Jan. 21, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball travels to Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday to face Utah at 7 p.m. The Lobos are 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. UNM has won two of its last three conference games and is 2-0 on the road in league play. The Lobos trail the all-time series with the Utes, 18-41, and have only won two games in the Huntsman Center. The last victory for UNM in Salt Lake City was on Feb. 8, 2007. UNM and Utah split last season in two regular-season games with each team winning on the road.
Up Next For Lobo Basketball
Game #18 at Utah Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008 7 p.m.
Huntsman Center Salt Lake City, Utah
Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access
Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend will call the action from Salt Lake City.
Against Utah: This will be the 61st meeting between New Mexico and Utah. Utah leads the series 42-18, including a 27-2 record in Salt Lake City. The Lobos are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings. The series goes back to 1975.
Up Next: The Lobos return to host BYU at The Pit on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. Pepsi will be the corporate sponsor of the game. Howl Towels will be the gift for every fan at The Pit. It is also Girl Scout Day at The Pit.
Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds at The Pit have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark for the first time this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,065 fans in 12 home games of the season and had three consecutive games of 8,700+ in attendance from Dec. 15-21.
Winning on the Mountain West Road ... The Lobos are 2-0 on the road in the Mountain West Conference, best start on the road since 2003-04. Going back to 1974-75 when the program started, New Mexico has never started a conference season 3-0 on the road.
Mark Your Calendars ... The Lobos will be hosting several big promotions over the remainder of the regular season.
PACK THE PIT sponsored by Santa Ana Star Casino - Saturday, Feb. 2 vs. UNLV at 7 p.m. - Special Ticket Prices - $4 for Adults, $2 for Children - Sports Watch giveaway.
THINK PINK sponsored by the UNM Cancer Center and UNM Hospital, in conjuction with the WBCA's annual breast cancer awareness initiative.
Last Time Out - at Air Force - W, 75-45 ... Amy Beggin recorded a team-high 20 points to lead the Lobos to a 75-45 victory over Air Force at Clune Arena on Saturday afternoon. Beggin was one of three Lobos to score in double figures as New Mexico improved to 10-7 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. New Mexico had one of its best three-point shooting games of the season with a season-high 13 long-range field goals made, and the second-best percentage of the season at 61.9 percent. The 13 three-point field goals are just two short of the UNM record of 15 set in 1996 against BYU and Tennessee State in 2003. It is the 153rd consecutive game that the Lobos have made at least one three-point basket. Beggin and Brandi Kimble set individual career-highs in three-point shooting with six made for Beggin and four for Kimble. Beggin hit her first two early in the game to give the Lobos an 8-2 lead. Kimble hit her first two of the game late in the first half to keep New Mexico on track, 27-19. The Lobos took a 29-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. UNM held Air Force scoreless for the last 4:39 of the first half, continuing the defense for the first 3:33 of the second half. The Lobos went on a 9-0 run to start the second frame, building a 38-21 lead. New Mexico never allowed the Falcons to get any closer than a 15-point difference at 38-23. Along with Beggin's 20 points, Kimble scored 16 and led New Mexico with seven rebounds. Dionne Marsh, this week's Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, pitched in with 14 points and five rebounds. Jessica Kielpinski made her first start of the season, coming up with nine points and six rebounds. Angela Hartill, in her first game off the bench this season, also had nine points and six rebounds, and led the Lobos with four assists.
About Utah (14-3, 3-0) ... The Utes, under the direction of head coach Elaine Elliott, are one of only two teams that remain undefeated in Mountain West competition following Saturday's 80-49 win at BYU. Utah has three players averaging double figure scoring, led by Leilani Mitchell at 18.2 points per game. Morgan Wharburton and Kalee Whipple average 17.4 and 13.2 points, respectively. Mitchell leads the team in assists with 116. The Utes are on a nine-game winning streak and are 13-1 after starting the season 1-2, including two overtime losses.
RPI Watch Underway ... This is the time of year that teams hoping for a post-season NCAA bid start watching their RPI as much as the national polls put out by the Associated Press and ESPN, USA Today and the coaches. The official NCAA RPI reports were first released in early January. There are at least three other unofficial RPI rankings that teams keep an eye on late in the season - collegerpi.com, The Women's RPI Report, and Jeff Sagarin.
Latest RPI rankings for UNM and the MWC
NCAA (Jan. 14) - 50
collegerpi.com (Jan. 20) - 69; MWC - 7
The Women's RPI Report/rpiratings.com (Jan. 20) - 69; MWC - 7
Jeff Sagarin/CBN Ratings/rpiratings.com (Jan. 20) - 69; MWC - 7
Totally UNOFFICIAL Attendance Rankings ... The University of Wisconsin annually provides a weekly national ranking for attendance in women's basketball, released on Monday afternoons. In last week's ranking, New Mexico is currently seventh overall at 8,088 fans per game at The Pit. The season-high crowd of 8,813 at The Pit against Arizona ranks 37th.