Feb. 23, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The New Mexico women's basketball team will host Colorado State Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT inside The Pit. The Lobos are coming off a win Saturday and hope to keep rolling with two home games this week. New Mexico is 15-10 on the year and 7-6 in Mountain West Conference action. Colorado State, who beat UNM earlier this year, is 13-12 overall and 5-7 in league play. The game will be broadcast on 610 AM The Sports Animal with GameTracker and live video on GoLobos.com.
Wednesday will be the 62nd all-time meeting between the two schools. New Mexico leads the series 33-28 but lost the last meeting earlier this year 67-60 in Fort Collins. The Lobos had a 13-game winning streak against the Rams heading into this season. UNM is 18-10 all-time against CSU in The Pit. Don Flanagan is led New Mexico to 10 consecutive home wins over the Rams. Flanagan is 19-12 all-time against CSU.
New Mexico enters the week with three games remaining on the regular-season schedule. The Lobos are currently tied for third in the league standings with Wyoming and San Diego State. TCU and BYU are tied for first while Utah is second. In a tight conference race the final two weeks are critical. The Lobos play two of its final three games in The Pit.
UNM is 9-6 in The Pit this season and 3-3 during conference action. The Lobos have dropped back-to-back conference home games heading into Wednesday but upset a nationally-ranked TCU program in the friendly confines earlier this year. Tradionally, New Mexico has played very well at home and especially against CSU.
Shooting woes proved fatal for New Mexico at Colorado State on Jan. 23. The Lobos rolled into Fort Collins on a 13-game winning streak against the Rams but that would come to an end inside Moby Arena. UNM shot 29.0 percent in the game and only hit 20 of its 69 shots. Despite only playing well for the final 10 minutes, New Mexico had a chance to win down the stretch. Sophomore Sara Halasz hit a big 3-pointer to tie the game at 60-60 but CSU would answer. Bonnie Barbee nailed a clutch 3-pointers in the final minute that gave the Rams the victory.
CSU had three players score in double figures while two players score 20 points in Chatilla van Grinsven and Kim Mestdagh. Amy Beggin led New Mexico with 17 points while Halasz added 10 and Jessica Kielpinski chipped in 13.
Amy Beggin leads New Mexico in scoring with 13.5 points per game. Beggin has missed the last three games with an injury but is expected to play this week. Beggin was injured in the UNLV game on Feb. 10. Beggin leads UNM with 53 3-pointers, 82 assists and 38 steals.
Colorado State has its most wins since the 2004-05 season when they went 15-13. Kristen Holt is in her second year as head coach and has guided the Rams to back-to-back double figure win seasons if five years.
Kim Mestdagh is the leading scorer with 16.7 points per game. She has hit 76 3-pointers and is shooting 42.8 percent from the field. Van Grinsven is second on the team in scoring and rebounding. She is averaging 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Meghan Heimstra is the top rebounder with 7.9 boards per contest.
CSU as a team shoots 37.6 percent from the field and 32.2 percent from 3-point land. The Rams are a 69.4 percent free throw shooting team. Colorado State has won two of its last three games. The Rams are 3-9 on the road this season and 2-4 during conference play.
After the CSU game, New Mexico will host BYU Saturday at 4 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on CBS College Sports with Brenda VanLengen and Anne Marie Anderson calling the action.