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Lobos Host Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/25/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 25, 2009

  • New Mexico Game Notes vs. North Carolina A&T in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament Friday and Saturday in The Pit. The Lobos welcome North Carolina A&T, Toledo and Yale into the friendly confines. New Mexico will face the Aggies from North Carolina A&T Friday at 7 p.m. Yale and Toledo will battle at 5 p.m. Friday. The consolation game is set for 5 p.m. Saturday with the championship game at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for all games with live video on GoLobos.com. New Mexico games will be broadcast on 610 AM The Sports Animal.

    TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
    Friday, November 27
    Toledo 78, Yale 61 Box Score Get Acrobat Reader
    New Mexico 77, North Carolina A&T 55 Box Score Get Acrobat Reader

    Saturday, November 28
    5 p.m - North Carolina A&T vs. Yale (Home) - Consolation Game - GAMETRACKER | WATCH
    7 p.m. - Toledo vs. New Mexico (Home) - Championship Game - GAMETRACKER | WATCH

    LOBO REVIEW
    UNM is 3-1 on the year and coming off a 72-40 blowout victory over Northern Arizona. The Lobos have played every game at home this year and are averaging 6,874 fans per contest. Senior Amy Beggin leads the Lobos with 14.8 points per game. Beggin has reached double figures in three of the four games. Sophomores Sara Halasz and Lauren Taylor are both in the starting lineup for the first times in their careers and averaging 10 points per game. Halasz is the teams leading rebounder with 5.8 boards.

    LAST OUTING
    The Lobos cruised to the win Tuesday against the Lumberjacks. New Mexico held NAU to only 26.8 percent shooting and only allowed one player to reach double figures with 10 points. Beggin paced the Lobos with 15 points while Taylor had 11 and junior Amanda Best scored 12. New Mexico shot 45.3 percent from the field and hit 83.3 percent (10-of-12) of its free throws.

    LOBO NOTES
    Senior Amy Beggin

  • Went 2-6 from behind the three-point stripe against NAU, bringing her season total to nine and her career total to 163. Beggin ranks fourth all-time in Lobo history in three-pointers made and is now one behind Abby Garchek for third all-time.
  • Beggin has 349 assists during her career and ranks sixth all-time. Beggin is 38 behind Jean Rostermundt for fifth place.

    Senior Valerie Kast

  • Had 2 blocks Tuesday to up her career total to 67. Kast moves to within 11 of Carol Moreland for sixth all-time in Lobo history.

    Freshman Caroline Durbin

  • Made the first 3-pointer of her Lobo career on her first career attempt at the 3:44 mark of the first half against NAU.

    Junior Jessica Kielpinski

  • Pulled down a season-high eight rebounds vs. NAU. Her previous high was five against Oklahoma State on Nov. 18, 2009.
  • Tied her career-high with 3 blocks against the Lumberjacks. She last had three blocks on Feb. 11, 2009 against Air Force.

    Sophomore Sara Halasz
    Set a season and career-high with 10 rebounds vs. NAU. Her previous best was six, achieved last vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 15, 2009.

    SCOUTING THE AGGIES
    North Carolina A&T is 1-2 this season and coming off a 74-69 loss to Towson University. The Aggies were one of 16 teams that competed in the Preseason WNIT and have yet to play a home game. Ta'Wuana Cook leads the team in scoring with 19.3 points per game. Lamona Smalley is the only other Aggie averaging double figures with 13.5 points per contest and is the leading rebounder with 8.0 boards. NCAT is averaging 65 points per game.

    THE AGGIES LAST GAME
    North Carolina A&T lost its last game at Towson, 74-69. Cook led all scorers with 25 points but it wasn't enough to lift the Aggies. Cook hit five 3-pointers and was 6-for-6 from the free throw line to highlight the game. Smalley added 15 points and eight rebounds. The Aggies shot 41.7 percent from the field but were outshot by Towson. Towson had two players hit double figures including 21 points by Shanae Baker-Brice.

    SERIES INFORMATION
    New Mexico has never faced North Carolina A&T. UNM could battle Toledo for the first time in school history on Saturday or Yale for the second time. The last time UNM and Yale played women's basketball was on Jan. 4, 1987 on the road. New Mexico pulled out a 71-70 victory.

    LAST YEAR REVIEW

  • North Carolina A&T was 26-7 last year and reached the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a 15-1 record.

  • Yale was 11-17 in 2008-09 and finished 4-10 in the Ivy League.

  • Toledo went 18-13 a year ago and was second in the Mid-American Conference.

    UNM AGAINST CONFERENCES
    New Mexico is 3-0 all-time against the MEAC. The Lobos are 6-1 against the Mid-American and 2-1 vs. the Ivy League.

    GAME 450 FOR FLANAGAN
    Lobo head coach Don Flanagan will be coaching his 450th game at New Mexico Friday. Flanagan, who is in his 15th year at UNM, is 311-138 all-time.

    POTENTIAL OPPONENTS
    New Mexico will face either Yale or Toledo Saturday. Toledo is 3-1 on the season and has won three straight heading into the tournament. The Rockets beat Saint Peter's, 68-50, on Nov. 21. Toledo has three players averaging double figures and is led by Naama Shafir's 16.3 points per game.

    Yale is 2-1 and coming off an 82-46 loss at No. 13/17 Arizona State. Michelle Cashen leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 9.7 points per game. Yale will be playing its first games on the road this weekend.

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