Dec. 4, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball hosts the Comcast Lobo Shootout this weekend inside The Pit. The Lobos are part of the four team event held Friday and Saturday. The games are scheduled for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on both days with UNM playing the late game Friday night against Norfolk State. Winners in the opening round advance to the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The consolation game will be at 5 p.m. The Lobos are 5-2 overall and open a five-game homestand this weekend. All the games will be available through All-Access and gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.
This Week In Lobo Women's Basketball - Games #8-9 Comcast Lobo Shootout Friday, Dec. 7, 2007
Southern vs. Towson 5 p.m. New Mexico vs. Norfolk State 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007 5/7 p.m. The Pit/Bob King Court Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats, Audio and Video: Link on www.golobos.com
Radio: Live on 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend and Hazel Tull-Leach will call the play-by-play.
Against The Field: It will be the first time that the Lobos have faced any of the three teams in this week's Comcast Lobo Shootout.
Up Next: The Lobos continue their five-game homestand before the Holiday Break with Arizona, No. 6/5 Stanford, and New Mexico State coming to town. The Saturday, Dec. 15, matchup with Arizona is set for 7 p.m. at The Pit.
QUICK HITS ...
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 7,824 fans over the first five home games of the season and are 5-0 in The Pit.
Home Court Advantage ... The Lobos are currently 5-0 at The Pit this season. They are on an 11-game winning streak on their home court, dating back to Jan. 18, 2007 against Air Force. Since the 1995-96 season, the Lobos are 179-34 (.869) in The Pit.
WEEKLY NOTES ...
First Time For Everything ... New Mexico's three tournament participants are first-time opponents for the Lobos. UNM has never faced Norfolk State, Southern or Towson on the hardwood.
About Norfolk State (1-3) ... The Spartans, under the direction of first-year head coach Tara Owens, are 1-3 on the season with the lone win at Virginia Union (58-44) on Nov. 20. The team is led by Areya Walker with 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Ebony Gibbs follows close behind with 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Tifany Gadsden is the team's rebounding leader with 8.5 boards per game. Norfolk State competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
About Southern (0-4) ... Yes, this is the Southern University that is a part of the famous Bayou Classic on Thanksgiving weekend. And no, the band will not be coming. The Jaguars are 0-4 on the season, under head coach Sandy Pugh, who is in her ninth season at the school. Southern has played some tough opponents, including road games at Ohio State, Nevada, and UCLA on a neutral court. The Jags are led by Indi Johnson with 12.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
About Towson (3-2) ... The Tigers, under the direction of seventh-year head coach Joe Mathews, are used to the road this season with all but one game so far away from Towson, Md. Towson picked up a 74-68 win at Rider on Sunday, Dec. 2. Shanae Baker-Brice leads the team with 13.0 points per game, while Holly Mahan leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per game.
Totally UNOFFICIAL Attendance Rankings ... The University of Wisconsin annually provides a weekly Top 30 national list for attendance in women's basketball. In the first ranking released on Tuesday, New Mexico is ranked fourth overall at 7,824 fans per game at The Pit, just behind Tennessee, Connecticut and Iowa State. The 8,042 that watched the Lobos take on Dayton on Nov. 10 ranks 12th in single-game attendance so far in 2007-08.
Pit, Sweet Pit ... One of the great home court advantages in all of college basketball, The Pit begins year No. 30 as the home of Lobo women's basketball. The Lobos are currently 5-0 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 179-34 in The Pit.
Super Sophomore Beggin ... Sophomore Amy Beggin has emerged as one of the top performers for New Mexico this season. Beggin, who has started every game at point, is averaging over 35 minutes, 13.1 points and 4.7 assists per game. The Maplewood, Minn., native is ranked third in the country in assist-turnover ratio at 4.13 and is ranked in the Top 65 in assists per game and three-point field goal percentage (.441) in the first NCAA rankings of the season, the only Lobo in the national rankings. Beggin is third among the top sophomores in the Mountain West Conference in scoring. She scored a career-high 21 points against Nicholls State on Nov. 23 and has scored in double-figures four times this season, including three consecutive. In the final game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown tournament, Beggin chipped in 17 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Love That Defense ... The Lobos are currently ranked 23rd in the country in scoring defense, only allowing opponents to score 52.7 points per game. UNM is also among the Top 30 in the nation in field goal percentage defense (21st; .337), rebound margin (22nd; +9.9), turnovers per game (8th; 14.0), and assist-turnover ratio (28th; 0.99).
Shooting Three For Three ... The Lobos have their third chance this season to win a tournament title when they host the Comcast Lobo Classic on Friday and Saturday. The last time New Mexico won three tournaments at home was 2002-03.
Five-Game Homestand ... The Comcast Lobo Shootout begins a five-game homestand for New Mexico heading into the Holiday Break. The Lobos host Norfolk State, Southern and Towson in two games, Dec. 7-8. After finals are over, New Mexico hosts two Pac-10 schools, Arizona on Dec. 15, and nationally-ranked Stanford on Dec. 18. The women's basketball portion of the Route 66 Casino Hotel Rio Grande Rivalry wraps up on Dec. 21 against New Mexico State. The game against Stanford will be aired on The Mtn.
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 5.4 points and 3.9 rebounds so far this season. Against NMSU on Sunday, she had five rebounds, three points, one assist and one blocked shot in 15 minutes of action.
Lobos Against Nationally-Ranked Opponents ... New Mexico will face at least two more nationally-ranked opponents this season when recently-ranked No. 25/24 Wyoming plays a home-and-home MWC series and No. 6/5 Stanford comes to The Pit on Dec. 18. 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.