UNM Women's Basketball Hosts Holiday Inn & Suites Express Tournament This Weekend
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  11/20/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Nov. 20, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball hosts the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Albuquerque Tournament this weekend inside The Pit. The Lobos (3-1) highlight the four team event that kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with Coppin State against Oregon. UNM is slated to open the tournament at 8 p.m. against Nicholls State. Saturday's schedule includes a consolation game at 7 p.m. and the championship game at 9 a.m. The games will be available via gametracker and All-Access through www.GoLobos.com.

Up Next For Lobo Basketball:

Games #5-6 • Holiday Inn & Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament

Friday, Nov. 23

Coppin State vs. Oregeon • 6 p.m.

Nicholls State vs. new Mexico • 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24 • 7/9 p.m.

Consolation/Championships Games

Location: The Pit • Albuquerque, N.M.

Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com

Against Tournament Field: The Lobos are 2-2 all-time against this weekend's tournament field. The Lobos are 1-2 against Oregon with the last meeting in 1985, 1-0 against Nicholls State, and it could be the first meeting ever with Coppin State

Up Next: The Lobos prepare for the Route 66 Hotel and Casino Rio Grande Rivalry meeting with New Mexico State in Las Cruces on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.


• 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. Last season's average was 9,582. The Lobos are averaging 7,834 fans over the first three games of the season.

• Kimble Hits 500 Mark ... Senior guard Brandi Kimble hit the 500-point career mark in the first game of the season and is quickly moving her way towards the 500 career mark in rebounds. Kimble has led the Lobos in rebounds in all four games this season. She has 388 in her four seasons at UNM.

• Flanagan Winningest Lobo Basketball Coach ... Head coach Don Flanagan became the winningest basketball coach in UNM history, men's and women's, with his 247th career win on Feb. 4, 2007 against Wyoming. Flanagan has a 13-year collegiate coaching record of 266-114. About Nicholls State (1-1) ... This will be just the second meeting between the Lobos and the Colonels. UNM beat NSU on Nov. 24, 2000 at The Pit, 83-41. The Colonels, coached by Mark Cook, are 1-1 on the young season with a win over Dillard and a loss to Tennessee State. The squad is led by senior Katharine Plummer at 17.5 points per game.

About Coppin State (2-3) ... The Eagles are a possible opponent for the Lobos on Saturday. The two schools have never met on the court in women's basketball. Coppin State, coached by Derek Brown, is 2-3 on the season, almost upsetting Syracuse on Nov. 17, 69-65. The Eagles are led by Shalamar Oakley and Rashida Suber with 21.4 and 20.6 points per game, respectively. They will play North Carolina Central on Tuesday, Nov. 20, before heading to Albuquerque for Friday's meeting with Oregon.

About Oregon (1-1) ... The Ducks are a possible opponent for the Lobos on Saturday. If they meet, Oregon will be the fourth Pac-10 team the Lobos will face this season. Oregon holds a 2-1 series record against UNM. The teams first met on Jan. 9, 1979 in Eugene, with the Ducks winning, 104-71. The second meeting was on a neutral court on Jan. 4, 1980 in Wichita, Kan. UNM won that game, 83-79. The last game was at The Pit on Jan. 2, 1985. The Ducks won, 79-49. This year's team, coached by Bev Smith, is 1-1 on the season with a season opening win over San Jose State and a loss to South Dakota State. The Ducks are led by Nicole Canepa with 13.5 points per game. Oregon will host Marquette on Tuesday, Nov. 20, before their match-up with Coppin State on Friday in Albuquerque.

No. 400 On The Horizon for Flanagan ... Already the winningest basketball coach in New Mexico history, Don Flanagan is closing in on another coaching milestone, his 400th collegiate game. It will happen on Feb. 17, 2008 at TCU.

Kielpinski Providing Bench Power ... Freshman Jessica Kielpinski has quickly become a familiar face on the court for the Lobos. As the first player off the bench, Kielpinski is averaging 5.5 points and 2.8 rebounds through the first four games of the season. On Sunday against nationally-ranked California, Kielpinski recorded a career-high 10 points, keeping the Lobos in the game.

Lobos Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents ... New Mexico will face at least one more nationally-ranked oppoenent this season when No. 5/5 Stanford comes to The Pit on Dec. 18. After Sunday's loss to No. 12/15 California, the Lobos are 11-23 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents under head coach Don Flanagan. The last victory for UNM over a ranked team was on Nov. 17, 2006 against Texas. The Lobos downed the Longhorns, 63-60, inside The Pit. The last road victory over a Top 25 team was on Nov. 18, 2005 at No. 12 Texas, 76-68.

Lobos Cruise to Women's Sports Foundation Title ... New Mexico women's basketball hosted the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge, Nov. 9-11, and went 3-0 to capture the team title. The Lobos were led by senior Brandi Kimble's 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. Kimble scored 49 points in three games and pull down 35 rebounds on her way to being named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament.

Women's Sport Foundation All-Tournament Team ... The Lobos had three players recognized following the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge including tournament MVP Brandi Kimble. Senior Dionne Marsh and sophomore Amy Beggin were also named to the All-Tournament team.

New Mexico Shines in Opening Weekend ... The Lobos went 3-0 in the opening weekend with victories over Western Michigan, Dayton and Northwestern. UNM outscored its opponents, 224-164, and outrebounded the opposition, 132-86. The Lobos played well defensively, holding opponents to less than 35 percent from the field. UNM has three players averaging over double-figures including sophomore Amy Beggin (11.3), senior Dionne March (12.3) and senior Brandi Kimble (16.3).

