Dec. 21, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Julie Briody scored 24 points and 23rd-ranked New Mexico converted 27 of 30 free throws in a 62-51 victory over Northern Arizona on Thursday night.
The victory was the ninth straight for the Lobos (10-2), who are undefeated at home at 7-0. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Lumberjacks (7-5).
New Mexico converted 16 straight free throws in the second half to stave off Northern Arizona, which rallied from a 37-22 deficit to close within 51-45 with 2:24 remaining on a Megan Porter free throw and layup.
New Mexico went nearly 5 1/2 minutes between field goals, following a Briody layup at the 6:20 mark. But during that period, the Lobos were 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
Alyssa Wahl had 15 points for the Lumberjacks. Sade Cunningham added 13.
New Mexico led 33-20 at halftime, with Briody leading the way with 12 points. The Lobos outscored the Lumberjacks 10-0 from the free-throw line in the first half.
Northern Arizona finished 6-for-10 from the free-throw line.