New Mexico Hosts UC Irvine on Monday
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/14/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 14, 2010

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The New Mexico women's basketball team will host UC Irvine in The Pit at 7 p.m. on Monday. This will be the first ever meeting between the Lobos and the Anteaters. Monday's game will be broadcast live on 610 AM The Sports Animal. Gametracker and video streaming will also be provided via GoLobos.com.

The Lobos continue playing at home throughout the month of November. New Mexico will host California on Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in The Pit. The Lady Lobos will wrap up their homestand as they host the Holiday Inn Express - Midtown Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 26-27. Rhode Island, Oklahoma State and San Francisco will all be playing in the tournament along with New Mexico.

Monday's game will be the first meeting between New Mexico and UC Irvine.

The Anteaters are coming into Monday's game 0-1 after opening the regular season at UTEP on Saturday. UC Irvine lost to UTEP 72-57 and was outrebounded by a margin of 54-28. The Anteaters were 2-0 in exhibition action this season, beating Concordia 84-71 and Redlands 78-55. Last season, UC Irvine finished the season with a 9-21 record.

The Anteaters bring back top returning scorer and rebounder Mikah Maly-Karros from last year's squad. The junior forward averaged 20.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game during the 2009-10 season. Maly-Karros led UC Irvine against UTEP, scoring a team high 24 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Senior point guard Jade Smith-Wiiliams ran the offense, averaging 4.3 assists per game last year.

Porche Torrance had a career-high night on Friday against Texas Tech. The junior had her first career double-double against the Raiders grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 11 points. Her 13 rebounds was also a career high. She also made a career high five field goals and tied her career high six field goals attempted in a game. Torrance tied for the team high in points against the Raiders and led the team in blocked shots with two. She shot 83.3 percent from the floor and was perfect from long range.

New Mexico opened the season on Friday with a loss to Texas Tech, 80-53. The Lobos struggled offensively shooting 32.7 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from long range. New Mexico also struggled at the line only hitting 13-of-26 free throws, for 50 percent. The bright spot of the game was the Lobos rebounding, New Mexico outrebounded Texas Tech 43-40.

Individually, senior Amanda Best and Porche Torrance each scored a team high 11 points to lead all players. Torrance also had her first career double-double, grabbing a career high 13 rebounds along with her 11 points. All five freshmen made their collegiate debut against the Raiders, averaging 16.2 minutes.

After losing to Texas Tech on Friday in the season opener, the Lobos are now 21-12 all-time in season openers and 14-7 when opening at home. During coach Flanagan's tenure, the Lobos are 12-4 in season openers and 8-2 when opening inside The Pit.