Dec. 28, 2009
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host No. 10 Texas A&M Wednesday in The Pit at 7 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on the MountainWest Sports Network with Erin Bajackson and Andrea Lloyd calling the action. The game will be televised nationally on The mtn., (Ch. 276 on Comcast and Ch. 616 on DirecTV). The Lobos are 8-3 while TAMU is 10-1 heading into Wednesday's game. New Mexico has won three straight and four of its last five games.
Senior Amy Beggin continues to lead New Mexico in scoring with 15.5 points per game and is third in the Mountain West Conference. Beggin has hit a team-high 31 3-pointers and is leading the team with 39 assists. The Maplewood, Minn., native is second nationally in assist/turnover with a 3.55 ratio.
Four Lobos are averaging in double figures including Beggin, sophomores Lauren Taylor and Sara Halasz along with junior Amanda Best. Taylor is second on the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game while Halasz is chipping in 11.1. Best is the teams top rebounder with 5.5 rebounds per game and is averaging 10.3 points.
New Mexico is shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 37.0 from behind the 3-point line. The Lobos have hit 148 of 199 free throws this season. UNM is averaging 73.2 points per game and has scored over 80 points in three of the last five games.
The Lobos are coming off an 81-64 victory over New Mexico State on Dec. 20. New Mexico dominated the Aggies and swept the Rio Grande Rivalry. Amy Beggin had a team-high 22 points while Amanda Best had a career-high 18 points. Sara Halasz chipped in 13 points.
UNM is 13-33 all-time against nationally-ranked opponents. The last upset over a Top 25 foe for New Mexico was on March 4, 2006 when the No. 21 Lobos knocked off No. 18 BYU inside The Pit. New Mexico has upset three teams ranked in the top 10. The biggest upset in school history was when the Lobos beat No. 8 Texas Tech, 74-65, inside The Pit on Nov. 30, 2001.
New Mexico is 6-2 in The Pit and consistently ranks among the best nationally in home attendance. The Lobos have had five crowds over 7,000 and is averaging 7,134 in eight games.
Lobo head coach Don Flanagan is in his 15th season at New Mexico and enters Wednesday's game with a 316-140 record.
The nationally-ranked Aggies are 10-1 heading into Wednesday's game. The only loss for Texas A&M was against TCU, 56-54, on Dec. 12 in Fort Worth. Tanisha Smith is leading the team in scoring with 17.3 points per game. Danielle Adams is chipping in 13.7 points while Tyra White is adding 10.3 per game. The Aggies are averaging 82 points per game.
Wednesday will be the second all-time meeting between New Mexico and Texas A&M. The last previous meeting between the two programs was on Dec. 30 last year in College Station. The third ranked Aggies raced to a 83-51 victory in a roudy Reed Arena.
Amy Beggin led the way last year against TAMU with 19 points. Beggin was the only Lobo to reach double figures. Jessica Kielpinski had eight points off the bench while seniors Amanda Adamson had nine and Angela Hartill had seven.
The Lobos are 24-43 all-time against schools from the Big 12 conference. New Mexico is 0-2 this season against the Big 12 with loses to Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Following the Texas A&M game Wednesday, UNM will take a short break before hosting San Diego State on Jan. 6 to open the MWC schedule. The Lobo vs. Aztec game will be broadcast live on My50-TV and will tip at 7:05 p.m. MT. SDSU was picked to win the conference in the preseason coaches and media poll. The Aztecs are 6-4 on the season and have won three of their last four games.
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