Feb. 27, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico (18-8, 7-6 MWC) women's basketball will host Colorado State Saturday inside The Pit at 2:05 p.m. MT. The Lobos enter Saturday's game tied for fourth place in the league standings while the Rams (9-18, 4-10 MWC) are eighth. Saturday will be one of two home games remaining on the Lobos schedule this season. UNM is 14-2 inside The Pit this season. The game will be available on the radio at 610 AM The Sports Animal with gametracker and live video on www.GoLobos.com.
SCOUTING THE RAMS - Colorado State currently sits in eighth place in the conference with a 9-18 overall record and enter Saturday's game with a 4-10 league record. The Rams are led in scoring by Britney Minor who is averaging 8.1 points per game. CSU has six players averaging 5.0 points per game or better.
The Rams have lost seven of their last nine games but are much improved from last season. CSU did not win a single conference game last year until the MWC Championship and this year the Rams are 4-10. Colorado State is 3-10 away from Ft. Collins this year.
SERIES INFORMATION - Saturday will be the 59th all-time meeting between New Mexico and Colorado State. The Lobos lead the series 31-27 and have won 11 straight. UNM has won 13 of the last 14 games in the series. The Lobos hold a 17-10 series advantage when playing inside The Pit. UNM has won nine straight at home against CSU and haven't lost to the Rams inside The Pit since Jan. 6, 1998, 66-63.
HEAD COACHING OUTLOOK - Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is 17-11 all-time against Colorado State. Prior to Flanagan taking over at UNM, the Lobos had lost seven of the last eight dating back to the reinstatement.
Colorado State is under the direction of first year head coach Kristen Holt. Holt, who served as an assistant under Jen Warden, was promoted over the summer and has provided a spark in the Ram program. CSU has already won four conference games after the Rams went 0-16 last year in conference play.
LAST OUTING - CSU FALLS TO WYOMING - The Rams are coming off a 71-62 loss at Wyoming on Wednesday. CSU had two players score in double figures with Bonnie Barbee leading the way with 11 points. Barbee came off the bench to spark the offense. Carine Reimink had 10 points against the Cowgirls. CSU shot 35.4 percent from the field and hit seven three-pointers in the game. Wyoming shot 20 more free throws than the Rams and pulled out the victory despite CSU scoring 40 points in the second half.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE RAMS - New Mexico defeated CSU, 76-68, earlier this year in Ft. Collins, Colo. Junior Amy Beggin has a game-high 22 points while senior Amanda Adamson had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Lobos shot 44.1 percent in Moby Arena. Meghan Heimstra led CSU with 19 points while Britney Minor chipped in 14 against the Lobos.
LOBOS TOUGH AT HOME - New Mexico is 14-2 inside The Pit this season and have proved to be tough inside the friendly confines. UNM's last victory inside The Pit was on Feb. 17 against BYU, 52-37.
KEY BATTLE ON HARDWOOD SET FOR WEDNESDAY - New Mexico and CSU will play a critical Mountain West Conference game Saturday. The Lobos enter the game tied for fourth place while the Rams sit in eighth place in the league standings. With three games remaining, here is a breakdown of what is left on the schedule for the top five teams.
1. Utah - BYU, New Mexico, at TCU
2. TCU - at San Diego State, Utah
3. San Diego State - TCU, at Colorado State, at UNLV
T4. New Mexico - Colorado State, at Utah, Wyoming
T4. BYU - at Utah, Wyoming, at Air Force
BENCH SCORING - The UNM bench has outscored the opponents in 16 of the 26 games this season including eight of 13 conference games.
NATIONAL RANKINGS - Junior Amy Beggin is currently 7th nationally in free throw percentage (88.9). UNM ranks 25th as a team (74.4).
Beggin ranks 29th nationally in Assist/Turnover ratio (1.82).
New Mexico ranks 10th in field goal percentage defense. The Lobos are allowing teams to only shoot 34.5 percent. UNM is 28th in scoring defense and 40th in scoring margin.
UNM is 25th nationally in free throw percentage. The Lobos are hitting 74.4 percent of their free throws. New Mexico is 25th in Assist/Turnover radio (0.97)
LAST OUTING - NEW MEXICO SLIPS AT TCU - New Mexico let valuable opportunities slip away on the road Wednesday at TCU and dropped a 41-38 decision to the Horned Frogs. The Lobos were led by junior Amy Beggin who scored 13 points and senior Angela Hartill who had 10. UNM did not score a single bench point inside the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. TCU was led by Micah Garoutte and Emily Carter who each scored 10 points.