Lobo Women's Basketball Finishes Season at TCU Tuesday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/28/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 28, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball (17-10, 9-6) will travel to Fort Worth, Texas Tuesday to battle TCU (21-6, 11-3). The showdown between the Lobos and the league champion Lady Frogs will tip at 5 p.m. MT inside Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. Tuesday will be the season finale for New Mexico as they try to snap TCU's 21-game home winning streak. The game will be broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network with Erin Bajackson and Linda Sharp calling the action. The mtn can be seen on Comcast (274) and DirecTV (616). 610 AM The Sports Animal will broadcast the game live in Albuquerque with GameTracker on GoLobos.com.

TCU's home winning streak ranks sixth longest in the country. TCU hasn't lost a home game since Jan. 13, 2009 against BYU, 62-46. New Mexico hasn't won at TCU since Feb. 26, 1998, 81-45.

Tuesday will be the 15th game all-time between the two schools. New Mexico leads the all-time 8-6 but the Lady Frogs lead the all-time series in Fort Worth, 5-1. The Lobos have dropped four straight on the road against TCU. Don Flanagan is 8-6 against TCU.

New Mexico rides a three-game winning into TCU and is coming off a big 62-30 victory over BYU Saturday in The Pit. The Lobos routed the Cougars on Senior Day and improved to 11-6 at home. Junior Jessica Kielpinski led all scorers with 14 points while sophomore Sara Halasz had 12. New Mexico held BYU to a school record low 18.4 percent shooting and did not allow a single player to get double figures.

UNM defeated TCU earlier this year inside The Pit. The Lobos upset the 20th-ranked Lady Frogs 60-53 in a thriller. Seniors Amy Beggin and Eileen Weissmann led the way for New Mexico. Beggin scored a game-high 19 points while Weissmann had a career-high 17. The Lobos shot 33.9 percent from the field and held TCU to only 29.8 percent shooting.

TCU clinched at least a share of the Mountain West Conference regular-season championship Saturday with a 73-61 victory over Colorado State on the road. Four Lady Frogs scored in double figures with Starr Crawford leading the way with 15 points. TCU shot 44.8 percent from the field and hit eight 3-pointers.

Emily Carter is the leading scorer for TCU with 14.7 points per game. Carter has led TCU in scoring in 13 games. Helena Sverrisdottir is second on the team in scoring with 14.0 ppg and is pulling down 6.8 rpg. Freshman Starr Crawford is the top rebounder with 8.9 boards. TK LaFleur is coming off the bench to score 10.6 ppg.

Senior Amy Beggin is averaging 13.2 points per game and leads New Mexico in scoring. Beggin returned from injury last week to score 21 points in two games. She had 16 points against Colorado State and five Saturday in the BYU game. Beggin is shooting 91.9 percent from the free throw line during conference play. She has hit 56 3-pointers during the season.

Junior Amanda Best is averaging 10.8 points per game over the last six games and has scored in double figures four times during the streak. Best is averaging 8.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game during conference play.

Junior Jessica Kielpinski had 14 points against BYU and is an All-Conference honoree. Kielpinski ranks in the top 10 in four catagories during league play. She ranks fifth during conference play in rebounds (7.4), third in offensive rebounds (52), fourth in steals (30) and fifth in blocks (18).

New Mexico will have the final weekend off before the MWC Championship. The tournament will run from March 9-13 in Las Vegas. Single session tickets are available by calling the UNLV ticket office.