New Mexico Hosts Wyoming in Conference Opener, Saturday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/06/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 6, 2011

Game Notes: New Mexico Hosts Wyoming Get Acrobat Reader

The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will start the new year in The Pit, while hosting its first game of conference action against Wyoming on Saturday at noon. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports. Fans can watch CBS College Sports on Comcast channel 274, DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network channel 152. The game can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com. Gametracker will also be provided for Saturday's game on GoLobos.com.

Saturday's game will be sponsored by Bernalillo County, Big Classic Hits 98.5, and 97.7 OMG.

The Lobos will be back on the road next week in their first conference road games of the season. The Lobos will first travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on Colorado State for a midweek game on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The Lobos finish the week in San Diego, Calif. for a weekend game against San Diego State on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m.

The Cowgirls come into Saturday's game with a 10-3 record and a 1-0 conference record after opening conference play at home against the Rams on Wednesday. Wyoming beat Colorado State 83-43, shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. The Cowgirls also shot 40 percent from long range and out-rebounded the Rams 41-25.

Wyoming has two players averaging almost 20 points a game this season: Hillary Carlson leads the team averaging 18.3 points per game and Aubrey Vandiver adds 17.2 points per game for the Cowgirls. Vandiver leads the team on the boards with 9.9 rebounds per game. Jade Kennedy leads the team in assists, dishing out 4.5 per game. In the win against Colorado State, Wyoming had four players score in double figures: Carlson (16), Vandiver (16), Kennedy (17), and Chaundra Sewell (18).

Saturday's game will be the 60th meeting between the Lobos and the Cowgirls. New Mexico leads the all-time series 34-25 and is 21-10 since Flanagan has taken over. The Lobos went 1-1 last season against Wyoming. New Mexico won the first matchup of the season on Jan. 16 in The Pit, 74-61. The Cowgirls won the second game of the season, 78-55 in Laramie, Wyo.

The Lobos ended their four-game losing streak by beating Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State, 65-60 on Dec. 30. New Mexico shot a season-high 90.5 percent from the free-throw line as a team to get the win. Senior Jessica Kielpinski led all scorers with a career-high 21 points as well as shooting 70 percent (7-10) from the floor. Kielpinski also led the Lobos in rebounding, steals and assists. Junior Lauren Taylor went perfect from the free-throw line hitting 7-out-of-7. Taylor and freshman Jasmine Patterson also scored in double figures for the Lobos with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

New Mexico kicks off conference action against Wyoming on Saturday in The Pit. Under Coach Flanagan the Lobos are currently 9-6 in conference openers. New Mexico is 5-4 when they open conference in The Pit under Flanagan.

During Flanagan's time as head coach, the Lobos have compiled a 145-77 (.653) overall record in conference action. New Mexico has a 109-55 (.665) record in Mountain West Conference games.

Jessica Kielpinski was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for games played from Dec. 27-Jan. 2. This was the first weekly honor of Kielpinski's career. The senior led the Lobos to a 65-60 win over Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State to stop a four-game losing streak and wrap up the non-conference season. Kielpinski scored a career-high 21 points and shot .700 (7-10) from the field, including .500 (3-6) from long range. She also led the Lobos in rebounds, steals and assists. Kielpinski had seven rebounds and had season-highs in steals with five and assists with four in New Mexico's only game of the week.

New Mexico's game against Wyoming will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports this Saturday. CBS College Sports can be viewed on Comcast channel 274, DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network channel 152. The Lobos are currently 1-1 this season when their games are broadcast on television. The Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State, 58-49 on Dec. 1 in Las Cruces. The Aggie game was televised live on Aggie Vision. New Mexico was beaten by Arizona, 84-60 on Dec. 7 in The Pit, with that game being televised live on The Mtn. Network.

Head coach Don Flanagan is nearing an impressive milestone this season. That milestone will be coaching his 500th collegiate basketball game for the Lobos. Flanagan is currently in his 16th season and boasts a 333-156 (.681) record at New Mexico. Flanagan has coached a total of 489 games in his collegiate career and will reach his 500th win on Feb. 15 against San Diego State in The Pit.

The Lobos are currently ranked 60th nationally in the first report of the RPI rankings this season. UNM currently leads all Mountain West Conference schools in the RPI ranking, with San Diego State in second among the conference schools, ranking 69.

NCAA RPI Rankings: MWC Schools
60 New Mexico
69 San Diego State
81 TCU
95 Wyoming
100 BYU
115 Utah
162 Colorado State
134 UNLV
304 Air Force