New Mexico Finishes Road Trip at San Diego State
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/13/2011
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 13, 2011

Game Notes: New Mexico at San Diego State Get Acrobat Reader

The University of New Mexico women's basketball team will be finishing up its first road trip in conference play in San Diego, Calif. The Lobos will be taking on San Diego State Saturday at 2 p.m. in Viejas Arena. The game against the Aztecs will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. on CBS College Sports. Fans can watch CBS College Sports on Comcast channel 274, DirecTV channel 613 and Dish Network channel 152. The game can also be heard live on 610 AM The Sports Animal and on GoLobos.com.

New Mexico fell to Colorado State, 71-60 on Wednesday in its first road game of conference play. Senior Amanda Best led the team in scoring and rebounding with 14 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Jasmine Patterson scored in double figures with 11 points, which included a career-high seven free throws made. Despite the Lobos tying a season-high 90.5 percent (19-21) from the free-throw line, New Mexico struggled from long range only shooting 19.2 percent (5-26) from behind the arc. Colorado State had four players score in double figures as well as shooting 42.6 percent on the floor to get the win.

New Mexico will return home next week to host conference games against Utah and UNLV. The Lobos will take on the Utes on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. in The Pit. The Lobos will then host the Rebels on Jan. 22 for "Pack The Pit" at 2 p.m. Fans can purchase tickets to "Pack The Pit" for only $4.

The Aztecs enter Saturday's game with a 7-8 record this season and a 1-2 record in conference action. San Diego State opened conference play with a 47-49 loss to TCU on Jan. 5 and a 67-70 overtime loss to Utah on Jan. 8. The Aztecs got their first win in conference against UNLV when they won 55-52 in Las Vegas, Nev. on Jan. 11. SDSU shot 45.2 percent from the floor against the Rebels to earn the win, despite shooting only 47.6 percent from the free-throw line. The Aztecs are currently shooting 43.2 percent from the floor this season and 31.4 percent from long range.

Individually, senior Paris Johnson is leading the team in points and on the boards, scoring 16.1 points and grabbing 8.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore Courtney Clements is averaging in double figures this season, scoring 12.5 points per game. Senior Coco Davis leads the Aztecs in assists, dishing out 6.6 assists per game. Senior Jessica Bradley is leading the team on defense, blocking 2.6 shots per game and she is also second on the team in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game. Clements led the team against the Rebels scoring 16 points. Bradley and Johnson each had nine rebounds to lead the team and each scored in double figures with 10 and 11 points, respectively against UNLV.

Saturday's game against the Aztecs will be the 43rd meeting between the two teams. New Mexico currently leads the all-time series against San Diego State, 26-16. The Lobos have won 26 out of the past 32 games played since Jan. 18, 1996. New Mexico won 20 straight games from Mar. 3, 2001 - Mar. 15, 2008 until SDSU won three straight games, sweeping the Lobos in 2009 and winning one in 2010. New Mexico won the most recent matchup, 65-58 on Feb. 6, 2010 in San Diego, Calif.

The Lobos fell to Wyoming, 63-53 in their opening game of conference play this season. The Cowgirls shot 51.1 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from long range to take the win from New Mexico. Senior Amanda Best and freshman Jasmine Patterson each had 12 points to lead the Lobos in scoring against Wyoming. Junior Porche Torrance and Best grabbed seven rebounds each during the game to lead the Lobos on the boards. Patterson also led the team with three assists and three steals on Saturday. New Mexico's bench did outscore Wyoming's bench 16-2 and the Lobos outrebounded the Cowgirls 35-31.

The Lobos are currently ranked sixth in the nation in attendance this season. New Mexico is averaging 7,613 fans a game and have a total of 60,906 fans that have attended all eight games so far this season. Tennessee (12,427), Louisville (10,653), Connecticut (9,186), Notre Dame (8,542) and Iowa State (8,490) are the only other schools in the nation averaging more fans than the Lobos. The next closest Mountain West Conference school is Wyoming which ranks 32nd, averaging 3,123 fans a game.

Over the past three games the Lobos have shot 82.8 percent (48-54) from the free-throw line, including two games where they shot a season-high 90.5 percent (19-21) against New Mexico State and Colorado State. Overall this season, New Mexico is shooting 71.6 percent (219-306) compared to its opponents who are only shooting 67.2 percent (166-247) from the free-throw line. The Lobos have shot 59 more free throws than their opponents this season and have made 53 of those free throws for an 89.8 free-throw percentage on the extra free throws attempted.

Junior Lauren Taylor is currently leading the team in free-throw percentage shooting 85.5 percent from the line. She is also second in the conference with that mark this season. Freshman Jasmine Patterson is second on the team in free-throw percentage, shooting 84.3 percent to put her third in the conference. Both players are currently tied for first in the conference shooting a perfect 100 percent from the line in conference action. Taylor has also hit 19 consecutive free throws in six straight games starting on Dec. 4 at Arizona State. Patterson has also made 15 consecutive free throws in only three games, beginning on Dec. 30 against New Mexico State, which includes a career-high seven free throws made against Colorado State on Jan. 12.

New Mexico's game against San Diego State will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports. The Lobos are currently 1-2 this season when their games are broadcast on television. The Lobos beat Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State, 58-49 on Dec. 1 in Las Cruces. The Aggie game was televised live on Aggie Vision. New Mexico was beaten by Arizona, 84-60 on Dec. 7 in The Pit, with that game being televised live on The Mtn. Network. In their most recent television game, the Lobos fell to Wyoming, 63-53 on Jan, 8.

Head coach Don Flanagan is nearing an impressive milestone this season. That milestone will be coaching his 500th collegiate basketball game for the Lobos. Flanagan is currently in his 16th season and boasts a 333-158 (.678) record at New Mexico. Flanagan has coached a total of 491 games in his collegiate career and will reach his 500th win on Feb. 15 against San Diego State in The Pit.