game.

TAYLOR STEADILY SHINES - Freshman Lauren Taylor has emerged as a steady contributor this season and has reached double figures in two of the last four games. Taylor highlighted the Lobos victory over William and Mary when she scored 10 points including a half court buzzer beater to end the first half. The Brownsburg, Ind., native set a new career-high for points against New Mexico State on Dec.4 with 11 points. This season, Taylor is averaging 5.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest this season.

BEST UNDEFEATED AS A STARTER - Sophomore Amanda Best has started the last five games and is undefeated as a starter. Best made her first collegiate start against the Wolverines on Nov. 25. Best chipped in a career-high 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting in 16 minutes of action against Utah Valley. She is fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.9 boards per game. Best set her career-high for rebounds earlier this season against Idaho State with 13.

LOBO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL INKS THREE TO NLIs - New Mexico has signed three standouts to National Letters of Intent during the fall signing period. The Lobos signed Caroline Durbin a 6-foot guard from Austin, Texas as well as Emily Stark a 6-5 post player out of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jourdan Erkshine a 6-foot guard from Saginaw, Mich. All three will join the women's basketball program during the fall of 2009.

LOBO RADIO NETWORK - Every New Mexico women's basketball game will be broadcast on the Lobo Radio Network. Joe Behrend will provide the play-by-play while former Lobo Nikki Heckroth-Lobato will handle the color commentary. Visit www.GoLobos.com to listen to all the exciting action.

MWC PRESEASON POLL - The Lobos were picked fourth in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll released on Tuesday, Oct. 14 by the league office. UNM is projected where they finished the 2007-08 year. Utah is expected to win the conference while San Diego State was picked second. TCU was picked third ahead of New Mexico and BYU who was ranked fifth. Wyoming, UNLV, Colorado State and Air Force round out the nine team league. The Lobos did not have a player selected to the preseason all-conference team.

BACK FOR MORE - New Mexico returns three starters from last year's squad that went 20-13 overall and made its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Lobos have 10 letterwinners back including all-conference performer Amy Beggin. Beggin averaged 10.9 points last year and started every game. This season, UNM expects to use a steady rotation of players to make up for the loss of two talented seniors from a year ago.

FLANAGAN'S SUCCESS - Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is the winningest coach in New Mexico basketball history. Flanagan is entering his 14th season and has an overall record of 291-127. He has guided UNM onto the national scene and has led UNM to eight NCAA Tournaments. During his tenure, Flanagan has captured five Mountain West Conference Tournament Championships, three regular season titles and made 11 consecutive postseason appearances. The Lobos are one of 13 program's nationally to make the last seven NCAA Tournaments and continue to rank in the Top 10 nationally in home attendance.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE - The Lobos will play nine games on television during the 2008-09 season. UNM is set to have four games broadcast nationally on the Mountain West Sports Network, two on the CBS College Sports Network and three games locally aired by My50TV in Albuquerque. The next nationally televised game will be on Dec. 13 against Texas Tech at 6 p.m. MT. Every game on TV will be aired from inside The Pit.

NCAA LOVES THE PIT - New Mexico will once again host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in 2009 and 2010. The dates in 2009 are March 21 and 23 inside The Pit. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to www.GoLobos.com.

HALASZ SHINES EARLY - Freshman Sara Halasz has impressed since arriving at New Mexico. The 6-0 guard averaged 11 points per game in the two exhibition contests. She has shown great athletic ability, a good shot and explosiveness to the basket. Through preseason drills and scrimmages, Halasz looks like an impact player in her first season. Halasz, a native of Fort Lewis, Wash., grew up playing against army guys and has translated that aggressive style into the college game. This season, Halasz is averaging 6.3 points and 2.7 rebounds a game.

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF MWC - The 2008-09 season marks the 10th anniversary of the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos have emerged as one of the top programs in one of the top basketball conferences. New Mexico has tied for two MWC regular-season titles during the decade and captured five MWC Tournament Championships over the last six years.

MWC NAMES ALL-DECADE TEAM - New Mexico had two athletes named to the MWC All-Decade team in Dionne Marsh and Jordan Adams. Marsh finished her career as the school's all-time scorer with 1,913 points and was a two-time First Team All-Conference player. Adams scored over 1,000 points during her Lobo career and ranks as one of the top shot blockers in school history. Adams was a First Team All-Conference player her senior season and was the last Lobo drafted by the WNBA.

THE PIT REACHES FINALS OF MWC TOURNAMENT BID - The Mountain West Conference future basketball championships site subcommittee recently announced finalist cities to host the 2011-13 Mountain West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championships. The five finalists are Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and San Diego. These cities will be moved forward in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process with an expected awarding of the future site to take place in June 2009. Denver (2004-06) and Las Vegas (1999-2003, 2008-10) have previously hosted the MWC Basketball Championships.

LOBO FAMILY - The New Mexico women's basketball program has always had a great relationship with its former players but the 2008-09 season is taking that to a whole new level. The Lobos have hired former Lobo great Jordan Adams as the Director of Basketball Operations. Adams joined the staff over the summer. Former Lobo standouts Abbie Letz and Nikki Heckroth-Lobato are involved with the program on the media side. Letz will provide color analysis during the My50TV broadcasts and Heckroth-Lobato will provide color commentary for all home games on the radio.

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