Nov. 25, 2009
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.
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.
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.
Senior Amy Beggin
Senior Valerie Kast
Freshman Caroline Durbin
Junior Jessica Kielpinski
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.
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
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.
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.