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Lobo Women's Basketball Plays BYU Tuesday In Provo
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 24, 2008

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico women's basketball takes on BYU Tuesday night in Provo, Utah. The Lobos battle the Cougars at 6 p.m. inside the Marriott Center. The game will be televised on the Mountain Network with Bill Doleman and Andrea Lloyd calling the action. Joe Behrend will provide radio on 610 AM The Sports Animal. UNM enters the game with a 14-12 overall record and has a 6-7 league record. BYU is 13-11 on the year and 7-5 during conference play.

Up Next For Lobo Basketball

Game #27 • at BYU

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 • 6 p.m.

The Mtn.

Marriott Center

Provo, Utah

Live Stats, Audio and Video: www.GoLobos.com, All-Access

Radio: 610 AM (The Sports Animal) - Joe Behrend will call the action from Provo.

Television: The Mtn. (Comcast 276) - Bill Doleman and Andrea Lloyd will call the action for the league's network.

Against BYU (13-11, 7-5): This will be the 60th meeting between UNM and BYU. The Cougars hold the series lead at 36-23. BYU won the earlier meeting this season in Albuquerque, 41-36. Last season, the visiting team won in each regular season game.

Up Next: The Lobos will stay on the road - at UNLV - before returning home on Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m. against Colorado State. March 8 will be Senior Day for Brandi Kimble and Dionne Marsh and the final home game of the regular season for the Lobos.

LOBO WOMEN'S BASKETBALL QUICK HITS

• Crowd Factor ... Lobo women's basketball crowds are at The Pit are the best and have ranked in the NCAA Top Five in average attendance for the past seven years. The Lobos cracked the 8,000 average mark this season following the Dec. 18 crowd of 8,711 against Stanford. UNM is averaging 8,491 fans in 17 home games of the season. The largest crowd at The Pit this season was 11,942 against UNLV on Feb. 2 for Pack The Pit. The Lobos are currently seventh in the nation in home attendance.

• NCAA Tournament ... The Pit will be one of eight sites hosting the 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds on March 22 and 24. For more information, including game times and ticket prices, go to www.GoLobos.com.

Last Time Out - vs. No. 18/18 Utah - L, 53-57 ... Kalee Whipple and Morgan Warburton keyed a second-half run and No. 18 Utah rallied to beat New Mexico 57-53 on Saturday for the Utes' 18th straight win. Trailing by 12 with 4:49 left, Warburton and Whipple each scored eight straight points during a 18-4 run that allowed Utah to rally. Whipple, who finished with 21 points, started the run, hitting a 3-pointer, both ends of a one-and-one and another 3. Then Warburton, who had 17, took over with back-to-back 3-pointers and a short jumper, which tied it at 48-all. Leilani Mitchell gave Utah its first lead moments later with a baseline drive and the Utes never trailed again. Utah made its final seven shots - five of them 3-pointers - and its final six shots from the line. New Mexico held the Utes off the scoreboard for the first 8:10, but the Lobos only managed to score 11 points during that time. Utah went through another drought to start the second half, this time going 5:07 without a point before Halie Sawyer went inside for a basket. Dionne Marsh scored 21 points and Brandi Kimble added 11 for New Mexico.

About BYU (13-11, 7-5) ... The Cougars have won five of their last eight games, including Saturday's 46-43 win over San Diego State. Mallary Carling leads the team with 14.2 points per game, while Lauren Varley leads the team in rebounding with 8.6 boards per game.

Marsh's Mark ... Dionne Marsh recorded the 12th double-double of her career on Feb. 13 against San Diego State with 15 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season.

Marsh is one of 12 Lobos who is a member of the 1,000-point/500-rebound club. Marsh has the opportunity to become the Lobos' all-time leading scorer and one of the top rebounders in program history.

On the scoring side of the box, Marsh needs 16 points to move into second past Jordan Adams (1999-2003) and 54 to take the lead from Abby Garchek (1993-97) on the Lobo all-time career scoring list.

The senior from Flower Mound, Texas, moved into seventh place on the UNM all-time rebound list with 8 on Feb. 20 against SDSU. Marsh needs 15 rebounds to move into sixth place.

Nimble Kimble ... Senior Brandi Kimble has the chance to move into the Top 10 UNM career steals list this season. She needs 3 steals to crack the Top 10.

Hosting, Again ... The Pit will be the site of the NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The dates in 2008 are March 22 and 24. The NCAA women's basketball staff was on site Tuesday, Dec. 18, for UNM's dress rehearsal game. Every host site of an NCAA basketball round must host the staff for one game during the season leading up to the hosting round. For more information about the tournament, including ticket sales, go to golobos.com.

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 the point, is averaging 37.3 minutes, 11.8 points and 4.5 assists per game. The Maplewood, Minn., native is 10th in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 2.20 and is ranked in the top 100 in assists per game (68th - 4.5) and free throw percentage (50th - 82.4), the only Lobo in the national rankings. Beggin scored a career-high 26 points against UNLV on Feb. 2 and has scored in double-figures 13 times this season, including five consecutive from Nov. 23-Dec. 8. She set another career mark on Jan. 19 with six three-point field goals made at Air Force. Beggin set a new career-mark on Jan. 15 with five steals against TCU and tied it on Jan 26 vs. BYU. She picked off a career-high 10 rebounds at UTEP on Dec. 30. In the final game of the Holiday Inn and Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown tournament against Oregon, Beggin chipped in 17 and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She has matched her career-high for assists in a game twice this season with eight against Dayton and Towson. The ironwoman of the squad, Beggin has played in 14 complete games this season.

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 (Feb. 19) - 81

collegerpi.com/Jerry Palm (Feb. 24) - 88; MWC - 7

The Women's RPI Report/rpiratings.com (Feb. 17) - 81; MWC - 7

Jeff Sagarin/CBN Ratings/rpiratings.com (Feb. 24) - 75; MWC - 7

Totally UNOFFICIAL Attendance Rankings ... The University of Wisconsin annually provides a weekly national ranking for attendance in women's basketball, which will be released on Monday. New Mexico is currently seventh overall at 8,465 fans per game at The Pit. The season-high crowd of 11,942 at The Pit against UNLV ranks 25th in the nation.

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