Jan. 18, 2007
Julie Briody scored a game-high 18 points as New Mexico eased past Air Force 60-46. Winning consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month, the Lobos improve to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West Conference. Air Force is 0-5 in the league, 4-12 in all games.
After losing the first game of the series against Air Force, New Mexico has taken the last 20.
Briody scored 11 points after halftime, including the Lobos' first six of the period. Leading 29-22 at halftime, New Mexico gradually pulled away to lead 47-32 on a lay-up by freshman Valerie Kast with eight minutes remaining.
The Falcons grabbed an early 5-0 lead, but the Lobos scored 16 of the next 18 points to take a nine-point advantage at 16-7. Dionne Marsh and Katie Montgomery each scored eight points as UNM took a lead it would never relinquish.
Montgomery finished with 16 points, making a pair of three-pointers during the early run, and hitting all six of her free throws. She also contributed four steals and three assists as UNM tied a season-high with 14 steals.
Marsh scored 10 of her 12 points in the first half. It's her best output since scoring 20 at Oklahoma on Dec. 30. Slowed by a pair of sore ankles, Marsh came into the game averaging less than eight points in the first four MWC contests.
The difference in the game came at the line and in turnovers. UNM converted 18 of 21 free throws while Air Force made 8 of 10, but had no attempts in the first half. The Lobos forced 23 turnovers, tying for the second-most by an opponent this season, while committing 14.
New Mexico is off until next Wednesday when it visits TCU. Tipoff is 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time. The game will be televised live on The mtn.