Kimble Opens Season in Big Time Fashion ... Senior Brandi Kimble was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week and Most Valuable Player of the Women's Sports Foundation Challenge after averaging 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game for the Lobos. Kimble led UNM to a perfect 3-0 record and set new career-highs against Western Michigan Friday night. The Stevenson Ranch, Calif., native scored 22 points and pulled down 20 rebounds against the Broncos in the 2007-08 season opener. Kimble went on to score 10 points against Dayton on Saturday and concluded the tournament with 17 points versus Northwestern on Sunday. During the tournament, Kimble was 15-of-37 from the field, 7-of-17 from behind the arc and 12-of-15 from the free throw line. She also added a team-high five steals, six assists and only turned the ball over four times.

Weissmann Leads Lobos Past Flyers ... Sophomore Eileen Weissmann scored a career-high 13 points against Dayton on Saturday in a 72-64 victory over the Flyers. Against Dayton, Weissmann was 5-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from behind the arc. Her previous career-high was 7 points against San Diego State on Jan. 31, 2007. After the opening weekend, Weissmann is averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Early Signings ... The Lobos have announced the signings of guards Sara Halasz and Lauren Taylor for the 2008-09 season. Taylor is a 5-11 shooter from Brownsburg High School in Indiana. She averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.8 assists for the Brownsburg Bulldogs in 2006-07. A former UNM camper, Taylor was a member of the Junior All-Star central squad and Indianapolis Star's All-West first team, as well as a Hoosier Crossroads All-conference and Hendricks All-County selection. She currently has a 4.35 cumulative grade point average and plans to major in forensic chemistry. Halasz is a 6-0 guard from Fort Lewis, Washington. She averaged 16.1 points per game as a junior last season and was named the Western Cascade Conference Player of the Year. Halasz is well-travelled, moving around the world with her father, Scott, a colonel in the U.S. Army.

Beggin Making A Point ... Sophomore Amy Beggin is making the most of her new role as the starting point guard for the Lobos. Beggin is second in the MWC in assists with 6.0 per game. She is also the third-leading scorer on the team with 9.5 points per game. Beggin played all 40 minutes against Cal on Sunday.

Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble has the chance to move into the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season. She had 105 to start the year. She picked up three more on Sunday against Cal.

UNM Top 10 - Career Steals

1. Tamika Stukes 1994-98 354

2. Mandi Moore 2001-05 208

3. Abby Garchek 1994-98 191

4. Jessica Cunningham 1991-95 167

5. Katie Montgomery 2003-07 165

6. Nikki Heckroth 1997-01 156

7. Chelsea Grear 1999-03 152

8. Molly McKinnon 1998-02 151

9. Tracy Satran 1983-87 149

10. Winifred Foster 1982-86 148

Closing In: Kimble 2004-pres.113

Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. If Marsh has a strong season, she has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history. She already owns the career free throw records.

UNM Top 10 - Career Points

1. Abby Garchek 1993-97 1,836

2. Jordan Adams 1999-03 1,798

3. Alison Foote 1981-85 1,672

4. Jean Rostermundt 1976-80 1,541

5. Dionne Marsh 2004-pres. 1,451

6. Yvonne McKinnon 1981-85 1,416

7. Miranda Sanchez 1997-01 1,301

8. Sonya Bryant 1996-00 1,142

9. Katie Montgomery 2003-07 1,135

10. Lindsey Arndt 2001-05 1,073

UNM Top 10 - Career Rebounds

1. Carol Moreland 1975-80 982

2. Yvonne McKinnon 1981-85 857

3. Alison Foote 1981-85 800

4. Katie Kern 1995-99 752

5. Jordan Adams 1999-2003 729

6. Lindsey Arndt 2001-05 701

7. Chelsea Grear 1999-2003 679

8. Heidi Harris 1991-95 669

9. Abby Garchek 1994-98 638

10. Jean Rostermundt 1976-80 607

Closing In: Marsh 2004-pres. 551

Home Court Advantage ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit begins year No. 30 as the home of Lobo basketball. The Lobos are currently 3-0 at home in 2007-08. UNM was 13-2 at home in 2006-07 and won its last six home conference matches. Since Don Flanagan took over the coaching duties in 1995-96, the Lobos have a record of 188-41 in The Pit.

Lobos on Television ... New Mexico will have at least seven games televised this season. The Lobos have three games on CSTV and four on the Mountain Network. In 2004-05, UNM had a school record 11 games televised.

Hitting The 20 Wins Mark ... New Mexico posted 24 wins in 2006-07, marking the seventh consecutive year that UNM has had 20 wins or more. In head coach Don Flanagan's 12 years, the Lobos have recorded nine 20 win seasons compared to none prior to his arrival. New Mexico has also had 11 consecutive winning seasons under Flanagan. The Lobos continued that success last year finishing 24-9 and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

Preseason Mountain West Conference ... Senior all-America candidate Dionne Marsh was named to the All-MWC Preseason Team at Media Days in Denver on Oct. 17. Marsh is a three-time all-MWC selection and two-time MWC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The Lobos were picked fourth overall in the preseason coaches and media poll.

Red Cross Unit ... Nikki Nelson will miss the 2007-08 season due to a knee injury suffered in a pickup game in August.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008 and 2009. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.

Exhibition Games ... UNM is 21-4 in exhibition games under Don Flanagan. The Lobos lost their first exhibition game since 1997 on Thursday, Nov. 1, when the #10 internationally-ranked Chinese National Team beat the Lobos, 67-61, ending an 18-game winning streak. The Lobos rebounded three days later to beat Eastern New Mexico, 98-66.