Feb. 20, 2004
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico will finish a three game home stand Saturday night against the BYU Cougars on Heroes Day. The Lobos are on a three game winning streak, including a victory over #25 Utah on Thursday. The Cougars are 14-10 on the season and 4-6 in the Mountain West Conference after a win on Thursday at Air Force. Tip-off is set for 7:05 PM at The Pit.
HEROES DAY: Albuquerque, NM -- February 19, 2004 -- On Saturday, February 21, over 1,700 Air Force Personnel from Kirtland Air Force Base, along with their families, have been invited to watch the University of New Mexico Lobo Women's Basketball team take on the Lady Cougars of Brigham Young University at 7 p.m. at The Pit.
Their attendance at Saturday's game is being made possible thanks to a contribution from the owners of New Mexico Subway stores, who have donated over 1,700 ticket vouchers as part of the University's annual Heroes Night.
Heroes Night has become an annual affair for the University of New Mexico, which hosts the event as a way to show appreciation for the thousands of police, fire, emergency and military personnel in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico.
"The annual Heroes Night is a great opportunity to say 'Thank You' to the men and women that work hard every day to protect our country and community," said Monna Doak, franchisee board chair for Subway of New Mexico. "Subway is proud to be a part of the event and appreciates the opportunity to partner with the University of New Mexico and Kirtland Air Force Base."
In addition to watching the game, New Mexico's military and emergency personnel will be honored with a recognition ceremony, flag unveiling and color guard prior to the opening tip.
"Publicly recognizing those individuals that protect our communities is extremely important and Heroes Night is just one way to show that appreciation," said Darren Dunn, associate athletic director for corporate development at the University of New Mexico. "By providing vouchers for Air Force personnel at Kirtland Air Force Base, Subway has been a valuable partner for this year's event and one we hope to continue working with."
SUBWAY is the world's largest submarine sandwich franchise, with 18,024 locations in 72 countries. It is also the second largest fast-food chain in the world and has recently surpassed McDonald's in number of locations in the United States, of which 90 SUBWAY stores are located in the New Mexico market.
TONIGHT'S GAME: Tonight's game features the Lobos of the University of New Mexico against the Cougars of Brigham Young University in a Mountain West Conference match-up.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS: The Lobos enter tonight's game on a three game winning streak with wins at Wyoming and at home against Air Force and Utah. UNM is currently 15-7 on the season and 7-2 in the MWC with losses to Colorado State, Utah, No. 3 Texas, Villanova, South Carolina, San Francisco and Arizona and wins over Southern Cal, Cal State Fullerton, Youngstown State, Texas Southern, Tennessee State, New Mexico State, New Mexico Highlands, Air Force, BYU, San Diego State and UNLV. The Lobos are led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Lindsey Arndt with 10.1 ppg and 7.2 rpg. In conference play UNM is led by senior Melissa Forest at 10.3 ppg and juniors Mandi Moore and Arndt at 10.0 ppg. Moore also leads the Lobos in assists on the season at 3.8 apg.
SCOUTING THE COUGARS: BYU is coming off a road win Thursday at Air Force. The Cougars are now 14-10 on the season and 4-6 in conference. BYU has recorded wins over Weber State, Mount St. Mary's, Nevada, Santa Clara, Cal State Fullerton, Idaho State, San Francisco, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Air Force, San Diego State and Wyoming, while falling to Clemson, TCU, Arizona, Southern Utah, Colorado State, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, UNLV and Colorado State. Leading the Cougars in scoring is Ambrosia Anderson at 11.0 ppg. Joining Ambrosia in double figures is Danielle Cheesman at 10.7 ppg. Anderson and Cheesman also lead BYU in rebounding at 6.1 rpg, while Julie Sullivan leads the team in assists at 3.6 apg.
THE COACHES: UNM is led by head coach Don Flanagan in his ninth season at New Mexico. Flanagan is 183-88 at UNM. The Cougars are under the direction of Jeff Judkins, who is in his 3rd year at BYU. Elliott is 57-31 as the head coach at BYU.