Reserves Lead UNM in 80-48 Rout over Aggies
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  12/04/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Dec. 4, 2008

Box Score | Post-Game Press Conference

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. The Lobos won their fourth straight game while improving to 7-1 on the season. The Aggies fall 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.

The Lobos broke open a close game midway through the first half. Leading just 12-10, Taylor came off the bench to score the final seven points of a 14-2 run that gave New Mexico a 26-12 advantage.

After missing eight of their first 11 shots from the floor, the Lobos ended the evening at 53.6% (30-56), the best percentage this season.

Check back to golobos.com to read Richard Stevens' complete story about tonight's game.

Postgame Notes

• UNM has beaten New Mexico State 13 straight times in The Pit and is 24-1 against NMSU in the past 25 meetings overall

• The Lobos led 12-10 at the 11:55 mark of the 1st half when they had made just 3 of 11 FGs...UNM outscored the Aggies 24-7 the rest of the half while making 10 of 16 shots from the floor...UNM finished the game making a season-high 53.6% (30-56) of its shots, including 58.6% (17-29) in the 2nd half

• The New Mexico bench outscored NMSU's 51-13

• Kast missed her first shot from the field, then converted 8 straight before another miss late in the game

• Senior Angela Hartill scored UNM's first 7 points and had 11 of the first 14

• UNM held the Aggies to 32% shooting from the field, including 21% (6 of 28) in the 1st half

• The Lobos held NMSU leading scorer Madison Spence to a season-low 7 points, 10 points below her average of 17 a game...Spence had just 2 points in the 1st half...her previous scoring low was 10 points in the season opener against UC Irvine...Spence was 3 of 9 from the floor in 32 minutes played...she came into the game shooting 50% from the floor