Feb. 7, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Freshman guard Julie Briody scored a career-high 20 points off the bench to lead the University of New Mexico to a hard-fought 61-56 victory over Wyoming on Saturday afternoon at the Arena-Auditorium. New Mexico (13-7) earned a split of its two-game road trip and improved to 5-2 in the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming (8-12), meanwhile, fell to 4-3 in MWC play.
Briody, who entered the day averaging just 5.5 points per game, scored nine points during a decisive 10-0 Lobo run midway through the second half. With New Mexico down 46-42 at the 12:33 mark, the freshman from Lynnville, Ind. knocked down a pair of threes, sandwiched around three free throws, to put UNM up 52-46.
Wyoming rallied back, closing to within one, 57-56, on a Kristen Lenhardt three-point shot with just over a minute to play. However, junior forward Lindsey Arndt hit a big jump hook with 50 seconds remaining and senior Melissa Forest made a pair of free throws down the stretch to secure the Lobo victory.
New Mexico trailed 34-33 at the break, following a back-and-forth first half which saw Wyoming lead by as many as nine points, 27-18. The Lobos, however, increased their defensive intensity in the second half, limiting the Cowgirls to just 25 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. Wyoming leading scorer Ashley Elliot poured in 12 points early in the first half, but was held scoreless in the second period.
For the game, UNM shot 44 percent from the floor, while Wyoming hit just 34 percent of its field goals. The Lobos dominated the boards, holding a 41-26 advantage in rebounds. New Mexico also improved to 10-0 this season when scored at least 60 points.
Arndt finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Forest had a game-high 11 boards to go along with seven points. Lenhardt paced the Cowgirls with 14 points, but hit just 4-13 from the floor.
New Mexico returns home next weekend to begin a three-game homestand against Air Force on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tip-off from The Pit in Albuquerque is scheduled for 7 p.m.