Aug. 8, 2007
Albuquerque, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team announced its 2007-08 schedule today that includes four NCAA Tournament teams, four opponents from the Pac-10 and 18 home games. The Lobos will also play six televised games this season. UNM looks to build upon its sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season after going 24-9. The Lobos return nine letterwinners including seniors Dionne Marsh and Brandi Kimble.
"This is a competitive schedule once again and we've tried to do our best to get quality opponents early to get us ready for conference play," said head coach Don Flanagan, who is beginning his 13th season. "We could play four Pac-10 schools that gives us plenty of competition and plenty of very competitive games. That has been our formula to get to the NCAA Tournament.
"We have 10 non-conference games at home and that will really make our fans happy. We want to have as many home games as possible. Opponents from various parts of the country makes it very interesting. Our exhibition game against the Chinese National Team is going to be tough. They were fourth ranked in the world and it will be very difficult for us right off the bat because we have a young team. I like the fact that we play a lot of games at home early because when we go on the road we hope to be playing better."
The Lobos have two home exhibition games scheduled, including the Chinese National Team on Nov. 1 and a final tune up Nov. 4 against Eastern New Mexico.
The season opener is set for Nov. 9 against Western Michigan in the first round of the Women's Sports Foundation Tournament at 8 p.m. inside The Pit. The tournament is Nov. 9-11 and will include Dayton, Northwestern and WMU. UNM faces Dayton on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and concludes the event with Northwestern Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.
The Lobos' first road game of the year is at California on Nov. 18. UNM faces the Golden Bears for the third time in school history. California is one of three NCAA Tournament teams on the schedule.
UNM returns home for the Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 23-24. The Lobos open tournament play against Nicholls State on Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. Coppin State and Oregon square off in the other first-round game.
New Mexico will play New Mexico State on Dec. 2 in the first of two Rio Grande Rivalry games this season. The rivalry game is slated to start at 3 p.m. in Las Cruces.
The final non-conference tournament is the Southwest Airlines Lobo Shootout at The Pit on Dec. 7-8. UNM battles Norfolk State at 8 p.m. in the opening round before playing against either Southern or Towson the next night.
UNM hosts Arizona Dec. 15 and Stanford Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. both nights. Stanford played in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Lobos final non-conference home game is Dec. 21 against New Mexico State at 7 p.m. UTEP closes out the non-conference schedule Dec. 30 in El Paso.
The Lobos open conference play at home against Wyoming on Jan. 9 starting at 8 p.m. on CSTV. UNM hits the road Jan. 12 at San Diego State before returning home to face TCU on Jan. 15. The TCU battle will be broadcast on the Mountain Network.
UNM has back-to-back road trips at Air Force on Jan. 19 and Utah on Jan. 23. The Lobos follow that up with BYU and UNLV at home. The Cougars are in Albuquerque on Jan. 26 for a 2 p.m. start, while the Lady Rebels come to town on Feb. 2.
New Mexico heads back out on the road Feb. 6 at Colorado State and Feb. 10 at Wyoming. The game against the Cowgirls will be broadcast on CSTV.
On Feb. 13, the Lobos host the Aztecs of San Diego State at 7 p.m. UNM travels to Fort Worth, Texas, Feb. 17 to play TCU on the Mountain Network at 1 p.m.
Three of the final five regular-season games are at home, including a Feb. 20 date with Air Force and a Feb. 23 game against Utah. The final two road contests are Feb. 26 at BYU on the Mountain Network and March 4 at UNLV on CSTV.
The regular-season finale is set for March 8 in The Pit against Colorado State at 2 p.m. The Mountain West Conference Tournament is scheduled for March 11-15 in Las Vegas. For more information visit www.GoLobos.com.