Lobo Women's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  08/05/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Aug. 5, 2008

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- University of New Mexico women's basketball head coach Don Flanagan announced the Lobos' 2008-09 non-conference schedule. The Lobos are set to play 13 games before entering Mountain West Conference action. The schedule includes four NCAA Tournament qualifiers, with an option for a fifth, and eight 20-win opponents from a year ago. UNM takes on teams from the Pac 10, Big 12 and Big East this season and will play 10 non-conference games at The Pit.

"We are excited about this schedule because it's one of the most competitive in the country," said Flanagan. "We wanted to create a fun and exciting schedule for our fans, the players and to prepare us for the Mountain West Conference. We had to get a schedule that will be recognized by the NCAA and I think we have accomplished that."

New Mexico opens the season with the Basketball Travelers Tournament from Nov. 15-17. The Lobos are slated to face Alcorn State in the first round, Idaho State in the second and concluded the tournament with DePaul.

The first road contest of the year will be at Stanford on Nov. 20. The Lobos will travel to Palo Alto, Calif., for the first time in school history and face the Cardinal for only the second time.

UNM will return home for an extended homestand that includes seven games during a month stretch. The Lobos host Utah Valley on Nov. 25 and close out November with the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament on Nov. 28-29. The Thanksgiving Tournament includes Butler, Nebraska and William and Mary. UNM faces William and Mary in the first round on Friday.

The Lobos open December with a Rio Grande Rivalry showdown against New Mexico State at home on Dec. 4. UNM will host North Texas on Dec. 9, Texas Tech on Dec. 13 and UTEP on Dec. 16. The Lobos concluded the non-conference schedule on the road with games at New Mexico State on Dec. 20 and at Texas A&M on Dec. 30.

New Mexico is coming off a 20-13 season and has made seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. UNM is one of only 13 programs in the nation to accomplish that feat. This season, the Lobos return three starters including all-conference selection Amy Beggin, senior Angela Hartill and junior Eileen Weissmann.

Flanagan returns to the sideline for his 14th season at New Mexico and has an overall record of 283-126. With 17 more victories, Flanagan will reach the 300-win plateau and become the first Lobo basketball coach to reach that mark.

UNM kicks off the pre-season with two exhibition games at home. The Lobos host Melbourne Roos on Nov. 4 before entertaining Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 7.

2008-09 UNM Women's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 4 - Melbourne Roos (Exh.)
Nov. 7 - Alaska-Anchorage (Exh.)
Nov. 15 - Alcorn State
Nov. 16 - Idaho State
Nov. 17 - DePaul
Nov. 20 - at Stanford
Nov. 25 - Utah Valley
Nov. 28-29 - Holiday Inn & Suites Express Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament
Nov. 28 - William and Mary
Nov. 29 - Butler or Nebraska
Dec. 4 - New Mexico State
Dec. 9 - North Texas
Dec. 13 - Texas Tech
Dec. 16 - UTEP
Dec. 20 - at New Mexico State
Dec. 30 - at Texas A&M